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Reduced-Sodium Meats Pose Danger for People with Kidney Disease
People with chronic kidney disease should beware of low-salt meats and other foods because they may contain dangerous levels of potassium. Read more >


Speaking a Second Language May Keep the Brain in Good Shape
Speaking more than one language is one of the most powerful ways to keep your mind sharp. Read more >


Penicillin Allergies May Fade with Time
Having a rash or hives as the result of penicillin treatment does not necessarily mean you are allergic. Get tested. Read more >


Health is a Partnership, Not Solely Physicians' Responsibility
When a doctor tells a patient to exercise or take a medication and the patient doesn't, who is responsible? Read more >


For Listening to Music, Old-Fashioned Hearing Aids May Be Best
You may want to leave your fancy new hearing aid at home. It can really ruin musical enjoyment. Read more >


Chocolate Sharpens the Mind
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
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
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 >


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


A Blood Test to Predict Depression and Treatment Effects in Adults
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
Get the flu shot as early in the fall as possible. There are a few exceptions. Read more >


Protein Production Put on Hold During Times of Stress
The misfolded proteins that accumulate in ALS and Alzheimer's appear to be the result of cells' response to stress. Read more >


Aspirin: Fever, Aches and Cardiovascular Protection
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Mammograms can help even women over 75 enjoy longer and cancer-free lives. Read more >


Lack of Motivation May Masquerade as Cognitive Decline
As people age, it can be hard to tell whether memory or motivation is fading. Read more >


Vitamin D Deficiencies Raise the Risk of Dementia
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
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
Even just five minutes of running each day can boost heart health. Read more >


Pairing The Nicotine Patch with Medication Can Help Smokers Quit
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
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
Generic meds can confuse patients because the same drug comes in different shapes and sizes. Read more >


High Cholesterol Appears Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
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
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
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?
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
When olive oil is eaten with leafy greens, it sets in motion a process that lowers blood pressure. Read more >


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


Are You Ever Too Old for Colorectal Cancer Screening?
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
A couple days of fasting may help the immune system reboot. But don’t try it at home just yet. Read more >


Blood Pressure Medications Raise Macular Degeneration Risk
Lowering your blood pressure is a good idea, but some drugs appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Read more >


Stem Cells Cure Mice of MS
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
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
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
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 >


Stress Can Make A Bad Diet Even Worse for Your Health
When we are stressed, the comfort foods we crave have an even worse impact on our weight and health than usual. Read more >


Marijuana Shows Promise as Treatment for MS
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
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
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
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
Hearing loss is an occupational hazard among musicians. Read more >


Could the Risk of Diabetes Be Lowered with Coffee?
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
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
If you often have trouble sleeping, consider it a serious health risk. Read more >


Exercise Reduces Risk of Hospital Readmission In Patients With COPD
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
People who drink more coffee have a far lower risk of HCC, a common liver cancer. The more one drinks, the better. Read more >


Milk Eases Women's Osteoarthritis
Drinking milk every day may help reduce the joint damage of osteoarthritis. Read more >


First-Time Prescriptions Often Go Unfilled
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yearly mammograms don't prevent cancer deaths. Where does this leave women over 40? Read more >


FDA Asks Physicians, Pharmacists,to Help Reduce Acetaminophen Overdoses
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
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
Economic development in poor countries offers a picture of how our obesity epidemic began. It starts with owning TVs, computers and cars. Read more >


Fermented Dairy Foods — Like Yogurt — Reduce Diabetes Risk
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
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
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
Yoga can increase cancer survivors' energy, reduce fatigue, and lower inflammation at the cellular level. Read more >


Catching Alzheimer's Decline Before It Starts
Scientists have found where Alzheimer's begins in the brain. Read more >


Fever-Reducing Medicines Can Spread the Flu
Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >


Tips for Avoiding Screen-Related Eye Fatigue
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.
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?
Some songs call up old memories. They may also help brain-injured patients remember their past. Read more >


A Sense of Smell Is Highly Personal
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
Cut your risk of diabetes the Mediterranean way. Read more >


New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
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
Obamacare promotes greater access to mental health services but few psychiatrists accept insurance. Read more >


Just an Extra 2,000 Steps per Day
Simply walking an extra mile a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 10%. Read more >


Another Study Links Pesticides to Parkinson’s Disease
In the lab, exposure to pesticides caused Parkinson's. Genes matter, too. Read more >


