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


Cardiovascular News Briefs

Emergency Medical Service Providers Affect Survival After Cardiac Arrest
A person’s odds of survival after a cardiac arrest can differ by more than 50 percent depending on which emergency medical service (EMS) agency provides initial care, according to a new study published in JAMA Cardiology. The researchers analyzed data from the


2018 HN Index

Alcohol Consumption

In rheumatoid arthritis patients, Jan., 4
Guidelines revisited, June 5; July 4
Rates increasing, Feb., 2
Bones, Joints, and Pain
Back pain, spinal fusion, March, 8
Dental pain, NSAIDs versus opioids, Sept., 3
Fibromyalgia, Jan., 3
Hip replacement, longevity, June, 7
Knee pain, noninvasive treatment, Sept., 2


Cancer Clues in the Genome

Nearly 30 years ago, Mary-Claire King, PhD, made a discovery that would revolutionize the way the scientific community thought about inherited disease: She found a gene on chromosome 17 that was linked to countless cases of breast and ovarian cancer. The gene would later be named BRCA1, and it would


Let Your Voice Be Heard

When singers like Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney perform for decades, their fans see many changes: their fashions, their style of music, and even their voices. While some voice changes are a normal part of aging, 10 to 30 percent of people over the age of 65 experience more significant


An Orange a Day to Keep AMD Away

Here’s yet another reason to fill up the fruit bowl: A new study has shown that regularly eating oranges may provide protection against developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over


Personalized Prescriptions

Antidepressants can be life-changing for people with major depression, but it can be a long and difficult road to find the right drug. Many medications take six to eight weeks to have an effect, and up to half of patients wait that long only to learn that the medication doesn’t


Watching Your Heart

Wearable technology has become commonplace among health enthusiasts looking to track everything from daily steps to sleep patterns. It’s now about to leap into medical monitoring, too. The new Series 4 Apple Watch will soon offer a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared electrocardiogram (ECG) feature.

Integrated ECG. The Series 4


News Briefs: Prostate Cancer Screening; Kidney Tumor Surgery

Prostate Cancer Screening Has Minimal Effect on Mortality
Prostate cancer screening using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test has no effect on overall mortality, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in BMJ in September. Furthermore, the screening is associated with biopsy-related and cancer treatment–related complications that include sepsis, urinary


Ask the Experts: Shingles; Fall & Winter Allergies

Q: My friend was diagnosed with shingles at 40 years old. Isn’t shingles only a concern for people over 60?

A: Shingles, a painful rash that strikes people who recovered from chickenpox in childhood, can strike people at any age. The virus lies dormant in the nerve cells for many years


Apnea Alternatives

Every year, a growing number of Americans is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that causes partial or complete blockages in the airway leading to disrupted sleep and drops in blood oxygen levels. In severe OSA, the sleeper has more than 30 such events every hour, and