Blog Archive

Are Some Adult Memory Capabilities Better Than Others? Jul 7th, 2020

With a basis in studies that have focused on young populations, Alexandra Trelle, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University and her colleagues have been examining memory recall in healthy older adults as part of the Stanford Aging and Memory Study. New research by the team recently published in...

Study Shows Link Between Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and CVD in Women Jul 1st, 2020

Study Shows Link Between Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and CVD in Women Researchers have shown that risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) increases in women who regularly consume sugar-sweetened beverages. A new study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association notes an association between sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and an increased...

Role of Asymptomatic Infections in COVID-19 Spread Jun 24th, 2020

Role of Asymptomatic Infections in COVID-19 Spread Research suggests that asymptomatic infections may have played a role in the early and continuing spread of COVID-19.   Recent study findings published in Annals of Internal Medicine indicate that asymptomatic infections may account for as many as 45% of all COVID-19 cases....

Post COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges Jun 10th, 2020

Particularly among the most seriously ill COVID-19 patients who spent time in an intensive care unit (ICU) and underwent intubation, there exists the possibility of post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), which can manifest as a combination of physical, cognitive and mental health impairments after an ICU stay for a critical illness....

CDC Updates Views on COVID Spread Jun 2nd, 2020

Although COVID-19 quickly spreads between people, it is not easily transmitted from contaminated surfaces, according to new information from the CDC. Likewise, experts at the CDC have reversed course on another front, suggesting that exposure to infected animals appears not to be a significant method of COVID-19 transmission. The coronavirus...

Dangers of Pancreatitis May 26th, 2020

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. The pancreas, an important part of the digestive system that converts food into fuel for the body’s cells, performs two main functions. It helps digestion...

Common Thread Found Among COVID-19 Patients May 7th, 2020

A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has indicated that the most common comorbidities among patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the New York City area are diabetes, obesity and hypertension (high blood pressure). The study, conducted by Safiya Richardson, MD, MPH, of the Feinstein Institutes...

Impaired Sense of Smell or Taste May Point to Coronavirus Apr 24th, 2020

Sudden loss of or reduced sense of smell or taste could provide an early red flag suggesting the presence of coronavirus, even before other symptoms may appear. Experts with the American Academy of Otolaryngology recommended that an impaired sense of smell or taste be added to the list of screening...

Challenges in Quarantine Dementia Caregiving Apr 15th, 2020

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s and other dementias themselves don’t increase a person’s risk of falling ill to COVID-19. However, increased age, dementia-related behaviors and underlying health conditions heighten the risk of developing the virus. For example, individuals with dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other...

COVID-19 Patients Can Have Respiratory Viruses Concurrently Apr 2nd, 2020

Analysis has shown that approximately one in 10 people who show symptoms of respiratory illness at an emergency department, and who are subsequently diagnosed with a common respiratory virus, are co-infected with the COVID-19 virus. Findings also indicated that about one in five people with COVID-19 are also infected with...

Nutrition Awareness with Coronavirus Mar 19th, 2020

Many states and countries have mandated shutdowns and restrictions, and encourage social distancing to help curtail the spread of coronavirus. However, food and water continue to be necessities of human survival. Diane Rigassio Radler, PhD, RD, director for the Institute for Nutrition Interventions at the Rutgers School of Health Professions...

Does Coronavirus Hype Match Realities? Mar 2nd, 2020

On February 28, 2020, the New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial suggesting that the coronavirus, or Covid-19, that’s currently causing panic in world markets could turn out no worse than “a severe seasonal influenza” in terms of related mortality. In reviewing available data from the outbreak in China,...

Significant Costs of Ignoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea Feb 25th, 2020

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. Typically, the throat muscles relax and block an individual’s airway during sleep, often recognized by...

Knowledge of Eye Health Is Lacking Feb 18th, 2020

With the correlation to vision that 2020 presents, the American Academy of Opthalmology encourages Americans to increase their awareness of eye health this year. In August 2019, on behalf of the American Academy of Opthalmology, the Harris Poll conducted an online survey of more than 3,500 American adults aged 18...

Caregiver Burnout Produces Ripple Effects Feb 11th, 2020

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 variety of family and living situations present the need for caregiver commitment. Caregivers, whether full or...

Judicious Consumption of Red Meats Is Safest for Heart Health Feb 4th, 2020

A research study released last fall has been challenged by a large and carefully analyzed new study linking red and processed meat consumption with a slightly higher risk of heart disease and death, according to the new study from Northwestern Medicine and Cornell University. The new research findings have been...

American Life Expectancy Continues to Decline Jan 28th, 2020

A recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association described the decrease in life expectancy statistics, noting that the decline stems from the increase in middle-aged deaths from drug overdoses, various diseases, and suicides. Findings show disparities in mortality trends among demographic groups of different races and...

Infrequent Activity Suggests Poor Health Outcomes Jan 21st, 2020

The study, published in October 2019 in JAMA Network Open, utilized activity information gathered from 548 participants’ wearable monitors. Participants were well-functioning older adults enrolled in the National Institute on Aging’s Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Researchers found that over the 10-year study period within the group, there was no...

