Back pain is one of the most common—and debilitating—ailments people face. And finding the right pain relief is no easy feat. Many people choose to see a chiropractor about their back pain.
If you're like many Americans, your life or the life of someone you know has been touched by Alzheimer's disease. A new at-home genetic test can let you know if you're at risk, but you need to be aware of its limitations before you buy it.
Regular exercise is good for your heart. It's a refrain often heard, but not always heeded. Now comes word that having your doctor measure your aerobic fitness level is as essential as taking your pulse when determining your heart health.
The CDC recommends that all adults who were born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for hepatitis C, because people in that age group are five times more likely to be infected than other adults.
Dry eye is a condition that can be frustrating for the patient because of chronic symptoms and discomfort. But relief is within reach for most patients, although it may take some trial and error.
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the most common surgical treatment for benign prostatic enlargement (BPE), but a newer technique may appeal to men who want to avoid certain side effects.
Nearly everyone who lives long enough experiences some cognitive decline, which is considered normal. However, dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, is not a normal part of aging, even though its incidence rises rapidly after age 65.
Asthma is a chronic disease involving inflammation of the airways in the lungs, making breathing difficult. It has multiple causes and can be treated, but not cured. In the past, asthma was often underdiagnosed, but in recent years, there has been increased attention on the need for timely treatment. Yet an emerging body of research has found that some people diagnosed with asthma do not actually have the illness.
Everything "in moderation" is considered sound and practical advice for a healthy life, especially when it comes to diet and weight management. And it is especially good advice to keep in mind during the holidays. But ask three people to specify what a "moderate" amount of a food—say, cookies, pasta, or cheese—is, and you're likely to get three different answers.
When men discuss screening for prostate cancer with their physicians, some ask: Do I really need the digital rectal exam (DRE)? This physical evaluation allows doctors to check for growths and other abnormalities on the prostate that could signal the presence of cancer, but it also causes anxiety in many men.
The buzz is so strong that in many people's minds protein has become synonymous with the term "healthy," and Weight Watchers has incorporated protein into its SmartPoints program. But dietary surveys show that more than half of Americans actually get more protein than the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends.
Known as simple prostatectomy, surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), typically involves removing only the prostate tissue that is surrounding and pressing on the urethra.
Brushing your teeth, buttoning your shirt, opening a jar—these are routine daily activities that most people take for granted. But if you have arthritis and it affects your hands, performing these and other basic tasks can be challenging. Fortunately, exercising your hands can help reduce the pain, improve your range of motion, and ultimately, enable you to perform more easily the various tasks of daily living.
If chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) leaves you feeling tired and breathless, exercising may be the last thing you want to do. But it's near the top of the list of things you should do to alleviate your symptoms.
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are faced with an array of prostate treatment options. Proton beam therapy—a form of external beam radiation therapy—is the latest choice now available in the United States. But it’s a controversial option as well, with some critics suggesting that its popularity may be driven by advertising rather than by sound scientific evidence of benefit over other therapies.
Since the 1980s, statins have been the medication of choice for lowering elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart attack. Generally the drugs are safe and effective. For some patients, however, that’s not the case: Their LDL levels remain stubbornly high or they develop intolerable side effects
People with mild cognitive impairment are more forgetful than normal for their age, but they don't experience other cognitive problems associated with dementia, such as disorientation or confusion about routine activities.
Routine tasks such as paying bills, shopping, and meal preparation may become challenging. People with mild cognitive impairment may take more time doing these things and they may make more mistakes. They are generally able to live independently but may be less active socially. …
Excess weight makes breathing more difficult for most people, and that may be especially true if you have asthma or sleep apnea. Ample evidence suggests a connection between packing on pounds and asthma risk as well as asthma control.
If you have a pet you know the joy and comfort it can bring to your life: A pet helps you stay active and provides companionship. And pets do another act of good: Research shows they may boost your mental and physical health.
Perhaps you've had hormone therapy for prostate cancer, but your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level is rapidly rising. What are your options? If you have a prostate condition and find yourself in a situation where your current treatment choices are unsatisfactory, you may want to enroll in a clinical trial.
Hypertension has traditionally been diagnosed by a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. Before that threshold is reached, however, undetected blood pressure elevations may have already caused heart damage.
