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Can Houseplants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Asthma attacks can be triggered by a number of irritants that could be lurking in your home, including cigarette smoke, mold, dust, and animal dander and saliva. Some research suggests that having plants indoors may improve indoor air quality.

A Family Issue: Emotional Distress After the ICU

Witnessing a loved one’s critical illness can take a mental toll on family members, sometimes leading to a condition called postintensive care syndrome-family, or PICS-F. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are the most common symptoms.

Finding Relief from Chronic Prostatitis Symptoms

Several forms of prostatitis exist, but most men with the condition are believed to have the chronic nonbacterial form. The cause is not known and symptom relief is often elusive. Some experts believe there are six subtypes of chronic prostatitis. They propose that treatment or treatments be individualized based on the man’s particular subtype(s).

Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain Relief

Physical therapy (PT) might be worth considering instead of painkillers to manage some types of low back pain. If your primary care doctor doesn’t bring it up, it’s important to ask whether PT might be an option for you.

Residential Alternatives to at-Home Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

If you’re considering moving a person with dementia into a residential facility, a number of options are available. They vary greatly in the types and quality of care offered, so it’s crucial to do your homework before signing up. Here’s a review of the possibilities.

When Statins are a (Muscle) Pain

Deaths from coronary artery disease have plummeted in recent decades, and cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have played a major role in this success story. Yet many people fear statins and refuse to take them—or start and then stop taking them. The American Heart Association (AHA) issued a Scientific Statement to set the record straight about statin safety.

Fountain of Youth in a Bottle?

It isn’t surprising that there is buzz about “anti-aging” dietary supplements known as NAD boosters. Some research suggests the supplements have the potential to delay aging and many conditions associated with it, including type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's, and cancer. But is it too soon to give NAD boosters a try?

Can Lowering Cholesterol Reduce Glaucoma Risk?

Another reason to lower your blood cholesterol if it’s elevated: Doing so may reduce your risk of the most common type of glaucoma (open-angle), suggests an observational study in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Do You Have BPH? Lab Tests Your Doctor May Order

Some reports indicate that up to 30 percent of men who undergo surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—also known as an enlarged prostate—are found not to have prostate obstruction. In other words, their symptoms were caused by something other than BPH. An accurate diagnosis is important; following are lab tests your doctor may order to help…

Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Safeguarding Stairs, Doors, and Windows

Stairs, doors, and windows can be extremely risky for people with dementia. Home-based caregivers can help reduce that risk by implementing safety precautions. Here’s advice to make your home a safer place for a person with dementia.