Some memory decline is often considered a normal part of the aging process. But it’s not inevitable.
Some memory decline is often considered a normal part of the aging process. But it’s not inevitable.
Research suggests that asymptomatic infections may have played a role in the early and continuing spread of COVID-19.
Following coronavirus recovery, patients may encounter a second obstacle: coping with fallout from COVID-19’s mental health issues.
Updated information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that COVID-19 is not easily spread from contaminated surfaces.
Concerns related to pancreatitis increase because recurrent episodes lead to chronic pancreatitis, heighten the risk for pancreatic cancer, and increase the likelihood of developing diabetes.
Three conditions have been found to be common in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
Even in the absence of other respiratory symptoms like allergies or a cold, an impaired sense of smell or taste may be an early indicator of coronavirus.
During this time of quarantine and isolation due to COVID-19, caregivers for those with dementia may find tasks require extra efforts.
New research shows that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can be costly in a variety of ways. A potentially serious disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by repeated stops and starts to breathing during sleep.
Researchers have shown that risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) increases in women who regularly consume sugar-sweetened beverages.
Contrary to previous assumptions, new research has shown that people with COVID-19 can have an additional type of viral respiratory disease.
It’s important to be mindful of prudent nutrition practices to minimize the likelihood of coronavirus transmission.
Coronavirus has reached the United States, but health care capabilities and precautions put in place make it unlikely it will approach the epidemic proportions noted in China.
With the correlation to vision that 2020 presents, the American Academy of Opthalmology encourages Americans to increase their awareness of eye health this year.
Undertaking a caregiver role for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but in the absence of appropriate outlets and coping mechanisms, demands of caregiving can exact a detrimental toll on caregivers.
A controversial study released last fall suggested there’s no need for keeping in check the consumption of red meat and processed meats. New research tells a different story.
Following six decades of steadily increasing, life expectancy in the United States has decreased since 2014.
Research has shown the importance of regular physical activity in improving older adults’ health and longevity. But a recent study has focused on the detrimental effects associated with fragmented physical activity through short bouts of infrequent exercis
Anemia occurs when a person’s body has an insufficient number of red blood cells to supply adequate oxygen to the tissues throughout the body. The condition can cause feelings of tiredness and weakness.
Although flu season is now in full swing, it’s not too late to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already.
Researchers have identified an association between hearing loss and an increased risk of developing dementia. However, new evidence suggests it may be possible for people with hearing loss to forestall dementia’s onset.
Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, often go undiagnosed and untreated. But detrimental eating behaviors can negatively impact your health, emotional status and ability to navigate daily activities.
Do you frequently abruptly awaken yourself with your own snoring? Or does your spouse complain about your loud snoring? Snoring may be a manifestation of a serious health problem.
If you’ve experienced the pain kidney stones create, you would agree that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Understand the origins of kidney stones and preventive steps that can spare you a very painful experience.
Early studies suggest that a consistent reduction in caloric intake can slow the rate of aging and metabolism, protecting against age-related diseases.
Researchers have identified a link between heart disease and periodontal disease, which involves gum infection, gum inflammation and tooth damage. Studies have noted an association between poor dental hygiene and coronary heart disease.
Sjogren’s syndrome, a disorder of the immune system characterized most commonly by dry eyes and dry mouth, occurs when white blood cells attack saliva glands, tear glands, and other tissues, leading to a sig
Insufficient amounts of thyroid hormone in the bloodstream cause metabolism disorders in the body. The condition is known as hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid disease.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, adopting judicious lifestyle choices can help to make the disease management easier.
A common condition, varicose veins appear as swollen, twisted veins that are visible just under the skin’s surface. Although they usual occur in the legs, they also can form in other parts of the body.
Potassium is an important electrolyte necessary to the proper function of the human body. It’s responsible for the function of nerve and muscle cells; however, too much potassium can be dangerous.
Although people often think of bacteria and other microorganisms as harmful, probiotics can provide health benefits to the human body. Available as supplements or in fermented food products, they can boost health in a number of ways.
A poison ivy rash can quickly turn a mountain hike or camping trip into an itchy, painful and uncomfortable ordeal. Learn to recognize the culprit plant and avoid contact with it.
Both heat exhaustion and heat stroke are conditions related to exposure to extreme heat. Be aware of the dangers of high temperatures and humidity and take precautions against falling victim to heat-related illnesses.
Lyme disease, which creates a cascade of physical symptoms, can be successfully treated if it’s caught early. However, left untreated, the infection can affect the heart, joints and the nervous system.
Although transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) typically cause no permanent damage, they serve as a serious warning that a stroke may occur in the future. Therefore, medical attention is warranted.
A recent study indicates drinking coffee doesn’t have the detrimental effects on our arteries that some previous research suggested. The findings indicate that drinking coffee, even as many as 25 cups per day, is not associated with having stiffer arteries
Adults who experience frequent bouts of anger are likely to have an increased risk of developing chronic illnesses, according to a recent study.
