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Caffeine's Effect in the Brain
Scans show just what caffeine does to make our brains alert. It's surprisingly good and may protect against dementia...   > >
November 12, 2012

Does Exercise Really Help You Live Longer?
We know that exercise is important, but now researchers have calculated how many years it can actually add to your life...   > >
November 09, 2012

No More Tears
A new quick-release adhesive tape doesn't pull or damage skin. Where was this stuff when we were young?   > >
October 30, 2012

Clearing Up Cataracts
These eye drops may prevent the protein clumps that cause the cloudy vision so many experience as they age...   > >
October 27, 2012

Go Fish: Omega-3's Slow the Aging Process
Telomeres, bits of DNA, grow shorter with age which leads to cell malfunctioning. But diets rich in Omega-3s made them longer...   > >
October 19, 2012

And We Thought We Knew Cholesterol...
Recent discoveries about cholesterol overturn old assumptions, and may lead to new treatments...   > >
October 18, 2012

Grandparents on Xanax
When elderly people take benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia, their risk of dementia increases by 50%...   > >
October 17, 2012

Breaking Down the Black Box Barrier
What happens when patients have full access to their medical records? The OpenNotes study finds it's mostly all good...   > >
October 2, 2012

Eunuchs Live Longer
Palace eunuchs in Korea lived much longer than other men of the time. What does this say about male sex hormones?   > >
September 28, 2012

Omega-3s' Value in Question
Can taking Omega-3 fatty acids through foods or supplements help prevent heart disease? A new study casts doubt...   > >
September 20, 2012

Your Money for Your Life
About 25% of all seniors spend more than the total value of all their assets on out-of-pocket medical expenses. This is with Medicare...   > >
September 18, 2012

Not Your Type?
Certain blood types carry a significant and inherent risk of CVD. If you know the risks, you can protect yourself...   > >
September 7, 2012

Simple Insert Helps Stroke Patients Regain Balance
An insole helped stroke patients regain balance and strength on their injured side. So easy and simple, it's amazing...   > >
August 31, 2012

The Red Meat-Cancer Connection
We now understand more about how meat is linked to cancer. And why how you cook your meat matters...   > >
August 29, 2012

For Those Senior Moments: Chocolate
Seniors who took higher concentrations of cocoa flavanols had significant improvements on a variety of cognitive tests...   > >
August 28, 2012

Relief for Loneliness
A simple program of mindfulness mediation replaced lonely feelings with a greater appreciation of the present...   > >
August 27, 2012

Grapefruit Boosts Cancer Drugs
Adding a glass of grapefruit juice can enhance the effect of an anti-cancer drug. And with no added side effects...   > >
August 24, 2012

Be Brisk: A Simple Way for Seniors to Reduce Falls
Putting a little muscle into daily activities is a simple and effective way for seniors to reduce the risk of falls...   > >
August 21, 2012

Lack of Vitamin D Linked to Frailty
Frail seniors tend to be low in vitamin D. Though it's not clear which way the relationship works, a deficit is dangerous...   > >
August 14, 2012

What Alzheimer's Tells Us about MS
The culprit in Alzheimer's disease, amyloid-beta, might prevent multiple sclerosis. Come again?   > >
August 14, 2012

Where Would We Be without PSA?
New research says a lot of lives would be lost if we abandoned PSA testing, but some aren't so sure...   > >
August 2, 2012

It's Not Too Late to Stop Smoking
Quitting smoking lowers one's mortality risk, and the drop was similar for those in their 60s, 70s and in their 80s...   > >
July 30, 2012

Dementia As Autoimmune Disorder
One form of dementia may be the result of the immune system going haywire. Luckily, there might be a treatment...   > >
July 24, 2012

Keeping the Mind Sharp: Use It or Lose It
Many elderly people are plenty sharp. Just think of that white-haired teacher who was always a step ahead of you...   > >
June 20, 2012

Computer Time for the Aging Brain
Using the computer (along with exercise) might help prevent mild cognitive impairment...   > >
June 12, 2012

With Tai Chi, Flexibility is More Than Skin Deep
Unlike other exercise options for seniors, Tai Chi strengthens the body without stiffening the arteries...   > >
June 02, 2012

