Arthritis Relief Among Ginger’s Health Benefits

Ginger has long been known for its health benefits, which include everything from helping with digestion to fighting the growth and spread of both colorectal and ovarian cancer. But ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties which can benefit people suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A recent study from the University of Miami found individuals who were given a highly concentrated ginger extract experienced a 40 percent reduction in pain and stiffness in their knee joints. Adding grated ginger to salads and stir fry is one way to increase your consumption, though there are also supplements and powders available. More here and here.

Senior Sleep Trouble May Be A Myth

Conventional wisdom often links aging to sleep problems. And, according to recent research, sleeplessness can raise the risk of everything from hypertension to diabetes. But though that may seem like a reason for older adults to be concerned, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh’s Sleep and Chronobiology Center and University Center for Social and Urban Research found that seniors aren’t having as much trouble sleeping as as assumed and sleep trouble may have more to do with poor health than age. The study surveyed 1,200 retired seniors. Results showed that 75 percent of respondents reported sleeping more than 6.75 hours a night and just 25 percent reported sleeping less than that. Timothy H. Monk, Ph.D., the study’s lead author, said the stereotype of seniors going to bed early and having trouble staying asleep is inaccurate. More here.

Prescription Drugs, Medical Care Rank High Among Financial Struggles

More than half of the respondents in a new survey from Consumer Reports said they had to cut back on other household expenses in order to pay for their prescription drugs. In fact, participants reported cutting back on everything from groceries to paying their outstanding bills in order to afford the price of their medication. The survey’s results highlight the fact that healthcare expenses continue to be among Americans’ most pressing financial concerns. Both insured and uninsured respondents reported skipping doses and not filling needed prescriptions because of cost. There were also large numbers of people who said they put off doctor’s visits and declined medical tests and procedures because they could not afford them. John Santa, M.D., director of Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, said it’s important that doctors assist patients who are navigating stressful financial times, especially when part of their stress is affording the healthcare advice their doctor is providing. More here and here.