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Combat Night Cramps and Blood Clots With Exercise

Night cramps are common in seniors: You may be familiar with the often intense pain that accompanies the sudden, involuntary spasm in your calf muscles. Robert Turner, PT, OCS, a board-certified orthopedic specialist and clinical supervisor at the Spine Therapy Center at the Weill Cornell-affiliated Hospital for Special Surgery, points

The Pros and Cons of Probiotics

Probiotics are live micro­organisms—bacteria and yeasts—that are commonly referred to as “good” bacteria. They are believed to benefit digestive health by increasing the population of good bacteria in the intestines, which prevents “bad” bacteria (for example, Clostridium difficile and Escherichia coli) from causing illness.
Yogurt and kefir (a drink made from

Newsbriefs: Probiotics; Stroke Risk; Sodium

Probiotics Linked to Brain Health
A recent study (Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Nov. 10, 2016) suggests that probiotics may improve thinking and memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Probiotics (see right) are live bacteria that are present in some yogurts, and also available in supplement form. They are typically recommended

An Overview of Dementia Medications

An Overview of Dementia Medications

Alzheimer’s disease treatment is, in many respects, still a question in search of a definitive answer. No Alzheimer medication can halt the forward progress of the disease or prevent its ultimate devastation on the lives of those who have it.

Yet Alzheimer dementia medications are available that can help relieve some

Alzheimer’s Disease: Working to Solve the Mystery

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects 5.1 million Americans, and there is currently no cure. However, neurologist Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Cognitive health and NFL Cognitive Care says that there are some hopeful developments in AD research—along with potentially promising data you may have seen reported

“Sleep Hygiene” Can Help You Slumber Peacefully

Poor sleep predicts disability in older age, according to a recent study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Sept. 14, 2016). Previous research has linked sleep problems to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, and cognitive issues. Daytime tiredness due to poor

Is Dementia Hereditary?

Is Dementia Hereditary?

Your genetic background is responsible, at least in part, for your propensity to inherit certain medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. The more family members you have who are affected by certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, the greater your risk becomes. So, strictly speaking, is dementia

Osteosarcoma Symptoms May Point to a Rare Type of Cancer

Osteosarcoma Symptoms May Point to a Rare Type of Cancer

What is osteosarcoma? It’s a cancer of the bones—one of the few cancers, in fact, that actually starts in the bones, as opposed to spreading (metastasizing) to the bones from elsewhere in the body. Once osteosarcoma develops, it can spread to nearby muscles. Osteosarcoma, also known as bone sarcoma, can

Why Am I Always Hungry… Even After I Eat?

Why Am I Always Hungry… Even After I Eat?

“Why am I always hungry?” Is that a question you often ask yourself, even after meals? If so, you could have leptin resistance. Leptin, a hormone produced by body fat, controls whether or not you feel full after eating.
Someone with normal leptin function will feel satisfied after eating until it’s

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