Allergy sufferers have long faced a no-win situation with traditional antihistamine medications: sneeze and itch your way through seasonal allergies or take antihistamines and live in a fog instead. Antihistamines stop allergy symptoms by reducing or blocking histamines—chemicals the body releases in response to an allergic trigger. Histamines cause the
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The realization that conventional hormone replacement therapy increased cancer and heart disease risk was a devastating blow to millions of women who were desperately seeking relief from hot flashes, brittle bones, and weight gain. Fortunately, today there’s another option that is quite effective and much safer.
If you want a snapshot of your health status then open wide. “Many common problems older adults face with their oral health also can be warning signs of other health issues that need attention,” says Diana V. Messadi, DDS of the UCLA School of Dentistry.
Approximately 40 percent of those age
Can what you eat affect your eyesight? And which foods protect your eyes? Research shows that three particular carotenoids, each of them antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, play a role in good vision: lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin.
Studies verify that astaxanthin protects the eyes against damage and daily wear-and-tear, decreases eye
Q. I’ve been suffering from red, watery, itchy eyes ever since I unpacked several cartons of old books. Is this an eye infection, and if so, what can I do about it?
A. First, it’s important not to self-treat your condition. Your eyes are too valuable to treat with home remedies.
By Bruce A. Ferrell, MD
Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics, UCLA
Editor-in-Chief, UCLA Medical Center Healthy Years
Q: My eyes have developed a kind of sticky, scratchy feeling that is really getting uncomfortable. Is this what dry eye feels like?
A: The symptoms you describe are common to dry eye syndrome, also known as
About 1.5 million people in the United States have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease in which your own body’s immune system attacks your joints and organs. Nearly three times as many women have the disease as men.
“RA often begins between ages 40 and 60, but it can occur
Dry eyes can be bothersome and painful—and according to Penny Asbell, MD, PhD, professor of ophthalmology at Mount Sinai, it’s one of the most common reasons people consult an eye doctor. “People with dry eyes may complain of having red eyes or eye irritation, or say their eyes don’t feel
When you think of vision-enhancing and -protective foods, carrots may be what come to mind. But many other foods likely have a greater impact on the eye diseases encountered among older adults, says Jeffrey Anshel, OD, president of the Ocular Nutrition Society and author of Smart Medicine for Your Eyes.