Tom Hanks Reveals He Has Diabetes. Did Fluctuating Weight Play a Role?

Posted on 10/8/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthIn a surprise announcement, Tom Hanks, 57, revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman that he has diabetes. While on the show to promote his new film Captain Phillips, he told Letterman that he learned at age 36 that he had high blood sugar. Recently his doctor told him: “You’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.” Hanks said the doctor also told him that if he could return to his high school weight, he’d be “completely healthy” and …

He Helped Solve the Mystery of Lyme Disease

Posted on 09/23/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the 1970s, a cluster of cases of unexplained severe joint pain and swelling was breaking out in a small three-township area in Connecticut, as a 1976 New York Times article detailed. Fortunately, the mysterious affliction soon came to the attention of a team of Yale University medical researchers headed by rheumatology chief Dr. Stephen E. Malawista, who passed away on Sept. 19 at age 79 in Hamden, Conn. Malawista and his colleagues — Dr. Allen C. Steere and Dr. …