You have probably heard how dangerous excessively high triglyceride and cholesterol levels can be; they are associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. Recent research provides yet another … Read More
Here’s the deal: A benign tumor is still a tumor. No, it’s not cancer, but it’s still an abnormal growth that shouldn’t be present in your body. And anything abnormal, including a benign tumor, needs to be monitored, at the very least.
Obviously, the diagnosis of a benign tumor is better … Read More
You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure, and what does it reveal … Read More
Do you keep losing your keys, forgetting where you parked your car, or drawing a blank on names of people you just met? Maybe you can’t remember where you left your wallet more often than you’d care to admit. Such lapses of memory tend to get people of a certain … 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
You won’t “ruin your eyesight” from reading in dim light—sorry, mom—but you may occasionally experience eye strain when you overtax your vision for prolonged periods. Fortunately, eye strain doesn’t lead to vision loss unless it’s associated with some underlying medical problem. In most cases, you can get to the bottom … 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
During your latest doctor’s appointment, your physician breaks the news that you have prediabetes. It means your blood-sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. You’re surprised not only by the diagnosis, but also by the fact that you experienced … Read More
Ticks are nasty bugs that transmit a number of diseases, among them anaplasmosis. What is anaplasmosis? It's caused by the bacteria Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which the tick shares when it bites a host. Anaplasmosis is the second-most common tick disease, after Lyme disease. While the incidence of Lyme … Read More
For various reasons, your eyes may not provide clear, sharp vision—either near or far. The typical fixes are contact lenses or a pair of glasses (or two) to provide sharp vision at different distances. Most of us do just fine with these conventional corrections for blurry vision. But if you’re … Read More