Most sinus problems are infection-related and go away without antibiotics. But not always. Antibiotics, other therapies or even surgery can be valid options once the cause of sinus problems is known.
You'd been feeling fatigued and your back was bothering you. You didn't think it was a big deal, but you decided to have your doctor check it out. Blood testing revealed low levels of oxygen-carrying red blood cells (anemia) — and pointed to something much worse. It turns... Read More
Lose the clutter
Books and banana peels, bills and bicycle wheels. Do you control your stuff, or does your stuff control you? If you feel like you fall more into the second category, you're in league with millions of people who struggle to let go of accumulated belongings. For some, it's more... Read More
Elder abuse and neglect
You've noticed that your friend has seemed down lately, and maybe even a little jumpy. You ask if he's feeling okay, but he brushes off your questions. One day, you arrive at his house early and overhear his son screaming at him and berating him. Now you're sure something... Read More
Recent research suggests that older adults should aim to eat 1 gram (g) of protein — or slightly more — for every 2.2 pounds of body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds, that's 68 g of protein daily. But before you throw a steak on the grill, think...Read More
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Common heart medication may increase fall risk
If you have the heart condition atrial fibrillation, your doctor may consider a number of treatment strategies — including medications and other interventions — to try to reset the heart's electrical system. Finding the right fit of treatments to do so without causing serious side effects can be difficult....Read More
Tough-to-treat depression? Check for sleep apnea
Depression doesn't always respond to therapy or antidepressants. Sometimes that's because there's an undetected health issue causing or worsening depression, such as a vitamin deficiency or hormone disorder. Recent research has highlighted another health problem to check for when faced with stubborn depression: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This...Read More
Are there foods I shouldn't eat to avoid a diverticulitis attack?
A: Actually, current recommendations for those with diverticulitis (die-vur-tik-yoo-LIE-tis) are more about trying to incorporate high-fiber foods than eliminating specific foods from your diet. Diverticula are small, bulging pouches that can form in the lining of your digestive system and most commonly occur in the last portion of... Read More
Are vitamin D supplements recommended if I have osteoporosis?
A: Yes, vitamin D supplementation — and often calcium supplementation — is recommended for older adults with osteoporosis who are at risk of bone fractures. Still, it's wise to talk with your doctor before you start. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that your body requires primarily to... Read More