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Being a friend can help prevent loneliness

Recently, one of my good friends observed her neighbor sitting quietly on a chair in her front yard. As a woman who is normally milling around her yard tending to her flowers, it was unusual to see her there.

“I’m lonely,” she replied when asked how things were going.

The pros and cons of herbal medications

You know that old saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees?” Well, what if it applied to medicine?According to your next-door-neighbor, the woman who sits in front of you in yoga class, and other “expert” sources, herbal medication works just as well as prescriptions from your doctor. (At least, that’s what the Internet tells them.) But what are the real facts? Could natural cures be growing in our backyards?

John Sorensen sponsors CASA charity event

This weekend, John Sorensen was a sponsor for the CASA Black and White Ball at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting abused and neglected children, celebrated it’s 30th anniversary. Mr. Sorensen and his wife, Stephanie, were glad to support and attend the event.

3 reasons why homecare is a good option for your loved ones

Not long ago, when an older adult needed additional time to recover from surgery, the only options available were relying on the care provided by family members or spending time in a nursing home.

Oftentimes, instead of focusing on a care schedule ideal for the situation, arrangements for a recovering parent are fueled by emotions. The results of an NAC/AARP survey conducted in 2011 and published on RightatHome.com reveal that most adult children feel it is their responsibility to care for an aging parent. According to this study, “Informal caregivers provide an estimated 21 hours of care per week, performing duties such as grocery shopping and bathing, and contribute an average of $200 to $234 per month in out-of-pocket expenditures for groceries, transportation, medications, or others forms of cash support.”

New technologies to treat breast cancer

Women handle a variety of roles. We are managers, leaders, caregivers, team players, examples, role models, sisters, aunts, grandmas and moms. Our interests vary as wide as the opportunities that support them. Yet one concern that unites us is the fear of breast cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, around 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year.

Real cures for tendonitis

What do tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, golfer’s elbow, and jumper’s knee have in common?

First, they all hurt. A lot. Many sufferers describe the pain as a dull ache, tender to the touch with visible swelling in the affected area.

Second, they are all forms of tendonitis. Tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It is most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels.

5 strategies to help prevent osteoporosis

Osteoporosis comes without warning and affects millions of women each year.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, ”about half of all women over the age of 50 will have a fracture of the hip, wrist or vertebra (bone of the spine) during their lifetime” as a result of it.

Dr. Yun Ling, Internal Medicine Physician for Central Utah Clinic, explains that osteoporosis “is related to the sharp hormone level drop in estrogen and progesterone. These two hormones stimulate bone density. Once they decrease, your bones start to thin.”

Targeted cancer therapists cause spike in dermatological side effects

Treatment therapies for cancer have improved dramatically in recent years, most notably through the use of targeted therapy drugs that block tumor cell formation.

Instead of directly killing cancer cells and wreaking havoc on the body in the process, targeted therapies have curtailed many of the devastating side effects of chemotherapy drugs, from infections to drops in blood cell counts.