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Dementia and Driving: 9 Signs It’s Time to Give Up the Keys

As dementia progresses, a driver’s skills will decline and he or she will become a threat to him- or herself, passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists. Yet people with dementia are often poor judges of their own driving ability and fail to recognize the danger they pose. If you’re a caregiver of someone with dementia who continues…

Which Commercial Diet Plan is Best?

Looking to lose weight? A recent study in BMJ looked at a range of popular plans such as Jenny Craig, South Beach, and Weight Watchers (now called WW) but found no clear weight loss winner (an article in U.S. News & World Report published earlier this year deemed the DASH and Mediterranean diets the best for…

What Happens During Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive preventive healthcare program provided by a team of health professionals to help people cope with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) physically, psychologically, and socially. It can also assist people with asthma, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary fibrosis.

A Look at Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

In men with prostate cancer, hormone therapy causes the cancer to regress, and it is used routinely along with radiation therapy to treat intermediate- and high-risk cancers. It is also used in the management of prostate cancer that has spread to bone or other organs (metastatic prostate cancer). Although hormone therapy is useful in treating prostate…

Type 2 Diabetes: 7 Steps You Should Take to Reduce the Risk of Fatty...

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a disorder characterized by fat buildup in the liver, is now the most common liver disorder in the United States. Alarmingly, the disease is on track to become the leading cause of terminal liver disease—and the most common reason people need liver transplants. Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure…

Regular Exercise Linked to Lower Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis

If you think you’re warding off knee pain and joint damage by not exercising, it may be time to stop fooling yourself. A recent Northwestern University study in JAMA Network Open found that engaging in vigorous activity as you age isn’t associated with knee osteoarthritis—but being sedentary is. Here’s a look at the findings—and advice to…

What to Expect from Stroke Rehabilitation

Post-stroke rehabilitation can be a lengthy process that is physically and emotionally demanding. Success in rehabilitation depends on a combination of factors, including the patient’s determination to succeed, setting realistic goals, and having the support of family and friends as well as help from a variety of specially trained professionals. Although disabilities related to a stroke…

Common Drugs and Marijuana Don’t Always Mix

In these stressful times, many people are looking for ways to relieve their anxiety and relax. For some, using marijuana might offer some respite. However, marijuana—or more specifically, a compound in the plant that produces its intoxicating effects called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—doesn’t mix well with many common drugs older adults take. Harmful interactions can occur with several…

Inconsistent Bedtimes May Hurt Your Heart

People who struggle with insomnia are often advised to go to bed and get up at the same time each day, as one of the “sleep hygiene” measures that may promote better slumber. But even if you’re a champion sleeper, two studies published earlier this year suggest another good reason to aim for a stable bedtime:…

Did You Remember to Take Your Medicine?

Forgetting to take medication (or not remembering whether you took it) is a common occurrence, especially for people who are older or who take multiple drugs. Missing a dose or inadvertently double dosing can have consequences ranging from minor to serious. While the minor memory lapses that occur with age-associated memory impairment can’t be eliminated, using…