As we enter a new year, many people make resolutions that involve health and fitness. As parents access their fitness goals for 2014, they shouldn’t forget to include their children. Along with proper nutrition, exercise is a vital part of children’s health. The number of overweight and obese...

How many of you listed “move into a nursing home” as one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2014? I’m guessing very few of you. According to national polls, many Americans fear living in a nursing home, also known as a skilled nursing facility, more than...

“(Adirondack) Park residents average just under 43 years of age, older than any state for median age. By 2020, only the west coast of Florida will exceed the Adirondacks as the oldest region in America.” — Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project, 2009 Our communities are experiencing...

Southwest Florida is fortunate to have some of the best skilled nursing facilities in the country, but for sheer ambition and innovation, Life Care Center of Sarasota still manages to stand out. Nina Willingham, senior executive director for Life Care Center of Sarasota, describes the features...

A regional collaborative between two large healthcare systems in Florida is showing early signs of success with both organizations leveraging their joint buying power, saving millions while providing better patient care, according to an article in The American Journal of Accountable Care. University of Florida and Shands Teaching Hospital...

The year 2013 was one for the books — for the good books, that is, as publishers surprised and often delighted us with new offerings worth sinking our teeth into (or chewing over in book clubs and online). In nonfiction, for example,Sheryl Sandberg rekindled the national conversation about women and work...

Medicare has begun tracking the outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgeries, identifying 95 hospitals where elderly patients were more likely to suffer significant setbacks. The government also named 97hospitals where patients tended to have the smoothest recoveries. The analysis, which was released last week, is the latest part of...

Fear of harmful side effects leads far too many patients to avoid taking their medications. In fact, it's a key reason half of all prescription drugs aren't taken as prescribed, says Lars Osterberg, M.D., a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University. But consider this: Some...

En español l Thirty-five years ago, cardiologist Dean Ornish, M.D., made headlines with his claim that yoga and meditation, when combined with improvements in diet and exercise habits, could reverseheart disease. Since then, research into the health benefits of yoga, especially its effect on adults 50-plus, has exploded. Here, a brief guide...