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Lifestyle Factors Reduce Alzheimer's Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A combination of these lifestyle traits appears to substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

Location and Longevity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Where you live, in addition to your genes and lifestyle, has an impact on how long you live. How does your part of the U.S. stack up? Read more >

Meat's Other, Sulfur, Problem
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not just fats in meat that make it hard on heart health. Certain amino acids add to the risk, too. Read more >

Aging Optimists
Charlotte LoBuono

Living with an optimist brings mental benefits that make serious, age-related memory issues less likely. Read more >

Don't Fear the Bean
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you avoid legumes because they make you fart, consider what they do for your heart, weight and wallet. Read more >

Making Bad Cholesterol Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Avocados reduce the worst kind of bad cholesterol. Antioxidants appear to be the reason why. Read more >

The Cure for Digital Addiction
Neil Wagner

How often have you emerged from an online session, surprised that so much time had passed? Here's how to change your ways. Read more >

MS Treatment Costs Skyrocket
Neil Wagner

The average cost for a year's supply of MS drugs has more than quadrupled, jumping from about $18,000 to $76,000 since 2006. Read more >

Choking on Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The size of many vitamins and supplements can be a problem for older adults. Here's what helps. Read more >

The Anti-Aging Compound in Blueberries
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Nearly everyone loves them, and for those over 65, blueberries are a tasty hedge against aging. Read more >

Put a Little More Fish in Your Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Red and processed meats are bad for you; fish is good. So why aren't people in the U.S. eating more fish? Read more >

Seniors' Cannabis Problem
Charlotte LoBuono

Seniors are often reluctant to ask about how medical marijuana might help them, and many doctors lack the information to offer advice. Read more >

Deluded about Dementia
Charlotte LoBuono

People worry about dementia, but too few do what they should to keep their brains sharp. Read more >

Save Billions in Healthcare Costs
Leslie Carr

If the US switched to pricing models used in Canada and the UK, the cost of drugs to Medicare could drop by as much as $73 billion a year. Read more >

New Physical Activity Guidelines
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines make it easier for people to achieve the exercise levels they need for better health. Read more >

Obesity Drains the U.S. Economy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The costs related to caring for an increasingly overweight population come to over $1.7 trillion. Read more >

The Blue Gene
Neil Wagner

Men with variations in a particular stretch of DNA are more likely to have erectile dysfunction. Read more >

Depression and Menopause
Charlotte LoBuono

The changes in hormones that mark the transition to menopause leave women vulnerable to depression. Read more >

Low-Carb Diets are High-Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cutting carbohydrates raises your risk of premature death and serious health problems. What matters is the kind of carbs you eat. Read more >

Some Cancers Aren't
Neil Wagner

Some cancerous growths are slow-moving and rarely life-threatening. Avoiding the term changes things. Read more >

Diabetes, Just Around the Corner
Alice G. Walton

Even seemingly healthy people can have blood sugar spikes that creep into diabetes territory. Read more >

Does a Virus Trigger Alzheimer's?
Alice G. Walton

People with a common childhood virus may be more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease years later. Read more >

A Growing Health Literacy Crisis
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

As medicine becomes more technical, people can have trouble understanding doctors' orders. Read more >

Joint Effort: Avoiding Osteoarthritis
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can lower your risk of osteoarthritis and increase your chances of staying mobile and pain-free for years to come. Read more >

The Summer of Love, 50 Years On
Neil Wagner

A poll of people over 65 finds they think sex is still important. Health and gender matter, however. Read more >

Vaping's Toxic Flavors
Esther Entin, M.D.

Flavors can make vaping attractive, but they are far from harmless. They can be fine in foods, but become toxic when inhaled. Read more >

An End to the Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Debate?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Deciding between a low-carb or a low-fat diet has puzzled dieters for decades. Here's an answer. Read more >

Reduce Your Risk of Fractures
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People worried about keeping bones strong should focus on these factors before taking supplements. Read more >

The Bar for High Blood Pressure Just Got Lower
Neil Wagner

The idea is to prevent cardiovascular damage before it occurs. Read more >

Go with the Grain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Give whole grains in bread, pastas and salads a chance. You'll lose weight and reduce your risk of diabetes and colorectal cancer. Read more >

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
Esther Entin, M.D.