Just Add a Soundtrack
Using a pedometer got seniors to spend a lot more time exercising. A gift idea for grandma and grandpa, perhaps?   > >
May 31, 2012

Aging Boomers
As baby boomers begin to turn 65, their golden years are not looking as golden as in generations past...   > >
May 24, 2012

Chores Keep You Sharp
Everyday activities could reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's. So go cook, clean, or do the dishes...   > >
May 22, 2012

Botox Eases Urinary Incontinence
It's not just for wrinkles. And the benefits far outweigh the side effects...   > >
May 12, 2012

Injecting Away Cholesterol
A new antibody injection could lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. And it might just work better than statins. ..   > >
May 04, 2012

Biological Clock Ticking? Time to Pay Attention
Once female fertility declines, it may be gone for good, even with treatment...   > >
April 30, 2012

Using the Eye to See into the Brain
Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain...   > >
April 20, 2012

Get Up, Stand Up
We're talking literally: Stand up for your life. Less time in your chair or on the sofa has a profound affect on longevity...   > >
April 18, 2012

“Y” So Much Heart Disease in Men?
The Y chromosome may affect more than men’s sex organs: It may also explain their higher risk of heart problems...   > >
March 31, 2012

Cognition with A Little Personality
When seniors improve their cognitive skills, their personalities also get a boost...   > >
March 20, 2012

Tai Chi Improves Balance and Posture of Parkinson's Patients
The slow, fluid movements of Tai Chi reduced falls and mobility. There was no downside...   > >
March 19, 2012

Bone Mineral Density Screening: Who and When?
Do post-menopausal women and older men need BMD screening every year or two? Newly proposed guidelines say only some do...   > >
March 01, 2012

Overeating and Memory Loss
Older people who ate many calories were over twice as likely to suffer cognitive impairment as those who ate moderately...   > >
February 13, 2012

A New Alzheimer's Approach
Good nutrition and a sharper brain are more strongly linked that we knew. Resist the fries and resist cognitive decline...   > >
January 28, 2012

Feed Your Head
Good nutrition and a sharper brain are more strongly linked that we knew. Resist the fries and resist cognitive decline...   > >
January 10, 2012

Making Headway on BRCA
Researchers discover exactly what makes BRCA mutations so dangerous for breast cancer risk. Now, for new treatments...   > >
December 20, 2011

Bad Vibes for Bone Loss
Whole body vibration platforms have been marketed to prevent bone loss. Problem is, they don't work...   > >
December 07, 2011

Feed Your Sperm Well
Good nutrition and lifestyle choices are just as important for men's fertility as for women's. So be kind to your sperm...   > >
November 22, 2011

Winters are Tough on Arthritis
Winter reduces exercise levels and those with arthritis pay a painful price for sitting around. How to get moving...   > >
November 23, 2011

Study Overturns Alzheimer's Theory
The idea that a build-up of beta-amyloid plaques is behind Alzheimer's has been turned on its head...   > >
November 14, 2011

Good News for Joints
Osteoarthritis is a product of your immune system, not just wear and tear. Disrupt the attack, stop the disease...   > >
November 10, 2011

Saving Breasts After Cancer
A procedure that preserves the nipple during breast cancer surgery helps with reconstruction — and better yet, it's safe...   > >
November 05, 2011

Does Living Happy = Living Longer?
Happiness measured at one point in time was linked to lower mortality five years later. Cause or coincidence?   > >
November 03, 2011

Middle-Aged Stressors Up Death Risk
Going through a string of difficult life events in middle age raises one's death risk. But there is a silver lining...   > >
October 31, 2011

Colon Cancer Linked to Bug
Colon cancer tissue was infected with a specific bacterium. Could this mean a cancer antibiotic in the future?   > >
October 25, 2011

Preventing Stroke in at-Risk Brains
Drugs to reduce the brain's immense energy needs may serve to help preserve it when its blood supply is compromised...   > >
October 21, 2011

ED Linked to a Broken Heart
A study finds that ED predicts future heart disease. But another finds an easy way to improve sexual function...   > >
October 07, 2011

