Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible vision loss as we age. According to Prevent Blindness America, more than half of all Americans have them or have had surgery for them by the time they reach 80. The condition causes vision to become progressively clouded; a process that happens so … Read More
Possible breakthrough treatment for degenerative diseases, but funding is needed
For nine years, UCLA researchers have been working on an experimental drug that may prevent or cure over 30 currently cureless and devastating diseases. These include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Lou Gehrig’s, type 2 diabetes, and many others that have a common … Read More
You’re dining with good friends at a nice French restaurant, and the waiter proffers a wine list. Must you decline and cheerfully order ginger ale?
Not necessarily, says Alison A. Moore, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Geriatrics. Alcohol offers a … Read More
Q: I’m going to have knee surgery, and I’m concerned about the painkillers I may be prescribed afterwards. I’ve read how hydrocodone can be addictive. Any thoughts?
A: Hydrocodone is among a class of drugs known as narcotic analgesics. It’s also an opioid, which means it binds to opioid receptors in … Read More
If you suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), new research suggests you take a walk. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (May 21, 2014), found that a home-based walking program could help PAD patients walk faster and farther.
PAD is a disease in which plaque builds … Read More
For many years, the formula for better heart health has included measures to reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol while at the same time increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in their circulating blood.
And while a high level of LDL—the so-called “bad” cholesterol—continues to be recognized … Read More
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection, but are also one of the easiest to treat and prevent.
Your urinary system includes the two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, and the urethra. UTIs occur when bacteria get into your urethra and travel up into the bladder. … Read More
Research finds that poor health, lifestyle factors may affect memory
A recent UCLA study suggests that depression, high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle are among the factors strongly associated with memory complaints, even among young adults. Researchers found that these lifestyle and health factors, as well as diabetes, smoking, obesity … Read More
Doctors define mobility in older adults as the ability to walk 400 meters—about a quarter mile—without help from a person or walker (a cane is okay), and without sitting down.
Most of us assume that we’ll be able to do this if we just stay physically active. But until recently, that … Read More
Are you losing your grip? Your grip strength comes into play whenever you open a jar or a door, carry grocery bags, or handle the steering wheel when driving your car. The strength of your grip is something you depend on every day. But you may not appreciate it until … Read More