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Contact: Wendy Wilson, Media Team Director, 570-703-7807,

Brainfood = Brainpower: Getting older has its pros and cons. Grandchildren? Big pro. Memory decline? Major con. Although many health conditions are manageable nowadays, many people fear losing their ability to stay mentally sharp. One of the best things you can do right now: Eat more "superfoods." Simply eating certain foods packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants can help boost brainpower and reduce your risk for diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease-all of which can increase your chances of Alzheimer's.

Sugar highs can become sugar lows: When it comes to managing diabetes, the most important rule of thumb is to control your blood sugar levels. But, sometimes a new question presents itself - are you controlling them a little too much? According to recent studies, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is becoming increasingly common in seniors-even more so than hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). And the consequences can be severe; hypoglycemia can lead to serious side effects, including death, if left untreated.

Don't be a gluten-free glutton: Over the last year, just about all of us have learned about gluten, and most of us probably think it's just about the worst thing in the world. Restaurants have special gluten-free menu selections. Celebrities are crediting weight loss to giving up gluten. And foods throughout the grocery store have the words "gluten-free" stamped on their packaging. But is going gluten-free right for you? Not necessarily.

Old drugs; new rules: Prescription drug abuse is undoubtedly on the rise - it's outpacing recreational drug overdoses and has even left traffic accident deaths in the rear view mirror. Because of this, local and national agencies are taking steps to help avoid these addictions before they start. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency recently announced new regulations requiring monthly prescriptions - with no refills - for Vicodin while the Pennsylvania Medical Society simultaneously changed the way ERs prescribe opioids. Geisinger physicians who see the effects of prescription drug abuse are available to spell out these new laws and lay out the pros and cons of the new narcotic normal.

An epidemic close to home: While across the Atlantic, many are worrying about a deadly epidemic, right here in the U.S., we've been fighting one of our own for the past several years - childhood obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the childhood obesity rate has increased from 7 to 18 percent in the last 30 years, which is why during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Geisinger doctors are pushing the importance of resources such as support groups and pediatric dietitians in putting an end to the American epidemic.

Debate over prostate: Without Googling, what do you think is the most common cancer among American men? Skin cancer? It's been a sunny summer, but it's about one fifth as common as the list topper. Lung cancer? There are a lot of smokers in our area, but you're still not close. Prostate cancer in by far the most common cancer among U.S. men with more than 230,000 new cases each year. There has been plenty of debate over testing and prevention of prostate cancer, and treatment has come a long way. Geisinger oncologists and urologists have all the answers during September, which is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.