Personal sound amplification devices are likely to become available the way reading glasses are. Read more >

Me? High Blood Pressure?
Aditya Khetan MBBS, Richard A Josephson MS MD, and Sri Krishna Madan Mohan MBBS, MRCP, FACC

Aging makes hypertension more likely. Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Know how to take your pressure properly. Read more >

To Prevent Alzheimer's, Start Early
Esther Entin, M.D.

In your 40s and worried about dementia? Try to reduce these cardiovascular risk factors. Read more >

Low T? More News
Neil Wagner

A new series of studies of testosterone therapy and bone health, anemia, heart risks and memory have just been published. Read more >

Paper Tiger
Neil Wagner

Chemicals in fast food wrappers can remain in your body for up to 10 years. Read more >

The Medical Bill You Weren't Expecting
Neil Wagner

When an out-of network doctor puts you out, the bill can knock you out all over again. Read more >

Holiday Heart Syndrome
Esther Entin, M.D.

Don't let Holiday Heart Syndrome land you or a loved one in the ER this season. Read more >

Dazed and Confused
Neil Wagner

Giving antipsychotics to ill and aging patients with delusions deepens confusion — and worse. Read more >

New Dosing Guidelines for People on Statins
Esther Entin, M.D.

Higher doses statins can significantly prolong life, even for those over 75. Read more >

Mall-Walking, Anyone?
Esther Entin, M.D.

There are lots of reasons too many people over 50 are inactive, but it's easy to build activity into your life. Read more >

Hidden Hearing Loss
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hearing problems like tinnitus now appear to reflect subtle noise damage routine exams often miss. Are you guilty of ear abuse? Read more >

You Need to Eat More Plants
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Meats are killers. Here's a game plan to help you begin to move to a more plant-based diet. Read more >

Silent Heart Attacks
Esther Entin, M.D.

They are more common that even doctors believed, and are likely to be missed — unless you know what to look for or check an EKG. Read more >

Yoga, For Body And Brain
Alice G. Walton

Skip the brain-training. Yoga and meditation can do more for your mood and memory. Read more >

Insulin Users' Sticker Shock
Neil Wagner

“Evergreening,” a process that is far less friendly than it sounds, is the reason insulin prices have tripled. Read more >

Under-Vaccinated Children, A New Public Health Threat
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents, the decision not to vaccinate your child can put others at risk. Read more >

The Next Wave of Overdoses
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overdoses and deaths from anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Valium are way up. Here's why. Read more >

Age-Related Cataracts
Enoch B. Kassa, M.D and Yang Sun, M.D., Ph.D.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness around the world even though they are usually fully correctable with surgery. Read more >

When You Don't — and Do — Need Antibiotics
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why do people go to the doctor hoping to make cold symptoms disappear when it doesn't work and can be dangerous? Read more >

The Politics of Food Science
Neil Wagner

You probably don't want to believe everything you read when it comes to claims about foods. Read more >

Mighty Microminerals
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You need to know if you are getting enough trace minerals like copper, selenium, and magnesium. Read more >

Senior Sex In A Post-Viagra World
Barbara L. Marshall, Ph.D.

More seniors are enjoying sex, but a worrisome emphasis on performance is creeping in. Read more >

Mammograms, More to Debate
Charlotte LoBuono

A recent report finds that in women over 50 and under 70, mammograms save lives. Read more >

A Picture of Problem Drinking
Esther Entin, M.D.

Alcohol use disorders are common and often come with mental and physical health problems. Read more >

A Plan of Action for Desk Jockeys, Couch Potatoes
Neil Wagner

Guidelines for workers and employers to help get more people off their seats and on their feet. Read more >

Getting Enough, But Not Too Much, Vitamin D
Malcolm D. Kearns, M.D. and Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D.