Fatigue May Point to Anemia Jan 14th, 2020

Anemia, the most common blood disorder, affects more than 3 million Americans, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. There are variations in anemia from mild to severe and from temporary to long term. Additionally, there are many forms of anemia, each with its own specific cause. Iron-deficiency...

It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot Jan 6th, 2020

The flu continues its spread across the country, with increasing prevalence in nearly every state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We’re still seeing an increase in activity, which is what we’ve been experiencing over the last few weeks,” said Scott Epperson, M.D., an epidemiologist in...

Hearing Aids & Dementia Dec 19th, 2019

Hearing Aid Use May Reduce Dementia Risk 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. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders,...

Eating Disorders Dec 12th, 2019

Often developing during teen and young adult years, eating disorders usually involve excessive focusing on weight, body shape and food, which leads to dangerous eating patterns. Eating disorder behaviors can damage the heart, digestive system, bones, teeth and mouth and can prevent the body from getting necessary nutrients. Treatments can...

Don’t Ignore Chronic Snoring Dec 5th, 2019

We’ve all seen cartoons that poke fun at snorers and the bedmates disturbed by the nightly disturbance. Snoring has long been found humorous to some and may serve as a family joke to those who don’t understand the potential health implications of snoring. But in addition to threatening relationships with...

Kidney Stones: Prevent Rather Than Treat Them Nov 21st, 2019

Various wastes in urine combine to form crystals that join with other elements to create a solid that can grow and become quite irritating to surrounding tissue. Usually the chemicals involved are flushed through the system via the urine and prevent a kidney stone from forming. However, sometimes conditions such...

Calorie Restriction Can Influence Pace of Aging Nov 15th, 2019

Early studies suggest that a consistent reduction in caloric intake can slow the rate of aging and metabolism, protecting against age-related diseases. Initial studies conducted among humans indicated that decreasing calorie intake by 15% for a period of two years slowed metabolism and the rate of aging. The research findings,...

Can Oral Health Affect Cardiovascular Disease Risk? Nov 4th, 2019

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. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is among the leading causes of mortality in industrialized countries. According to the World...

Common Symptoms May Point to Sjogren’s Syndrome Oct 21st, 2019

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 significant reduction in saliva and tear production. Sjogren’s syndrome can occur in anyone at any time but...

Know the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism Oct 14th, 2019

Insufficient amounts of thyroid hormone in the bloodstream cause metabolism disorders in the body. The condition is known as hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism is relatively common, affecting individuals of all ages and races; however, women are more inclined to develop hypothyroidism than are men. In fact, according to...

Psoriasis: A Manageable Disease Sep 9th, 2019

Although there is no cure for psoriasis, adopting judicious lifestyle choices can help to make the disease management easier. Psoriasis, a non-contagious chronic disease, is an autoimmune disorder in which the body manufactures new cells in a matter of days rather than weeks. As the cells accumulate on the skin’s...

Varicose Veins Aug 27th, 2019

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.  Varicose veins, characterized by large bulging veins usually visible in the legs, can occur in...

Hyperkalemia: an Abnormally High Level of Potassium Aug 19th, 2019

  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. Hyperkalemia is a higher than normal level of potassium in the blood. Mild cases may produce no symptoms...

Probiotics Offer Multiple Benefits Aug 12th, 2019

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. Probiotics are live microorganisms intended to have health benefits. Many microorganisms help our...

Leaves of Three, Let Them Be! Aug 6th, 2019

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. A type of toxic plant, poison ivy commonly grows in most areas of the United States. Growing low to...

Extreme Heat Poses Health Threat Jul 29th, 2019

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. During the summer, when temperatures are known to reach health-threatening points, it’s especially important to learn strategies...

Don’t Ignore Symptoms of Lyme Disease Jul 22nd, 2019

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. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected deer tick. The greatest likelihood of suffering...

Know the Symptoms of a Transient Ischemic Attack Jul 15th, 2019

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 transient ischemic attack (TIA), often called a mini-stroke, produces symptoms similar to a stroke but usually lasting only a few...

Coffee Consumption: Continuing Controversy Jul 8th, 2019

A recent study indicates that 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. Findings in new research from Queen Mary University in...

Is Anger Linked to Chronic Illness? Jul 1st, 2019

Adults who experience frequent bouts of anger are likely to have an increased risk of developing chronic illnesses, according to a recent study.   Aging is often accompanied by loss and sadness that unavoidably occur over time. Experiencing chronic illness or debilitating medical conditions, loss of loved ones and friends,...

New Study Points to Dangers of Sugary Beverages Jun 24th, 2019

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 adults. The REGARDS study, conducted by the University of Alabama Birmingham’s School of...

Don’t Ignore Prostate Problems Jun 16th, 2019

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.   The prostate, a small gland that helps to make semen is locate below the...

New Study Identifies Risks of Sedentary Lifestyles Jun 11th, 2019

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.   Despite warnings that sedentary behaviors are associated with detrimental health consequences, such...