Dementia, Alzheimer's, on the Decline
The rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are declining. Read more >


Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
We spend billions on nutritional supplements every year. Three studies say it's money down the drain. Read more >


Another Type of Sunray Ages Skin Prematurely
Low exposure to UVA1 light can cause skin damage. And most sunscreens do not offer protection. Read more >


The Myth of “Healthy Obesity”
It's all bad news: you can't be overweight and healthy. Period. Read more >


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


Blueberries Really Are "Superfoods" for the Heart
Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. Read more >


Musical Training Improves the Brain's Sensitivity to Sound, Speech
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
Vitamin D may not be necessary for older women seeking to protect their bones. Read more >


Do It Yourself: Simple Chores Around the House Boost Health
Do-it-yourself work around the house can help keep the heart in shape. Read more >


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


Sleep, The Brain's Housekeeper
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
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
Good news for cancer patients -- a substance in veggies protects against the effects of radiation. Read more >


Irisin Helps Exercise Boost Body and Brain
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
Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >


The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
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
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
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
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
That no-cal sweetener you put in your coffee may actually increase your craving for sugar. Read more >


Celiac Disease and Lymphoma Risk
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
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
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
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
Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. Read more >


A Flu Shot to the Heart
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
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
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
Monitoring certain tissue abnormalities picked up by mammograms is just as effective as surgically removing them in most cases. Read more >


Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Killing You?
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
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
Fake diabetes treatments, from "natural" remedies to potentially dangerous drugs, are under scrutiny. Read more >


Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


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


Antibiotics Harm Bacteria...and The Machinery of Our Cells
Antibiotics can kill bacteria, but they also cause serious stress to our own cells. Read more >


Kidney Dialysis in the Elderly: The Case for Grafts
How to avoid some complications when connecting elderly patients to dialysis machines. Read more >


Omega 3s Role in Bone Health
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
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
Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle keeps you healthy, and may help you live longer. Read more >


Mannitol, A Promising Parkinson's Treatment
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
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
The risk of death from any cause is less among those whose diets are meatless. Read more >


Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
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
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
The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >


Two-Drug Combination Better for Increasing Bone Density
Combining osteoporosis drugs can increase bone mineral density. Read more >


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


Pet Ownership Linked to Decreased Risk of Heart Disease
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
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
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
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
Race, SES, and age are predictors of survival in women with breast cancer. Read more >


Hungry Grocery Shoppers Purchase More Calories
Weight-loss starts at the store. Eat first; shop later. Read more >


A Game Helps Keep Older Drivers Safer on the Road
Video games designed to challenge mental abilities can help seniors reduce cognitive decline. Read more >


Deep Relaxation Brings Immediate Genetic Changes
Meditation, yoga, and other practices that bring deep relaxation can actually alter your genes. Read more >


Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer, A Closer Look
Moderate alcohol consumption may offer some benefit to women who have had breast cancer. Read more >


Making Doctors More Cost-Conscious
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?
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!
Finally, a hospital gown that doesn't leave you exposed. Why did it take so long? Read more >


Organic Food Labels Can be Deceiving
A sneaky study uncovers the organic halo effect when it comes to food. Read more >


Research Focuses on Treatment Ahead of Prevention
Researchers tend to study treatments far more frequently than prevention. Is this backwards? Read more >


Making Sure Heart Patients Get Treated for Depression
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
Walking can be just as good as running for the heart. Read more >


Vitamin D Reduces Hypertension Risk in African Americans
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
A high salt diet may trigger autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more >


Mississippi Passes An "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill
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
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
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
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
Yearly mammograms are unnecessary for women over 65. Worse, they are the source of frightening false-positive results. Read more >


Stroke Recovery: It May Never Be Too Late
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
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
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
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
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
A vegetarian diet lowers heart risk by a third, a huge decrease. Read more >


Speaking Two or More Languages May Slow Cognitive Decline
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
As we age, we tend to think we are pretty much done changing. But the truth is there is more to come. Read more >


Exercise Can Help Non-Athletes Live As Long As Olympians
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
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
Leaving instruments in patients or operating on the wrong body part happens too often. Read more >


How Many Miles to Walk Off a Burger?
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
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
To eat omega-3s or not, that is the question. Read more >


Digoxin Raises Death Rate in Some Heart Patients
For patients with the heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, one heart drug is the opposite of a lifesaver. Read more >


