Look Better Naked: Lifestyle playing into Alzheimer's

Deborah Barnes and colleagues from UC San Francisco have identified seven key risk factors which there is consistent evidence of an association with Alzheimer’s disease. These factors are having diabetes, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, physical inactivity, depression, smoking and low educational obtainment.

Researchers estimate that by reducing these risk factors by 10% by 2050, it is possible to reduce the prevalence of Alzheimer’s by 8.5%, preventing over 9 million cases.

People can help prevent spread of cold, flu

SAN DIEGO, California -- With fall underway and winter on its heels, like it or not, many people throughout the San Diego area will likely find themselves sniffing, sneezing and blowing their noses in the coming months during cold and flu season.

Although the two illnesses carry similar symptoms and the way people catch colds and the flu is roughly the same, the severity, treatment and in the case of the flu — prevention — can differ.

Look Better Naked: Tips for staying healthy with a desk job

Dr. Darren A. Farnesi of Medical Age Management shares tips for staying healthy to those who work behind a desk all day.

1. Make sure your pelvis is evenly distributed – Your foundation while working at a desk is your pelvis, which is at the base of your spinal column. It provides the protective housing for your nervous system, which allows you to do and feel all that you need.

Look Better Naked: Gardens calm the senses

There are an estimated 7.7 million new cases of dementia per year and almost half of the seniors living in residential care are affected.

Rebecca Whear and colleagues from the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom reviewed data from 17 published studies, finding that outdoor green spaces promote relaxation, encourage activity and reduce residents’ agitation.

Wine, Women & Hormones workshop to discuss healthy aging

SAN DIEGO, California -- Women who are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms related to menopause don't have to suffer. Dr. Darren Farnesi, of Medical Age Management, and Chris Givant, R.Ph, will host a workshop to discuss healthy aging on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

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New York City reports 3 new cases of meningitis

NEW YORK CITY -- Three new cases of meningitis among gay and bisexual men have been confirmed in New York in the last two weeks, health officials said on Friday, in an apparent revival of an outbreak that killed seven men in the city from 2010 to 2013.

The new cases have occurred since Aug. 24 among H.I.V.-positive men in Brooklyn and in Queens, the city’s health department said. Two of the three were confirmed in the last three days. All three men were hospitalized and admitted to intensive care units. None have died.

The Center to offer workshops on health coverage through Covered California

SAN DIEGO, California -- Starting this afternoon, The San Diego LGBT Community Center will offer a series of workshops on obtaining affordable health coverage through Covered California.

With the next Open Enrollment cycle scheduled for Nov. 15, 2014-Feb. 15, 2015, The Center wants to ensure that all individuals have access to healthcare. Individuals who currently do not have health coverage or wish to change their plan are encouraged to consider their options through the Affordable Care Act by attending one of the workshops.

Learn the 10 secrets to health and wellness

SAN DIEGO, California -- Looking for tips to live a longer, healthier life? Join Medical Age Management for a special presentation, “ 10 Secrets to Health And Wellness,” on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Medical Age Management's clinical nutritionist Lindsey Mueller and Dr. Darren Farnesi will be speaking on the topic of how to become a healthier you. Following the presentation, Dr. Farnesi will take questions about Hormone Replacement Therapy.

The free event is open to everyone and will take place at Medical Age Management’s office at 3911 Normal St. in Hillcrest.

Don't let a burn injury ruin your summer

Every summer, local hospital emergency rooms fill with people seeking treatment for summer burn injuries. The Burn Institute urges people to think about how to prevent fire and burn injuries this summer.

Ultraviolet rays

Always apply a sunscreen of 25 SPF or greater when going outdoors.

Serious sunburns can occur even when it is cloudy.

Wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes, and wear a broad brimmed hat to protect your head and neck.


Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

Keep children and pets away from grills.

Look Better Naked: High brain-derived neurotrophic hormone lowers Alzheimer's risk

Science has indeed identified a protein that is a growth hormone for the brain called BDNF or brain-derived neurotropic hormone.

A new report links higher levels of BDNF to a remarkably reduced risk of onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Boston University measured and followed patients’ BDNF levels for ten years. They found that those with higher baseline BDNF levels are 50% less likely to develop dementia.

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