Stents Double Risk of Second Stroke
A study is ended early because stents proved so risky compared to treating patients' high blood pressure and cholesterol...   > >
October 01, 2011

Stents Double Risk of Second Stroke
A study is ended early because stents proved so risky compared to treating patients' high blood pressure and cholesterol...   > >
October 01, 2011

High Heat Harms Medications
Exposing medications to extreme temperatures, such as in the car when traveling, reduces their potency. How hot is too hot?   > >
September 12, 2011

Making Your Fat Burn More Calories
Brown fat burns many more calories than white fat. Now, a surprising new way to make white fat behave like brown...   > >
September 7, 2011

Memory Loss: New Hope
In aging brains cyclic AMP, a cytokine, weakens cell firing, slowing working memory. Blocking it reverses the effect...   > >
August 30, 2011

Postmenopausal Weight Loss
Older women – men too – who see a lower number on their scales are likely to be delighted. But it could be a bad sign...   > >
August 27, 2011

Ovarian Cancer Gene Discovered
Having a faulty RAD51D gene means a 1 in 11 chance of ovarian cancer. Knowing your status can help with serious decisions...   > >
August 20, 2011

Warning on Colon Cleanses
Though they may sound enticingly healthy, colonics can pose serious, even fatal, health risks. Have some fiber instead...   > >
August 13, 2011

Grapes vs. Alzheimer's
Grape seed extract – and perhaps red wine – shows promise as a way to slow the progression of Alzheimer's...   > >
July 30, 2011

Earlier Menopause for Celiac Women
Women with undiagnosed celiac disease go through menopause earlier than celiac women who are diagnosed. Why?   > >
June 30, 2011

Yoga for Stroke
Stroke patients with balance problems began with work from a wheelchair and progressed to standing and sitting on the floor...   > >
June 29, 2011

Scanning the Brain's Networks
A new technique enables researchers to view patterns of activity within the whole brain, rather than just discrete regions...   > >
June 24, 2011

Turning Off Cancer
From a chance discovery, scientists develop a new way to shut down cancer growth...   > >
June 23, 2011

Apples Work Wonders
A compound in apples, ursolic acid, helps prevent the muscle atrophy that comes with illness and age...   > >
June 16, 2011

Paxil and Pravachol: A Bad Combo
Drug interactions can be surprising. Alone, neither Paxil nor Pravachol raise blood sugar. Together, they do...   > >
June 02, 2011

Prozac Not Working For You?
People taking anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen may find that their SSRI antidepressants don't work as well...   > >
May 12, 2011

How "Health Literate" Are You?
Patients who are less knowledgeable about their own health have a greater chance of being hospitalized — and of dying...   > >
May 04, 2011

It's Never Too Late to Start Exercising
A study of women over 60 found that moderate exercise – just walking – significantly improved blood flow and BP...   > >
April 30, 2011

Fat But Fit Better
Fitness level may be a better predictor of heart disease than obesity. But thin and fit is still the best bet...   > >
April 14, 2011

Preventing Atrial Fib
Afib is one of the more preventable heart disturbances. What you need to do to take it out of the picture...   > >
April 11, 2011

Healing Your Heart
Injecting stem cells into hearts reduces enlargement and scar tissue, and boosts heart function. What's the drawback?   > >
April 07, 2011

Exercise Cuts Salt's Effect on BP
Regular exercise can inhibit salt's tendency to raise blood pressure. But don't break out the chips yet...   > >
March 30, 2011

Seniors Unaware of Free Health Services
Too many Medicare recipients are not taking advantage of the preventive health care services they are entitled to...   > >
March 26, 2011

An OTC for the Brain?
Ibuprofen appears to offer protection against Parkinson's disease. Brain inflammation may be the reason...   > >
March 23, 2011

Skip That Colonoscopy?
You may be able to avoid this dreaded test with fecal occult blood tests or flexible sigmoidoscopy...   > >
March 21, 2011

US Unhealthier Than UK
Americans’ health is worse than their British counterparts’ in everything from asthma to angina. Is our healthcare system to blame?   > >
March 19, 2011

