Low-sodium diet recommendations right for everyone?

In a recent Scrubbing In blog post about sodium, I shared American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations and U.S. Dietary Guidelines indicating Americans should limit sodium intake as part of a healthy diet. Recently, articles in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) raised new questions about whether general recommendations for low-sodium diets are appropriate and safe for everyone. Subsequent news … Continue reading Low-sodium diet recommendations right for everyone?

The scoop on salt: You’re probably eating too much

It’s no secret a well-balanced diet has many health benefits. Information about the latest and greatest foods to eat is everywhere, from magazine covers to televisions shows to internet pop-up ads. But where do you begin? One approach is to look at information that’s been around for some time and has scientific backing from credible … Continue reading The scoop on salt: You’re probably eating too much

Medication and Older Adults: Your Role in Lowering Risk of Adverse Drug Events

The majority of older adults in the U.S. take one or more prescription medicines. Even more take non-prescription, or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Medicines are useful to treat or manage many health issues. But sometimes they have unwanted side effects, also called adverse drug events (ADEs). Some reasons older adults are at risk for unwanted side … Continue reading Medication and Older Adults: Your Role in Lowering Risk of Adverse Drug Events

Screening Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Today marks the end of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, so it’s a good time to review screening recommendations and take action if you need to. What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon (large intestine) or rectum. In the early stages, there may not be signs or symptoms. This … Continue reading Screening Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month