Thinning hair can be upsetting for anyone, but, for women, hair loss can be especially troubling. You may decide to try to hide your hair loss by wearing hats or wigs, but covering it up won’t make it go away. A dermatologist can help determine the cause of your hair … Read More
Aging & Independence
When people fail to follow instructions for taking prescription drugs, they are putting themselves at risk for an adverse drug event (ADE), which is any injury that results from the use of a drug. ADEs, which include a diverse range of symptoms including dizziness, fainting, nausea, diarrhea, rash, weakness, heart … Read More
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 … Read More
Q: My brother recently suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. Can you tell me more about these, and what I can do to reduce my risk of having one?
A: A hemorrhagic stroke takes the form of either an intracerebral hemorrhage, which occurs if a weakened blood vessel within the brain ruptures and … Read More
It’s now one month since the turn of the New Year, a time when many of us seize the opportunity to start afresh by making New Year’s resolutions that often center on our health goals for the next 12 months. Many people resolve to get more exercise, or give up … Read More
A cough, laugh, or sneeze that leads to a little urine leakage may not be cause for overwhelming concern; however, it is not something you should ignore either. Urinary incontinence (UI), the sudden loss of bladder control, occurs more often as people age, but it is not a normal part … Read More
Q:I sometimes feel dizzy when I stand up. What might be causing that?
A: It’s possible you have a condition called orthostatic hypotension (OH), which is a type of low blood pressure that occurs upon standing and can result in feeling dizzy. When you stand up, especially quickly from a lying down … Read More
An elderly female patient was dozing late one afternoon when a therapeutic recreation staff member, a Golden Retriever, and the volunteer dog handler walked into her hospital room. She woke and she seemed confused, then her eyes brightened and she smiled. The dog approached her bedside, and the woman patted … Read More
Not long ago, it was a commonly held belief that addiction to drugs and alcohol was a moral failing. It was thought that an addicted person simply lacked the will power and the desire to change. As a result, families fell apart. Prisons filled. People died. That cycle continues, but … Read More
Older Adults Show Interest in DNA Tests
According to new findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, more than half of the older adults polled expressed interest in getting DNA tests to guide medical care, understand health risks, or know their ancestry. The poll results come at a time when … Read More