About the Author

Carrie Adkins-Ali

Carrie Adkins-Ali

Carrie Adkins-Ali is executive editor of the monthly publication Health News, produced by Belvoir Media Group with Duke Health. She's also a contributor to University Health News and former Daily Editor at Natural Health Advisory.

Adkins-Ali has specialized in health care issues and has written extensively on geriatric medicine, Alzheimer’s disease, sleep disorders, asthma, allergies, and non-traditional approaches to senior care. She also has a passion for the “silver bullet” of healthy lifestyle therapies —exercise and fitness. Carrie experienced amazing benefits such as improved energy, reduced inflammation (helping her asthma), and improved sleep to the point that she became hooked. She also gained certifications through the American Council on Exercise and the American Aerobic Association International.

Adkins-Ali now works in some of her spare time as a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. When she discusses the benefits of regular resistance and aerobic exercise, she speaks directly from personal experience and passion.

Articles by Carrie Adkins-Ali


Eye Exam Can Reveal Alzheimer’s Disease

An eye examination may be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease (AD) years or even decades before any clinical symptoms appear, suggests a small study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. Ophthalmologists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that people in the preclinical stage of AD had significant


Coffee Lowers Rosacea Risk

Charles Darwin commented that “blushing is the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions.” Any number of emotions can make a person quickly redden—from embarrassment to happiness, attraction to deception, anger to social anxiety. But no matter what the cause, there is no hiding a blatant blush, a


The AFib-Dementia Link

It’s vitally important to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib) to reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure, and death, but we now know that this common cardiac condition doesn’t affect only the heart. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study found that AFib is also associated with a heightened risk of


Testosterone for COPD

People with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma all fall under the umbrella of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). While the breathlessness from this group of diseases is incurable and progressive, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston reported in the September issue of Chronic Respiratory Disease


Supplement Surprise

Dietary supplements—the nonprescription vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes that line drugstore shelves—aren’t always what they seem. Because the FDA uses only postmarket surveillance, problems like undeclared, unapproved, and potentially dangerous pharmaceutical ingredients can go unnoticed until after a product is already in your home. Supplements are classified as


Put Your Best Foot Forward

For people with bunion—a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint that causes a bony bump off of the big toe—years may pass with little more trouble than a limited choice of shoes. For many people, though, bunions eventually become painful and can limit function.

A visit to the podiatrist usually yields conservative


Less is More in CVD Screening

Can adding electrocardiography (ECG) to standard screening help health-care providers better protect healthy patients from developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Probably not, says the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In fact, it may actually put patients at risk.

Current Screening Standards. Standard risk assessment for cardiovascular disease often begins with a tool such as