Nature Ignites a Creative Spark
Spending time in nature spurs creativity. Read more >


Short Bursts of Physical Activity Can Boost Your Memory
Short bursts of activity can help memory, for people with memory problems and those without. Read more >


A Backwards Approach to Weight Loss
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
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
Being physically active can help prevent the brain shrinkage that accompanies aging. Read more >


Researchers See Caffeine's Effect in the Brain
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
The more active you are, the longer you will likely live. Read more >


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


New Discoveries Overturn Old Assumptions about Cholesterol
Recent discoveries about cholesterol overturn old assumptions and may lead to new treatments. Read more >


Xanax, Valium Linked to Dementia in the Elderly
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
What happens when patients have full access to their medical records? The OpenNotes study finds... Read more >


Why Women – and Eunuchs – Live Longer
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
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
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
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?
Going online to lose weight or to maintain it can be a big help. Read more >


Simple Shoe Lift Improves Stroke Patient Balance, Strength
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
We're learning more about why eating red meat may increase our risk for cancer. Read more >


Compounds in Cocoa May Boost Brain Power
Seniors who took higher concentrations of cocoa flavanols had improvements on cognitive tests... Read more >


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


Concern over UV from Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
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
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
Smokers over 60 have an 83% increased risk of death. Read more >


A "Polypill" Could Help Save Many Thousands of At-Risk Hearts
Combining four medications into one pill to reduce heart disease could work wonders for the aging... Read more >


Could Some Dementias Be Autoimmune Diseases?
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
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
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)
Computer time along with physical activity may prevent cognitive decline. Read more >


Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for the Elderly
Seniors need to be careful that strength training doesn't also stiffen arteries. Tai Chi can help. Read more >


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


Positive Changes Are Coming for Healthcare Coverage
Healthcare coverage in the U.S. today is a two-tiered system. Luckily, changes are on the way. Read more >


Age Lowers the Boom on Baby Boomers
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
The simplest activities, even housework, can reduce your risk for cognitive decline. Read more >


Patients' Opinion of Medical Care May Differ from Reality
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
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
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
A new antibody injection could lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. Read more >


Ladies, There's No Turning Back the Biological Clock
Delaying motherhood may mean forgoing motherhood. But there are options if you think ahead. Read more >


Aspirin Could Significantly Cut Your Risk of Cancer
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
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
Even active people have an increased risk of death if they sit too much. Read more >


Who Will Divorce?
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.
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
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
The Y chromosome may affect more than men's sex organs... Read more >


Brain Cells Benefit from the Company of Others
Brain connections that form when we learn something new are strengthened when there are friends near Read more >


A Connection between Cognition and Personality
When seniors improve their cognitive skills, their personalities also get a boost. Read more >


Tai Chi Improves Parkinson's Symptoms
Tai chi can improve Parkinson's patients' movement and balance. Read more >


More Insight into How the Mediterranean Diet Benefits Body and Mind
People who follow the Mediterranean diet do better mentally as they age. Now we know why... Read more >


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


Dietary Magnesium Cuts Stroke Risk
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
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
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
A ten-minute massage can help sore muscles heal after vigorous exercise. Read more >


One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Problems
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?
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
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
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 >


Can Overeating Cause Memory Loss?
Overeating has been linked to some forms of memory loss. Read more >


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


Early Results Promising for New Alzheimer Drug
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Researchers discover exactly what makes BRCA mutations so dangerous for breast cancer risk... Read more >


Traffic Pollution May Increase Diabetes Risk
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
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
Pelvic inflammatory disease can threaten a woman’s fertility, so it is important to have a checkup. Read more >


Good Nutrition Matters to Sperm
Good nutrition and lifestyle choices improve sperm counts. Read more >


Nitroglycerin Poses Risks to the Heart... But There's a Fix
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
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
"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
Osteoarthritis is a product of your immune system, not just wear and tear... Read more >


Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Aids Reconstruction
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
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
Going through a string of difficult life events in middle age raises one's death risk. Read more >


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


Study Questions Effectiveness of Stents at Preventing a Second Stroke
Brain stents are not nearly as effective as aggressively treating stroke patients' high blood pressure and cholesterol. Read more >


Experts Urge People to Get Flu Shot to Boost Immunity for the 2011-12 Flu Season
Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >


