When we think about depression, lack of motivation, or difficulty focusing and concentrating, the well-known brain chemical serotonin often comes to mind. While it’s true that serotonin deficiency is a problem for many people with depression and other mental health issues, … Read More
Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) is a climbing shrub native to the tropical parts of the United States which produces a beautiful, delicate flower that develops into a large, fleshy fruit. Traditional herbalists enjoy a number of passion flower benefits, using it, for example, as a sleep aid, especially when patients … Read More
Although research has yet to uncover a means of preventing Alzheimer’s disease, there is evidence that actively engaging your mind to “cement memories” can help preserve them as you age. And the earlier you start working on your memory, the better. Here are some memory exercises that … Read More
People with fair complexions, red hair, blue eyes, and freckles typically are considered to be at greater risk of skin cancer than their darker-skinned counterparts. Research has shown that melanomas and other skin cancers occur more commonly in Caucasians than in other racial groups. … Read More
Whenever I went to see my grandmother in her nursing home and my visit coincided with a guest musician playing in the activity room, she insisted that we go. She loved these events, and I loved them too. It was cheering to see the room light up as residents came … Read More
Has a friend ever bragged about how refreshed he feels after just four or five hours of sleep the night before? Do you know a child who resists going to bed at a reasonable hour because she “doesn’t feel tired?” Do you find yourself on an inconsistent schedule when it … Read More
Recovery from surgery can be a long process. Pain, discomfort, fatigue, and anxiety can last a long time and require a lot of patience. But if you want to know how to heal faster after surgery, one tip is as simple and easy as it gets: listen to music.
Listening to … Read More
As Parkinson’s disease progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to walk and perform movements. The disease affects the part of the brain that controls movement, and causes tremors, impaired gait, rigid muscles, slowed movements, and trouble with balance and posture. It is not surprising that people with Parkinson’s … Read More
You've likely heard of the condition, but what is lupus? Simply put, it's a group of autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. In the United States, lupus affects one in 2,000 people.
Lupus can affect multiple systems of the body, including the joints, kidneys, … Read More
About one-third of adults age 65 and older are family caregivers, many of whom are looking after relatives with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Unfortunately, dementia care can be a heavy load for caregivers. The stress of looking after someone with dementia can take its … Read More