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Chocolate Sharpens the Mind
Sami Hocine

Specific nutrients in chocolate stimulate brain areas associated with memory loss. But read before you indulge. Read more >


How Far You Have to Walk to Work Off a Soda
Alice G. Walton

It takes 50 minutes of running or five miles of walking to work off the 250 calories in a can of soda. Read more >


Researchers Find An Ingenious Way to Measure Seniors' Drinking
Neil Wagner

Ask someone how much they drink, and the answer they'll give you may not jibe with the number of bottles in the trash. Read more >


Osteoporosis in Men: Too Often Overlooked and Under-Treated
Charlotte LoBuono

It is time to stop branding osteoporosis as a woman's disease. It kills more men and is on the rise. Read more >


Curiosity Primes the Brain to Learn
Alice G. Walton

Curiosity literally makes the brain more open to learning. We may be able to use this finding in schools. Read more >


What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

One of the best ways to guard against dementia is to protect your heart. Read more >


Increasing Skirt Size Linked to Greater Breast Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Has your skirt size been steadily increasing over the years? If yes, so has your risk of breast cancer. Read more >


A “Dimmer Switch” for Depression
Alice G. Walton

Some people react more strongly to negative life events than others. It’s all about an overactive “disappointment pathway.” Read more >


Preventing Racial Disparities in Health Status and Access to Health Care
Ruqaiijah Yearby, J.D., M.P.H.

African-American patients find it easier to deal with physicians whose racism is obvious. At least then they know where they stand. Read more >


A Blood Test to Predict Depression and Treatment Effects in Adults
Sami Hocine

Markers in the blood of people who are or will become depressed offer a step forward in early diagnosis and treatment. Read more >


Experts Recommend Getting the Flu Shot as Early as Possible
Alice G. Walton

Get the flu shot as early in the fall as possible. There are a few exceptions. Read more >


Many in Long-Term Care Receive Medications of Questionable Benefit
Esther Entin, M.D.

Too many nursing home residents with advanced dementia are given medications that offer little benefit. Read more >


Protein Production Put on Hold During Times of Stress
Sami Hocine

The misfolded proteins that accumulate in ALS and Alzheimer's appear to be the result of cells' response to stress. Read more >


The Best Medications for Osteoporosis
Esther Entin, M.D.

There is a wide range of drugs available to treat osteoporosis. How to figure out which is right for you. Read more >


Aspirin: Fever, Aches and Cardiovascular Protection
Sami Hocine

Anticoagulant drugs can cause side effects and dangerous bleeding, so for some people, aspirin is the better treatment. Read more >


Good Neighbors — and Neighborhoods — Make Good Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Good relationships with your neighbors and a feeling that you belong to a community are good for heart health. Read more >


Are Bacteria the Cure for Food Allergies?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having healthy gut bacteria, part of your microbiome, may help protect against the development of food allergies. Read more >


Higher Body Mass Can Lead to Cancer
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not just about your heart. Many types of cancer are far more likely to occur as your body mass index (BMI) rises. Read more >


Digoxin Increases Risk of Death in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
Charlotte LoBuono

This common drug Increases the risk of death in patients with atrial fibrillation. Luckily, there are plenty of good alternatives. Read more >


Re-Classifying Cancers to Improve Treatment
Sami Hocine

Cancer is usually identified by where it occurs. But its genetic qualities can be more important when choosing treatment. Read more >


Mammograms Benefit Women Even Past Age 75
Charlotte LoBuono

Mammograms can help even women over 75 enjoy longer and cancer-free lives. Read more >


Lack of Motivation May Masquerade as Cognitive Decline
Alice G. Walton

As people age, it can be hard to tell whether memory or motivation is fading. Read more >


Enlisting Community Pharmacies to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Savings
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your local pharmacist just may be one of the best healthcare cost-containment strategies around. Read more >


Vitamin D Deficiencies Raise the Risk of Dementia
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Making sure you have enough vitamin D is one way to guard against memory loss. Read more >


Crowdsourcing May Help People Make Smarter Food Choices
Charlotte LoBuono

There's a new reason to take pictures of your meals — you can use them to get support and feedback to eat better. Read more >


Running, Even for Just Five Minutes a Day, Helps the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Even just five minutes of running each day can boost heart health. Read more >


Pairing The Nicotine Patch with Medication Can Help Smokers Quit
Alice G. Walton

If you’re trying to quit smoking, the nicotine patch and Chantix are more effective together than alone. Read more >


A Gel to Fight Breast Cancer, without the Side Effects
Alice G. Walton

Treating breast cancer with a gel on the skin may be as effective as oral drugs, and without the risks. Read more >


Generic Drugs Can Create Problems for Patients
Charlotte LoBuono

Generic meds can confuse patients because the same drug comes in different shapes and sizes. Read more >


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Appear to Ease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Saturated fats worsen the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but omega-3 fats seem to help. Read more >


High Cholesterol Appears Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women with high cholesterol are more likely to develop breast cancer. But there's a possible treatment. Read more >


What Stress Does to Your Memory
Sami Hocine

High levels of stress hormones reduce interconnections among cells in the brain, interfering with our ability to remember. Read more >


Low Blood Pressure in Old Age May Bring Cognitive Decline
Esther Entin, M.D.

High blood pressure in old age may not be all bad: It can mean more blood to the brain. Read more >


Sun Worshipper or Sun Addict?
Leslie Carr

Some people need the sun the way an alcoholic needs a drink. And the health risks can be just as severe. Read more >


How A Dash of Olive Oil Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When olive oil is eaten with leafy greens, it sets in motion a process that lowers blood pressure. Read more >


Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Some foods offer more nutrition per calorie than others. A new list contains some obvious choices, but there are some surprises, too. Read more >


White Bread Will Make You Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating two slices of white bread a day raises the risk of obesity by 40%. Read more >


Researchers Dispute Claims that Supplements Offer Little or No Benefit
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Several studies find nutritional supplements provide little or no benefit. But not everyone agrees. Read more >


Are You Ever Too Old for Colorectal Cancer Screening?
Charlotte LoBuono

Colorectal cancer screening can benefit even those over 75. But it is a good idea to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor. Read more >


Fasting May Reboot the Immune System
Alice G. Walton

A couple days of fasting may help the immune system reboot. But don’t try it at home just yet. Read more >


Getting Active in Your 70s (or Later) Can Reduce the Risk of Disability
Alice G. Walton

Reduce your chances of landing in a nursing home -- walk a few blocks more. It may be all you need. Read more >


Blood Pressure Medications Raise Macular Degeneration Risk
Leslie Carr

Lowering your blood pressure is a good idea, but some drugs appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Read more >


Closing the Gap in Alcohol Treatment
Esther Entin, M.D.

Physicians don't offer counseling and AA-type programs can't offer drug therapies. The ACA may help. Read more >


Stem Cells Cure Mice of MS
Sami Hocine

Mice who had been unable to even stand to eat became fully mobile after a human stem cell transplant. Read more >


Flour Power May Lower Cholesterol and Fight Metabolic Syndrome
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When a community substituted a modified form of wheat fiber for the flour in their diets, they saw a big reduction in cholesterol. Read more >


Even Seniors with High Blood Pressure Live Longer by Getting Active
Alice G. Walton

Men with high blood pressure — not to mention those with normal BP — cut their risk of death simply by walking. Read more >


Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sugar-sweetened beverages have a direct effect on blood pressure. The more you drink, the higher it -- and your risk of heart attack -- go. Read more >


Apathy, Inactivity, and Brain Atrophy
Esther Entin, M.D.

The prospect of dementia haunts people over 50, but what they ought to fear is apathy and inactivity. Read more >


Stress Can Make A Bad Diet Even Worse for Your Health
Alice G. Walton

When we are stressed, the comfort foods we crave have an even worse impact on our weight and health than usual. Read more >


No Duping the Anti-Dopers
Sami Hocine

Athletes using performance-enhancing drugs have been a step ahead of the agencies meant to police them. No more. Read more >


Marijuana Shows Promise as Treatment for MS
Michael J. Gertner

The list of marijuana's medical benefits keeps getting longer. It seems to reduce the effects of certain brain diseases. Read more >


Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce If Wife Becomes Ill
Charlotte LoBuono

When a married woman becomes ill, divorce may loom on the horizon. But the same is not true for men. Read more >


Fiber Adds Years to Heart Attack Survivors' Lives
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A cup or two of whole grain pasta may be all it takes to reduce your risk of another heart attack. Read more >


Internet Use Can Offer Seniors Friends with Emotional Benefits
Alice G. Walton

For seniors, spending more time online can be a way to stay connected socially and ward off depression. Read more >


Hearing Loss More Common Among Musicians than Expected
Leslie Carr

Hearing loss is an occupational hazard among musicians. Read more >


Could the Risk of Diabetes Be Lowered with Coffee?
Alice G. Walton

Coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes among other health benefits. Read more >


Herbal Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis As Effective As Methotrexate
Charlotte LoBuono

Made from the root of the thunder god vine, TwHF reduced inflammation as well as drugs and worked even better when used in combination with them. Read more >


Insomniacs Found to Have a Far Greater Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you often have trouble sleeping, consider it a serious health risk. Read more >


Exercise Reduces Risk of Hospital Readmission In Patients With COPD
Charlotte LoBuono

If you have lung disease, you may think you should not be exercising, but nothing could be further from the truth. Read more >


Daily Coffee Fix Could Reduce Liver Cancer Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People who drink more coffee have a far lower risk of HCC, a common liver cancer. The more one drinks, the better. Read more >


Early Morning Light May Help Keep Weight under Control
Alice G. Walton

Getting some early morning sun may not only wake you up – it may help you slim down. Read more >


Milk Eases Women's Osteoarthritis
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Drinking milk every day may help reduce the joint damage of osteoarthritis. Read more >


First-Time Prescriptions Often Go Unfilled
Charlotte LoBuono

Almost a third of all first-time prescriptions go unfilled. Cost is the reason. There are alternatives. Read more >


Modifiable Behaviors May Reduce Risk of Visual Impairment
Esther Entin, M.D.

