Posts by Sandra Levin

Drug Shrinks Fat in Obese Mice and Lowers Cholesterol

Too good to be true! Researchers have developed a drug that can shrink fat in obese mice and lower their cholesterol levels without reducing the amount of food they eat. In other words, the mice did not have to go on a diet in order to lose weight! Obesity is a major risk for developing…

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When is Memory Loss More than Mild Forgetfulness?

  June 2019 is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and many people are wearing purple in solidarity with AD Awareness Month. It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that over five million people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the United States.…

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Grandfamilies

About 2.6 million children across America are being raised by their grandparents and the numbers continue to climb, mainly due to the opoid crisis and other factors that cause disruption to families like divorce or the death of the parents. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Are they up to the Job? A study abstract “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:…

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Age-Related Prejudice (AGEISM)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are about 600 million seniors age 60 and over worldwide. By 2025 this number will double and by 2050 there will be two billion seniors all over the world. One of the major problems facing seniors is age-related prejudice (AGEISM) which the WHO defines as: “Ageism is…

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Here Comes Summer and Here Comes the Sun

No doubt about it. Here comes summer and here comes the sun. This is the time of year to think about protecting ourselves against overexposure to natural ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), summertime is not the only time to be concerned about UV radiation,…

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Group Singing for Parkinson’s Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Group Singing for Parkinson’s Disease Group singing has amazingly been shown to be beneficial for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease (PD) by improving stress, mood and motor function. Research led by Elizabth Stegemöller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University reported the results of the therapeutic singing at the conference of the Society…

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