Written by Fred Cicetti Wednesday, 07 November 2007 12:57Q Do liver spots have anything at all to do with the liver?
A No. This is a common question and a great starting point for a column about all those doohickeys that grow on our skin as we age. Liver spots: The official name for liver or age spots is “lentigines” from the Latin for “lentil.” These are flat, brown with rounded edges and are larger than freckles. They are not dangerous. Keratoses: Seborrheic keratoses are brown or black raised spots, or wart-like growths that appear to be stuck to the skin. They are harmless. Actinic keratoses are thick, warty, rough, reddish growths. They may be a precursor to skin cancer. Cherry angiomas: These are small, bright-red raised bumps created by dilated blood vessels. They occur...
Written by Fred Cicetti Wednesday, 10 October 2007 10:36Q I’m 67 and have always had very good hearing. Lately, I’ve noticed that I can’t pick up some things my granddaughter says. Is this significant?
About one in three Americans over 60 suffer from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness.
There are two basic categories of hearing loss. One is caused by damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss is permanent. The second kind occurs when sound can’t reach the inner ear. This can be repaired medically or surgically.
Presbycusis, one form of hearing loss, occurs with age. Presbycusis can be caused by changes in the inner ear, auditory nerve, middle ear, or outer ear.
Some of its causes are aging...
Written by Fred Cicetti Thursday, 13 September 2007 05:23Q: My daughter heard grapefruit juice can be toxic for some people. Is that true?
A:The juice, itself, is not toxic, but you should be careful taking medicine with any grapefruit. Grapefruit juice can raise the level of some medications in the blood. The effect of grapefruit was discovered after using juice to mask the taste of a medicine. So, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is safe to have grapefruit with your medications.
Taking medicine can be hazardous to your health. You have to know what you’re doing.
For example, calcium-rich dairy products or certain antacids can prevent antibiotics from being properly absorbed into the bloodstream. Ginkgo biloba can reduce the effectiveness of blood-thinning...
Written by Fred Cicetti Wednesday, 08 August 2007 07:19Q: At the recreation center in my development, I overheard some women talking about “low vision.” Is that something like being near-sighted?
A: No, low vision is very different. It is a significant reduction in visual function that can’t be corrected by regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Low vision can range from moderate impairment—such as tunnel vision or blind spots—to almost total blindness.
One out of every 20 people has low vision. About 135 million people around the world suffer from this impairment.
Irreversible vision loss is most common among people over age 65. However, losing vision is not just part of getting older. Some normal changes occur as we get older. These changes usually don't...
Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 13 June 2007 09:59Jayne Gottschalk is excited to succeed Noreen Weems as Marion County’s elderly director and to live as a new resident of Lehigh. “Every day here is such a warm experience,” she said. “There is always a senior citizen who stops to share blessings or needs.” Jerry Engler / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.
Jayne Gottschalk grew up playing cards, dominoes and Scrabble with senior citizens in her parents’ cafe in Geneseo.
She said her folks, Elden and Irene Prester, owned several businesses in the town where she spent all 12 years of grade school and high school. She remembers getting up to open the cafe at 3 a.m. during wheat harvest to feed grain cutters early breakfast.
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