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Adhering to Statins Tied to Longer Life

Sticking with your statin prescription may help prolong your life, suggests a large study of U.S. veterans reported in JAMA Cardiology. Researchers found that of more than 347,000 older vets with coronary heart disease (CHD), those who were most adherent to their statin prescription were the least likely to die over the next three years.

Can Changes in the Eye Help Identify Alzheimer’s?

The weblike microscopic network of blood vessels in the macular area of the retina is much less dense in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) than in those without it, according to a recent study in Ophthalmology Retina. This finding could represent an accessible, noninvasive way to screen for AD.

Air Pollution Triggers Respiratory Emergencies in All Age Groups

Older adults aren’t the only ones who need to worry about their lungs on smoggy days. Poor air quality can lead to emergency respiratory treatment among people of all ages, especially those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, and acute respiratory infections, according to investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Comparing Treatments for PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious disorder that can lead to difficulty with family, friends, and work and increase the risk of suicide, so getting effective treatment is essential. Findings from a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry are helping doctors get a better handle on which approach—medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two—is best.

What to do About Active Surveillance Anxiety

Men who choose active surveillance must live with uncertainty over whether a prostate tumor will turn aggressive. This uncertainty can exact an emotional toll: A study in the Journal of Urology found that 29 percent of men who chose active surveillance developed anxiety about their cancer in the year after diagnosis. Anxiety management strategies, such as…

Acupressure: A Self-Treatment Strategy for Chronic Low Back Pain?

A handful of small studies have shown that acupressure—a technique from Chinese traditional medicine that involves gently pressing on selected points on the body that are believed to play a role in health—can ease some forms of chronic pain. Results from a small study of chronic low back pain sufferers published in Pain Medicine suggest that…

World Health Organization Issues Recommendations to Lower Dementia Risk

Engaging in physical activity and not smoking top the list of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations for a lifestyle that will reduce the risks of developing dementia. Addressing the topic of dementia for the first time, in 2019, WHO issued these and other recommendations that address potentially modifiable risk factors after examining available evidence and…

Can PTSD Damage Your Heart?

Psychological stress is an unavoidable part of life, and the ways in which it might affect heart health are complicated. But growing evidence suggests that stress-related disorders— psychiatric conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—can precipitate heart attacks or other cardiovascular conditions in vulnerable people.

How Evening Exercise Affects Your Sleep

Standard sleep advice says you shouldn’t exercise moderately or vigorously within a few hours of bedtime. But most studies have found that early evening exercise does not impair sleep quality. Keep in mind, though, that a variety of factors, including age and the intensity of the workout, can affect how exercise impacts your sleep.

Are You at Risk for Shingles of the Eye?

If you had chickenpox as a child, you face the risk of developing shingles in adulthood. Most people who develop shingles are 50 and older. Most often, the blistering, painful rash that accompanies shingles initially appears on one side of the torso. But in 10 to 20 percent of people, shingles develops in and around one…