Cognitive Problems in Cancer Patients
Cancer patients on opioid painkillers often experience confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness. Is there an alternative?   > >
March 11, 2011

Of Mice and, Hopefully, Men
An accidental discovery has resulted in serious hair re-growth in stressed mice. If men are next, let the celebration begin...  > >
March 10, 2011

Obesity Trumps Everything
Being overweight was found to dramatically raise men's risk of death from heart attack, even if they were otherwise healthy...   > >
March 08, 2011

Nuts, Beans, Fruit, Seeds...
A study of 400,000 people over 50 found that those who ate lots of fiber tended to live longer. Post your favorite recipe...   > >
March 04, 2011

Surgical Breast Biopsies
Doctors are ordering surgical breast biopsies when needle biopsies would suffice. What’s the cost, emotionally, financially?   > >
March 02, 2011

Live Longer
An Australian study has found that elderly people on this osteoporosis drug are living longer than other people.  > >
March 01, 2011

New Osteoporosis Guidelines
The guidelines for osteoporosis screening have been expanded — do they include you?  > >
February 23, 2011

Waiting for HRT
Waiting longer to begin hormones after menopause may reduce your risk of breast cancer. How long should you wait?  > >
February 16, 2011

Don't Sit Too Long At Your Computer
A new study finds the health risks involved in spending hours sitting (in front of a screen or anywhere) are huge...   > >
February 09, 2011

Antibiotics and BP Med Danger
Taking some antibiotics while on certain BP meds can cause a severe drop in blood pressure and falls. An alternative...   > >
February 08, 2011

Hot Flashes Are Good?
Hot flashes and other menopause symptoms may actually have a protective effect when it comes to certain cancers...  > >
February 05, 2011

Walk On
Walking just 5 miles a week slows mental decline significantly, even among those with Alzheimer's. Get started now...   > >
February 01, 2011

Best Breast Cancer Treatments
The success rate in treatment is closely linked to the surgical skill and radiation strategy of your oncologist. What works...   > >
January 31, 2011

Active Survival
Men with prostate cancer can raise their odds of surviving by being active. How active? You'd be surprised...   > >
January 25, 2011

Foods to Rescue You
Research finds that eating certain foods now can seriously reduce the risk of heart attack later...   > >
January 17, 2011

Viva Fruits, Vegetables — and Vino
Seniors who eat – and drink – a more Mediterranean style diet have less cognitive decline than people who don't.   > >
January 13, 2011

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Virus?
The supposed link between chronic fatigue syndrome and the XMRV virus may be simply the result of lab contamination...   > >
January 07, 2011

Aging Better
A 10-year study of people 70 and over has found that those following simple healthy eating guidelines live better and longer...   > >
January 03, 2011

Raise the Cholesterol?
More evidence that "good" cholesterol really is good: Higher levels of HDL may reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease...   > >
December 30, 2010

Alzheimer's Breakthrough?
It is not that Alzheimer's brains overproduce dangerous plaques; they have trouble getting rid of them once they've formed...   > >
December 22, 2010

For the New Year: Let's Quit!
The Surgeon General's report on smoking details the damage and the speed with which smoke (even secondhand) harms you...  > >
December 16, 2010

Can Science Reverse Aging?
Researchers find a way to control a gene that plays a key role in the aging process. It worked in mice: are humans next?  > >
December 08, 2010

Fatigued? Depressed? Retire!
Workers with exhaustion and depression felt significantly better after they retired. But is it not working that did it?  > >
December 06, 2010

A Weight Gain Wake-Up Call
Gaining weight wreaks havoc on the heart and significantly ups the odds for heart disease. So go easy on the cookies...  > >
December 03, 2010

Abandoned Prescriptions
How many people go to the doctor, get a prescription and then either don't fill it or simply never pick it up?  > >
December 02, 2010

Bluetooth for BP
Using your cell phone and your doctor's feedback to "telemonitor" your blood pressure can help keep it in check...  > >
December 01, 2010

More Evidence for Early Mammograms
Just in: Another new study finds that early mammograms may bring big benefits to women under 50...  > >
November 30, 2010