Aging increases the risk of macular degeneration, but some behaviors make the risk far greater, while others reduce it. Here's what you can do. Read more >


Doctors Help Patients Compute the Risk of a Heart Attack
Charlotte LoBuono

Find out if your lifestyle at 40 has left you with the heart of a 20-year-old or a 60-year-old. Read more >


With Hormone Replacement Therapy, Timing and Formulation Matter
Charlotte LoBuono

Some forms of hormone replacement therapy help keep women's brain metabolism rolling. But others may cause problems. Read more >


Massage a Viable Treatment for Chronic Neck Pain
Alice G. Walton

Massage can be an effective treatment for chronic neck pain, but you should be treated several times a week for several weeks. Read more >


Often Under the Radar, Binge Drinking May Lead to an Early Death
Alice G. Walton

Drinking five drinks twice a week is far worse for your health than drinking two drinks five times a week, even though they may seem equal. Read more >


New Guidelines Are First To Look At Stroke Risk in Women
Charlotte LoBuono

Because women's risk for stroke is far greater than that for men, it is important women follow the new guidelines designed for them. Read more >


Study Calls Need For Yearly Mammograms Into Question
Charlotte LoBuono

Yearly mammograms don't prevent cancer deaths. Where does this leave women over 40? Read more >


Video Game Improves Ball Players' Vision and Skills
Charlotte LoBuono

A video game helped baseball players improve their vision. The results were seen on the field. Read more >


FDA Asks Physicians, Pharmacists,to Help Reduce Acetaminophen Overdoses
Neil Wagner

Because so many drugs contain the painkiller acetaminophen, it is easy to overdose. Liver damage is one result. Read more >


New Treatment Would Force Cancer Cells to Kill Themselves
Alice G. Walton

A new treatment can trick cancer cells into killing themselves. And the success rate is nearly 100%. Read more >


The Seeds of Obesity on View in Developing Economies
Neil Wagner

Economic development in poor countries offers a picture of how our obesity epidemic began. It starts with owning TVs, computers and cars. Read more >


Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays Lowers Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

A little time in the sun significantly lowered blood pressure. But what about skin cancer? Read more >


Fermented Dairy Foods — Like Yogurt — Reduce Diabetes Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fermented milk products like yogurt, sour cream, kefir, and lassi can reduce diabetes risk by as much as 28 percent. Read more >


Exercising More and Sitting Less, A Winning Combo for Heart
Alice G. Walton

OK, guys, time to stagger away from the tube and the nachos. There are risks associated with being a sedentary man. Read more >


Vitamin E Could Slow Alzheimer's Progress
Neil Wagner

Vitamin E may help slow the mental decline of seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, allowing them to remain independent longer. Read more >


Yoga's Benefits for Cancer Survivors
Alice G. Walton

Yoga can increase cancer survivors' energy, reduce fatigue, and lower inflammation at the cellular level. Read more >


Catching Alzheimer's Decline Before It Starts
Michael J. Gertner

Scientists have found where Alzheimer's begins in the brain. Read more >


Fever-Reducing Medicines Can Spread the Flu
Alice G. Walton

Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >


Tips for Avoiding Screen-Related Eye Fatigue
Neil Wagner

You can ease the strain of hours in front of a screen. Start by giving your monitor a high-five...and blinking. Read more >


Heart Disease and Stroke Are Still the Top Killers in the U.S.
Alice G. Walton

Heart disease and stroke are still top killers in the U.S. And they can be largely prevented. Read more >


Music: A Roadmap to Forgotten Memories?
Neil Wagner

Some songs call up old memories. They may also help brain-injured patients remember their past. Read more >


Brain Training Can Help Prevent Cognitive Decline in the Years to Come
Alice G. Walton

Training sessions can protect aging brains against cognitive decline — up to a decade later. Read more >


A Sense of Smell Is Highly Personal
Michael J. Gertner

No two people smell the same scent the same way. The difference lies in the cocktail of amino acids your genes produce. Read more >


Preventing Diabetes with The Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cut your risk of diabetes the Mediterranean way. Read more >


New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
Alice G. Walton

If you have borderline high BP, around 140/90 mm Hg, it may be better to hold off on treatment depending on your age and other factors. Read more >


Fewer Psychiatrists Accept Health Insurance
Neil Wagner

Obamacare promotes greater access to mental health services but few psychiatrists accept insurance. Read more >


Just an Extra 2,000 Steps per Day
Alice G. Walton

Simply walking an extra mile a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 10%. Read more >


Santa Claus, Aging Successfully
Neil Wagner

How healthy is Santa Claus? He surely has some belly fat. But he's actually in pretty good shape. Read more >


Another Study Links Pesticides to Parkinson’s Disease
Alice G. Walton

In the lab, exposure to pesticides caused Parkinson's. Genes matter, too. Read more >


Dementia, Alzheimer's, on the Decline
Neil Wagner

The rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are declining. Read more >


Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

We spend billions on nutritional supplements every year. Three studies say it's money down the drain. Read more >


How to Keep Those Holiday Pounds Off
Neil Wagner

The holidays are a great time...to gain weight. Here are tips for ways to avoid picking up pounds. Read more >


Another Type of Sunray Ages Skin Prematurely
Alice G. Walton

Low exposure to UVA1 light can cause skin damage. And most sunscreens do not offer protection. Read more >


The Myth of “Healthy Obesity”
Charlotte LoBuono

It's all bad news: you can't be overweight and healthy. Period. Read more >


A Cholesterol - Breast Cancer Connection
Alice G. Walton

Having high cholesterol raises the risk of breast cancer and appears to fuel its spread. Read more >


A Handful of Nuts Daily Lowers Heart Disease and Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Eating a handful of nuts regularly can cut the risk of heart attack by almost a third. Cancer, too. Read more >


Statins Do Not Contribute to Cognitive Decline
Charlotte LoBuono

Cholesterol-lowering statins appear to have no ill effects on mental functioning. Read more >


Blueberries Really Are "Superfoods" for the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. Read more >


Musical Training Improves the Brain's Sensitivity to Sound, Speech
Charlotte LoBuono

People who have studied music for a few years tend to hear better because their brains process sounds more rapidly. Read more >


Vitamin D Alone Does Little For Bone Health
Charlotte LoBuono

Vitamin D may not be necessary for older women seeking to protect their bones. Read more >


Too Much of a Good Thing: Antibiotics Overprescribed For Sore Throats
Charlotte LoBuono

Your throat is sore. Sure, it's terrible; but if you're an adult, it is unlikely you need an antibiotic. Read more >


Do It Yourself: Simple Chores Around the House Boost Health
Alice G. Walton

Do-it-yourself work around the house can help keep the heart in shape. Read more >


From Sleep Apnea to Beauty Sleep
Neil Wagner

Sleep apnea patients' looks were visibly improved when they were treated to a deeper sleep. Read more >


Sleep, The Brain's Housekeeper
Michael J. Gertner

The cellular trash that builds up in the brain gets cleared away during sleep. Another reason to be sure you get enough. Read more >


Mammograms for Women in Their 40s May Be Lifesavers after All
Alice G. Walton

Breast cancer tends to be more aggressive in younger women, making routine mammograms in women under 50 a good idea. Read more >


Compound in Vegetables Offers Protection from The Effects of Radiation
Neil Wagner

Good news for cancer patients -- a substance in veggies protects against the effects of radiation. Read more >


Irisin Helps Exercise Boost Body and Brain
Michael J. Gertner

Irisin, the magic molecule of the moment, turns bad fat into good and helps exercise boost the brain Read more >


Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Alice G. Walton

Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >


The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
Neil Wagner

Medicare is running out of money. Is it misuse of benefits, or too few doctors offering services? Read more >


Two Studes Find Exercise as Good or Better Than Drugs for Fighting Disease
Michael J. Gertner

Studies find that exercise's effects on disease equal and sometimes surpass those of drugs. Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Offers Little Protection from Disease
Alice G. Walton

Hormone replacement therapy doesn't seem to offer many health benefits beyond easing the symptoms of menopause. Read more >


Many Americans Still Don't Understand The Affordable Care Act
Neil Wagner

Americans know more about the political turmoil around the ACA than about the act itself. Read more >


Artificial Sweeteners Increase the Brain's Sugar Cravings
Michael J. Gertner

That no-cal sweetener you put in your coffee may actually increase your craving for sugar. Read more >


Lifestyle Changes Reverse Aging in Chromosomes
Michael J. Gertner

When we eat right, exercise and receive emotional support, even our chromosomes look younger. Read more >


Celiac Disease and Lymphoma Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Celiac disease can set the stage for cancer, if inflammation in the intestine is not controlled. Read more >


Low T, Meet Low E: Scientists Begin to Unravel Factors in Male Menopause
Michael J. Gertner

Low T? Maybe, But it could be Low E that messing with your love life. Read more >


Memory and Forgetting: It's All about the Networks
Michael J. Gertner

Memory and forgetting go hand-in-hand. Now we know that network coordination is more important than brain activation. Read more >


3-D Video Game Improves Cognitive Control
Charlotte LoBuono

A video game that works key brain circuits helps bring aging brains' performance up to speed. Read more >


Certain Fruits Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. Read more >


A Flu Shot to the Heart
Neil Wagner

Putting off getting a flu vaccine? Think again. They can cut the risk of heart attacks by nearly half. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Helps Fight Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Mediterranean diet appears to counteract the influence of genes in a healthy way. Score one for nutrition. > Read more >


The Color of Light at Night's Effect on Mood
Neil Wagner

The color of light at night affects mood. Blue is depressing. Read more >


Women with Certain Breast Tissue Abnormalities May Be Able to Avoid Surgery
Charlotte LoBuono

Monitoring certain tissue abnormalities picked up by mammograms is just as effective as surgically removing them in most cases. Read more >


NVC -- Cerebral Blood Flow and Mental Processing: The Case for Cocoa
Charlotte LoBuono

Our brains use blood the way a Formula 1 car guzzles gas. Cocoa appears to help keep blood flowing. Read more >


Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Killing You?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Our ideas about the "right" amount of sugar in the diet may need adjusting. Weight is not the issue. Read more >


Discovery Suggests A Surprising Culprit in Alzheimer's and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
Michael J. Gertner

New Alzheimer's disease discovery -- how it's "like a fire burning through the brain." Read more >


The FDA Cracks Down on Diabetes Treatment Scams
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fake diabetes treatments, from "natural" remedies to potentially dangerous drugs, are under scrutiny. Read more >


Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Letting Hospital Patients Sleep
Neil Wagner

Is waking patients during the night to take vital signs more important than letting them sleep? Read more >


The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Charlotte LoBuono

Know the symptoms. And please, use insect repellent when mosquitoes are active. Read more >


Vaginal Changes After Menopause
Nancy A. Phillips, M.D. and Gloria A. Bachmann, M.D.

