Taking the dog out for a walk is a great way for older adults to be active, but they have higher odds of falling and fracturing a bone than younger dog-walkers. The risk of such fractures is a special concern for older people who have osteoporosis.
A number of medical conditions, including depression, heart failure, even sleep apnea, can interfere with memory and the ability to process information.
Men with heart disease continue to use prescription testosterone despite FDA warnings that the drugs are associated with cardiovascular risks, according to a 2018 study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Two recent studies in JAMA Network Open offer hope to people who start exercising later in life or who are unable to do moderate-intensity or vigorous exercise.
If you have chronic dry eyes, here's another reason to get the problem evaluated and treated if self-help measures aren't sufficient: It can slow reading speed and make prolonged reading difficult, according to a recent study in Optometry and Vision Science.
If you have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—also known as an enlarged prostate—and later develop bladder stones, you may be wondering if it's a coincidence, or is there a relationship between the two conditions?
What's the most dangerous room in the house for a person with dementia? If you said the bathroom, you'd be correct. Find out why—and how you can make it safer.
If you have a predilection for fatty fare, you may be able to control it better over the long term by going on a temporary low-fat diet, according to an Australian study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Poor indoor air quality can worsen asthma. If you or a family member suffers from asthma, you may be thinking of purchasing a home air-quality monitor to detect indoor air pollutants. But before you do, here's what you should know.
Each year, about 1 million prostate biopsies are performed in the United States, and of those, about one in three are cancerous. Sometimes, however, a repeat biopsy might be necessary to help confirm or rule out a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Fibromyalgia affects approximately 5 million adults, primarily women, and appears to be more common among people with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and the presence of "tender points" are characteristic symptoms. Physical activity improves fibromyalgia symptoms, and a study published last year in BMJ suggests that tai chi is a good alternative to walking and other types of aerobic exercise.
If you've recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may be tempted to try supplements instead of the medication your doctor has prescribed. But that's a risky move. There's no reliable evidence that any supplement will help, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Results from two recent studies provide more evidence that a healthful diet and exercise can reduce the risk of stroke—and more.
"Beer before wine and you'll feel fine" and "Grape or grain but never the twain" may be age-old sayings, but they are myths. It doesn't matter if people combine beer and wine or in what order they drink them—they're likely to get an equally bad hangover, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
One of the surprising causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other upper-GI disorders involves having parts of your internal anatomy out of place—a condition called hiatal hernia.
People with atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, are at increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia, but not if they take an anticoagulant, suggests a study in Neurology.
A certain amount of forgetfulness is to be expected with age. While the minor memory lapses that occur with age-associated memory impairment can't be eliminated, there are a number of strategies you can try in order to organize yourself, protect against forgetting, and boost recall.
An estimated 18 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation, most of them undiagnosed. If you have symptoms, don't ignore them. Sleep apnea has been linked to a number of serious, but treatable, medical conditions.
Using social media may help counteract depression in older adults who restrict their social activities because of chronic pain, according to a study published online in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B. But be sure to protect yourself from online dangers if you sign on.
Men who have undergone a radical prostatectomy to treat prostate cancer often leak urine during physical strain, such as coughing, sneezing, or lifting heavy objects. When bothersome incontinence persists, a variety of nonsurgical and surgical solutions can help.
Back pain is by far the most common complaint among golfers. That's no surprise, considering the unusual stress on muscles and ligaments created by a golf swing. But these tips can help keep you on the course—and away from back pain.
Sleeping seven to eight hours a night is best for cognitive performance for most people, according to a large study in the journal Sleep.
Being sedentary for long uninterrupted periods throughout the day increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, a federally funded study of older women, published in Circulation, has confirmed. But that doesn't mean men are off the hook.
A high intake of dietary fiber is associated with a wide array of health benefits, including a reduced mortality rate, according to a massive systematic review and meta-analysis in the Lancet earlier this year.
