Your throat. A lot can happen to that 5-inch hollow tube that connects the base of your nasal cavity to your windpipe and esophagus. A sore throat can silence your singing voice. Or a faulty pharynx (the medical name for the throat) may cause swallowing difficulties that can affect your
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Q: A friend of mine takes an antidepressant that affects serotonin. What is serotonin, and what does it do?
A: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter—a chemical that transmits messages between neurons in the brain and to the central nervous system. Serotonin has been described as a “feel-good” neurotransmitter, since it is believed
When it comes to figuring out how to stop snoring, some desperate people may be willing to try anything—or suggest anything to their bedmates. There are no guarantees, of course, but you may find a snoring cure that works for you or your partner.
In some cases, losing weight can help
When I was a student, I used to get sick every Christmas break. I’d make it through the stress of midterm exams in mid-December and be looking forward to a two-week break from school. Then—voila—I’d come down with a nasty cold or the flu and be miserable for a good
As many as 36 million Americans, including 30 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 74, report some degree of hearing loss. While hearing loss can happen suddenly, more often, it occurs gradually over a number of years.
“As we age, hearing loss begins to occur; for most people,
Balance is defined as the ability to maintain the body’s center of mass over its base of support. This is achieved by a complex interplay of input to the brain from our eyes, our muscles and joints, and the vestibular organs in our inner ear.
Even in the absence of other
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be a health risk even under normal circumstances. The common sleep disorder is linked to higher risks of hypertension, heart disease, abnormal heart rhythms (arrythmias) and stroke.
But if you have sleep apnea and you’re having surgery, the odds of developing those and other problems is
Vaccines recommended for seniors age 60 and older include influenza, pneumococcal (pneumo-nia), tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap), and herpes zoster (shingles). Yet current vaccination rates in older adults are much lower than targets set by the U.S. government’s Healthy People 2020 Initiative, according to a report from the Alliance for Aging Research.
Hearing loss is common in older adults, but it often takes time before any discrepancy reaches the point where you need hearing aids. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from a personal sound amplification product (PSAP) that can offer you many of the same benefits as hearing aids at