Pain during sex is a common experience among older women, but it doesn't have to be that way. Read more >


Antibiotics Harm Bacteria...and The Machinery of Our Cells
Alice G. Walton

Antibiotics can kill bacteria, but they also cause serious stress to our own cells. Read more >


The Right Routine for a Good Night's Sleep
Neil Wagner

Getting a good night's sleep is a pretty easy habit to get into. So why do millions not get the health-sustaining sleep they deserve? Read more >


Kidney Dialysis in the Elderly: The Case for Grafts
Neil Wagner

How to avoid some complications when connecting elderly patients to dialysis machines. Read more >


Omega 3s Role in Bone Health
Michael J. Gertner

Omega 3 fatty acids, found in swordfish and tuna, appear to strengthen bones. Omega 6s don't. Read more >


How You Think About Stress Can Affect Your Heart
Neil Wagner

Not everyone feels their health is threatened by stress, but if you do, it's bad news for your heart Read more >


A Gene Behind the Body's Clock Affects Aging
Alice G. Walton

Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle keeps you healthy, and may help you live longer. Read more >


Social Media Improves Organ Donor Registration
Charlotte LoBuono

Social networking turns out to be a good way to get people registering at state organ banks. Read more >


Mannitol, A Promising Parkinson's Treatment
Michael J. Gertner

A substance found in sugar-free gum helps prevent the build-up of the clumps of protein key to the disease. Read more >


Too Much Time on Your Hands? Volunteering Reduces Hypertension Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Volunteering is not just good for the soul. It's good for your blood pressure. Read more >


Vegetarian Diets Cut Risk of Death from Chronic Diseases
Charlotte LoBuono

The risk of death from any cause is less among those whose diets are meatless. Read more >


Liposuction, A Possible Source of Stem Cells
Michael J. Gertner

A lab catastrophe leads to a discovery that may give "fat farm" new meaning — stem cells from fat cells. Read more >


Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors often don't address the obvious when it comes to smokers with lung disease. But remedies exist. Read more >


Regular Sunscreen Use Reduces Aging of Skin
Charlotte LoBuono

It's official: Exposure to the sun's rays ages your skin. But is the problem the same for all skin colors? Read more >


Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
Leslie Carr

The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >


Two-Drug Combination Better for Increasing Bone Density
Charlotte LoBuono

Combining osteoporosis drugs can increase bone mineral density. Read more >


Talk Therapy Helps Depression
Alice G. Walton

Many types of talk therapy work for depression; the important thing is to get started on one. Read more >


Fat Cells Secrete Proteins Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Charlotte LoBuono

Rheumatoid arthritis begins with factor D, secreted by fat cells in joints. Stop Factor D, stop RA. Read more >


Pet Ownership Linked to Decreased Risk of Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Having a pet can be good for your heart, but that's not a good enough reason to get one. Read more >


HRT Linked to Improved Muscle Function in Postmenopausal Women
Charlotte LoBuono

Hormone replacement therapy has risks, but what it does for women's muscles and strength is all good. Read more >


Distracted Driving: Now It's the Family Dog
Neil Wagner

Driving with your dog is a pleasure...and a dangerous distraction, especially for the elderly. Read more >


Eating Peppers Reduces the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Alice G. Walton

Eating peppers regularly lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease. Nicotine is the active ingredient. Read more >


Treatment Delays and Survival Rate for Breast Cancer Differ by Race, Socioeconomic Status
Alice G. Walton

Race, SES, and age are predictors of survival in women with breast cancer. Read more >


Hungry Grocery Shoppers Purchase More Calories
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight-loss starts at the store. Eat first; shop later. Read more >


A Game Helps Keep Older Drivers Safer on the Road
Neil Wagner

Video games designed to challenge mental abilities can help seniors reduce cognitive decline. Read more >


Deep Relaxation Brings Immediate Genetic Changes
Leslie Carr

Meditation, yoga, and other practices that bring deep relaxation can actually alter your genes. Read more >


Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer, A Closer Look
Charlotte LoBuono

Moderate alcohol consumption may offer some benefit to women who have had breast cancer. Read more >


Making Doctors More Cost-Conscious
Neil Wagner

Doctors who see what tests they order cost often cut back on them, saving money. Read more >


Behind Obesity: Could It Be Insulin, Not Calories?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not calories that make us fat, argues Gary Taubes. And that's why we keep gaining weight. Read more >


Medical Breakthrough: A Better Hospital Gown!
Neil Wagner

Finally, a hospital gown that doesn't leave you exposed. Why did it take so long? Read more >


Organic Food Labels Can be Deceiving
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A sneaky study uncovers the organic halo effect when it comes to food. Read more >


Research Focuses on Treatment Ahead of Prevention
Alice G. Walton

Researchers tend to study treatments far more frequently than prevention. Is this backwards? Read more >


Making Sure Heart Patients Get Treated for Depression
Charlotte LoBuono

Depression is common after a heart attack. Treating it not only works, it saves lives and cuts costs. Read more >


Walking Just as Good for the Heart As Running
Alice G. Walton

Walking can be just as good as running for the heart. Read more >


Vitamin D Reduces Hypertension Risk in African Americans
Charlotte LoBuono

African Americans suffer disproportionately from hypertension. A lack of vitamin D may the cause. Read more >


Too Much Sodium in the Diet May Trigger Autoimmune Diseases
Alice G. Walton

A high salt diet may trigger autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more >


Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >


Mississippi Passes An "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill
Neil Wagner

Good job Mississippi, no soda bans for you! The state with the highest obesity rate passes a law to protect its standing. Read more >


Take a Stand: Sitting Is Linked to Diabetes
Alice G. Walton

Spending less time sitting could reduce your diabetes risk as much as adding vigorous exercise to your day. Read more >


Processed Meat Increases Risk for an Early Death
Alice G. Walton

Processed meats like bacon and sausage have been found to shorten life, especially if eaten frequently. Read more >


A Troubling Pattern in End-of-Life Care
Alice G. Walton

When a person is dying, it is important to discuss hospice care with doctors to avoid unnecessary treatments and offer more hospice time. Read more >


No Need for Yearly Mammograms in Women 66 and Up
Neil Wagner

Yearly mammograms are unnecessary for women over 65. Worse, they are the source of frightening false-positive results. Read more >


Vitamin D Content Varies Widely in Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When you take a vitamin, each pill contains the amount listed on the label, right? Think again. Read more >


Stroke Recovery: It May Never Be Too Late
Neil Wagner

Many brain cells that have been damaged by stroke are not dead. Hyperbaric treatment helps them regenerate even years later. Read more >


Elderly Found to Respond Differently To Flu Vaccine
Charlotte LoBuono

Elderly adults, with their years of exposure and aging immune systems, respond differently to the flu vaccine. Read more >


BPA Exposure Damages Male Reproductive Tissue
Neil Wagner

A new study finds human fetal cells are highly sensitive to the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A. It's not just about lab animals anymore. Read more >


Parkinson's Treatment Can Unlock Creativity
Neil Wagner

The medications Parkinson's patients take can cause a wonderful side effect — a flowering of creativity. Read more >


Aging Brains, Disrupted Sleep, and Impaired Memory
Charlotte LoBuono

Aging disrupts slow-wave sleep and memory. But better, memory restoring sleep is possible. Read more >


Vegetarians' Hearts Are Healthier than Those of Meat Eaters
Alice G. Walton

A vegetarian diet lowers heart risk by a third, a huge decrease. Read more >


Speaking Two or More Languages May Slow Cognitive Decline
Charlotte LoBuono

Attention! Atención! Achtung! More evidence that the mental challenges of our youth have long-term benefits. Read more >


Surprise! You Won't Be Who You Think You Are
Alice G. Walton

As we age, we tend to think we are pretty much done changing. But the truth is there is more to come. Read more >


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Exercise Can Help Non-Athletes Live As Long As Olympians
Charlotte LoBuono

Olympians do seem to live longer, but their advantage is surprisingly easy for us mere mortals to equal. Read more >


Cell Phone App Boosts Weight Loss
Neil Wagner

Weight loss programs become much more effective when paired with an app that keeps track of your progress. Read more >


Surgical Malpractice Occurs Too Often, Costs Billions
Alice G. Walton

Leaving instruments in patients or operating on the wrong body part happens too often. Read more >


Health Tips to Carry Forward into 2013
Leslie Carr

New years are for fresh starts and self improvement. Here are some findings to take with you into 2013. Read more >


How Many Miles to Walk Off a Burger?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When people are faced with how long it will take them to walk off the calories they are eating, they eat less. Read more >


Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
Neil Wagner

Sitting too much and moving too little can shorten life. They are also easy to remedy. Read more >


Confused About Omega-3s? Just Eat Fish
Neil Wagner

To eat omega-3s or not, that is the question. Read more >


Digoxin Raises Death Rate in Some Heart Patients
Neil Wagner

For patients with the heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, one heart drug is the opposite of a lifesaver. Read more >


Nature Ignites a Creative Spark
Charlotte LoBuono

Spending time in nature spurs creativity. Read more >


Short Bursts of Physical Activity Can Boost Your Memory
Alice G. Walton

Short bursts of activity can help memory, for people with memory problems and those without. Read more >


A Backwards Approach to Weight Loss
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Before you start a diet, it can help to learn how to keep weight off first. Read more >


Antioxidant in Red Wine Could Enhance Prostate Cancer Treatment
Alice G. Walton

Dr. Tip: The antioxidant found in red wine and red grape juice could help enhance prostate cancer treatment. Read more >


Physical Activity Supports Brain Structure, Boosts Brain Power
Charlotte LoBuono

Being physically active can help prevent the brain shrinkage that accompanies aging. Read more >


Researchers See Caffeine's Effect in the Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Scans show just what caffeine does to the brain. It may protect us from dementia. Read more >


Exercise Can Add Years to Your Life — Now We Know How Many
Alice G. Walton

The more active you are, the longer you will likely live. Read more >


Are You Teflon or Velcro When It Comes to Stress?
Leslie Carr

Some people find it pretty easy to shed a stressful day, but for others, it lingers... Read more >


Eye Drops that Prevent Cataracts
Neil Wagner

Eye drops to prevent cataracts? They work in rats at least... Read more >


New Discoveries Overturn Old Assumptions about Cholesterol
Alice G. Walton

Recent discoveries about cholesterol overturn old assumptions and may lead to new treatments. Read more >


Xanax, Valium Linked to Dementia in the Elderly
Neil Wagner

When elderly people take benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Valium and Xanax, their risk of dementia goes up 50%. Read more >


Giving Patients Access to Their Doctor's Notes Is A Win-Win for Everyone
Alice G. Walton

What happens when patients have full access to their medical records? The OpenNotes study finds... Read more >


Why Women – and Eunuchs – Live Longer
Neil Wagner

Palace eunuchs in Korea lived longer than other men of the time. What does this say about male... Read more >


Omega-3 Intake Not Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Can taking Omega-3 fatty acids through foods or supplements help prevent heart disease? A new study casts doubt. Read more >


Medical Costs Often Exceed Assets Late in Life
Neil Wagner

About 25% of all seniors spend more than the total value of all their assets on out-of-pocket... Read more >


The Link Between Blood Type and the Risk of Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain blood types carry a significant and inherent risk of CVD. If you know the risks... Read more >


Going Online Can Help You Lose Weight, But Does It Beat Face-to-Face?
Alice G. Walton

Going online to lose weight or to maintain it can be a big help. Read more >


Simple Shoe Lift Improves Stroke Patient Balance, Strength
Neil Wagner

Putting an insole in the shoe of a stroke patient on the unaffected side can improve balance and strength almost immediately. Read more >


How Red Meat (and the Way You Cook It) Can Lead to Cancer
Alice G. Walton

We're learning more about why eating red meat may increase our risk for cancer. Read more >


Compounds in Cocoa May Boost Brain Power
Charlotte LoBuono

Seniors who took higher concentrations of cocoa flavanols had improvements on cognitive tests... Read more >


Mindfulness Relieves Loneliness
Neil Wagner

A simple program of mindfulness mediation replaced lonely feelings with a greater appreciation... Read more >


Grapefruit Juice Could Help Reduce the Necessary Dose of Chemotherapy Drugs
Alice G. Walton

