arthritis

Why This City Has Outlawed Doorknobs

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe Sun Is Setting on the Humble Doorknob. That’s the Vancouver Sun headline describing the city’s new building code, which will soon outlaw twisty doorknobs  — and traditional faucet handles, too — in new construction. The paper takes the positive view that, far from being banished, doorknobs are being “legislatively upgraded to levers more conducive to the arthritic, gnarled or weakened hands we earn with age.” >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter That sounds like a promising development. AARP has …

Updated: What Causes Arthritis?

Posted on 11/4/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHave you ever thought about how many times you use your hands in a day? Perhaps you’ve pondered which fingers you could do without if you had to get rid of a couple? Maybe you’ve thought about how quickly your body sends signals back and forth so that you can type a blog post, tie your shoe or lift your fork? It’s actually pretty fascinating when you stop and think about it! >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP …

Can Achy Joints Really Predict the Weather?

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMy grandma swore by her arthritic knee. When it throbbed, she said it meant the weather was about to change. My husband, on the other hand, maintains he can predict rain because the incoming weather front gives him a headache. Is there any truth to these claims? Can the change in weather pressure really trigger physical pain? The Wall Street Journal recently tackled this subject by asking scientists if there was some factual evidence behind all the tales of weather-related …

Buying Arthritis Supplements Online? A Warning

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBuying dietary supplements online is easy and popular, but using Reumofan, a Mexican product marketed online to relieve arthritis and joint pain, can cause dangerous side effects, including liver injury, internal bleeding, stroke and death, the government warns. The Food and Drug Administration has been issuing warnings since 2012 that this so-called “natural” supplement actually contains three powerful prescription drug ingredients, including a corticosteroid that can affect blood sugar levels and impair the body’s ability to fight off infection, and …

Ready To Run? Don’t Let Age Get In The Way

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI love to run. I run to clear my head, burn calories, strengthen my lower body . . . and it just feels good. Sure, there are plenty of mornings when I’d rather hit the “snooze” button, or linger over another cup of coffee. But, I’m always glad when I’ve pushed myself to get up . . . and get out there. To be on the safe side, though, I’ve learned to become a ‘mindful runner’. I don’t “pound the …

Watch: Geriatric Sea Otter Stays Fit By Shooting Hoops

Posted on 02/21/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin TodayMeet Eddie, a 15-year-old sea otter at the Oregon Zoo. At 15 he’s considered a geriatric in otter years, but he isn’t letting his age — and his arthritis — get in the way of having lots of fun, as you can easily see from watching him shoot hoops in his aquatic basketball court. Eddie’s signature move? “The slam dunk,” says Jenny DeGroot, the zoo’s lead sea otter keeper. “Eddie almost never misses,” DeGroot adds. “And if he does miss, he …