We’ve all suffered from an itchy scalp at some point. No matter the cause (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, an allergic reaction, lice, or a fungus), itchy scalp can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Just thinking about scalp pruritus (the medical term for this common condition) has got me scratching my
As we get into the annual flu season (it runs from October to May), we no doubt will see advertisements for flu shots at every pharmacy we visit. But the flu shot is just one of several immunizations available to older adults, and even though we may associate routine vaccination
I can’t recall ever going to the movies with my family without buying a huge tub of hot, buttery popcorn. It’s the perfect companion to our favorite comedies, action flicks, and sob stories, and once you’ve had one handful, it’s hard to stop yourself from reaching for another. . .
The mind-body connection is a strong one and just as strength-training has been shown to improve cognitive function, tending to your mental well-being can benefit your physical health. Maintaining an active, engaged mind and positive mental outlook can help you live a fuller life and lower your risk of certain
Tai chi, which began as a noncompetitive martial art, was once considered in much of the U.S. to be a fringe form of exercise for older adults only. Today, it has moved closer to mainstream medicine practiced by people of all ages. In fact, tai chi benefits are being recognized
Flesh-eating bacteria—also known as necrotizing fasciitis—is a quick-spreading, aggressive infection that can be fatal if not treated promptly. The infection starts below the skin and spreads along the fascia (the flat layers of tissue that separate other tissues, including muscles, fat, and organs), destroying these tissues as it spreads through
Pneumonia is often relatively mild in healthy people, but it can be life-threatening for older adults, young children, and people whose immune systems are compromised by disease or medications. The good news is that there is an effective pneumonia vaccine available to fight it. In fact, according to the Centers
Everyone experiences stress differently. What one person considers a catastrophic problem, another might see as an invigorating challenge. One thing we all have in common: the marks that chronic stress leave behind on our bodies and minds. From shrinking brains to inflamed arteries in the heart, stress can leave a
As we mentioned in Chapter 1, stress differs for everyone. What someone might see as a non-event (kids arguing over a toy, for instance), another might view as a heart-pounding, tension-inducing annoyance. The one thing we can agree on: Stress exists, and it doesn’t always feel good. While its causes
What Is Stress?
Stress is a highly subjective term, which makes defining it a challenge (or, as some would say, stressful). In short, stress is a mostly physical response to a perceived threat or pressure. Vaile Wright, director of research and special projects at the American Psy-chological Association, puts it like