December 10, 2013 All medications come with risks, and one of the risks with popular heartburn medicines seems to be that they interfere with the absorption of vitamin B-12. That can cause troubling symptoms, from anemia and depression to dementia.
November 28, 2013 Most people know about advance directives for end-of-life care. But many don't know about a one-page form designed to let people who are very old or sick specify just how much medical care they want. It's signed by a physician, so it's got teeth. But some disability advocates say it may go too far for some people.
November 27, 2013 Women with naturally higher levels of estrogen after menopause don't have better memory or mental skills, Stanford researchers say. It's yet another dent in the long-held belief that the hormone is linked to mental sharpness.
November 26, 2013 A fresh tomato is 93.5 percent water. A fresh baby girl or boy is 75 percent water. A banana, 74 percent. We all start wet, and then, inevitably, dry. A 1-year-old baby carries 10 percent less water; a male adult 15 percent less. Life is a slow evaporation, with some curious exceptions.
November 22, 2013 Missing out on good quality sleep has emerged as a real medical issue. Now Harvard researchers say men who had trouble falling asleep were more likely to die prematurely than men who said they could doze off easily. There's no proof sleeplessness caused an increase in mortality, but the association was strong.
November 17, 2013 Electronic medical records are supposed to make health care safer and more consistent. But they fail to capture the true story of a patient's life, an Alabama doctor finds. And all that time checking boxes means less time for house calls with an elderly couple who need compassion more than diagnoses.
November 15, 2013 Despite decades of effort, doctors have made almost no progress in reducing the number of people with uncontrolled high blood pressure. It's time to take a much broader approach, an advisory says, with insurers, pharmacists and the community all involved in making it easier for patients to get help.
November 11, 2013 Physical exercise can ease depression, slow age-related memory loss and prevent Parkinson-like symptoms, researchers reported at a meeting in San Diego. The findings suggest that people may be making a mistake if they're relying on crossword puzzles and brain-training games for mental wellness.
October 29, 2013 Older people who are active every day appear to lower their risk of heart disease and death by almost a third, even if they're not doing the kind of exercise that breaks a sweat. Gardening and puttering around the house qualify. And don't overlook berry-picking, a popular pastime in Sweden, where the study was done.
October 25, 2013 New data suggest that even modest increases in blood sugar among people in their 50s, 60s and 70s can have a negative influence on memory. To control blood sugar, what you eat is important.
October 25, 2013 The annual Medicare bill is expected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2023. As Medicare spending grows, contributing to the federal deficit, some policymakers have suggested that raising the age of eligibility to 67 could help the budget should be an option.
October 16, 2013 Taking care of an aging relative is often portrayed as a angst-laden misery. But the evidence on that is all over the map. A new study says that family caregivers actually live longer than their noncaregiving counterparts. Looking after someone with dementia can be stressful, but that's not always the case.