Aging & Independence

Autoimmune Diseases Take a Toll on Far More Women Than Men

· · Aging & Independence
What do rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriasis have in common? They’re all autoimmune diseases—conditions in which a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Autoimmune diseases can produce symptoms that include everything from itchy, scaly skin and fatigue to joint pain and digestive problems. “Autoimmune diseases are those in … Read More

Cool Sculpting: Freezing Off Fat

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Watch a video, read a book, or listen to your favorite music while a machine freezes the fat off your belly, hips, or other areas. This is the promise promoted by Cool Sculpting (cryolipolysis), a noninvasive body contouring technique. It works, but … “It’s important to go in with limited expectations, … Read More

Hire the Right In-Home Caregiver

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There’s no place like home for many elderly adults, according to a recent survey from the senior care organization Home Instead: about 94 percent of the 1,000 respondents said they wanted to age at home. It isn’t hard to understand why—staying in your own home as you age means staying … Read More

Personality Disorders Can Wreak Havoc on Relationships

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Mental disorders include a wide range of conditions that affect mood, perception, emotion, and behavior. Most common among mental disorders are mood disorders, such as major depression, and anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But there’s another category of mental disorders—personality disorders—that can interfere with a … Read More