Older people with visual impairment have an elevated risk of cognitive decline, according to a study reported in 2018 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
It's a common question for coffee lovers with an enlarged prostate who experience excessive nighttime urination—Could caffeine be responsible for those nightly trips to the bathroom?
Researchers continue to investigate whether aggressive blood pressure control can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment—and perhaps Alzheimer's disease. In the meantime, here are eight factors besides blood pressure control that may help protect the aging brain.
Soy foods are just as good as animal protein sources if you're trying to lose weight, according to a small study in Obesity Science & Practice.
If you have asthma, a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may help reduce symptoms and improve breathing, according to a French study in the European Respiratory Journal.
Older adults who are diagnosed with prostate and other cancers have a significantly higher risk of developing shingles (herpes zoster) than people the same age who don't have cancer, according to ...
Lyme disease can cause a range of symptoms, including a form of arthritis referred to as Lyme arthritis. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that an insecticide derived from chrysanthemums can help protect you from ticks that spread the disease.
Many people with low-risk type 2 diabetes are self-testing their glucose more often than they need to, according to a 2018 study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Exercise programs may reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension as much as first-line medication does, according to a recent report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Gardening is a great way to keep active, save money on produce, and beautify your outdoor space. But it's not without its risks: Awkward positions and new or repetitive movements can make gardening uncomfortable for many, and even lead to injuries. If the first signs of spring have sprung the desire to work your green thumb, follow these tips to garden comfortably season after season.
Hemorrhoids are the most common ailment of the lower digestive tract. Here's updated guidance on how to manage them.
Dual use of electronic and regular cigarettes increases heart attack risk more than either smoking or "vaping" alone, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Two recent studies suggest that poor vision and not eating enough vegetables—specifically, leafy green vegetables—may play a role in age-related cognitive decline.
Did you know that pneumonia can develop if you accidentally inhale food particles, liquid, saliva, or regurgitated stomach contents into the airways (bronchi) and it gets into your lung tissue (alveoli)? This form of pneumonia is called aspiration pneumonia. Find out who's at risk--and how to protect yourself from this potentially life-threatening condition.
The contents of your medicine cabinet might be affecting your mood. According to a 2018 study in JAMA, about 1 in 3 American adults takes one or more prescription drugs known to increase the risk of depression.
Some prostate cancer experts recommend that men diagnosed with prostate cancer eat a plant-based diet. A lot of men might hear that and wonder if that means they need to become vegetarians or adopt a vegan diet. Do they?
The most common cause of a pinched nerve in the neck is an aging disk in the spine or a herniated (bulging) disk. Here are the signs you might have a pinched nerve and what to do about it.
Aerobic exercise improves thinking ability in older people at increased risk for progressing to dementia, a recent study finds.
If you have high cholesterol, one thing you can do is change your diet to see if that lowers your numbers enough so that you don't need to take medication. And one dietary approach—the Portfolio Diet—involves limiting foods that raise blood cholesterol and adding foods that lower it. But does it work? New research says yes—and then some.
Older women who dance have a decreased risk of developing disabilities that affect daily activities, according to a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.
Anti-VEGF medications are very effective in treating age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, and retinal vein occlusion. But there has long been concern that they may increase the risk of bleeding and other problems. French researchers recently assessed how real that risk is.
Sometimes a man with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) suddenly becomes unable to urinate at all--a problem that requires immediate medical attention in a hospital emergency department.
As the amount of care required by a person with Alzheimer's disease increases, so too does the work that that person's caregiver needs to do. The situation can be physically and emotionally draining, leading to caregiver burnout. Here's how to recognize caregiver burnout--and what to do about it.
If you're at high genetic risk for obesity, take heart. A 2018 study in the journal BMJ suggests that a healthy diet can help you control your weight even more than it helps those at low genetic risk.
Radon—a colorless, odorless gas—is estimated to be the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second leading cause of the disease overall. Here's how to find out if this toxic gas is polluting your home.
Grading a cancer is a method doctors use to evaluate a patient's prognosis and determine the best management strategy.