Heart Imaging Danger
The dye used in heart imaging can harm the kidneys. Doctors thought acetylcysteine could protect us. Not so...  > >
November 26, 2010

Spotty Care for Rural Elders
In much of rural America medical and geriatric care may be minimal. A new program that tightens the safety net may help...  > >
November 25, 2010

Eye on Glaucoma
What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health?  > >
November 24, 2010

Preventing Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s disease appears linked to problems in the brain’s energy stores. New research suggests a fix...  > >
November 12, 2010

Lose Your Belly Fat
This simple eating adjustment can help reduce belly fat, as well as your risk for diabetes and heart disease...  > >
November 10, 2010

Aging Like Wine
So often studies tell us what not to do. Finally, here's one that tells you what you need to do to age well...  > >
November 9, 2010

Aspirin for the Colon
Low doses of aspirin may be quite effective in fighting off colon cancer in those at high risk — but how it works is still a mystery...  > >
November 3, 2010

Hormones Raise Cancer Risk
A landmark study finds that HRT raises a woman's odds of developing invasive breast cancer, and of dying from it...  > >
October 28, 2010

Now Remember This
Higher levels of vitamin B12 were linked to reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease — so eat your eggs!...  > >
October 27, 2010

Med Before Bed
Taking blood pressure medications before bed boosts their effectiveness by working with your body's natural rhythms...  > >
October 19, 2010

Mammograms for 40-Somethings?
Two new studies add to the debate about whether mammograms should be standard for women in their 40s...  > >
October 13, 2010

Helping Families Get Healthier
A study at IBM shows that modest company-sponsored incentive programs can increase the health of workers and their families...  > >
October 12, 2010

What Hurts the Heart?
Metabolic syndrome can double the risk of heart attack and stroke. The good news is it doesn’t necessarily lead to diabetes...  > >
October 10, 2010

The Whole Grains Secret
Researchers find that people who consume more magnesium are less likely to develop diabetes. So have some whole grains...  > >
October 09, 2010

A Little Exercise Benefits Bones
Women, listen up: Exercising just 20 minutes a day may mean the difference between fractures and healthy bones...  > >
October 06, 2010

FDA Restricts Diabetes Drug
The FDA has issued restrictions on who can be prescribed the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia®. There is a confirmed heart risk...  > >
October 03, 2010

Magnetic Pulsing
A small study has found that stroke patients recover better when they receive magnetic pulses to the brain...  > >
October 02, 2010

Joint Disappointment
A major study of the joint supplements glucosamine and chondroitin found they offer no benefit to arthritic joints...  > >
September 30, 2010

Angioplasty, No Free Pass
Using a balloon to open clogged arteries reduces angina, but not the threat of a heart attack...  > >
September 28, 2010

B for the Brain
People taking high doses of B vitamins had less brain shrinkage than those who didn't in this Oxford University study...  > >
September 27, 2010

Medical Mistakes, Real and Imagined
Many people think their doctors made an error. Whether it's true or not, patients often switch doctors as a result...  > >
September 23, 2010

Omega-3's and Diabetes
Researchers show how these beneficial little fats reduce inflammation in fat cells, and could help stave off diabetes...  > >
September 21, 2010

The Price of Malpractice
Researchers calculate that medical malpractice and defensive medicine cost the nation billions of dollars each year...  > >
September 19, 2010

Challenging Mammograms
Hormone Replacement Therapy may affect how doctors interpret the tests, leading to diagnoses of breast cancer where none is present...  > >
September 15, 2010

You Can Change Your Heart's Fate
By adjusting the diet, it's possible to reverse metabolic syndrome, the precursor to heart disease and diabetes...  > >
September 06, 2010

Mind over Matter
Seniors who worry about falling actually fall more than those who don't, even when their risk of falling is the same...  > >
September 04, 2010

Sexual Cholesterol
Doctors testing a woman's cholesterol may want to ask when her last period was, since estrogen levels may affect the reading...  > >
August 21, 2010

More Bad News for Fructose
Cancer cells actually prefer fructose over glucose to fuel themselves and help them proliferate...  > >
August 19, 2010

