Trouble in a blink
When a sudden, vision-threatening eye problem or injury strikes, don't panic. Rather, use the specific plan-of-action in this article to know how to protect your eyes and when to seek immediate care.
Testosterone uses in men and women
You may think of testosterone as a distinctly male hormone, but it's present in both men and women. And there are reasons to consider medical uses of the hormone for both sexes. In men, testosterone plays a pivotal role in the external development of genital organs and secondary... Read More
Aging in place
Like most people, you probably would prefer to stay in your home as you age, rather than move into assisted living or a nursing home. A 2018 survey by AARP found that about 80% of people over age 50 want to age where they live rather than move. ... Read More
Subtle signs of stroke
You may know the classic signs and symptoms of a stroke: face drooping, arm or leg weakness, speech difficulties, impaired vision and dizziness, and loss of coordination. But there are other early warning signs that you probably don't associate with stroke, according to the American Heart Association. What early...Read More
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Medical care still important in a pandemic
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, declines have occurred in the U.S. in the use of some health care services, including vaccinations, cancer screenings and emergency room visits. At times, Americans were unable to get certain types of medical care because health care facilities were limiting services,...Read More
Sexual activity after heart attack linked to longer life
Resuming sexual activity in the weeks and months after you have a heart attack may seem risky. But new research suggests that it's not only safe for many heart attack survivors but may also be associated with a longer life. The study, published in the September 2020 European...Read More
Is my ongoing groin pain a strain or a hernia?
A: In older adults, pain around the lower abdomen, pelvis and hips is common, especially when playing sports requiring cutting, pivoting or changing directions. An inguinal hernia — a small tear in the abdominal muscle wall — can be a frequent cause of lower abdominal pain. However, musculoskeletal pain... Read More
Are glucosamine and chondroitin effective and safe for osteoarthritis?
A: Along with standard treatments for osteoarthritis — including low-impact exercise, loss of excess weight, physical therapy, cortisone injections and nonprescription pain medications — a number of supplements are available. These include glucosamine, chondroitin, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe). When you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage that covers the ends... Read More