When to have it repaired
When the upper part of the stomach pushes through the opening in the diaphragm that the esophagus passes through — and into the chest cavity — this is known as a hiatal hernia or hiatus hernia.
You've been diagnosed with breast cancer and your doctors are saying that a mastectomy is needed. In the swirl of thoughts and emotions over the subsequent few days, you realize that no one on your care team brought up the topic of breast reconstruction. You wonder if, at age... Read More
The itch sensation is extremely common, and usually if you give it a quick scratch or rub — or simply ignore it — the itch goes away. However, itching can commonly persist for days or weeks in older adults. Severe or persistent itching can be torturous, potentially leading... Read More
Excessive health distress
You're in pain and you know something is wrong. Tests have come back clear, but you still don't feel well. Even after changing doctors and repeating tests, there still isn't an answer. A little worry over your health is normal. But for some people, fear and concern over... Read More
Care for dry skin
Dry skin is the most common cause of itching in older adults. Keep your skin healthy by: Keeping baths and showers short and warm, not hot — Hot water can deplete natural oils in your skin. Bathing with water at about 90 F helps minimize this, as...Read More
News and Our Views
New cholesterol guidelines tailor risk assessment
As the understanding of cholesterol's role in health continues to evolve, so do guidelines on cholesterol management. A task force of numerous medical organizations, including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released 2018 guidelines to replace those published in 2013. The guidelines were simultaneously published...Read More
Do brain training memory apps really work?
A: There's some promising evidence that brain-training smartphone apps — with popular choices being Lumosity, BrainHQ, Elevate or Peak — may have a mild to moderate effect on improving memory and other types of thinking in older adults with age-related cognitive decline or those with mild cognitive impairment. ... Read More
Why do I need to see a dentist before a heart procedure?
A: A dental exam before surgery helps to rule out dental abscesses, dental infection or gum (periodontal) disease. This is important because bacteria can get into the bloodstream from routine activities such as tooth brushing, flossing or chewing food, and ultimately settle into surgical areas and cause complications. Clearance... Read More