Storing Medications in High Temperatures Can Decrease Effectiveness
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
The Grand Slam tennis player tells the world about her battle with Sjogren's syndrome Read more >


Stimulating Environments Helps Give White Fat the Calorie-Burning Power of Brown Fat
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
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?
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
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 >


Researchers Pin down Significant Genetic Predictor of Ovarian Cancer
Having a faulty RAD51D gene means a 1 in 11 chance of ovarian cancer. Knowing your status can help.. Read more >


Colon Cleanses Can Pose Serious Health Risks
Though they sound healthy, colon cleanses pose serious health risks. Read more >


Certain Personality Traits Linked to More Weight Gain
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
Grape seed extract – and perhaps red wine – shows promise as a way to slow... Read more >


Why Rocking Yourself to Sleep Works
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
Men who engage in “conspicuous spending” (think Porsches) have one thing on their minds... Read more >


Untreated Celiac Women Go Through Menopause Earlier
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
Yoga can be useful to stroke patients seeking to regain their balance and confidence. Read more >


New Approach Increases the Usefulness of Brain Scans
A new technique enables researchers to view patterns of activity within the whole brain... Read more >


New Clues to Turning Off Cancer Growth
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
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
Apples contain ursolic acid, which helps preserve muscle tissue and prevent the wasting that comes with age. Read more >


The "Best" Hospitals May Be No Better Than the One around the Corner
Hospitals rated the best by big publications may not be any better than others. Read more >


Paxil and Pravachol Taken Together Raise Blood Sugar
Drug interactions can be surprising. Alone, neither Paxil nor Pravachol raise blood sugar... Read more >


Third-Line Diabetes Drugs May Be Needed
A third-line diabetes medication may help manage blood sugar when other treatments aren't enough. Read more >


Aspirin, Ibuprofen May Prevent Antidepressants from Working
Taking anti-inflammatory drugs while on SSRI antidepressants can interfere with the SSRIs' effectiveness. Read more >


"Health Literacy" Might Predict Hospitalization, Death Risk
The more you know about your own health, the less likely you are to be hospitalized. Read more >


Brisk Walking Improves Brain Blood Flow at Age 70 and Beyond
You are never too old to benefit from exercise. Just walking can make a big difference in blood flow to the brain and body. Read more >


Doctors Would Often Choose Different Treatments for Themselves than for Their Patients
Doctors would often choose different treatments for themselves than those they would recommend... Read more >


Lasers Detect Skin Cancer More Accurately than Current Techniques
A laser probe finds deadly melanomas better than current methods, potentially saving time, lives... Read more >


Fitness May Predict Heart Risk Better than Weight
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
More than half of all cases of atrial fibrillation, an erratic heartbeat, are preventable. Read more >


Regular Exercise May Foil Salt's Effect on Blood Pressure
Regular exercise can reduce the effect that salt has on blood pressure. Read more >


Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
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
Ibuprofen appears to offer protection against Parkinson's disease. Brain inflammation may be the... Read more >


US Unhealthier Than UK, But Cause Is Unclear
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
Cancer patients on opioid painkillers often experience confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness. Read more >


Obesity Alone Raises Death Risk from Heart Attack
Obesity alone dramatically raises the risk of dying from a heart attack. Read more >


Fiber For A Longer Life
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
Doctors are ordering surgical breast biopsies when needle biopsies would suffice. What's the cost... Read more >


Osteoporosis Drug May Extend Life
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Leafy greens and olive oil help protect women from heart disease. Read more >


Researchers Are Figuring Out How to Turn Cancer Cells Off
In certain conditions, cancer cells signal the immune system to "eat" them, leading to powerful... Read more >


Mediterranean Diet May Keep the Brain Young
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet significantly slows cognitive decline in seniors. Read more >


Healthy Eaters Live Longer and Better
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?
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
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
According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of cigarette smoke, even if it is secondhand. Read more >


Reversing the Aging Process in Mice
Researchers found a gene in mice, that plays a key role in the aging process. Are humans next? Read more >


Retirement Reverses Job-Related Fatigue, Depression
Workers with exhaustion and depression felt significantly better after they retired... Read more >


Gaining a Few Pounds Significantly Ups Heart Disease Risk
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?
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
"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
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
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
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
What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health? Read more >


Parkinson's May Be Linked to Energy Genes
Parkinson's disease appears linked to problems in the brain's energy stores... Read more >