Once other conditions, such as depression, Huntington's disease or hypothyroidism, have been ruled out, an Alzheimer's diagnosis is made by accumulating information on the individual's history and mental status exams and by interviews with the patient, family members and friends over a period of several weeks. Diagnoses based on this type of clinical information are accurate about 90 percent of the time
Comedians may trip and stumble for easy laughs, but there's nothing funny about falling, which is a major health risk for older adults. Having diabetes increases that risk because the condition can cause physical impairments that may make you less steady on your feet.
Feelings of overwhelming sadness and hopelessness are commonplace in people suffering from depression. Antidepressant medications and psychotherapy help many people, but 50 to 80 percent of those who don't get ongoing treatment will experience repeated bouts. However, a June 2016 study suggests that a hybrid form of psychotherapy called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an effective way to lower the risk of recurrences—particularly for those individuals with severe depression.
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit a doctor. But don’t expect to walk away with a prescription. You’re likely to be told to try a nondrug treatment first.
Preparing for cataract surgery? Before your operation, your surgeon will review the intraocular lens (IOL) replacement options. A number of factors can affect your lens choices. Here are a few things to consider before you head to surgery.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) flare-ups can take a significant toll on patients—medically, financially, and psychologically. Multiple studies have shown that COPD exacerbations are linked to more doctor visits and increased hospital admissions.
If your doctor suspects you have prostate cancer, undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan immediately after an initial screening might spare you the medical risks of a prostate biopsy and improve your chances of an accurate diagnosis.
The effects of a stroke can be devastating. Damage to brain cells can result in long-lasting impairments of senses, motor skills, behavior, language ability, memory, and thought processes. The good news is that experts are finding that the brain has great plasticity and powers of recuperation.
The demand for proton pump inhibitors is driven mostly by the need to control symptoms in the growing population of people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The drugs' ongoing popularity may also stem from the prevailing belief that proton pump inhibitors have few side effects. However, increasing evidence suggests proton pump inhibitors may not be as benign as people think, over time.
The United States is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. We're also experiencing what some call a "sleep deprivation epidemic." Research has shown that people who rarely get enough sleep are more likely to add on extra pounds than those who are well rested. Here's a look at the connection.
Doctors have long known that smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products increases the risk of a host of illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. While the relationship between smoking and dementia has been less clear, a growing body of scientific research conducted over the last decade suggests a strong connection.
Pain, fatigue, reduced range of motion in the joints, loss of muscle strength—experiencing any one of these arthritis-related symptoms can make driving challenging.
Most people think of psychotherapy simply as counseling. In fact, the term psychotherapy is used to describe a variety of talk therapies that treat emotional, behavioral, personality, and psychiatric disorders.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and depression frequently occur in tandem. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults, and depression is a leading cause of disability.
A stroke cuts off the brain’s most precious commodity—blood. Starved of this oxygen-rich nourishment, brain cells die. As these cells are lost, with them go critical abilities like speech and movement.
When the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine screening for prostate cancer in 2012, many men were surprised, confused, or even angry. Some men followed the advice and stopped getting screened or didn't start, while others ignored it. Now the Task Force has changed its collective mind.
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy if you have diabetes. Yet most people with the disease and those at high risk of the disease aren’t getting enough—even though research shows that a combination of regular exercise and modest weight loss can help prevent or control the disease.
Humans need calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones. And drinking milk that's fortified with vitamin D is an easy way to get those nutrients. But does that mean drinking milk will help prevent osteoporosis-related fractures?
The specter of infection looms over all healthcare to some degree. But in recent years, a number of small outbreaks of sometimes fatal microbial infections in people undergoing endoscopy have drawn media attention—and increased scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—on the use of reprocessed endoscopes.
If you snack impulsively, eat at unusual times, or chow down before bedtime, chew on this: Irregular eating can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
The latest buzzword in back surgery is "minimally invasive." More and more medical centers promote minimally invasive surgery as a quick and simple alternative to traditional surgery. But is it really better?
Taking a brisk stroll three or four times a week can be a great workout, but to add years to your life, try picking up the pace.
Why some men develop benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and others don’t remains unclear. Recently, however, one intriguing hypothesis—based on a modest, but growing body of research—has emerged.
Alzheimer's disease, which is named for the German physician who first identified it in 1906, is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of cases. It is a progressive disorder of the brain and is characterized by a gradual deterioration of mental faculties caused by a loss of nerve cells and the connections between them. …
Increasingly higher quality research is strengthening the argument for screening high-risk individuals for lung cancer using computed tomography (CT). Many experts now agree that this screening may indeed give patients a better chance for a cure because tumors can be detected at an earlier stage.