Are You An Allergy Sufferer? Jun 3rd, 2019

  Allergies, the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, can’t be cured but can be effectively managed.   Allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts to foreign substances, known as allergens. The source of an allergy could be something eaten, inhaled into the lungs, injected...

Prevent Dehydration with Adequate Fluid Intake May 29th, 2019

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.   The human body requires water to survive. Water, the body’s principal chemical component, makes up about 60% of body...

Preserving Memory May 20th, 2019

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 implications for preventing Alzheimer’s disease.   It’s not unusual for people to...

Heartburn: A Common Problem May 13th, 2019

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.   Heartburn occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, or the canal through which food passes. The acid’s presence creates an uncomfortable burning feeling in...

Medical Marijuana Use Remains Controversial May 6th, 2019

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 are needed. People aged 65 and older are among the fastest growing group of...

Family History Affects Dementia Risk May 1st, 2019

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 may also raise the risk level. According to a study recently published...

Fibromyalgia: An Elusive Diagnosis Apr 22nd, 2019

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 sensitization to pain stimuli.   Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissue throughout...

Candida Auris: An Emerging Health Concern Apr 15th, 2019

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. Statistics compiled by the CDC in February 2019 indicate that more than 587 cases of Candida auris have been confirmed in the United...

Liver Disease Likelihood Increases With Age Apr 8th, 2019

Although the liver does not typically undergo common degenerative diseases like those related to other body systems such as the circulatory and skeletal systems, it does undergo some age-related changes that may increase older adults’ vulnerability to liver disease. In the United States, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one...

Exercise Can Help Reverse Mild Cognitive Impairment Apr 2nd, 2019

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 impairment (MCI) and a decreased blood flow in key brain regions....

Back Pain: A Common Cause of Disability Mar 25th, 2019

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 all ages, its incidence increases with aging. The...

Maintaining Your Immune System Mar 20th, 2019

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. The immune system functions to prevent infectious microorganisms, such as certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi, from invading the body. And it also...

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline Mar 8th, 2019

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 experience hearing difficulties. A new study, recently published...

Sleep Changes Can Accompany Aging Feb 25th, 2019

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. Sleep disorders are prevalent among older adults. With aging, circadian rhythms, which coordinate the timing of...

Mental Health: Critical Aspect of Overall Health Feb 14th, 2019

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. Mental health involves psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Mental health conditions relate to a variety of concerns, ranging from those affecting mood to those...

Cardiovascular Disease: A Serious Threat to Women Feb 3rd, 2019

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. February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease in women is a health threat that warrants not only attention, but...

Dietary Choices Profoundly Affect Health Status Jan 28th, 2019

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. It’s critical to understand the relationship between diet and health and develop eating...

Osteoporosis Is Silent But Serious Jan 3rd, 2019

Although symptoms of early osteoporosis may be absent, continuing bone loss can be detrimental to your health and increase the risk of bone fractures. Osteoporosis, meaning “porous bone,” occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or a combination of both. With the disease, bones weaken...

Don’t Be a No-Show to Your Medical Appointments Dec 10th, 2018

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. Patients miss scheduled medical appointments for a variety of reasons. For example, they may...

What is Tobacco Dependence Disease? Nov 16th, 2018

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. Mayo Clinic researchers note that smokers experience higher rates of heart disease, stroke and cancer than nonsmokers. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states...

It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising Nov 6th, 2018

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. It’s no secret that physical activity is beneficial to our health. But sometimes finding the motivation to exercise becomes the most...

Protect Yourself from Shingles Oct 23rd, 2018

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. The risk of developing shingles increases with age. The Centers for...

Know Your Numbers—It’s Critical to Good Health Oct 16th, 2018

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? Becoming familiar with your numbers and taking steps to improve or maintain them is important to staying healthy and preventing the development of...

Electronic Medical Records Influence Provider/Patient Interaction Oct 11th, 2018

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). A little background may shed some light on the advent...

Beware of Herbal Supplements Oct 2nd, 2018

Clever advertising may lead to the belief that herbal supplements will supply a needed remedy for a health concern. But supplements require special scrutiny. It’s common to see television commercials touting the benefits of herbal supplements. You’ve no doubt seen advertisements for gingko biloba that’s suggested to be effective for...

Use of Multiple Medications Threatens Health Sep 25th, 2018

As people age, it’s not uncommon for health concerns and problematic conditions to increase. Older adults may, with or without their providers’ knowledge, decide to take various vitamins and supplements in an attempt to combat perceived health difficulties or achieve a health status promised by enthusiastic television commercials. Additionally, chronic...

Forgetfulness Doesn’t Always Indicate Alzheimer’s Disease Sep 19th, 2018

'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? Have you walked away from the kitchen stove without remembering to turn off the oven? It’s very likely that...

Flu Shots’ Benefits Outweigh Risks Sep 6th, 2018

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 Influenza can take a devastating toll on adults. Known as “the flu,” this...