Health & Fitness

Somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of Americans live alone, the largest amount in our history. Some people seem concerned that this will lead to lives filled with isolation and  loneliness. Author Eric Klineberg, in a survey of 300...

Holding the hand of an elderly person.

If you’re one of the 65.7 million Americans responsible for the care of an adult, an elderly person, or a child with special needs, it won’t come as news to you that you’re stressed and exhausted. That’s...

Computer displaying red cross

Librarians are not doctors. Nor do they play them on TV.

Several libraries, however, are providing a wealth of health information to help people ask their doctors the right questions or better inform them about medical situations faced by...

self defense training

The library offers endless opportunities to expand one’s life skills. While you would expect them to offer guidance on matters such as job interview techniques, saving for retirement and the like, who knew that, at the library, you can also...

Nurse and patient

First, a confession: I don’t respond with enthusiasm to the idea that we have to “manage our own health.” Like many Americans, I have believed that my doctors were supposed to do that. However, if indeed doctors ever did that,...

Jack LaLanne--the leader of the modern fitness movement

In the beginning, there was Jack LaLanne. For a half century he  claimed  a healthier lifestyle can lead to the good life. Richard Simmons? Jane Fonda?;They were late comers. LaLanne was the leader of the modern fitness movement with...

Stethoscope and medical records

September 23 marked the 6-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama on March 23.

All the provisions in the law won’t take effect until 2014, when people without employer coverage and small...

Dying rose

I am 27 years old.  When people ask what I’ve done over the weekend, I choose the one or two things involving someone my own age. “I had brunch with Melissa and her baby,” or “Kate and I went to Moto-i. I love the...

Teddy Bear in the Health Center Reference section

You are a consumer with a question about health care. Perhaps you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness. Or you may be in good health and want to stay that way by eating properly and taking good care of yourself. Or you may be...

Sunflowers in front of sun.

School’s out and the summer season is upon us. It is time to pull out the hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses to protect our eyes and skin from too much sun when we are enjoying the outdoors. Most people know that ultraviolet (also known as UV)...