An Alternative to Hysterectomy
For some women, a procedure that stops blood flow to uterine fibroids may be a good alternative to hysterectomy...  > >
August 15, 2010

Stem Cells Heal Hearts
Tiny "scaffolds" lined with stem cells may help damaged hearts tissue repair itself - but will it work in humans?  > >
August 14, 2010

Calcium: Trouble for the Heart?
Calcium supplements may strengthen the bones, but they may also raise the risk of heart attack, researchers say...  > >
August 12, 2010

Not So Sweet Alabama
People who have higher levels of the chemicals PCBs in their bodies also seem to have higher blood pressure...  > >
August 07, 2010

Patient Doctor Communications
Doctors and patients don't communicate well, which can be a big health problem. If patients speak up, things improve...  > >
August 06, 2010

Friends, For a Long and Healthy Life
Having a strong social support system rivals quitting smoking in terms of the years it can add to our lives...  > >
August 04, 2010

Fish for the Eyes
Age-related macular degeneration can cause blindness in seniors. Eating fish loaded with omega-3's may help prevent it...  > >
August 03, 2010

Saved by a Whisker
Researchers relieved blocked arteries in rats just by stroking a whisker. Can this approach be applied to humans?...  > >
July 31, 2010

Sniffing Insulin for Alzheimer's
Not just for diabetics: A sniff of the hormone insulin may help recover memory function in Alzheimer's patients...  > >
July 28, 2010

Seniors on Antibiotic Risk High Potassium
An antibiotic often prescribed for urinary tract infections can raise potassium levels to dangerously high levels...  > >
July 13, 2010

Cholesterol and Cancer: Strong Link?
“Good” HDL cholesterol was found to be linked to much lower risk of cancer: now the questions is why this is the case...  > >
June 29, 2010

CBT and Exercise Help Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia patients better manage their pain with cognitive behavior therapy and exercise. Knowing how they cope helps, too...  > >
June 18, 2010

Vacuuming Stroke-Causing Clots?
Early studies using a tiny vacuum to remove blood clots in the brain show promise and extend the time to treatment...  > >
June 17, 2010

Get That Gallbladder Out!
If you suffer from gallbladder inflammation you should probably have it removed to reduce risk and financial cost.   > >
June 13, 2010

New, and Not Necessarily Improved
New drugs are often prescribed over the old even if they aren't better or more cost effective. And few are paying attention.   > >
June 12, 2010

Deactivating Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Patients with pacemakers or defibrillators may receive painful shocks during their last days. What can be done? > >
June 03, 2010

Anemia Drugs Not for Kidney Patients
ESAs, a common class of drugs used to treat anemia post a risk of stroke and clots for elderly kidney patients...   > >
May 28, 2010

Talk About Sexual Problems
Aging presents some obstacles to sexual satisfaction. Many can be overcome, but talking to your partner or spouse appears key...  > >
May 26, 2010

Mini-Strokes Are Not Minor
TiAs, or transient ischemic attacks, are very often warning signs of an impending stroke. Too few seek treatment for them...  > >
May 25, 2010

More Reasons to Get Your ZZZs...
Inadequate sleep raises the risk of early death and diabetes. It may also help explain the rising rates of diabetes worldwide...   > >
May 20, 2010

A Laughing Matter
Break out the sitcom DVDs. Laughter may help stimulate appetite in older adults and people with chronic pain...   > >
May 16, 2010

The Senior Hustle
Dancing improves seniors' balance and prevents falls. It also can raise their spirits. A low impact program helps...   > >
May 10, 2010

Helping Tooth Extractions Heal Faster
A promising "Buffy-Coat" technique uses platelet-rich plasma to help tooth-extraction patients form new bone...   > >
May 08, 2010

B-Vitamins May Help Protect from Heart Disease and Stroke
Vitamin B6 and folate can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. A reduction in homocysteine seems to be at work...   > >
May 02, 2010

Detecting Lung Cancer Early
A new approach yields cells that provide a look at a genetic marker which may predict cancer before a tumor starts...   > >
April 30, 2010