Adding a glass of grapefruit juice can enhance the effect of an anti-cancer drug. And with no... Read more >


Simple Ways to Increase Fitness Can Reduce the Risk of Falls
Alice G. Walton

By putting a little extra effort into regular movements, senirs can build enough strength and balance to reduce the risk of a fall. Read more >


Researchers Discover A Massive "Plumbing" Network in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

We thought we knew how the brain cleans itself out. Then a completely unexpected... Read more >


Lack of Vitamin D May Increase Risk of Death In Older Adults
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss of greater than 5 percent; exhaustion; decreased grip strength; slow walking; and decreased physical activity indicate frailty. Read more >


Could a Culprit in Alzheimer's Disease Turn into a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
Alice G. Walton

The culprit in Alzheimer's disease, amyloid-beta, might prevent multiple sclerosis. Come Again? Read more >


Concern over UV from Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Neil Wagner

Place lamps with CFL bulbs at a distance, or put the bulbs behind glass to avoid exposure to UV radiation that can damage skin. Read more >


While Still Controversial, PSA Testing Does Save Many Lives
Alice G. Walton

New research tells us not to be so fast to drop PSA testing, as it still saves a lot of lives. Read more >


60, 70 or 80: It's Not Too Late to Stop Smoking
Neil Wagner

Smokers over 60 have an 83% increased risk of death. Read more >


A "Polypill" Could Help Save Many Thousands of At-Risk Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Combining four medications into one pill to reduce heart disease could work wonders for the aging... Read more >


Could Some Dementias Be Autoimmune Diseases?
Alice G. Walton

One form of dementia may be the result of the immune system going haywire. Luckily, there might be.. Read more >


Many Patients Look to the Internet for a Medical Education
Alice G. Walton

Many people use medical websites to help them learn about their conditions, but not as a substitute for an office visit. Read more >


Shifting When You Eat Could Shift Your Metabolism
Alice G. Walton

Curbing the hours of the day during which you eat could have a big impact on your weight and health. Read more >


Computer Time Could Prevent Cognitive Decline (But Don't Forget to Exercise)
Alice G. Walton

Computer time along with physical activity may prevent cognitive decline. Read more >


Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for the Elderly
Neil Wagner

Seniors need to be careful that strength training doesn't also stiffen arteries. Tai Chi can help. Read more >


Pedometers Increase Exercise
Esther Entin, M.D.

Using a pedometer can motivate seniors to walk farther and exercise longer. Read more >


Positive Changes Are Coming for Healthcare Coverage
Alice G. Walton

Healthcare coverage in the U.S. today is a two-tiered system. Luckily, changes are on the way. Read more >


Antidepressants Relieve Arthritis Pain
Neil Wagner

Certain antidepressants can help relieve osteoarthritis pain. Read more >


Age Lowers the Boom on Baby Boomers
Neil Wagner

As baby boomers begin to turn 65, their golden years are not looking as golden as in the past... Read more >


Puttering About Could Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Alice G. Walton

The simplest activities, even housework, can reduce your risk for cognitive decline. Read more >


Patients' Opinion of Medical Care May Differ from Reality
Alice G. Walton

Your opinions - both good and bad - about the medical care you receive may not be reality-based... Read more >


Sleeping Pills May Quadruple Death Risk
Neil Wagner

People who took even small numbers of sleeping pills were over three times more likely to die... Read more >


A Snapshot of Stress Across the Generations
Alice G. Walton

The Millennial generation is more stressed than generations before. They are also less able to cope. Read more >


Injections Could Help Reduce LDL ("Bad") Cholesterol
Alice G. Walton

A new antibody injection could lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. Read more >


Ladies, There's No Turning Back the Biological Clock
Alice G. Walton

Delaying motherhood may mean forgoing motherhood. But there are options if you think ahead. Read more >


Aspirin Could Significantly Cut Your Risk of Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Aspirin may reduce your risk of developing cancer. But there are some risks. Read more >


Looking through the Eyes Helps Doctors See into the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain. Read more >


Stand Up and Fight for Your Life
Neil Wagner

Even active people have an increased risk of death if they sit too much. Read more >


Who Will Divorce?
Alice G. Walton

Even the happiest newlyweds can go on to divorce. But early warning signs might predict who does... Read more >


FDA Makes Plans to Correct Cancer Drug Shortage in the U.S.
Alice G. Walton

Worrying shortages of two major cancer drugs propel the FDA to find new ways to boost supplies. Read more >


The Human Heart Can Grow New Muscle after a Heart Attack
Neil Wagner

Heart attack patients' damaged heart muscles improved after being injected with stem cells... Read more >


The Y Chromosome May Be Responsible for the Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Men
Alice G. Walton

The Y chromosome may affect more than men's sex organs... Read more >


Brain Cells Benefit from the Company of Others
Alice G. Walton

Brain connections that form when we learn something new are strengthened when there are friends near Read more >


Neuroethics: The Brain Sciences Pose Ethical - and Philosophical - Conundrums
Martha J. Farah, Ph.D. and Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.

Neuroethics asks, if your high test score is the work of a brain-enhancing drug, is it fair? What is neuromarketing anyway? Read more >


A Connection between Cognition and Personality
Alice G. Walton

When seniors improve their cognitive skills, their personalities also get a boost. Read more >


More Insight into How the Mediterranean Diet Benefits Body and Mind
Alice G. Walton

People who follow the Mediterranean diet do better mentally as they age. Now we know why... Read more >


The Stress-Immunity Connection
Alice G. Walton

Stress can lead to reduced immune system function. Reduce stress, reduce your odds for illness. Read more >


Dietary Magnesium Cuts Stroke Risk
Esther Entin, M.D.

Being deficient in magnesium raises your risk of stroke. It's better to eat foods with this mineral than take a supplement. Read more >


Urinary Tract Infections May Be Caused By Bacteria in Food
Alice G. Walton

The bacteria that cause some UTIs may come from contaminated foods. Careful food practices are essential. Read more >


Endorphins May Explain Why Alcohol Makes Us Feel Happy
Alice G. Walton

Alcohol works by releasing "feel good" chemicals, endorphins, in the brain, which could explain its addictiveness. Read more >


Massage Boosts the Recovery of Muscles After Exercise
Alice G. Walton

A ten-minute massage can help sore muscles heal after vigorous exercise. Read more >


One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Problems
Alice G. Walton

One in five Americans suffers from mental health problems. There is no reason to feel uncomfortable about seeking help. Read more >


Osteoporosis and Bone Mineral Density Testing: New Guidelines for Screening?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Do post-menopausal women and older men need BMD screening every year or two... Read more >


At The Intersection of Grief and Depression, A Controversy
Alice G. Walton

A top medical journal questions whether the move to classify grief as depression has merit. Read more >


Heart Risk Redefined: You May Not Be As Immune As You Think
Alice G. Walton

A new formula for figuring heart and stroke risk is sobering, but luckily many of the risk factors are largely within our control. Read more >


Punch Drunk: Repetitive Brain Injury
Alice G. Walton

Chronic head injuries can cause dementia, violence and death. Helmets may not help. Read more >


A Closer Look at Over-the-Counter Painkillers
Alice G. Walton

Turning to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin now and then is fine, but long-term use can damage organs. Read more >


Can Overeating Cause Memory Loss?
Neil Wagner

Overeating has been linked to some forms of memory loss. Read more >


Humble People to the Rescue
Alice G. Walton

Need help? Call on your humble friends. Those who are arrogant may let you down. Read more >


Early Results Promising for New Alzheimer Drug
Michael J. Gertner

Different from drugs designed to clear amyloid plaques, a new compound, J147, prevents - and stops - Alzheimer's Disease Read more >


The FDA Tackles Antibiotic Resistance, Targets Farm Animals
Alice G. Walton

The government plans to curb antibiotic use in food animals, hoping to reduce antibiotic-resistance. Read more >


The Connection Between Good Nutrition and Good Cognition Becomes Clearer
Alice G. Walton

Good nutrition and brain health go hand in hand; changing your diet can help protect your brain. Read more >


Adrenal Hormone DHEA For Menopause Symptoms
Alice G. Walton

The hormone DHEA sounds like a miracle: it may ease menopause symptoms and boost sexual interest. Read more >


Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Alice G. Walton

Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >


Long Distance Running Is Hard on the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Long distance runners can develop temporary damage to the heart, but it doesn't mean you should quit. Read more >


A Better Way to Reduce Prejudice
Alice G. Walton

When people are told to be less prejudiced, they are often more so. There's a better way. Read more >


Researchers Gain Insight into How BRCA Mutations Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Researchers discover exactly what makes BRCA mutations so dangerous for breast cancer risk... Read more >


Traffic Pollution May Increase Diabetes Risk
Alice G. Walton

A new study links traffic pollution to type 2 diabetes risk - especially in people who are healthier Read more >


Vibration Device Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Neil Wagner

Whole body vibration platforms have been marketed to prevent bone loss. Problem is, they don't work. Read more >


Women with PID May Be at Risk of Infertility
Alice G. Walton

Pelvic inflammatory disease can threaten a woman’s fertility, so it is important to have a checkup. Read more >


Good Nutrition Matters to Sperm
Alice G. Walton

Good nutrition and lifestyle choices improve sperm counts. Read more >


Nitroglycerin Poses Risks to the Heart... But There's a Fix
Alice G. Walton

Nitroglycerin is a century-old treatment for heart attacks, but it can make future cardiovascular events more severe. Read more >


New Research Broadens Our Understanding of Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

A new study uncovers a major surprise in the Alzheimer's puzzle. Read more >


The "Rich Clubs" Make up an Elite Network in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

"Rich Club" clusters of highly influential regions of brain cells do serious collaboration. Read more >


Research Finds the Immune System A Key Player in Osteoarthritis
Michael J. Gertner

Osteoarthritis is a product of your immune system, not just wear and tear... Read more >


Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Aids Reconstruction
Alice G. Walton

For some women, nipple-sparing surgery can help their breasts look more natural after breast cancer surgery. Read more >


Measuring Happiness Now Could Predict Death Risk Years Later
Alice G. Walton

Happiness measured at one point in time was linked to lower mortality five years later. Read more >


Stressful Life Events Can Up Death Risk: But There's a Limit
Alice G. Walton

Going through a string of difficult life events in middle age raises one's death risk. Read more >


Colon Cancer Linked to Bug
Alice G. Walton

Colon cancer tissue was infected with a specific bacterium. Could this mean a cancer antibiotic... Read more >


New Ways to Protect the Brain from Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Drugs to reduce the brain's immense energy needs may serve to help preserve it when its blood supply Read more >


The Brain Can Form New Connections between Cells into Young Adulthood
Alice G. Walton

Contrary to popular belief, the brain can form new connections into adulthood... Read more >


Study Questions Effectiveness of Stents at Preventing a Second Stroke
Neil Wagner

Brain stents are not nearly as effective as aggressively treating stroke patients' high blood pressure and cholesterol. Read more >


Pressure Ulcers: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

When skin is under unrelieved pressure, it breaks down and ulcers occur. Prevention is key. Read more >


Experts Urge People to Get Flu Shot to Boost Immunity for the 2011-12 Flu Season
Alice G. Walton

Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >


Storing Medications in High Temperatures Can Decrease Effectiveness
Alice G. Walton

When you're traveling with medications, keep them in the climate-controlled interior of the car, rather than in the hot trunk. Read more >


Venus Williams Shares Her Battle with Sjogren's Syndrome
Alice G. Walton

The Grand Slam tennis player tells the world about her battle with Sjogren's syndrome Read more >


Redefining Health: What Does It Mean to be Healthy, and How Do We Get There?
Alice G. Walton

More than a checklist of foods to eat or exercises to perform, health is a cluster of behaviors and choices. Read more >


Stimulating Environments Helps Give White Fat the Calorie-Burning Power of Brown Fat
Alice G. Walton

In mice, living in a more stimulating envronment was linked to more calorie-burning brown fat. Is the same true for humans? Read more >


Researchers Unravel How Stress Leads to Depression
Alice G. Walton

Stress can lead to depression, but new brain cells may be responsible for stopping the process... Read more >


Can Old-Age Memory Loss Be Reversed?
Neil Wagner

In aging brains cyclic AMP, a cytokine, weakens cell firing, slowing working memory. Blocking it... Read more >


For Postmenopausal Women, All Weight Loss Is Not the Same
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you are 60 or older and trying to lose weight, don't skimp on protein, or the weight you lose may be muscle. Read more >


Exercise for Seniors: Benefits, Risks, and How To Begin
Calvin H. Hirsch, M.D.