Fatty fish — and the sun — help us get the vitamin D we need. But too much D can be toxic. Read more >

Vitamin D in Health and Disease
Malcolm D. Kearns, M.D. and Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D.

Nearly half of the population is deficient in Vitamin D. Age, skin color and weight can put you at risk. Read more >

Successful Offensives in the Battle of The Bulge
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cities have banned super-sized sodas and built bike lanes. What works? Read more >

Moderate Drinkers at Lower Risk for Heart Failure
Charlotte LoBuono

Drinking offers health benefits, particularly for the heart, that rapidly give way to health risks if you drink too much. Read more >

Mild Cogniitive Impairment: What It Is, What It's Not
Esther Entin, M.D.

You're over 60 and are starting to find it hard to remember things. Are you on the road to senility? Read more >

Seniors Vulnerable to Gambling's Allure
Esther Entin, M.D.

Gambling offers seniors excitement and a way to socialize. What could be bad? Actually, plenty. Read more >

Discovery Paves Way for Early Detection of Blood Cancer
Sami Hocine

Two new studies identify the genetic mutations that lead to some cancers and offer hope for treating precancerous conditions early. Read more >

Apps Help Dieters Lose Weight — If They Are Motivated
Charlotte LoBuono

Phone apps can help you lose weight, but it's what they can't do that makes the biggest difference. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Punch Drunk: Repetitive Brain Injury
Alice G. Walton

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

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

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

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Feel Younger
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Feel Younger is a four−part series based on a book by TheDoctor's Aging specialist, Dr. 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 >

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 >

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Joshua L. Dunaief, M.D., Ph.D., and Leon Charkoudian, M.D.

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

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 >

Improving Your Posture and Balance
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D

Posture is reflection of how you balance your body, which would fall forward if your muscles did not pull it back. Read more >

Move It: Exercise and Aging
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Cataracts: Causes, Prevention, Treatment
Val Shestopalov, Ph.D.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in the Elderly
Devraj Munikrishnappa, M.D.

Obesity, smoking, television viewing and alcohol use are associated with higher risk of ED. 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.

Stronger Seniors
Ambrose P. Ramsay, M.D.

Glaucoma: The Perils of High Pressure
Gary M. Levin, M.D.

Eye drops for glaucoma can cause depression. Read more >

Frailty: Management and Treatment
John E. Morley, M.D.

Most frail persons should do resistance exercise training at least three times per week. Read more >

"Tube Feeding" — Right or Wrong: The Medical, Legal and Ethical Issues
David E. Milkes, M.D.

Patients should not be on tube feeding unless they are expected to requireit for more than 30 days. 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 >

John E. Morley, M.D.

Older hospitalized patients are often given too little food. Read more >

M. Louay Omran, M.D.

Swallowing problems that come and go are usually caused by non-cancerousrings of tissue. Read more >

Yusuf Yazici, M.D., and Akgun Ince, M.D.

Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help relieve symptoms of knee arthritis. Read more >

Exercises for the Active Senior
John E. Morley, M.D.

Sit with legs extended and flex the trunk forward from the hips. 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 >

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 >

Managing Cognitive Dysfunction
John E. Morley, M.D.

Use of a hearing amplifier can stop a demented patient's screaming. 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 >

Male Menopause
John E. Morley, M.D.

A 73-year-old man fell while on a walking tour in the Venezuelan Andes. 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 >

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 >

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 >

Treating Parkinson's Disease: Appendix

Treatment of PD with levodopa was begun in 1960. Read more >

Treating Parkinson's Disease
Ahmed S. Ali, M.D., and John E. Morley, M.D.

Dietary protein reduces the absorption of levadopa, a medication for Parkinson's, so the timing of mealsand medication should be different. 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 >

DHEA — The Fountain of Youth?
John E. Morley, M.D.

For reasons that are not totally clear, DHEA (dehyrdoepiandrosterone) has captured the public and scientific imagination as an anti-aging hormone. Read more >

Constipation in the Elderly
Ariba Khan, M.B.B.S., and John E. Morley, M.D.

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