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7 Steps to Lower Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a powerful risk factor for stroke and heart attack, especially in women. Many women are diagnosed with hypertension in their mid-50s, especially if they have a family history. Many of my patients ask me how they might avoid taking prescription drugs for their blood pressure—and many can do

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?

The short

Aging Diseases that Affect the Brain

Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

“That’s why it’s important to get

Four Brain Exercises to Increase Processing Speed

Just a few hours spent engaging in exercises that teach the aging brain to increase processing speed—the ability to attend to and respond to incoming information—appear to dramatically reduce an older adult’s vulnerability to dementia, new research suggests. A slowing of processing speed often accounts for age-related brain decline.

Scientists recruited

Worred About “Senior Moments”?

Chances are you’ve walked into a room and suddenly forgotten what you were looking for. Or perhaps during a conversation, a certain word eluded you. Those episodes, often dubbed “senior moments,” are generally just temporary lapses in memory.

“If we compare people in their 20s with older people, the younger people

Supplementing Energy

Who couldn’t use a little more energy? A number of supplements and natural remedies promise to lift fatigue and boost energy, but before you heed their siren call—and open your wallet—here’s what you need to know.

Caffeine. At moderate doses, caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, making you feel more alert,

Risk Factors for Alcohol-Induced Dementia

Risk Factors for Alcohol-Induced Dementia

Up to 17 percent of Americans age 60 and over (3 million people) have serious alcohol problems, and the number is climbing as the baby-boom generation reaches its 60s. Already, statistics indicate that more seniors are admitted to hospitals for alcohol-related medical problems than are admitted for heart attacks. Both

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