Beyond blurred vision
For the cornea to work properly, it must be transparent to allow light in and it must have a smooth, symmetric curve so that light rays come together at the same place on the retina. When the transparency, texture or shape of the cornea is altered, vision problems may result.
Your neck pain has returned with its usual dull ache and stiffness — and your natural inclination is to spend a few days resting your neck. While this is a common instinct among the estimated 10 percent of adults experiencing neck pain at any given time, it's often not the best plan. As long as you're... Read More
You haven't felt like yourself in recent weeks, and then you seemed to pick up a mild infection that left you absolutely exhausted, with aching joints and without much appetite. Turns out it wasn't an infection after all — as your symptoms dragged on, you visited your doctor and were diagnosed with chronic primary adrenal insufficiency, also known as... Read More
An occasional bout of anxiety is normal. Life's challenges or major decisions are bound to trigger some degree of worry or fear. Those uncomfortable feelings tend to resolve as you work through the situation. But for people with an anxiety disorder, the worries and distress don't go away as easily. In fact, they may grow severe... Read More
Fiber: Bulking up
Dietary fiber is known for improving bowel regularity. However, higher dietary fiber intake also improves cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and colon cancer. Recommended daily intake of fiber for people 50 and older is at least 21 grams for women and 30 grams for men. To reach that: Read Nutrition...Read More
News and Our Views
Nonprescription pain relievers are alternatives to opioids
Opioid drugs are among the most powerful pain-relieving drugs available and play an important role in relieving severe short-term pain and cancer pain. However, they can cause many side effects including dizziness, tiredness, constipation and falls. These side effects especially prevalent in older adults. Opioid dependence and overdose death also are serious issues....Read More
Vitamin D doesn't reduce fall risk
For years, vitamin D was touted for its role in preventing falls in older adults. However, recent evidence suggests otherwise, resulting in a change in advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). A summary of the scientific evidence that prompted the change was published in the April 24, 2018,...Read More
When is a headache a sign of an underlying problem?
A: Headaches come with a wide range of accompanying symptoms and severity. Most often, they are due to a primary headache disorder such as a tension-type headache or migraine. In older adults, the majority of headaches are still primary in nature. However, older adults are more likely than their younger counterparts to experience a secondary headache disorder. A... Read More
Is it safe to exercise with Parkinson's disease?
A: Exercise is an important part of a healthy life for all people. And for people with a neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson's disease, exercise is vital to maintaining mobility and daily function. In fact, Mayo Clinic experts on Parkinson's disease point to regular aerobic exercise as a means of slowing the disease's progression. A large... Read More