Author Archives: Donna Florio

Is 100 the new 80?

Planning to live to 100? All of us should be. In the past 30 years, the number of people living to be 90 and above has tripled, and will quadruple by 2050. By that time, some of our numbers will … Continue reading

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The Horizonal Hour

Saturday afternoons nearly always find me taking a nap.  I unashamedly sack out, covered with my favorite soft throw. After an hour, I wake up refreshed, ready to head to the coffee shop and write. I’d happily follow a shorter … Continue reading

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I Love/Hate My Phone

Until recently, I thought my most pressing problem with my smartphone was stroking out from frustration with the touchscreen. I’m pretty sure my blood pressure goes through the roof during extended bouts of texting. Today I learned there’s a more … Continue reading

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The Case for Bioidentical Hormones

When I made my first visit to my preventive medicine doctor,  Dr. Jim McMinn, he ordered thorough blood and saliva tests to determine what areas of my health need improvement.  Discussing the results, he pointed to my estrogen, testosterone, and … Continue reading

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Statins? I’ll Pass, Thanks

A few weeks ago, I watched a tantalizingly titled CNN special, “The Last Heart Attack.” Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited several doctors known for helping heart patients regain good quality of life and avoid future cardiac episodes.  The experts were interspersed … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of the Pool

It’s 8:40 on a Saturday morning, and I’m late (again) for water aerobics. But no matter—I’m here, and that’s the important thing. I slide into my usual spot to join the mostly 70- and 80-somethings in jumping jacks, cross-country skiing, … Continue reading

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Exercise: the No-Medicine Medicine

There have been so many studies on the health benefits of exercise that it’s surprising more people don’t run right out to the gym.  The most recent study, out last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows a clear … Continue reading

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