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
Seeing you’re down several pounds or finding your clothes are fitting looser may sound like a good thing—but not when you aren’t trying to lose weight. Unwanted weight loss is of special concern in aging since it could point to an undiagnosed illness, leave you prone to infections or decrease
Q. Because I’ve read about health benefits from green tea and coffee, I’ve taken to adding a teaspoonful of ground coffee beans and the contents of a green tea bag to my oatmeal. Is that equivalent to, or maybe even better than, drinking a cup of coffee and a cup
Do you have high blood pressure but can’t quite figure out why? Blood pressure problems can be symptoms of thyroid issues, so be sure to get your thyroid checked.
A DEXA scan, also written as DXA scan, is what health professionals call dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and it’s a test that measures the strength of your bones as you age. A DEXA scan is necessary for certain individuals because the body manufactures bone less efficiently as we get older. But
It is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no simple answer to the question, what causes depression? Is it your brain? Your genes? Your thought patterns? Your life experiences? Likely, it’s all of the above and more.
How the Brain Works
To better understand what causes depression, it helps to have a
Lower Homocysteine to Protect Your Mental Acuity
High blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which generally increase with age, have been linked with many negative health effects, including poor memory and cognition, and greater risk for dementia. Research suggests that over time, elevated homocysteine may disturb normal brain processes, lead
Q: My 77-year-old wife has Alzheimer’s disease and recently began having seizures. Could the seizures be related to her Alzheimer’s?
A: Seizures are convulsions or muscle spasms associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is not uncommon for seizures to be associated with advanced Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It is estimated
You’re experiencing celiac disease symptoms and your doctor suspects you may have celiac disease. That’s hard enough. But you also need to be aware that celiac disease symptoms can tee you up for a host of related disorders. Autoimmune disorders lead this list.
A 1999 Italian study published in the journal
Everyone experiences diarrhea symptoms at some time. They can be due to something you ate or drank, or can result as a common side effect from such conditions as the flu or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But before we answer the question of how to stop diarrhea, let’s further explore the