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Parkinson’s Disease, the Shaking Palsy

Parkinson’s Disease, the Shaking Palsy

By Dr. Gerard Muraida Parkinson’s disease was first medically described as a neurological syndrome by English neurologist James Parkinson in 1817, in his publication An Essay on the Shaking Palsy. However, earlier descriptions have been noted in traditional Indian...

The Importance of Maintaining a Healthful Diet

The Importance of Maintaining a Healthful Diet

By Dr. Gerard Muraida French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarinin wrote in his 1826 book Physiologie du Gout, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” Today, we tend to say, “You are what you eat.” In fact, the impact of food on health dates back to the...

The Psychology Behind Red and Green

The Psychology Behind Red and Green

By Dr. Gerard Muraida During February and March, we will see plenty of red and green with Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day on the horizon. According to Color Psychology, red is often associated with strong emotions: love, desire and anger. It is also a sign of...

Tips for Keeping 2024 Promises to Yourself

Tips for Keeping 2024 Promises to Yourself

By Dr. Gerard Muraida Resolutions vary from person to person, but for most, the trick to keeping a resolution intact is to limit your goals. Promises for the new year commonly include weight loss, smoking cessation, exercise programs, spending more time with family,...

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

The timing is nothing short of cruel. Halloween has passed, leaving households with candy and sweets galore, and the very next day November ushers in National Diabetes Awareness Month. So begins the balancing act of temptation versus healthful choices that comes with...

Deadly Falls Among Seniors Common but Preventable

Deadly Falls Among Seniors Common but Preventable

By Dr. Gerard Muraida Falls among older people are common, often preventable, frequently unreported, and too often the cause of injury and death. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among adults age 65 and older, and according to the Centers...

Difficulty Sleeping? Insomnia Causes Vary

Difficulty Sleeping? Insomnia Causes Vary

By Dr. Gerard Muraida Primary and secondary insomnia are two common types of sleep disorders that affect the senior population. Insomnia refers to difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing non-restorative sleep. In older people, insomnia can have...

Staying Sun Safe

Staying Sun Safe

By Dr. Gerard Muraida As we age, our skin becomes more vulnerable to the harmful effects of sun exposure. While everyone should take steps to protect their skin from the sun’s damaging rays, older adults should take extra precaution. One of the main dangers of sun...

Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease

By Dr. Gerard Muraida Hypertension has been referred to as the “silent killer.” According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, nearly half of American adults have hypertension. Men are affected more than women – 50 percent vs. 44 percent....

Winter Warmth Proves More Elusive for Older People

Winter Warmth Proves More Elusive for Older People

By Dr. Gerard Muraida December may not be the coldest month of the year, but it can still introduce a stark change in climate. This seasonal transition can become more challenging the older we get. As we age, internal temperature regulation becomes more difficult. In...

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