Health Advice



Finally, relief for those struggling to obtain effective pain relief

Chronic pain from sickle cell anemia, cancer and during end-stage illnesses often requires strong, potentially addictive pain medication -- and that was something many patients couldn't obtain in the aftermath of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2016 opioid guidelines for chronic pain. There have been many stories about ...Read more

Exercise can boost vaccine effectiveness

Martha Graham, who danced and taught for more than 70 years, knew a thing or two about vitality: "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and ... this expression is unique."

Unfortunately, a survey of 10,000 U.S. adults reveals that only 18% have "high vitality." High vitality ...Read more

Say aye to healthy eyes

What do John Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Bono and Stephen King have in common? They all have contended with vision problems: Goodman with cataracts; Fitzgerald with diabetic retinopathy; Bono with glaucoma; and Stephen King with age-related macular degeneration.

These four conditions are the most common causes of serious vision problems in older ...Read more

Vindicating (some) video games

The Phoenix Suns' small forward Devin Booker scored 34 points in 35 minutes of playing time in October to lead his NBA team to a 134-105 victory against the Golden State Warriors. He's got game -- both on the court and off. Seems Devin is also a video gamer. In fact, he is so good at "NBA 2K" that in 2020, he won the inaugural Players Tournament...Read more

Snacking that's great for you -- exercise snacking, that is

The humorist/philosopher Will Rogers once said, "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Smart guy. Unfortunately, 80% of Americans have sedentary jobs and between commuting, work and watching TV, many people just sit there for 10 to 15 hours a day -- upping their risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, ...Read more

Green-lighting an innovative pain-reduction technique

The Green Lantern, aka Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds), is a force for good in the universe, dimming the pain inflicted by Parallax. Turns out that green is a good color choice for a superhero dedicated to easing hurt -- at least that's what researchers at Duke University Medical Center found in a preliminary study.

Presented at this year'...Read more

Boost(er) your chance for a longer, healthier future

When 62-year-old radio host Phil Valentine died in August 2021 from COVID-19, the vaccine skeptic's brother said Phil would, if he could, say "Go get vaccinated. Quit worrying about politics. Look at the dadgum data."

Unfortunately, many older folks aren't paying attention to the news that the vaccine and boosters offer powerful protection from...Read more

Taking a shot at staying healthy

There are many ways to look at taking a shot. The rapper Eminem asks: "If you had one shot ... to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment. Would you capture it or just let it slip?" The golfer Johnny Miller says: "Serenity is knowing that your worst shot is still pretty good." There's a bit of wisdom in those perspectives that you can ...Read more

New guidelines for weight-loss surgery

Randy Jackson, Rosie O'Donnell, Carnie Wilson, Al Roker, Sharon Osborne, Roseanne Barr, and Anne Rice have all had successful bypass surgery. They had their procedures when decades-old National Institutes of Health guidelines were what determined who could be a candidate for the life-changing procedure. Those recommendations stated that the ...Read more

Don't rock your clock

The actress Kim Cattrall says her battles with insomnia affect her "ability to think clearly. I can't grasp, hold on, to ideas, thoughts, even tasks." But your internal body clocks affect more than your mental powers. If you contend with insomnia, chronic stress, frequent jet lag, nighttime snacking, or an irregular work schedule you're ...Read more

Redefining snack time

Almost 60 % of Americans regularly eat cookies and chips for snacks. In fact, they eat something like 2 billion cookies -- 300 per person -- and around 1.85 billion pounds of potato chips, or about 6.6 pounds per person, every year. Yikes! No wonder we have a diabetes and obesity epidemic. So, let me introduce you to a really tasty snack that ...Read more

One in 100 breast cancer cases are men; so guys, pay attention

Actor Richard Roundtree, who starred as Shaft in the 1971 movie, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 51. A double mastectomy and chemo saved his life. Peter Criss, the KISS drummer, was 62 when he was diagnosed in 2014. "You don't need boobs to get breast cancer," is his message to other guys. And 84-year-old former NFL star Ernie Green was...Read more

You're never too old to benefit from strength training

At age 76, Sylvester Stallone advocates for making "exercise your hobby instead of your enemy." Then, "it will always make you better than you were before." I hope when you're his age you have the same get-up-and-go. There's no reason not to, now that a study in JAMA Network Open explains a good way to accomplish that goal -- build your muscle ...Read more

New info on taking acetaminophen while pregnant

Between 50% and 70% of pregnant women experience back pain related to their pregnancy, and for 10% of them, it's so severe that they cannot continue working or enjoying daily activities. Easing the discomfort can be difficult. The Food and Drug Administration says that NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, ...Read more

Meals with loved ones dish up emotional and physical benefits

"I didn't grow up in a traditional family, and I never had a family dinner around the table," says actress/talk show host Drew Barrymore. "So whenever I actually had a dinner 'plan,' it meant a lot to me; it made me feel excited and safe."

Mealtimes shared with family and friends really do improve your emotional outlook and reduce your tension ...Read more

Keep your risk down by keeping your pressure down

The greatest sprinters of all time are Usain Bolt (100 meters: 9.58 seconds in Berlin, 2009) and Carl Lewis (100 meters: 9.86 in Tokyo, 1991).

The SPRINT trial has some impressive numbers, too. It shows that if you intensively lower your blood pressure to 120/80 or below, you substantially reduce your risk for dementia, heart attack and stroke,...Read more

Do your medications interact with the COVID-19 antiviral?

More than 131 million U.S. adults take at least one prescription medication regularly -- the average person takes four! So it's not surprising that more than 1.3 million adverse drug reactions send Americans to the emergency room each year.

Such negative reactions to medications often happen when two or more drugs are taken, causing one ...Read more

New technology -- and smart life choices -- are fueling longevity

In 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted 327,798 utility patents, with U.S. companies extending their ability to use artificial intelligence and quantum computing to explore and solve problems, such as managing climate change and surviving natural disasters, in a way that standard computers could not.

Amazing inventions ...Read more

Gene blues? You can protect yourself from cancer

Experts say that your new blue jeans will expand by up to an inch and a half, if you wear them a lot for several months. That can play out two ways: They may change to suit your shape, becoming more comfortable and making you look better or, if not cared for, they can become out of shape and tattered.

Your genes can do the same thing -- become ...Read more

Not-so-sweet news about the 'healthy' food label

There's a strawberry yogurt -- a supposedly "healthy" food -- that's loaded with 13 grams of added sugar per serving. White bread and highly sweetened cereal have also been allowed to be labeled "healthy" under existing Food and Drug Administration regulations. But water, avocados, nuts and seeds, higher fat fish, such as salmon, and certain ...Read more



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