Health Advice



Essential tremor's dementia risk

Katherine Hepburn and Charlie Brown's creator Charles Schultz were diagnosed with essential tremor, a visible shaking of the hands, head and/or torso -- and/or sometimes a quivering voice. It's usually diagnosed after age 65 and half the time it's linked to a genetic predisposition. For the rest of the folks, the cause is unknown, although it ...Read more

Putting your best foot forward

It's estimated that someone who lives to age 80 and takes around 7,500 steps a day will log more than 216,000,000 steps over a lifetime! But even the average American, who gets no more than 3,000 to 4,000 steps daily, ends up at age 80 with a total of about 100 million steps. No wonder sore foot joints, tendons and muscles are common complaints ...Read more

Hot (news) flash

More than 80% of women experience hot flashes before, during and after menopause. They can make it hard to concentrate, work or feel comfortable in your own skin. Finding a solution is a priority, but many women have been put off by inadequate analysis and misguided info on the risks and benefits of hormone therapy (HT) related to initial (...Read more

New gene news

If you know that certain conditions run in your family -- say, high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes -- you may worry that no matter what you do, you'll end up with the same health woes. Not true. An unhealthy lifestyle is much riskier -- accounting for more than a 78% increased risk of dying prematurely, regardless of genetic predisposition. ...Read more

Are your reflux medications giving you a headache?

In 1959, Bristol-Meyers advertised its buffered over-the-counter pain reliever with the catchy phrase: "Don't trade a headache for an upset stomach." Fast-forward almost 65 years and researchers from the University of Maryland are asking, "Are you trading an upset stomach for a headache?"

Their new study reveals that common drugs taken for acid...Read more

New recommendations for managing glucose levels

Only about half of folks with Type 2 diabetes have their blood sugar under control and regularly achieve an A1C of 7% or less. That puts them at increased risk of complications such as retinopathy and kidney disease. The reasons for lack of control range from poor nutritional and exercise habits to insufficient response to prescribed medication....Read more

Kimchi's superpowers

Kimchi is a spicy, fermented cabbage dish from Korea that often includes radish, carrot, onions, garlic, a touch of sugar and even seaweed. It delivers top-notch nutrition, keeps your gut biome happy, tamps down inflammation, improves blood pressure and reduces body fat. As a probiotic, it feeds good-for-you bacteria in your digestive tract, ...Read more

How junk food can damage teens' brains

In the 1932 film "Taxi!" when James Cagney shouted, "You yellow-bellied dirty rat," he summed up the suspicion and disgust many folks feel about those rodents. But sometimes rats can tell us important information.

Take data from the latest lab study on the impact of junk food on teenage brains. Researchers from USC fed the young animals fat-...Read more

Exercise, stress reduction and heart health

Almost half of folks in the U.S. have cardiovascular disease, such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke and high blood pressure. About 40% of those folks also contend with major depression, while another 20% to 30% have mild symptoms of depression.

If only there was something simple to do that would reduce that double whammy of ...Read more

Avoiding early-onset dementia

According to the Health and Retirement Survey, around half a million Americans may be contending with early-onset dementia. Now, a new study reveals that some of the risk factors that can lead to the devastating diagnosis are modifiable -- and you can slash your risk. They include the following:

Alcohol use disorder. If you have a drinking ...Read more

The importance of weight management with Type 2 diabetes

In the U.S., more than 5,000 people a day are diagnosed with diabetes -- and 95% of them have Type 2. For these folks, being overweight or having obesity is often what tipped them into full-blown diabetes, and if they continue to gain weight after diagnosis, their risk of diabetic complications soars.

A study in Clinical Epidemiology tracked ...Read more

Here's a cocktail of phytonutrients that improves memory

When it comes to enhancing your memory as you age, a lab study of a (non-alcoholic) cocktail made from a mixture of antioxidants appears to do the trick. A mixture of COQ-10, vitamin C, B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), and the amino acid L-glutamine (with some other stuff you don't want to know about) was used to help vitamin E-deficient mice ...Read more

Are they egging you on?

Quebec City is a fortified city with a great wall, originally designed to protect its inhabitants from harm. Kind of like how fortified foods are constructed these days. For example, highly processed white bread is often fortified with added vitamins B1,2, and 3, folic acid, iron and calcium. That's supposed to protect you from the health risks ...Read more

Non-drug ways to ease chronic pain

More than 50 million U.S. adults contend with chronic pain -- that is, pain that persists for more than three months. Almost 7 million find that it's so bad that it limits mobility and makes social interaction and work difficult. And for far too many folks, it leads to depression, dementia, and misuse of pain-dulling substances.

But new ...Read more



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