Exercise is the fountain of youth. So what are you waiting for? A plan to get you started. Read more >


Researchers Pin down Significant Genetic Predictor of Ovarian Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Having a faulty RAD51D gene means a 1 in 11 chance of ovarian cancer. Knowing your status can help.. Read more >


Doctor-Patient Confidentiality: How Do We Define It and When Should We Waive It?
Jessica Wilen Berg, J.D., M.P.H.

When is your health information confidential and when isn't it? Read more >


Colon Cleanses Can Pose Serious Health Risks
Alice G. Walton

Though they sound healthy, colon cleanses pose serious health risks. Read more >


Certain Personality Traits Linked to More Weight Gain
Alice G. Walton

People who have certain personality traits, like impulsivity and cynicism, are more likely to gain weight over time. Read more >


Grape Seed Extract - and Perhaps Red Wine - May Fend off Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

Grape seed extract – and perhaps red wine – shows promise as a way to slow... Read more >


Why Rocking Yourself to Sleep Works
Neil Wagner

Break out the hammocks. Rocking to sleep is not just for babies. It offers a deeper sleep... Read more >


Buying Flashy Cars Does Not Marriage Material Make
Alice G. Walton

Men who engage in “conspicuous spending” (think Porsches) have one thing on their minds... Read more >


Untreated Celiac Women Go Through Menopause Earlier
Alice G. Walton

Women with undiagnosed celiac disease go through menopause earlier than celiac women who follow a gluten-free diet. Read more >


Beyond Conventional Stroke Therapy: A Role for Yoga
Neil Wagner

Yoga can be useful to stroke patients seeking to regain their balance and confidence. Read more >


Osteoporosis: Treating and Preventing the Most Common Bone Disorder in Women and Men
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

Osteoporosis is common among men and women, but there's progress in treatment and prevention. Read more >


New Approach Increases the Usefulness of Brain Scans
Neil Wagner

A new technique enables researchers to view patterns of activity within the whole brain... Read more >


New Clues to Turning Off Cancer Growth
Alice G. Walton

From a chance discovery, scientists develop a new way to shut down cancer growth. Read more >


New Proof the Exercise Really Does Wonders for the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Even light exercise can have a significant effect on the health of your heart and blood vessels. Read more >


Apples May Protect Muscles Against Atrophy
Alice G. Walton

Apples contain ursolic acid, which helps preserve muscle tissue and prevent the wasting that comes with age. Read more >


Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Cancer - But It Depends on the Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Coffee reduces the risk for cancers — some cancers, anyway. But is coffee always good for you? Read more >


The "Best" Hospitals May Be No Better Than the One around the Corner
Alice G. Walton

Hospitals rated the best by big publications may not be any better than others. Read more >


Paxil and Pravachol Taken Together Raise Blood Sugar
Neil Wagner

Drug interactions can be surprising. Alone, neither Paxil nor Pravachol raise blood sugar... Read more >


Some Long-Held Links between Genes and Diseases Called Into Question
Alice G. Walton

Some of the connections between genes and disease that we accept as fact may not be so strong after all. Read more >


Third-Line Diabetes Drugs May Be Needed
Alice G. Walton

A third-line diabetes medication may help manage blood sugar when other treatments aren't enough. Read more >


The Science of Skincare: Can We Really Slow Aging?
Alice G. Walton

Skin, our body's largest organ, has simple tastes. The best products are found in the kitchen, not the bathroom cabinet. Read more >


Aspirin, Ibuprofen May Prevent Antidepressants from Working
Neil Wagner

Taking anti-inflammatory drugs while on SSRI antidepressants can interfere with the SSRIs' effectiveness. Read more >


"Health Literacy" Might Predict Hospitalization, Death Risk
Alice G. Walton

The more you know about your own health, the less likely you are to be hospitalized. Read more >


Doctors Would Often Choose Different Treatments for Themselves than for Their Patients
Alice G. Walton

Doctors would often choose different treatments for themselves than those they would recommend... Read more >


Lasers Detect Skin Cancer More Accurately than Current Techniques
Alice G. Walton

A laser probe finds deadly melanomas better than current methods, potentially saving time, lives... Read more >


Fitness May Predict Heart Risk Better than Weight
Alice G. Walton

For people with heart trouble, their fitness level may be a better predictor of mortality than their weight. Read more >


Atrial Fibrillation Can Be Prevented
Neil Wagner

More than half of all cases of atrial fibrillation, an erratic heartbeat, are preventable. Read more >


Dangerous Exposures: Sun and Skin
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence than can set the stage for skin cancers and problems later. Read more >


Can a Computer Diagnose Disease? Researchers Say We're Getting Close
Alice G. Walton

A supercomputer is turning its talents to diagnosing disease... Read more >


Regular Exercise May Foil Salt's Effect on Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Regular exercise can reduce the effect that salt has on blood pressure. Read more >


Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
Neil Wagner

If you are over 65 and on Medicare, you should take advantage of the all the free preventive health care services it provides. Read more >


Ibuprofen May Stave off Parkinson's Disease
Alice G. Walton

Ibuprofen appears to offer protection against Parkinson's disease. Brain inflammation may be the... Read more >


US Unhealthier Than UK, But Cause Is Unclear
Alice G. Walton

Americans' health is worse than their British counterparts' in everything from asthma to angina. Read more >


Cancer Patients on Opioid Drugs Have More Cognitive Deficits
Alice G. Walton

Cancer patients on opioid painkillers often experience confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness. Read more >


Obesity Alone Raises Death Risk from Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Obesity alone dramatically raises the risk of dying from a heart attack. Read more >


Fiber For A Longer Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study of 400,000 people over 50 found that those who ate lots of fiber tended to live longer. Read more >


Doctors Turn to Surgical Biopsies Too Often, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Doctors are ordering surgical breast biopsies when needle biopsies would suffice. What's the cost... Read more >


Osteoporosis Drug May Extend Life
Neil Wagner

Bisphosphonates, used to prevent bone loss from osteoporosis, may actually prolong life beyond preventing fractures. Read more >


Experts Expand Guidelines for Osteoporosis Screening in Women
Alice G. Walton

Drinking alcohol daily, smoking and a low body mass index all raise your risk of osteoporosis considerably. Read more >


Waiting Longer to Begin HRT May Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Waiting longer than five years to begin hormones after menopause may reduce the risk of breast cancer associated with HRT. Read more >


Too Much Screen Time Takes Toll on Heart
Alice G. Walton

Too much screen time is linked not only to greater risk of heart disease, but also risk of death from any cause. Read more >


Antibiotics and Blood Pressure Medicines Can Be a Dangerous Mix
Neil Wagner

People on calcium channel blockers need to steer clear of certain types of antibiotics because they can cause a severe drop in BP. Read more >


Menopause Symptoms Are Linked to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

Hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause may actually have a protective effect when it comes to certain cancers. Read more >


Walking Slows Mental Decline
Neil Wagner

Walking just five miles a week helps reduce mental decline, even in those people who have begun to experience cognitive deficits. Read more >


Breast Cancer Success Rate May Depend on the Doctor Treating It
Alice G. Walton

Success rate in treatment is linked to the surgical skill and radiation strategy of your oncologist. Read more >


Women without Family History of Breast Cancer Are Still at Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women without a family history of breast cancer are still at risk: so talk to your doctor about the right time to screen. Read more >


Prostate Cancer: Exercise Means a Longer Life
Neil Wagner

Men who have had prostate cancer can improve their chances of survivial considerably by being active. Read more >


Olive Oil and Leafy Greens Help Women's Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Leafy greens and olive oil help protect women from heart disease. Read more >


Researchers Are Figuring Out How to Turn Cancer Cells Off
Alice G. Walton

In certain conditions, cancer cells signal the immune system to "eat" them, leading to powerful... Read more >


Mediterranean Diet May Keep the Brain Young
Alice G. Walton

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet significantly slows cognitive decline in seniors. Read more >


Healthy Eaters Live Longer and Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Seniors who eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy live longer and better. Read more >


Can "Good" Cholesterol Help the Brain, Like the Heart, Stay Fit?
Alice G. Walton

In addition to helping your heart, higher levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >


Scientists Make Big Strides in Understanding the Cause of Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

It is not that Alzheimer's brains overproduce dangerous plaques; they have trouble getting rid of... Read more >


Even A Little Smoke Poses "Immediate" Risk to the Body
Alice G. Walton

According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of cigarette smoke, even if it is secondhand. Read more >


CT Scans or X-Rays? Lung Cancer Screening Trial Raises Some (Ethical) Dilemmas
Alice G. Walton

CT scans can detect lung cancer early and save lives, but there are risks and costs to be weighed. Read more >


Retirement Reverses Job-Related Fatigue, Depression
Alice G. Walton

Workers with exhaustion and depression felt significantly better after they retired... Read more >


Gaining a Few Pounds Significantly Ups Heart Disease Risk
Alice G. Walton

Gaining just a few pounds can up your risk for heart disease by as much as 50%. Read more >


How Big a Problem is Prescription Abandonment?
Neil Wagner

How many people go to the doctor, get a prescription and either don't fill it or never pick it up? Read more >


Cell Phones May Help Keep BP in Check
Alice G. Walton

"Telemonitoring" blood pressure via cell phone seems to help because it requires an active partnership between doctor and patient. Read more >


More Evidence That Mammograms Under 50 May Reduce Risk
Alice G. Walton

Just in: Another new study finds that early mammograms may bring big benefits to women under 50. Read more >


Drug Thought to Protect Kidneys During Imaging Is Ineffective
Alice G. Walton

The dye used in heart imaging can harm the kidneys. Doctors thought acetylcysteine could protect us. Read more >


Unmet Needs of the Elderly: EMS Can Help
Neil Wagner

A new program helps tighten the safety net for rural elders. Read more >


Fat Build-Up in the Eye May Signal More Than Just Eye Problems
Alice G. Walton

What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health? Read more >


Colon Cancer: The Necessity of Getting Checked
Robin Baradarian, M.D., FACG

A primer on colon cancer screening, from virtual colonoscopies to the real thing. Don't sweat it. Do it. Read more >


Parkinson's May Be Linked to Energy Genes
Alice G. Walton

Parkinson's disease appears linked to problems in the brain's energy stores... Read more >


Whole Grains May Reduce the Belly
Alice G. Walton

Eating more whole grains (and fewer refined grains) can help reduce belly fat, and your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Read more >


Age Like a Fine Wine
Neil Wagner

Aging well has been linked to three factors: faith in your ability to exert control over your life, social support and exercise. Read more >


Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk for Colon Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Low doses of aspirin may be quite effective in fighting off colon cancer in those at high risk — but how it works is still a mystery. Read more >


Paget's Disease
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

This disorder causes bony overgrowth and problems with the bone's structure. Read more >


Hormones Raise Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of developing breast cancer and of dying from it. Read more >


Vitamin B12 Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Alice G. Walton

Higher B12 levels are linked to reduced risk of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease. Read more >


Diabetes and the Nervous System: How Neuropathy Develops and How It Can Be Treated
John W. Wiley, M.D., and Roberto Towns, Ph.D.