Whole Grains May Reduce the Belly
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
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
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 >


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


Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Night Before Bed Boosts Effectiveness
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
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?
Employers can help employees and their families get healthy with company programs and modest cash incentives. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome Seriously Raises Heart Risk
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
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
Just 20 minutes of exercise a day may help reduce fractures in women with bone loss. Read more >


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


A New Treatment for Stroke Victims
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
Joint supplements for arthritis have, unfortunately, not been demonstrated to help ailing joints. Read more >


Much Confusion Over Angioplasty
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
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?
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
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
Researchers calculate that medical malpractice and defensive medicine cost the nation billions... Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Makes Mammograms Hard to Read
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
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!
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
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
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
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
Cancer cells actually prefer fructose over glucose to fuel themselves and multiply. Read more >


New Method May Replace Hysterectomy for Fibroid Sufferers
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
Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >


Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
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
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
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
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
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
Eating fish rich in healthy fats may help protect the eyes. Read more >


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


Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >


Age at Menopause May Predict Cardiovascular Risk
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
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
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
Fibromyalgia patients better manage their pain with cognitive behavior therapy and exercise. Read more >


Tiny Vacuum Removes Blood Clots from the Brain
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Laughter affects the body much the same way exercise does, reducing stress and pain... Read more >


Dancing Improves Seniors' Balance, Reduces Falls
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 May Prevent – and Reverse – Age−Related Cognitive Decline
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Having high HDL, the "good" cholesterol actually seems to help reduce the chances of heart failure. Read more >


Newly Retired Feel Younger and Healthier
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
The narrower and stiffer the artery, the faster blood flows, raising blood pressure. Read more >


Researchers Find A Way to Help Keep Heart Young
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
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 >


Vitamin D Supplements May Reduce Falls in Seniors
Taking vitamin D supplements appears to help prevent falls in older adults, perhaps by strengthening bones. Read more >


Watchful Waiting as a Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancers are classed from low to high risk based on three factors: size, location and microscopic appearance. Read more >


Keeping the Mind Active May Stave Off Dementia, Study Finds
Remaining mentally active and making sure you work your brain at least twice a week appears to reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >


Eating Meat during Middle-Age May Promote Independence in Old Age
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
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
There is a strong connection between bodily health and brain health. Read more >


A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way
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
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
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
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
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
People over 60 may be at risk of experiencing "silent" strokes, those which go unnoticed... Read more >


Did I Take That Pill?
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
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
Physical fitness and a high school education are two factors that appear to decrease the risk of mental decline. Read more >


Women's Slight Cognitive Decline Early in Menopause Rebounds
Cognitive functions do indeed seem to suffer slightly in early menopause. But these functions rebound when menopause is fully underway. Read more >


Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >


Home-Based Intervention Helps Seniors Live Longer
Seniors can live on their own longer if they are helped to learn new ways to accomplish tasks like getting dressed. Read more >


Loneliness Affects Mental and Physical Well Being
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
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
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
Arthroscopy, the minimally-invasive surgical technique, appears to be of limited value for osteoarthritis of the knee... Read more >


Prostate Screening via PSA Test May Be Unnecessary
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
Strengthening quads after a total knee replacement can improve functional performance enough to rival that of healthy older adults. Read more >


Researchers Get to the Root of Why Hair Grays
Researchers think they know why hair grays. That's the first step in figuring out how to prevent it. Read more >


Books, Games, and Computers — but Not TV — Help Ward off Memory Loss
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
Strong quadriceps can keep knee cartilage from crumbling. Read more >


Apple Juice May Slow Accumulation of Plaques in Alzheimer's Disease
Eating fruits and veggies works to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Read more >


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


Buffering for Better Bones: Reducing Dietary Acid Can Improve Skeletal Health
Neutralizing the metabolic acidity of the typical American diet can effectively reduce bone loss in older people. Read more >


Exercise Helps Keep the Brain in Shape
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 >


Patients Often Misunderstand Medical Questionnaires, Study Finds
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
The accumulation of fat in the liver can lead to such diseases as cirrhosis and fibrosis. Read more >


A New Way to Treat Osteoporosis?
Bones may seem like such solid, unchanging objects. In reality, they’re very dynamic. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Wins Again
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
Eating more chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, and may improve memory... Read more >