Cardiac Recovery -- Walkin' The Dog
One way to get cardiac patients active again is to have them walk dogs at their local animal shelter, a win-win situation...  > >
April 28, 2010

Spinal Fusions On the Rise
Operations to relieve the back and leg pains associated with disc problems have risen dramatically. Are they all necessary?...  > >
April 20, 2010

Middle-Aged Increasingly Disabled
The number of middle-aged Americans who say they cannot easily perform daily functions like climbing ten stairs has risen...  > >
April 17, 2010

Say What? OTC Pain Meds Raise Risk of Hearing Loss
A long-term study has found that men who regularly take pain medication have a higher rate of hearing loss...  > >
April 9, 2010

A Clip For Leaking Mitral Valves
A clothespin-like clip, inserted through a vein in the groin, is a promising alternative to open-heart surgery...  > >
April 07, 2010

Quitting Smoking Brings Results
Just one year after quitting smoking non-smokers enjoy improved flow in their brachial arteries, a key sign of heart health...  > >
April 06, 2010

Hip Fracture Patients Need More Help
A meta-analysis finds that after breaking a hip, people need more help than they tend to get...  > >
April 04, 2010

High Blood Pressure Can Be Good?
Patients with chest pains who had the highest systolic BP had the best prognosis, a study has found. But there is more...  > >
April 03, 2010

Zen Mind, Less Pain
Zen meditation reduces a person's sensitivity to pain. Meditators had thicker gray matter, a good sign for aging brains, too...  > >
March 28, 2010

Adults: Diet Makes A Difference
It's not too late: Even older adults can lower their cholesterol by eating fish and cutting down on butter and saturated fats...  > >
March 19, 2010

Over 70? A Few Pounds Can Help
People over 70 who are a bit heavier than the ideal BMI tend to live longer than those in the "normal" range. But obesity was of no benefit...  > >
March 5, 2010

The Pill and Osteoporosis
A recent study has found that when young women take oral contraceptives, their bone density suffers. A number of factors need to be weighed, however...  > >
March 3, 2010

High BP Means More Brain Lesions, Dementia
People with high blood pressure are more likely to have the sorts of white matter brain lesions connected to mental decline and Alzheimer's...  > >
March 2, 2010

A Break Can Help Memory
Just what students want to hear: Taking a break after learning something new may give the brain time to move the information into long-term memory...  > >
March 1, 2010

Toning the Body Tunes the Mind
Are those "senior moments" increasing? Exercise helps the mind stay in shape as much as the body...  > >
February 23, 2010

Heart Attack: Improving the Odds
The odds of dying from a heart attack are as bad as they were 30 years ago. CPR education and defibrillators can help...  > >
February 12, 2010

Green Tea An Antidepressant?
The more green tea elderly subjects drank in a day, the less likely they were to be depressed. Theanine may be behind it...   > >
January 28, 2010

Predicting Second Stroke Risk
Having a second stroke soon after the first makes disability much more likely. A new tool helps predict the risk...  > >
January 27, 2010

Can Stem Cells Heal the Heart?
An early clinical trial has found that giving heart attack patients adult stem cells can reduce mortality and speed healing...  > >
January 19, 2010

Too Much Of A Good Thing
By middle age we need to be careful about how much active exercise we do. Too much can raise the risk of osteoarthritis...  > >
January 11, 2010

Healthy Hearts, Brains, Linked
Seniors who ate the most fruits and vegetables had better cognitive function and reduced risk of heart disease...  > >
January 5, 2010

Diet Slows Muscle Loss
Diet may help reduce frailty. Those who had plenty of vitamins C and E had greater strength than those who didn't. ...  > >
December 30, 2009

Depression and Longevity
People who are depressed have a shorter life−span. Is this because doctors tend not to investigate their symptoms?...  > >
December 18, 2009

Retirees Feel Younger
Retirement is good for your health. In fact, if your work life has been stressful, you are likely to feel much better after you retire. According to one study, it's like turning the clock back eight years...  > >
December 3, 2009

Like Body, Like Artery
For those over 40, having a flexible body seems to reflect a similar flexibility of the arteries, according to a recent study in Japan. Yoga or other stretching exercise may actually help...  > >
November 9, 2009