Uncontrolled blood sugar can wreak havoc on diabetics' nervous systems. Learn the signs and symptoms. Read more >


Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Night Before Bed Boosts Effectiveness
Alice G. Walton

Taking blood pressure meds before you go to sleep at night boosts their effectiveness by working with your body's natural rhythms. Read more >


To Screen or Not to Screen? That is the Question
Alice G. Walton

Two new studies add to the debate about whether mammograms should be standard for women in their 40s Read more >


Can Your Job Improve Your Lifestyle?
Alice G. Walton

Employers can help employees and their families get healthy with company programs and modest cash incentives. Read more >


Anger and Sadness Increase Pain
Neil Wagner

Anger and sadness tend to make a person's experience of pain worse. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome Seriously Raises Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, high blood pressure, blood fats and sugar) doubles the risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Magnesium Reduces Diabetes Risk
Alice G. Walton

More magnesium in your diet, such as that found in whole grains, can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Modest Exercise Can Bring the Bones Big Benefits
Alice G. Walton

Just 20 minutes of exercise a day may help reduce fractures in women with bone loss. Read more >


Easing Menopause: Estrogen For the Brain
Istvan Merchenthaler, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. and Laszlo Prokai, Ph.D., D,Sc.

Getting estrogen to your brain is the quickest route to reducing some of menopause's worst symptoms, like hot flashes and memory loss. Read more >


FDA Restricts Diabetes Drug
Alice G. Walton

The FDA has issued restrictions on who can be prescribed the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia®... Read more >


A New Treatment for Stroke Victims
Neil Wagner

A small study has found that stroke patients recover better when they receive magnetic pulses... Read more >


Study: No Effect from Taking Popular Arthritis Supplements
Neil Wagner

Joint supplements for arthritis have, unfortunately, not been demonstrated to help ailing joints. Read more >


Much Confusion Over Angioplasty
Neil Wagner

Opening clogged arteries with angioplasty is useful for relieving angina, but it doesn't prevent heart attacks. Read more >


B Vitamins Help Reduce Brain Shrinkage in the Elderly
Alice G. Walton

People taking high doses of B vitamins had less brain shrinkage than those who didn't... Read more >


Did Your Doctor Really Make a Mistake or Do You Just Think So?
Alice G. Walton

Many people think their doctors made an error. True or not, patients often switch doctors... Read more >


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Inflammation, Boost Insulin Sensitivity
Alice G. Walton

Eating omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation that's linked to diabetes. Read more >


How Much Does Medical Malpractice Cost the Nation? Billions, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

Researchers calculate that medical malpractice and defensive medicine cost the nation billions... Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Makes Mammograms Hard to Read
Alice G. Walton

HRT may affect how doctors interpret the tests, leading to diagnoses diagnoses of breast cancer... Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome May Be Reversible by Tweaking the Diet
Alice G. Walton

You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >


Worrying About Falling May Make It Happen - So Relax!
Alice G. Walton

Seniors who worry about falling actually fall more than those who don't. Read more >


Think You're Safe with Just a Cigarette a Day? Think Again
Alice G. Walton

Smoking just one cigarette a day, or being around smokers, can lead to damage to your airways. Read more >


Better Blood Flow Linked to Larger Brain Size
Neil Wagner

People with hearts that pump most effectively tend to have larger brains. Coincidence? Not likely. Read more >


Women's Cholesterol Levels Affected by Time of the Month, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

Doctors testing a woman's cholesterol may want to ask when her last period was, since estrogen level Read more >


Cancer Cells Use Fructose to Multiply
Alice G. Walton

Cancer cells actually prefer fructose over glucose to fuel themselves and multiply. Read more >


New Method May Replace Hysterectomy for Fibroid Sufferers
Alice G. Walton

A procedure that stops blood flow to uterine fibroids may be an alternative to hysterectomy. Read more >


Stem Cells May Help Repair Hearts After Attack
Alice G. Walton

Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >


"Clinically Proven" Beauty Products: Not Guilty, but Not Proven Either
Neil Wagner

Don't accept the term, "clinically proven" at face value. Look further to find out just what kind of study was done and by whom. Read more >


Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
Alice G. Walton

Calcium supplements may strengthen the bones, but they may also raise the risk of heart attack... Read more >


CPR Good Enough Without Mouth-to-Mouth, Studies Find
Alice G. Walton

Chest compressions alone are just effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth in a heart attack emergency. Read more >


PCBs Appear Linked to High Blood Pressure As Well As Cancer
Alice G. Walton

People who have higher levels of the chemicals PCBs in their bodies also seem to have higher BP. Read more >


Doctors Don't Understand Their Patients
Neil Wagner

Doctors are busy and may not listen well. It helps to come prepared with any questions you may have written down in advance. Read more >


Being More Connected to Those Around You May Lengthen Your Life
Alice G. Walton

Having a strong social support system rivals quitting smoking in terms of the years it can add to our lives. Read more >


Fish for the Eyes
Alice G. Walton

Eating fish rich in healthy fats may help protect the eyes. Read more >


Stroking to Prevent Strokes
Neil Wagner

Researchers relieved blocked arteries in rats by stroking a whisker. Can this be applied to humans? Read more >


A Sniff of Insulin May Help Alzheimer's Patients
Alice G. Walton

Not just for diabetics: A sniff of the hormone insulin may help recover memory in Alzheimer's... Read more >


Antibiotic May Lead to Dangerously High Potassium Levels in Seniors
Alice G. Walton

An antibiotic often prescribed for urinary tract infections can raise potassium levels dangerously.. Read more >


Exceptional Human Longevity
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

Who are the oldest old – those 100 years of age and older? And what can these centenarians tell us about aging? Read more >


Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Alice G. Walton

Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >


Age at Menopause May Predict Cardiovascular Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women who go through early menopause – before age 46 – may be at double the risk for cardio events. Read more >


HDL or "Good" Cholesterol May Reduce Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

HDL, the “Good” cholesterol, has been linked to lower cancer risk in addition to its contribution to heart health. Read more >


New Site: Emerging Drug Problems, All in One Place
Neil Wagner

The FDA has a new website that tracks problems people have had with various prescription drugs. Read more >


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Side of Exercise Helps Fibromyalgia
Alice G. Walton

Fibromyalgia patients better manage their pain with cognitive behavior therapy and exercise. Read more >


Tiny Vacuum Removes Blood Clots from the Brain
Neil Wagner

Early studies using a tiny vacuum to remove blood clots in the brain show promise... Read more >


Immediate Removal of Inflamed Gallbladder Improves Outcome in Elderly
Alice G. Walton

It is often a good idea to remove an inflamed gallbladder sooner rather than later. Read more >


New Drugs Don't Always Beat the Old
Neil Wagner

New drugs are often prescribed over the old even if they aren't better or more cost effective. Read more >


End of Life Decisions: Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Neil Wagner

Patients with implanted heart devices like pacemakers or defibrillators may want to establish a directive for their deactivation. Read more >


Anemia Drug Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Neil Wagner

Elderly kidney patients should not be given ESAs, or erythropoesis-stimulating agents. The drugs pose a risk of stroke and clots. Read more >


Sex and the Elderly
Neil Wagner

It is not uncommon for sexual satisfaction to decline with age. Talking with your partner can help in many ways. Read more >


Get to a Doctor Soon after a Mini-Stroke to Avoid Having a Real One
Alice G. Walton

A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a mini-stroke, but with no lasting damage. It is often a warning sign and should be treated. Read more >


Researchers Find More Reasons to Get a Full-Night's Sleep
Alice G. Walton

Getting a full night's sleep may help you live longer and help prevent type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Laughter May Be the Best Medicine of All
Neil Wagner

Laughter affects the body much the same way exercise does, reducing stress and pain... Read more >


Dancing Improves Seniors' Balance, Reduces Falls
Neil Wagner

Dancing can improve seniors' balance, walking speed and overall functioning, not to mention their spirits. Read more >


Platelet-Rich Plasma Helps Tooth Extraction Sites Heal Faster
Alice G. Walton

A promising "Buffy-Coat" technique uses platelet-rich plasma to help tooth-extraction patients... Read more >


Earplugs and Eye Masks Help Hospital Patients Sleep Better
Neil Wagner

Patients in intensive care units often experience interrupted sleep. Finding ways to block noise and light can help. Read more >


B-Vitamins May Help Protect from Heart Disease and Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Increasing your intake of vitamin B6 and folate may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Do Brain Games Make You Smarter?
Alice G. Walton

Playing computer games may improve the specific mental skills the game calls for, but doesn't seem to improve mental capacity. Read more >


Researchers Find Way to Detect Lung Cancer Earlier
Alice G. Walton

A new approach yields cells that provide a look at a genetic marker which may predict cancer... Read more >


Walking Shelter Dogs Helps Heart Patients Recover Faster - and Makes the Pups Happy, Too
Alice G. Walton

Volunteering at their local animal shelter is one good way for cardiac patients to get the exercise they need to recover. Read more >


Complex Spinal Operations Rise Without Evidence of Benefit
Neil Wagner

Spinal fusion is not always the only or best way to ease the pain associated with spinal stenosis and disc problems. Read more >


Disabilities Increasing among the Middle-Aged
Alice G. Walton

The number of people over 40 who have difficulty climbing stairs or walking a quarter mile has risen. The impact on healthcare could be... Read more >


New Study Outlines Just How Active You Need To Be To Stay Trim
Alice G. Walton

An hour a day of moderate exercise like walking or a half-hour of vigorous exercise like jogging can prevent weight gain. Read more >


Pain Medications May Increase Hearing Loss
Neil Wagner

Taking over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen may raise the risk of hearing loss, particularly in men. Read more >


An Alternative to Heart Surgery for Leaky Valves
Neil Wagner

A clothespin-like clip, inserted through a vein in the groin, is an alternative to heart surgery... Read more >


Blood Vessels Rebound After People Quit Smoking
Alice G. Walton

Quitting smoking improves FMD, or flow mediated dilation of blood vessels, a strong indicator of heart health. Read more >


Elderly Hip Fracture Patients Are Not Getting the Care They Need
Neil Wagner

A hip fracture in an elderly patient is a life-altering event. Often they receive inadequate care during the first three months. Read more >


Under Acute Stress, Higher Blood Pressure May Not Be Such a Bad Thing
Alice G. Walton

High blood pressure is not a good thing, but it does appear having high BP in times of heart stress is an advantage. Read more >


Zen Meditation: Feeling No Pain
Neil Wagner

Research has found that Zen meditation reduces the experience of pain, seemingly by thickening the brain's gray matter. Read more >


Don't Worry, Be Active
Neil Wagner

Exercise can reduce the anxiety people may feel when living with a chronic illness. Read more >


A Little Extra Weight May Help the Elderly Live Longer
Neil Wagner

Once you are over 70, a few extra pounds may actually be beneficial and may add to longevity. Read more >


Oral Contraceptive Use and Bone Mineral Density
Esther Entin, M.D.

