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Updated Lifestyle Advice to Reduce Cancer Risk

Several studies have found that obese men have higher-grade prostate cancers at diagnosis and a higher risk of cancer recurrence after radical prostatectomy and radiation treatment than men who are not obese. Recently updated guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS) provide advice on diet and physical activity that can help men achieve and maintain a…

When to Consider an OTC Topical Pain Reliever for Your Aching Back

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can benefit from a type of therapy called exposure and response prevention. A study in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology finds that this treatment can work even better when combined with cognitive therapy.

Can Adhering to a Mediterranean Diet Lower the Risk of Cognitive Impairment?

Adhering to a Mediterranean-style diet—one with lots of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, legumes, and olive oil; little red meat; and moderate alcohol intake—is good for the brain, suggests an analysis of data from nearly 8,000 U.S. adults, ages 50 to 85, in Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

Dual Approach to Therapy May Help Relieve OCD Symptoms

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can benefit from a type of therapy called exposure and response prevention. A study in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology finds that this treatment can work even better when combined with cognitive therapy.

What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation (AFib), which causes an irregular and often rapid heart rate, is the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. An episode of AFib can cause a fluttering or pounding sensation in the chest or neck (palpitations) or no symptoms at all. About one in seven strokes is related to AFib. Here’s a look at what…

10 Tips to Boost Your Walking Workout

Walking is a free—and freeing—way to maintain fitness, health, and, indeed, sanity in the age of coronavirus. Here are 10 tips designed to give your walking workout a boost. If you’re outside or in a public indoor space (be sure it’s not crowded), don’t forget keep your distance from others by observing the 6-foot rule (even…

Flu Shot Reduces Flu-Related Hospitalizations for COPD Flares

The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone age six months and older to prevent the flu or at least reduce its symptoms when it occurs. Recent research underscores why it’s especially important for people with serious lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma—even if it’s mild and under control—to get an…

A Look at Prostate Artery Embolization for BPH

Doctors have long known that cutting off the blood supply from the arteries leading to a cancerous tumor or other abnormal tissue can cause it to shrink. Surgeons incidentally discovered that it can also lead to relief of lower urinary tract symptoms related to an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The technique,…

Western Diet Linked to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects the macula—the central, most critical part of the retina for providing sharp vision. In the United States, it is the leading cause of severe and irreversible loss of central vision in people over age 50. A recent study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology suggests that eating…

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…