The High Blood Pressure Link to Potatoes
May19

The High Blood Pressure Link to Potatoes

Who doesn’t love a good potato? French fries. Baked potatoes. Greek-style potatoes. Hash Browns. Au gratin. A new study, however, has found that people who eat potatoes four or more times a week have an increased risk of hypertension. People who eat french fries have a 17 percent higher risk for high blood pressure. African Americans, who have a higher risk for high blood pressure especially as we age, need to particularly take...

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Tech Watch: Could Radar Help to Prevent Falls Among the Elderly?
May14

Tech Watch: Could Radar Help to Prevent Falls Among the Elderly?

Researchers are working on a unique way of alerting first responders when an elderly person falls. Radar designed to distinguish a fall from other movement could be ready in a few years, says principle researcher Dr. Moeness Amin, director of Advanced Communications in the College of Engineering at Villanova. A local CBS affiliate in Philadelphia spoke to Dr. Amin about his research. Dr. Amin is working on a radar system that would...

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Is an Aging Federal Workforce a Problem?
Apr11

Is an Aging Federal Workforce a Problem?

Are aging workers the problem for institutions looking for innovative thinking? That’s part of a debate that has been raging in recent days over the graying of the federal workforce. It started with a column arguing for a plan to increase the number of federal workers under 30 so a new crop of experts can start moving up and be prepared as the older federal workforce starts retiring en mass. That led to another columnist arguing that...

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B. Smith’s Story Before and After Alzheimer’s
Feb03

B. Smith’s Story Before and After Alzheimer’s

Restaurateur, magazine publisher, and celebrity chef, B. Smith is struggling at 64 with Alzheimer's Disease. She’s not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks. - Crown Publishing Group...

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Alz Pioneer Dr. Solomon C. Fuller
Feb03

Alz Pioneer Dr. Solomon C. Fuller

Much of what the world came to know about dementia in the early part of the 20th Century was due to the work of Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who discovered the particular type of dementia that bears his name. But it was Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, an African American, who made the connection between the disease and changes in the brains of those with it. Fuller also made sure that Dr. Alzheimer’s findings were translated into English and...

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Why You Need to Sleep Deeply
Jan07

Why You Need to Sleep Deeply

Those of us in the middle of life know that our days are filled to the brink and our nights are often continuation of our days. Between work emails that keep coming past 6 p.m. and activities for our kids or community — not to mention all the distractions of social media or must-see TV — few of us are getting the quality sleep we need. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults age 26 to 64 should get 7-9 hours...

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