— More and more patients are hearing the words “regenerative medicine” but don’t know what it means in terms of their care. And billboards and advertisements are popping up for stem cell therapy, but there are still misconceptions about it and how it works. As a primary care sports medicine physician who uses this innovative therapy for musculoskeletal issues, such as torn ligaments, tendons, strains and arthritis, I’m pleased to answer some common questions about regenerative medicine: How do Intense workouts …

— Prescription drugs can improve your life or even save it, yet roughly half of Americans don’t take medications as prescribed, leading to 125,000 deaths annually and an additional $100 billion in hospital costs. AARP North Carolina is working with the University of North Carolina Center for Health Innovation to improve health outcomes through medication adherence. Health care professionals and patients were invited to come up with ways to improve medication adherence in the digital age. On May 11, four teams …

—   There is nothing like an aroma from childhood to make one feel at home, and so it’s not surprising that Luul and Tekle, who were both born in Eritrea, love to make African coffee from scratch including roasting the beans themselves on the stovetop. Another nod to their roots is the picture of an African nomad and family in their living room who are also enjoying the delicious brew. But beyond the tastes of Africa, Luul Ghebrednghil and Tekle …

— Tim Morrissey, Public News Service-WI (12/18/13) MADISON, Wis. – With family visits for the holidays just around the corner, an AARP official says it’s wise to take a moment to assess how elderly relatives are managing the activities of daily living. Sam Wilson, president of AARP-Wisconsin, said it’s never good to put elderly relatives on the defensive with pointed questions. He said it’s best just to observe. “I like to think of it as sort of the three M’s: your …

— Under a law that takes effect Jan. 1, advanced practice nurses in Illinois will be allowed to prescribe medications, diagnose ailments and refer patients to specialists and therapists. In addition, they will be able to determine disabilities for identification cards and license plates. The number of advanced practice nurses is growing statewide, from nearly 2,000 in 2001 to more than 8,700 today. AARP Illinois supported expanding their authority as a way to provide quality care for the increasing number of …

— AARP and MCPHS University are working together to publish and promote tips and tools on medication management. The free tips will cover such things as how to use a personal medication record and how to keep pharmacists fully informed about prescription and over-the-counter drugs being used so they can warn against potential harmful interactions. Medication errors account for 25 percent of nursing home admissions nationwide. Nearly one-fifth of Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, …