At least 32 care centers in Iowa have had outbreaks of influenza recently, despite safeguards like vaccination and sanitation measures. Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the state's top infectious disease expert, says she's received daily reports of the disease affecting nursing homes, assisted living centers and other care...

Health Plus will soon begin a second session of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes through group sessions with a trained lifestyle coach. The program’s focus is on developing skills to lose weight, be more physically active...

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder are nearly twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with women who don’t have PTSD, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. The longitudinal cohort study...

High school juniors and seniors took 20-minute glimpses into medical careers with help from professors at Louisiana State University at Alexandria. The sixth annual career investigation program — or "CI: Healthcare" — allowed high school juniors and seniors to explore nursing and allied health careers on...

What should you tell your adult children about your money? That's a question all of us confront. Some people think it's none of the children's business. A few tell all. Most of us are probably somewhere in the middle, revealing some things and reserving others,...

As 2014 comes to a close, we look ahead to 2015 with great anticipation and a multitude of opportunities to disrupt aging. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and the Older Americans Act. It also is the 80th anniversary of Social Security....

l Twenty years ago, Barry Sears' New York Times best-seller The Zone revolutionized the way we think about nutrition. Food is like a drug, he said; eat too much of the wrong foods (processed carbohydrates, in particular) and you throw off your body's ability to...

l Want to live a superlong life? Choose your parents well. Want to be healthy until the day you die? Laugh more, get some sleep, and get a tetanus shot. "Longevity has a strong genetic component, but how healthy you are as you age is...

Tosca Reno, 55, flipped her life downside up in her 40s. In a decades-long battle with her weight, she not only triumphed but also spurred a multitude of (mostly female) fans to follow her strategy — "eat clean," embrace weight lifting and live life to...

People without reliable sources of food and medicine are more likely to have poor control over their diabetes, compared to those without such concerns, according to a new study. Researchers found the likelihood of a person having poorly controlled diabetes increased by about 39 percent for...