Keeping The Heart Young
A gene, P13K, appears to play a big role in cell generation and aging in the heart. Mice who had the gene suppressed had less thickening of heart tissue and better overall function. The findings likely apply to humans as well...  > >
November 6, 2009

Coffee Won't Keep You Sharp
A Finnish study has found that drinking coffee offers no defense against the natural decline of mental abilities as we age. But they did find several factors that seemed to be good predictors...  > >
November 5, 2009

Vitamin D Helps Prevent Falls
A Finnish study has found that drinking coffee offers no protection from the natural decline of mental abilities as we age. But it did find several factors that seemed to be good predictors ...  > >
October 20, 2009

Prostate Cancer, A Waiting Game
Three new studies shed light on the reasons to give serious thought to postponing treatment, especially if you are over 65. However much depends on how high risk...  > >
October 15, 2009

Mind Games Reduce Decline
When seniors give their minds a workout at least twice weekly, they halve their risk for dementia. The mental effort needs to be active, such as playing cards or doing puzzles; passive activities don't work...  > >
October 14, 2009

Meat Fuels Independence?
People who ate meat a couple times a week in middle age remained independent longer than those who did not, a recent study found. Eggs and fish seemed to have no effect...  > >
October 9, 2009

A Tiny Protein, A Big Impact
In what may be a crucial finding for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, a tiny portion of a protein, called N60, appears to be behind the formation of the beta amyloid plaques that disrupt...  > >
October 1, 2009

A One−Two Punch For Alzheimers
The risk of Alzheimer’s disease appears to be reduced among those who exercise and among those who eat a “Mediterranean” diet. People who did both had even less risk...  > >
September 2, 2009

Silent Strokes Still a Risk
For those over 60, especially those with high blood pressure, the risk of having a silent or unnoticed stroke is greater than anyone expected. These strokes are likely to cause modest deficits...  > >
August 19, 2009

Get Physical To Remember
Did you take that pill today, or yesterday? Doing something like crossing your arms when you take a pill can help you remember habitual acts that memory tends to blur...  > >
August 14, 2009

Growth Factor May Curb AD
A growth factor (GCSF) often used to increase white blood cell production in the bone marrow of cancer patients may actually reverse Alzheimer's symptoms in mice bred to develop the disease...  > >
July 15, 2009

Fit Body, Sharp Mind
Being physically fit helps you stay mentally sharp, a new study has found. People who exercised at least once a week were more likely to avoid cognitive decline. Lifestyle plays a part, too...  > >
July 01, 2009

Exercises Ease Sleep Apnea
Tongue and throat exercises can reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The exercises helped increase oxygen intake...  > >
June 8, 2009

The Message Is Moderation
Two new studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. As for what "moderate" means...  > >
May 25, 2009

Seniors Better At Home
Seniors can be helped to learn new ways to accomplish tasks −− like getting dressed −− that grow difficult and tend to lead to assisted living. This also helps avoid the cycle of re-hospitalizations that many...  > >
April 23, 2009

Alcohol & Aging: A Potent Mix
The same blood alcohol level affects older and younger adults differently, but this fact often goes unnoticed by aging drivers, a potentially dangerous situation...  > >
April 3, 2009

Arthroscopy's Limited Scope
Arthroscopy, the minimally-invasive surgical technqiue, appears to be of limited value for osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a new study. Patients without the procedure did as well...  > >
March 24, 2009

Why Obama is Going Gray
Graying hair has been blamed on children, job stress and other life events. New research gets to the root (pun intended) of why hair goes gray and may provide the means to reverse it...   > >
March 13, 2009

Strong Quads & Artificial Knees
People who do strength training after a knee replacement, in addition to the usual physical therapy, do far better a year later than people who decided to skip strength training. In fact, their performance is...  > >
March 16, 2009

Protein Linked To OA Found
Researchers have identified a protein present in the outer layers of cartilage in healthy joints and less present in joints showing the changes associated with osteoarthritis. The finding may signal a new way to treat...  > >
February 12, 2009

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