How to reduce spring allergy symptoms

By: Howard LeWine, M.D.

Q: I have spring allergies. Every year I think they won’t be too bad. In reality, it’s awful and I have a hard time getting ahead of the symptoms. Suggestions? A: People with spring allergies are usually affected by pollen from birch, elm, maple, oak or poplar trees, depending on where you live. Don’t wait until you get the runny, stuffy nose and itchy eyes. Get started on... READ MORE

Never eschew a nutrient-packed cashew

By: Lori Zanteson

The cashew is a favorite nut flavor-wise, and is commonly regarded as a nutrition star for its punch of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Native to Brazil, the cashew was introduced to India and Africa by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. The cashew tree, from its wood and bark to its fruit, was highly prized for its healing properties. In Brazil, cashew nut... READ MORE

Elders and youth can broaden each other

By: Alexis Bentz

In a world where the only constant is change, we are continuously being introduced to new ideas, beliefs, situations and states of mind. As a result, our perspectives are often challenged. And this is true, whether one is a teenager or an older adult. Growing up is similar to opening your eyes. When you are very little, you are often sheltered from many of the themes and events that are... READ MORE

Is speech therapy helpful after a stroke?

By: Robert D. Brown Jr., M.D.

Dear Mayo Clinic: My mother had a stroke six months ago. Her mobility has returned to near normal. She can read, and understands others when they speak. But she has a lot of difficulty talking, often struggling to find the words she wants to say. She’s frustrated, but refuses to go to speech therapy. She doesn’t think it will do any good. What does speech therapy after a... READ MORE

Have diabetes? Use a team of specialists

By: Matt Petersen

Diabetes is a complicated condition. It doesn’t just affect your blood glucose level and insulin sensitivity; it affects every part of your body — from your mind to your stomach to your toes. For that reason, people with type 2 diabetes don’t just “go to the doctor.” They go to a team of healthcare professionals, and for people who are newly diagnosed, this can feel a little... READ MORE

New approach to treating brain diseases

By: Lauran Neergaard

Scientists have created a hair-thin implant that can drip medications deep into the brain by remote control and with pinpoint precision. Tested only in animals so far, if the device pans out it could mark a new approach to treating brain diseases — potentially reducing side effects by targeting only the hard-to-reach circuits that need care. “You could deliver things right to... READ MORE