Should older adults be routinely screened for Alzheimer’s disease or memory problems? Maybe, maybe not. A government panel says there’s not yet enough data to recommend either for or against it. The panel’s uncertainty reflects the complexity of the issue at a time when scientists are...

We've heard for years how stress can wreak havoc on your body. Now, it's clear stress also can harm your mind. Whether it's short-term stress (17 people are coming for Thanksgiving dinner and your oven just went on the blink) or long-term (a loved one is...

April A 15-minute walk after eating can lower your blood sugar level for hours, and significantly reduce your risk of diabetes. More important, taking a short walk after meals can be much more effective at preventing blood sugar spikes than taking one 45-minute walk daily. What...

It sounded like great news for thousands of older people: New blood pressure guidelines might free them from the anxiety of taking powerful medications to control their blood pressure, and the side effects those pills sometimes brought. But almost immediately, several members of the panel of...

Recently, I have experienced first hand the issues of Elder Care as my mother's health began to decline. I have been subjected to the maze of red tape with Medicare and Medicaid, and the difficulties caregivers endure to provide adequate care with the associated financial...

Florida lawmakers have a new vision for the tourism industry. It’s not just Mickey Mouse and the beaches. Their goal is to make Florida an international destination for people seeking top-notch medical care. Proposals in the Florida House and Senate seek to pump $5 million into efforts...

The number of Floridians affected with Alzheimer's is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent in the next decade, putting a strain on Florida's health care system and increasing costs for taxpayers, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch. The report, "Florida's Looming Alzheimer's...

Not that there is a shortage of space or poor conditions for those in nursing homes in Highlands County, but more beds and upgrades in nursing facilities could become available if a proposed state bill passes. A moratorium enacted in 2001 on adding nursing home beds...

More than 7 million people have signed up for health care coverage through federal and state exchanges created under President Obama's signature health care law, the White House announced Tuesday. With the announcement that came hours after the March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage,...