Knowing the facts about lungs will help you understand why COPD—chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—can be difficult to diagnose until it is quite advanced. The lungs, with more than 300 million alveoli, have an amazing capacity. Not all of these alveoli are used for the day-to-day work of normal breathing—the extra
It can be difficult to cope with nerve pain like that caused by a pinched nerve, partly because of the nature of the pain and partly because common over-the-counter painkilling drugs aren’t very effective at treating it.
People who suffer from a pinched nerve or from other types of nerve pain
Shingles pain can be debilitating for seniors. I experienced the effects of shingles several years ago, and it’s something I’d rather not repeat. I hope that sharing my personal experience will encourage you to get vaccinated or, if not, to recognize the symptoms of shingles early enough to benefit from
Seeing your primary care provider on at least an annual basis allows him or her to help keep tabs on your overall physical health. If you have chronic medical problems, however, the visits with your provider can sometimes be dominated by focusing on the management of those problems.
It’s a tradition when it comes to any New Year’s Resolution: Ideas center on self-improvement—and often in the area of health. And why not? For some, buying a new car or traveling to an exotic locale might come first. But without our health, those fancy material possessions and adventurous trips
Newsbriefs: Shingles & Stroke, Heart Attack Risk; Depression & Chronic Pain; Garlic Breath; Menopause
Shingles Increases Short-Term Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack
Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is associated with an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, according to a study of Medicare beneficiaries conducted at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The research team identified 42,954 adults over age
BONES & JOINTS
The Best Treatment Options for Your Painful Knees (Mar., 4)
Ensure the Best Outcome After Joint Replacement Surgery (Jan., 1)
Knee Replacement Surgery: When Should You Consider It? (Dec., 3)
Aggressive Treatment May Not Be Best for Older, Sicker Prostate Cancer Patients (July, 7)
New Technique for Detecting Skin Cancer Improves Survival
Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, but it is often most noticeable when it affects the hands. While it can be painful and functionally limiting, self-help strategies and medication can help ease the symptoms.
OA or RA? The most common type of arthritis in seniors is osteoarthritis (OA), in
Lower your risk of falls and fractures (Jan., 3)
Rheumatoid arthritis: Ease pain and slow joint damage (Feb., 3)
Chronic fatigue syndrome can be identified and treated (Feb., 6)
Shingles: More common in women, but few have gotten the vaccine (June, 6)
Chronic lower back pain (July, 6)
3 foot conditions that can break your