The results of a new study suggest that higher consumption of sugary beverages, including sugar-sweetened sodas, soft drinks, and fruit drinks as well as naturally sweet fruit juices, is associated with increased all-cause mortality among older American ad
Aging increases the incidence of some conditions. One of them, unique to men, is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as prostate gland enlargement. Prostate problems become much more likely after the age of 50.
We’ve long known that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to increased risk for a number of health conditions. But now researchers have reported the results of a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population across multiple age groups.
Allergies, the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, can’t be cured but can be effectively managed.
With summer quickly approaching and temperatures on the rise, it’s critical to understand the importance of maintaining adequate hydration and recognizing symptoms that may indicate a detrimental inadequacy of fluids.
Neuroscience researchers have identified various factors that play a role in maintaining healthy memory in people over the age of 55, as well as recommendations for avoiding memory decline. A recent study suggests that specific early interventions have im
Occasional heartburn is not uncommon, and over-the-counter medications can usually provide relief. However, frequent and severe heartburn may indicate a more serious condition.
Although some research suggests medical marijuana can offer relief to older adults with symptoms such as sleep disorders, pain or anxiety stemming from chronic conditions including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, experts agree that more studies
Experts have recognized that having a parent with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been known to increase an individual’s risk of developing the disease. But new research suggests that having second- and third-degree relatives who have had Alzheimer’s disease
A chronic condition involving widespread musculoskeletal pain, accompanied by sleep disturbances, memory and mood changes, frequently presents diagnosis challenges to providers. Experts suggest that fibromyalgia prompts an increase in the brain’s sensitiza
American health authorities have designated a novel fungus infection, Candida auris, as a “serious global health threat,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.
Age-related changes in the liver and a higher incidence of chronic conditions such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia increase older adults’ risk of liver disease.
An established exercise regimen can help prevent chronic diseases such as depression, osteoporosis and heart disease. And now, a new study indicates that exercise is linked with improved brain function in a group of adults diagnosed with mild cognitive imp
Back pain, whether acute or chronic, can appear abruptly or develop over time. It can range from a dull annoying ache to a disabling unrelenting sharp or stabbing sensation that interferes with activities of daily living. Although it can affect people of a
Many adults understand the importance of controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. But many overlook the essential nature of keeping the immune system healthy.
A recent study conducted among older men has shown an association between hearing loss and cognitive function. Hearing loss, the most prevalent sensory deficit, takes a toll on those who are affected by it. And older adults are those most likely to experie
Many older adults experience sleep difficulties on a regular basis. According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than one-half of men and women over the age of 65 suffer from at least one sleep problem.
Although conditions of mind and body are often perceived as separate, there is a connection. And research has shown that mental health directly influences physical health.
Women are particularly tuned in to the risks and symptoms related to breast cancer. But, according to the Mayo Clinic, heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
Remember the Food Pyramid, the long-time gold standard for nutritious meal planning suggested decades ago by the United States Department of Agriculture? It has been replaced by MyPlate as the model for healthy eating and well-balanced meals.
Although symptoms of early osteoporosis may be absent, continuing bone loss can be detrimental to your health and increase the risk of bone fractures.
It’s important to note the dates and times of your medical appointments, and then plan to appear on time at your provider’s office. Failure to keep medical appointments can have significant negative impacts on your health.
Nicotine, the active ingredient in tobacco products, creates dependence among tobacco users that makes quitting difficult, despite the fact that tobacco use is detrimental to health.
It’s been said that exercise is medicine. And, indeed, physical activity benefits adults in numerous ways. Starting an exercise regimen or maintaining physical activity can contribute to healthy aging.
If you’ve ever had chickenpox over the course of your lifetime, the virus that caused it, varicella zoster, has lain dormant in your body since that time. And it can reactivate years later and cause shingles, a painful condition.
You know your Social Security number, your telephone number and your license plate number. But do you know the numbers that are essential to maintaining your health?
Do you sometimes get the feeling that something has come between you and your provider? You’re right, as a computer now consumes a significant amount of his or her attention as data are entered into your electronic medical record (EMR).
Clever advertising may lead to the belief that herbal supplements will supply a needed remedy for a health concern. But supplements require special scrutiny.
As people age, it’s not uncommon for health concerns and problematic conditions to increase. Older adults may decide to take various vitamins and supplements in an attempt to combat perceived health difficulties but could this be doing more harm than good?
Do you sometimes enter a room and then fail to remember your reason for going there? Have you put down your keys or eye glasses and forgotten where you left them? You may have experienced these episodes, but is it really a cause for serious concern?
The current focus on preventive medicine requires patients to accept some responsibility for their own health care. In partnership with your provider, you can make beneficial lifestyle changes in your diet, exercise, smoking status and medication adherence