Oral contraceptives appear to lower the bone density of women using them. Age and time on the pill seem to be factors. Read more >


High Blood Pressure Associated with Dementia, Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

High blood pressure is connected to an increase in the number of white matter brain lesions connected to mental decline. Read more >


Taking a Break May Help You Remember What You Just Learned
Neil Wagner

Taking a break after absorbing new information may help you retain it better by making it easier to move into long-term memory. Read more >


Exercise: A Boost for Aging Brains and Bodies
Esther Entin, M.D.

A series of studies on exercise and aging shows that brisk walking can improve bones, heart and balance. Read more >


Exercise May Prevent – and Reverse – Age−Related Cognitive Decline
Alice G. Walton

Exercise helps prevent cognitive decline. Better circulation in the brain and increased brain cell production are two reasons why. Read more >


Heart Attack Survival Rate Unchanged in 30 Years
Neil Wagner

Heart attack survival rates will only improve if more bystanders know CPR and the use of devices to shock the heart increases. Read more >


Is Green Tea an Antidepressant?
Neil Wagner

The more green tea elderly subjects drank in a day, the less likely they were to be depressed... Read more >


Researchers Identify Risk Factors to Predict Second Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Having a second stroke soon after the first makes disability much more likely, so it is important to be aware of factors that raise the risk Read more >


Stem Cells Help Heal Heart after Attack
Alice G. Walton

Adult stem cells may help speed patients' recovery from a heart attack by spurring the growth of new blood vessels. Read more >


Over-Exercising Could Lead to Osteoarthritis
Alice G. Walton

By middle age we need to be careful about how much active exercise we do. Swimming and low-impact exercise is best. Read more >


Diet, Cognitive Ability, and Heart Health Interlinked in Seniors, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables helps seniors' hearts and their cognitive function. Read more >


Vitamins C, E May Ward off Age-Related Muscle Loss
Alice G. Walton

A diet high in antioxidants, particularly vitamins E and C, may slow age-related muscle loss. Read more >


The Impact of “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol on Heart Disease
Alice G. Walton

Having high HDL, the "good" cholesterol actually seems to help reduce the chances of heart failure. Read more >


Newly Retired Feel Younger and Healthier
Alice G. Walton

Retirement is good for your health. In fact, if your work life has been stressful, you are likely to feel much better after you retire. According to one study, it's like turning the clock back eight years Read more >


Flexible Bodies, Flexible Arteries
Neil Wagner

The narrower and stiffer the artery, the faster blood flows, raising blood pressure. Read more >


Researchers Find A Way to Help Keep Heart Young
Alice G. Walton

A gene, P13K, appears to play a big role in aging in the heart, reducing thickening of heart tissue and offering better overall function... Read more >


Researchers Find No Connection between Coffee and Cognition
Alice G. Walton

Drinking coffee offers no defense against the natural decline of mental abilities as we age. But several other factors seem to be good predictors... Read more >


Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management
Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Millions of infections occur in nursing homes each year, costing billions of dollars. Read more >


Vitamin D Supplements May Reduce Falls in Seniors
Alice G. Walton

Taking vitamin D supplements appears to help prevent falls in older adults, perhaps by strengthening bones. Read more >


Jane Brody's Guide To The Great Beyond
Jane Brody

Palliative medicine is a new specialty which focuses on easing patients' symptoms and delivering humane medical care at the end of life. Read more >


Watchful Waiting as a Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer
Neil Wagner

Prostate cancers are classed from low to high risk based on three factors: size, location and microscopic appearance. Read more >


Eating Meat during Middle-Age May Promote Independence in Old Age
Alice G. Walton

Eating meat in middle-age, may actually help people live independently longer in old age. Read more >


Found: A New Piece in the Alzheimer's Puzzle
Alice G. Walton

In what may be a crucial finding for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, a tiny portion of a protein, called N60, appears to be... Read more >


Memory Problems? Bad Habits May Be to Blame
Alice G. Walton

There is a strong connection between bodily health and brain health. Read more >


A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way
Neil Wagner

When it comes to exercise, your body has a short memory. It wants to know what you've done for it lately. Read more >


Losing Weight Helps the Heart Return to Normal
Alice G. Walton

Once a significant amount of weight is lost, the heart actually restructures into a healthier, more productive version of itself. Read more >


Coupling Mediterranean Diet and Exercise May Ward off Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

Eating a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet is linked to significantly lower rates of Alzheimerss disease. Read more >


Optimism is Linked to Less Heart Trouble, Better Life Expectancy
Alice G. Walton

Studies show that cynical and hostile people have a higher mortality rate than those who are optimistic and trusting. Read more >


Celiac Disease Can Affect the Elderly, Too
Alice G. Walton

Celiac disease, usually considered a young person's disease, may develop in the elderly. Read more >


“Silent” Strokes May Put Seniors at Risk for Memory Loss and Cognitive Problems
Alice G. Walton

People over 60 may be at risk of experiencing "silent" strokes, those which go unnoticed... Read more >


Did I Take That Pill?
Neil Wagner

Older adults are more likely to incorrectly repeat a task once it has become habitual, like taking daily medication. Read more >


Researchers Find Growth Factor May Reverse Alzheimer's Symptoms in Mice
Alice G. Walton

A growth factor (GCSF) often used to increase white blood cell production in the bone marrow of cancer patients may actually reverse Alzheimer‘s Read more >


Being Fit — Mentally and Physically — Keeps Mind Sharp with Age
Alice G. Walton

Physical fitness and a high school education are two factors that appear to decrease the risk of mental decline. Read more >


Revenge of the Cell Phones: Cell Phone Elbow
Neil Wagner

Cubital tunnel syndrome, or cell phone elbow, results from the compression of the ulnar nerve. Read more >


Women's Slight Cognitive Decline Early in Menopause Rebounds
Alice G. Walton

Cognitive functions do indeed seem to suffer slightly in early menopause. But these functions rebound when menopause is fully underway. Read more >


Tongue and Throat Exercises Help Ease Sleep Apnea
Alice G. Walton

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the nighttime sleep disorder. Read more >


Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Alice G. Walton

Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >


Flu Outbreak: The Early Line
Neil Wagner

The current flu outbreak is relatively mild. So what's the worry? Read more >


Loneliness Affects Mental and Physical Well Being
Neil Wagner

Even people who have a seemingly rich social network can still feel lonely or isolated. Read more >


Many Americans Lack Quick Access to Top-Quality Emergency Care
Alice G. Walton

Since time is often critical in an emergency, it is important to know whether the ER you are going to is capable of handling... Read more >


Alcohol and the Elderly: A Potent Mix
Neil Wagner

Older adults should sit around for a while after drinking and let the alcohol metabolize before driving home. Read more >


Arthroscopy's Benefit For Knee OA Is Limited
Jordana Bieze Foster

Arthroscopy, the minimally-invasive surgical technique, appears to be of limited value for osteoarthritis of the knee... Read more >


What's Good Health Information?
Leslie Carr and Tom Gilbert

Becoming an informed consumer of health information is as important to your health as any exercise, drug or health plan. Read more >


Prostate Screening via PSA Test May Be Unnecessary
Alice G. Walton

While some forms of prostate cancer may never pose a health threat, other forms are quite malignant and can be life-threatening. Read more >


Pump Up Quads For Better Postoperative Function
Jordana Bieze Foster

Strengthening quads after a total knee replacement can improve functional performance enough to rival that of healthy older adults. Read more >


Putting the Facts in Drug Ads How to Improve Drug Ads
Neil Wagner

Direct-to-consumer advertising needs to present the benefits of drugs, as well as side effects, so consumers can make decisions with their doctors. Read more >


Books, Games, and Computers — but Not TV — Help Ward off Memory Loss
Alice G. Walton

Staying mentally active by reading or playing games (turn off the TV) are excellent ways to keep the brain "fit." Read more >


Quad-Cartilage Connection: Strength May Protect Against Knee OA Progression
Jordana Bieze Foster

Strong quadriceps can keep knee cartilage from crumbling. Read more >


Research Reveals Why Winter Is Flu Season
Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN

The flu virus appears to survive longest in low humidity, which is why it is more common during the winter. Read more >


Apple Juice May Slow Accumulation of Plaques in Alzheimer's Disease
Alice G. Walton

Eating fruits and veggies works to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Read more >


New Hope for Back Pain
Neil Wagner

Spinal discs are gel-filled sacs that sit between the vertebrae (bones) of the spinal column. They function as a cushion or shock absorber. Read more >


Osteoarthritis Origins: Protein Discovery Could Be Key to a Cure
Jordana Bieze Foster

A protein in cartilage appears associated with age-related articular cartilage loss, a discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for OA. Read more >


A Link Between Personality and Dementia?
Alice G. Walton

People who are calm and outgoing, also known as type B's, are less likely to develop dementia than those who are easily stressed... Read more >


Walking is Good Medicine for Blocked Leg Arteries
Neil Wagner

Peripheral artery disease is estimated to affect one out of every 16 adults over the age of 40, but often goes undiagnosed. Read more >


Oral Bisphosphonates Linked to Jaw Disease
Neil Wagner

Let your dentist know if you are taking bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. They can bring on deterioration of the jawbone. Read more >


Diets High in Fruits and Vegetables May Help Prevent Bone Loss
Alice G. Walton

The acidity of a diet high in grains and meats may actually increase the excretion of calcium, weakening bones. Read more >


Brain Cell Starvation May Trigger Alzheimer's Disease
Neil Wagner

Alzheimer's disease may be a result of energy deprivation in the brain brought about by poor circulation causing insufficient glucose. Read more >


