Some research has suggested that taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can help protect brain health when coupled with a healthful diet and exercise. But results from a large three-year randomized clinical trial beg to differ.
If you knew you were at high risk for a stroke and that a drug might be able to prevent it, would you take that medicine?
The CDC currently recommends that adults age 65 and over receive two different pneumonia (pneumococcal) vaccines to protect against the most common type of bacterial pneumonia in older adults and against its complications. Find out when you should get them.
A growing number of mobile apps are available for visually impaired people, but are they useful? Reports indicate that they are indeed.
To make an informed decision about PSA screening, men need to have a thorough discussion about the pros and cons with their doctors or other health care providers. Only a minority of men have such a discussion.
If a man with an enlarged prostate has symptoms that seem unmanageable with lifestyle measures alone, what's the next step?
While it's well known that heavy alcohol intake can harm the brain, most studies have found that light to moderate drinking is not harmful, and some have suggested it may help prevent age-related cognitive impairment.
The claim that B vitamins are the solution for low energy remains popular—but is just as misleading today as it has always been.
If your doctor prescribed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, here's more motivation to stick with it.
Over the past 25 years, research has produced conflicting results about this potential risk. Here's the latest.
Eating fatty fish at least twice a week may help ease your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms, suggest findings from a study published last year in Arthritis Care & Research.
Medical conditions that impair circulation—including diabetes—are the most common cause of nonhealing leg and foot sores. Here's what you need to know about their causes and treatment.
If you have symptoms of a stroke that last only a few minutes, is it still necessary to go to the hospital?
If you're interested in changing your attitude about food, fitness, or other health-related matters but are having difficulty taking steps on your own, a wellness coach may be just what the doctor ordered.
Eating a mostly vegetarian diet may be as effective as taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to relieve symptoms of a form of stomach acid reflux called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), according to a new study.
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that a coronary calcium scan can help people at intermediate risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) decide whether to start statin therapy.
Here's another reason to get a hearing aid if you need one: Age-related hearing loss is associated with increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, a new analysis of 40 studies from 12 countries has confirmed.
There may be a link between worsening asthma symptoms and a diet high in cured meats, suggests a 2017 observational study in Thorax.
Every year, about 30 percent of noninstitutionalized older adults report falling, and 10 percent of the falls cause serious injury. A variety of medications—including anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, hypnotics, and SSRI antidepressants—can increase the risk of falling.
If, based on initial screening results from a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test or digital rectal exam (DRE), your doctor suspects you have prostate cancer, undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan as your next step might spare you the medical risks of a prostate biopsy and improve your chances of an accurate diagnosis, say British researchers.
Yoga has been shown to improve neck, back, and knee pain, but about 10 percent of participants in a recent study reported that yoga caused pain, and 20 percent who already had pain said that the practice exacerbated it.
The most common test for vision loss from glaucoma is standard automated perimetry (SAP). A 2017 report in JAMA Ophthalmology found that mild cognitive decline associated with aging can impair an individual's ability to perform the test—and compromise the reliability of the results.
Diets rich in plant foods are recommended for lowering heart disease risk—but that could backfire if you pick the wrong kinds of plant foods.
A recent poll on healthy aging found that 27 percent of a national sample of 2,131 respondents, ages 50 to 80, considered their prescription drug bills to be a financial burden, and nearly half of them never mentioned the burden to their doctors. Yet high out-of-pocket drug costs are very much a medical issue that you should discuss with your doctor.
Age-related changes in the eye can cause floaters—specks or web-like shapes in your visual field—to become more prevalent, sometimes interfering with vision. Can laser treatment help?
Watchful waiting is the best option for some men with an enlarged prostate. Are you a candidate?
Aerobic activity is associated with preserving cognitive function. A small 2017 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that progressive resistance training (PRT) improves cognitive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Whether you've just decided to lose weight or your resolve to lose those extra pounds is flagging, here are 3 weight-loss strategies that just might help you achieve your goal.
After water damage in your home, your first concern may not be your health—but perhaps it should be. Respiratory issues are among the most common health problems after a hurricane or flooding.
Several treatment options are available for localized prostate cancer. A 2017 study in JAMA finds there are distinct patterns of adverse effects associated with each.
Canadian researchers have validated advice that doctors give patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA): Getting regular exercise will reduce pain and improve function. But their research also emphasizes what types of exercise an effective regimen should include.
A 2017 review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examined the evidence behind guidelines for exercise, nutrition, and weight management, and other areas, to create a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes.
A quick online search yields no shortage of natural cures for chronic conditions, from herbal medicines to homeopathic treatments. But take heed: These readily available remedies can be dangerous, especially when combined with prescription drugs.
Does eating more fruits and vegetables make you happier? Learn what a study in the American Journal of Public Health says.
Gluten has gotten a bad rap in recent years. As a consequence, low- and gluten-free diets have become popular, with people speculating that the consumption of wheat and other gluten-rich grains has negative effects on their health. But at this point, that's all it is-speculation.
If you snack impulsively, eat at unusual times, or chow down before going to bed, chew on this: Irregular eating can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
An excessive buildup of amyloid deposits in the brain is a key marker of Alzheimer's disease. A small 2017 study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease finds that amyloid deposits accumulate faster in people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This finding suggests ...
The gold standard for diagnosing sleep apnea is polysomnography, a test done overnight at a sleep clinic that measures heart rhythm, airflow, blood oxygen levels, brain activity, and other variables while you sleep. Home monitoring devices typically consist of a portable monitoring system ...
Some people with depression don't achieve remission with the first antidepressant they try. Most of them end up switching to another medication or a combination of medications. Finding the best treatment remains partly a process of trial and error. A study published in ...
Do men with prostate cancer who take a statin drug to lower their cholesterol have reduced death rates? According to a new study ...
For people who have sciatica—searing or stabbing pain radiating from the back or buttocks into the leg—driving a car can be especially uncomfortable and painful. If driving makes your sciatica act up, these tips might help make your drive more bearable.
The claim: Drinking diet drinks increases the risk of dementia. What the research says: A study in the journal Stroke last year...
People who have had shingles may face a heightened risk of heart attack, a large study now suggests. Shingles is a painful rash caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus, which remains dormant in the body after the initial infection. While most of the time it is not known why the virus “wakes up,” advancing age and a suppressed immune system are two known causes.
If you're taking medication and also take an herbal or other kind of dietary supplement, tell your doctor and/or pharmacist what you take and ask about possible interactions.
If you take a dietary supplement for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), you may be getting more—or less—than you bargained for.
Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Now there's growing reason to think they may also be associated with a decreased risk of open-angle glaucoma.
Older people who consume a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce their risk of cognitive decline, according to a 2017 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
A growing body of evidence suggests that moderate coffee intake is not associated with adverse health effects in adults and can be incorporated into a healthy diet. But if you're watching your weight, don't overlook the calories from milk, cream, and sweeteners that you may add to your coffee.
Exercise is important for people with COPD, but physical activity can be tiring, particularly as the disease advances. Whole-body vibration training (WBVT) involves standing or performing lower-body exercises on a platform that mechanically vibrates at various frequencies. The rapid micro-movements enhance the stretching and contraction of lower leg muscles and have been shown to increase exercise capacity in athletes. Recent evidence from two small randomized controlled trials suggests WBVT ...
Doctors know that testosterone promotes the growth of prostate cells and that blocking this naturally occurring hormone can help control the growth of prostate cancer. But there is great controversy over whether using testosterone supplements increases a man's risk for prostate cancer.