The moment your doctor tells you that you’ll have to undergo a surgical procedure can be a frightening, confusing, and stressful experience. All kinds of thoughts will cross your mind—it’s natural to worry about the skills of your medical team, the operation’s outcome, and potentially high medical bills that will … Read More
I am the only person in my family who does not wake up and begin my day with a cup of coffee. I personally just don’t like the taste, but I am in the minority here; the majority of people I know are avid coffee drinkers, and they will take … Read More
Delirium is a medical syndrome—not a disease—in which there is a rapid onset of confusion, altered consciousness, and behavioral changes. Unlike dementia, which shares some of these symptoms, the onset of delirium is usually within hours or days (as opposed to months or years).
Delirium is considered a medical emergency. … Read More
“Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.” You’ve likely been hearing that mantra forever, and it’s worthy advice for staying hydrated. But is “eight glasses per day” a science-based recommendation—or one of those old axioms repeated so often that it’s become known as fact? The truth is, … Read More
You leap from a plane and plummet toward the earth at 120 miles per hour, waiting for your parachute to open. You surf aggressive waves with abandon. Or... you tense up at the creaking sound near your front door at 3 in the morning. Whether you’re a skydiver or surfer … Read More
Many of us are walking around with chronic inflammation, and the reaction can be extreme, presenting as arthritis (inflammation of joints), colitis (inflammation of the colon), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), or other inflammatory diseases. But inflammation can be chronic, low-grade, and the cause … Read More
The formula to determine the probability of a hip fracture is as simple as it is accurate: Age + weakened bones + a fall = hip fracture. And 75 percent of falls are experienced by women.
Ninety-five percent of hip fractures are caused by falls (usually sideways, says the Read More
From head to toe, nerve damage can affect any part of the body. The condition is surprisingly prevalent—20 million people in the U.S. alone. Half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage, according to the American Diabetes Association, and diabetic neuropathy is just one of more … Read More
The practice of mindfulness—an essential part of Buddhist meditation—has become increasingly popular in Western society in recent years. Essentially, mindfulness is the ability to stay present in the moment without the intrusion of unwanted thoughts while being able to construct thoughts that are non-judgmental. Mindfulness and mindfulness … Read More
People who don’t view themselves as particularly athletic still need to engage in exercise to maintain their independence. So when you ask, "What is physical fitness?" the answer is anything that enhances your strength, flexibility, and mobility.
Balance and mobility, after all, are based on a certain … Read More