If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they
If you watch television, you probably notice frequent ads for diabetes medications—but, if you have diabetes, how do you know if those medications would work better for you than what you are currently taking? The answer: Discuss all of the medication options with your doctor, who can explain the risks
Q: I have a hectic schedule and only get about four hours of sleep at night. I feel that I am losing my ability to recall information. Does sleep deprivation adversely affect memory?
A: Many studies conducted over the past decade or so have demonstrated that sleep deprivation interferes with memory
The overwhelming majority of older Americans are likely to experience a decline in at least one of their senses over the years, according to a new study—and many have problems in multiple sensory areas. And because the earlier sensory changes are recognized and treated, the better individuals are able to
Colorectal cancer remains one of the most curable cancers—if it’s detected early. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently renewed its advice stating that screening for colorectal cancers should begin at age 50 and continue to at least age 75.
For people age 76 to 85, the USPSTF noted
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is commonly known as heartburn. GERD symptoms include a sharp, burning feeling in your chest that occurs when acidic contents of the stomach reflux (flow backward) into the esophagus. This happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (the valve separating the lower end of the esophagus
KITCHEN CABINET MEMORY BOOSTER: CINNAMON
New research suggests that a sprinkle of one of your favorite spices may do more than tickle your taste buds—it may improve your memory as well! A paper published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology suggests that cinnamon boosts plasticity—the ability
Forgetfulness—a part of aging as familiar as wrinkles and graying hair—can be a source of worry for many seniors. Is the growing tendency to forget words, have difficulty recalling names, or lose track of the car keys normal or an early sign of dementia?
The good news is that in most
Depression—a mood disorder that affects an estimated one in 10 Americans at some point in their lives—is a complex mental health condition that comes in a variety of forms, each with distinct characteristics.
“The concept of ‘depression’ is actually a broad category that includes multiple diagnoses,” explains Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD,
Q. About two years ago, I became a vegan. My doctor said that, while a vegan diet is good in many ways, I should be aware of vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms. What are the signs that I might be low in B12?
A. Vitamin B12 is found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and