Winning Warm-up: Soccer Injuries Nearly Halved
Jordana Bieze Foster

Warming up before exercise can greatly reduce the risk of injury. Read more >


Music May Be Good for the Heart, Literally
Alice G. Walton

Listening to pleasurable music helps dilate blood vessels significantly, just as blood pressure medications like statins do. Read more >


Buffering for Better Bones: Reducing Dietary Acid Can Improve Skeletal Health
Jordana Bieze Foster

Neutralizing the metabolic acidity of the typical American diet can effectively reduce bone loss in older people. Read more >


Triglycerides and Stroke
Neil Wagner

As triglyceride levels go up, so does the risk of stroke. Read more >


Exercise Helps Keep the Brain in Shape
Alice G. Walton

Exercise may help keep the brain young by halting the natural decline of new neurons produced in the brain, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Read more >


Ultrasound as Clot Buster
Neil Wagner

If a clot or part of it dislodges and travels to the lung and blocks an artery, a pulmonary embolism can occur. Read more >


Patients Often Misunderstand Medical Questionnaires, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Patients often misinterpret or completely misunderstand the medical questionnaires given to them at doctors' offices. Read more >


Ingredient in Red Wine May Help Fend Off Fatty Liver Disease
Alice G. Walton

The accumulation of fat in the liver can lead to such diseases as cirrhosis and fibrosis. Read more >


A New Way to Treat Osteoporosis?
Neil Wagner

Bones may seem like such solid, unchanging objects. In reality, they’re very dynamic. Read more >


Tai Chi: Good for the Knees?
Neil Wagner

Study says Tai Chi can help reduce the pain of arthritis. Read more >


Glucosamine And Chondroitin: A Joint Venture In Question
Jordana Bieze Foster

Glucosamine and chondroitin may not work as well together as we think. Read more >


Can Aspirin Help Prevent a First Heart Attack?
Neil Wagner

People who have diabetes are two to five times more likely to suffer from heart disease than the general population. Read more >


Location, Location, Location: Surviving Cardiac Arrest
Lindsey Harle, M.D.

When it comes to cardiac arrest, where you live that can make a difference. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Wins Again
Neil Wagner

A Mediterranean diet is a diet that's rich in grain, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and includes a moderate amount of red wine. Read more >


Cocoa's Memory-Enhancing Potential
Lindsey Harle, M.D

Eating more chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, and may improve memory... Read more >


Eat Better and Enjoy It More — Enhancing Senior Nutrition
Barbara Boughton

"Eating well is vital at any age, but as you get older, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health." Read more >


A Drink — or Two or Three — May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tom Gilbert

Smoking increases the risk or RA, but moderate drinking seems to reduce it. Read more >


Osteoporosis Guidelines Revised to Be More Inclusive
Tish Davidson

According to new guidelines set by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, post−menopausal women over 50 aren't the only people doctors need to monitor for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Read more >


Aspirin and Hypertension
Tom Gilbert

Taking aspirin before bedtime is more effective for preventing hypertension. Read more >


Urban Exercise? Take It Inside
Tom Gilbert

We have all seen urban runners, skating and bicyclists dodging traffic or paralleling busy roads and highways, and wondered: do the benefits of being in shape outweigh the dangers of breathing all that polluted air? According to medical experts, the answer may well be no. Read more >


Fixing the Gait
Tom Gilbert

More than 700,000 Americans have a stroke each year, many never fully recover. Read more >


Fast Walking — Slow Aging
Tom Gilbert

Walking for an hour a day, five times a week, can take a dozen years off your biological clock. Read more >


Older Women Have Hard Time Staying Hard
Tom Gilbert

Staying in good shape is harder for older women than older men because women's bodies are less able to replace muscle that is lost naturally as they age, according to a new study. Read more >


Is Softer Better for Your Back?
Tom Gilbert

Sleeping on a hard mattress may worsen back pain. Read more >


Meditation Can Reduce Reliance on Hypertension Medication
Leslie Carr

Simple relaxation and stress management techniques may make it possible for elderly people with a form of high blood pressure reduce their reliance on antihypertensive drugs, which pose certain risks for this age group. Read more >


Seeing It Coming
Tom Gilbert

Many of us know one or two of the warning signs of heart attack, but few know all the symptoms or have a clear idea of what them. Read more >


U.S. Leads Europe in Strokes
Tom Gilbert

Mediterranean countries have a lower rate of stroke compared to the US, which may reflect the influence of the "Mediterranean diet." Read more >


Understanding Scientific Studies
Tom Gilbert

It is important to know if the information you are gathering on the Web is from a credible source. Read more >


The 30-Minute Solution
Leslie Carr

Add another finding to the growing list of studies telling us how important exercise is in reducing the impact of aging. Read more >


Folate Deficiency Triples Dementia Risk
Tom Gilbert

People concerned about senile dementia should make sure they are eating plenty of leafy vegetables. Read more >


How to Get Older, Slower
Tom Gilbert

There is an old saying: "the more time you waste, the more you have. Read more >


Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Ease Other Auto-Immune Disorders
Tom Gilbert

Anti-TNF compounds used to treat arthritis have a positive effect on B cells, which are involved in many autoimmune diseases. Read more >


Calcium & Heart Attack in Older Women
Tom Gilbert

For some older women, calcium may increase the risk of heart attack. Read more >


Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.



Sleep and Longevity
Leslie Carr

We all understand that too little sleep can be bad for your health. Read more >


Strong Bones, Healthy Joints
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch., and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Your bone mineral density should be repeated after two years to determine your rate of bone loss. Read more >


Fat But Fit
Tom Gilbert

You may have heard the saying: there are no fat people over 60. Read more >


Men, Women and Aspirin
Tom Gilbert

Taking a low-dose aspirin once a day can help prevent heart attacks, but new research suggests that this may only be true for men... Read more >


Not Better Left NSAID
Tom Gilbert

Be sure to tell your doctor if you routinely use ibuprofen or other NSAIDs because these can put you at risk for GI injury and bleeding. Read more >


Hot Pepper Pain Relief
Tom Gilbert

Hot peppers — the spicy kind — are part of a promising new approach to pain relief that appears to block pain without also disrupting thinking, balance or body awareness. Read more >


Vitamin E: Yes and No
Tom Gilbert

Vitamin E appears to help some people avoid heart disease. But it may make others more vulnerable to it. Read more >


New Lyme Disease Guideline
Tom Gilbert

The treatment for Lyme disease is fairly straightforward — except when it isn't. Read more >


What Do You Know About Stroke?
Tom Gilbert

Stroke kills over 160,000 Americans each year. Read more >


The Elderly & Vitamin D
Tom Gilbert

Recent research has led to a growing awareness of the importance of vitamin D to our overall health. Read more >


First Evidence of Alcohol-Cancer Link
Tom Gilbert

Studies find that consuming alcohol increases your chance of rapid tumor growth. Read more >


Do Steroids Leave Tissues Open to Injury?
Tom Gilbert

People who get a steroid injection in their shoulder might be better off waiting a few weeks before returning to regular activities or starting physical therapy, according to a new study. Read more >


USA #1 — in Treating Hypertension
Tom Gilbert

Treating hypertension early may actually save healthcare dollars by avoiding expensive procedures later. Read more >


Early Treatment Vital for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tom Gilbert

Early and aggressive use of the latest rheumatoid arthritis drugs may lead to remission of this notoriously intractable disease. Read more >


Solving a Medical Mystery
Tom Gilbert

"High-dose cortisone is the second most common cause of osteoporosis, and we currently have no real treatment for this serious side effect," says Steven L. Read more >


Replacing Hip Replacement?
Tom Gilbert

Hip resurfacing may help you avoid hip replacement. Read more >


The Detection and Management of Osteoporosis
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Author's Note: I would like to thank Dr. Read more >


Suicide Assessment, Intervention and Prevention
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.



In Trials: Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

For some RA sufferers, the anti-TNF drugs are not effective. Two new drugs offer an alternative. Read more >


New RA Therapy: Immune Reeducation vs. Immunosuppression
Tom Gilbert

A promising new treatment may be able to reeducate the body's immune system to stop it from attacking healthy joint tissue. Read more >


Sepsis and Its Complications
Tom Gilbert

Every minute of every day, two people die from sepsis in the United States. Read more >


Update on Fibromyalgia: A Real Pain
Tom Gilbert

For years, fibromyalgia sufferers have been telling sometimes skeptical doctors about their pain. Read more >


Good Health to Diet For: Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Robert M. Russell, M.D. and Paolo M. Suter, M.D.

Some people are "salt sensitive." If they increase their salt, they increase their blood pressure. Read more >


Osteoarthritis
Yusuf Yazici, M.D., and Akgun Ince, M.D.

Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help relieve symptoms of knee arthritis. Read more >


Less Painkiller, Less Pain?
Tom Gilbert

Consider this common scenario. Read more >


A Potent Argument for Exercise?
Tom Gilbert

Exercise helps reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction or ED. Read more >


Sports Injuries and the Aging Athlete
John E. Morley, M.D.

Not long ago, a man named Al Hanna successfully reached the southern summit of Mt. Read more >


Going With The Flow: Exercise And Healthy Blood Vessels
Tom Gilbert

The blood vessels of older athletes tend to function just as well as those younger group. Read more >


Of Mice and Men and Women: The Genetics of Pain
Tom Gilbert

People experience pain differently; some are more sensitive than others. Genes may be the reason. Read more >


Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
M. Nergis Alnigenis (Yanmaz), M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >


The Graying of Society: Nutrition, Vitamins and Aging
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel B. Mason, M.D.

The elderly need to drink at least 8 servings of water or equivalent liquids every day. Read more >


Sleep Apnea: The Noisy Killer
Ahmed Syed Ali, M.D., and John E. Morley, M.D.

If you are often sleepy during the daytime, you may have sleep apnea and should see your doctor. Read more >


Coronary Heart Disease in Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Two common conditions that can produce chest pain and are frequently confused with angina are esophageal reflux disease and panic attacks. Read more >


Influenza Can Affect Your Blood Count
Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

As we all know, it is influenza season again. Read more >


The Human Genome Project: What It Means for You
James R. Lupski, M.D., Ph.D.

A mutation can be caused by a change in a whole chromosome or involve just one base pair of a specific gene. Read more >


Why Doctors Use Echocardiography
Eddy Barasch, M.D.

Echocardiography is so sensitive that it can detect mild murmurs not otherwise heard, alerting your doctor to potential problems. Read more >


How Much Protein Do You Need?
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Carmen Castanada Sceppa, M.D., Ph.D.

Amino acid supplements are not digested and absorbed into the body as readily as amino acidscoming directly from food sources. Read more >


Urinary Incontinence
John E. Morley, M.D.

Incontinence, the inability to restrain the discharge of urine, is an extremely common and highly treatable disorder. Read more >


Taking Osteoporosis Out of Your Future — A Major Challenge for Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Balance exercise, like Tai Chi, can lessen the risk of falls. Read more >





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