A Protein's Role in the Development of Alzheimer's Disease
Mice that had beta-amyloid proteins introduced into their brains developed Alzheimer's-like symptoms, providing a clue to the disease's cause. Read more >


Eat Better and Enjoy It More — Enhancing Senior Nutrition
"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 >


Osteoporosis Guidelines Revised to Be More Inclusive
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 >


Vaccine May Help Immune System Fight Alzheimer's
A new vaccine prevents the development of Alzheimer's disease in mice, without causing significant side effects. Read more >


Fear of Falling Causes Physical Decline in Older Adults
Loose throw rugs, cracked sidewalks, toys and pets underfoot — coupled with stiff joints and visual decline — can make the daily movements most take for granted a hazard for older adults. Read more >


Urban Exercise? Take It Inside
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
More than 700,000 Americans have a stroke each year, many never fully recover. Read more >


Fast Walking — Slow Aging
Walking for an hour a day, five times a week, can take a dozen years off your biological clock. Read more >


Meditation Can Reduce Reliance on Hypertension Medication
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 >


Oxidation, Disease and Aging
It turns out that oxidation, the same chemical reaction that causes iron to rust, plays a similarly corrosive role in our bodies. Read more >


The 30-Minute Solution
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
People concerned about senile dementia should make sure they are eating plenty of leafy vegetables. Read more >


How to Get Older, Slower
There is an old saying: "the more time you waste, the more you have. Read more >


A Welcome Alternative to Spinal Fusion
It was the kind of injury that left Kelly Weber a grim choice: spinal fusion or lifelong pain. Read more >


Sleep and Longevity
We all understand that too little sleep can be bad for your health. Read more >


Fat But Fit
You may have heard the saying: there are no fat people over 60. Read more >


Health Literacy 101: Prescription Labels
Let's say you have just picked up a new prescription and the label says: "Take one tablet bid for 7 days. Read more >


Alzheimer's: Old Drug, New Use
According to new research, the drug donepezil, which has been used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, is safe and effective when used to treat severe Alzheimer's as well. Read more >


The Yin and Yang of Alzheimer's
Recent research suggests a new way of understanding — and possibly preventing — Alzheimer's disease. Read more >


New Clue to Alzheimer's Cause
One of the key differences between the human and non-human brain is a phenomenon called myelination. Read more >


What Do You Know About Stroke?
Stroke kills over 160,000 Americans each year. Read more >


The Elderly & Vitamin D
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
Studies find that consuming alcohol increases your chance of rapid tumor growth. Read more >


Don't Ignore the Snore
The folks at Loyola University's Center for Sleep Disorders will be encouraging those of us who snore loudly, gasp for air or wake up tired to go to a sleep clinic and get evaluated for sleep apnea. Read more >


New Alzheimer's Gene Discovered
An international research team has identified a major new gene — named SORL1 — that is associated with Alzheimer's disease. Read more >


Rapid Weight-Loss and Dementia
A long-term study of the elderly has found that their average rate of weight loss doubles in the year before the first symptoms of Alzheimer's-type dementia are detected. Read more >


It's Not the Year, It's the Mileage
Living a long, healthy life is more about handling stress and avoiding disease than chronological age, say two leading researchers in the fields of neurobiology and psychoneuroendocrinology. Read more >


Replacing Hip Replacement?
Hip resurfacing may help you avoid hip replacement. Read more >


Use It or Lose It
Exercising your mind, like your body, keeps it sharp. Read more >


Radical News on Alzheimer's
In what may be a significant step forward in the understanding of Alzheimer's Disease, researchers at Ohio State University have found new clues to how free radicals can contribute to the disease. Read more >


The Latest Buzz on Tinnitus
Tinnitus — a ringing or buzzing in the ears with no obvious source — can range from annoying to debilitating. Read more >


Sepsis and Its Complications
Every minute of every day, two people die from sepsis in the United States. Read more >


Anti-aging Medicine — Science or Snake Oil?
"Look younger! Feel better! Add years to your life! Guaranteed!" So reads one advertisement for a so-called anti-aging drug. Read more >


Estrogen for Alzheimer's?
In the world of estrogen, every new study seems to reach a different conclusion. Read more >


A Potent Argument for Exercise?
Exercise helps reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction or ED. Read more >


Influenza Can Affect Your Blood Count
As we all know, it is influenza season again. Read more >





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