Sex poses low risk for most heart patients

By: Lindsey Tanner

Good news: Sex is safe for most heart patients. If you’re healthy enough to walk up two flights of stairs without chest pain or gasping for breath, you can have a love life.That advice from a leading doctors’ group addresses one of the most pressing, least discussed issues facing survivors of heart attacks and other heart patients.In its first science-based recommendations on... READ MORE

Not taking meds is costly in many ways

By: Linda A Johnson

Nearly three in four Americans don’t take their prescription medicine as directed. Even among those with serious chronic health conditions such as diabetes, about one in three don’t. In fact, one out of three people never even fill their prescriptions.Many skip doses to save money. But not taking your medicines as prescribed can hurt your wallet as well as your health and far... READ MORE

Why you may not get a good night’s sleep

By: Dr. Jarrett Richardson

Dear Mayo Clinic:Does getting older mean that you won’t sleep as well? Why does it seem like older people like me can’t sleep like we used to?Answer:Although sleep patterns change somewhat as you age, that doesn’t mean you have to live with restless nights and the persistent feeling of insufficient sleep. The underlying causes are usually treatable.Many brain activities... READ MORE

Study evaluates treatments for scoliosis

By: Carol Sorgen

People with scoliosis suffer from an abnormal side to side (or lateral) curvature of their spine. Rather than appearing straight when viewed from the back, their spine may appear shaped somewhat like an “S” or “C”.Scoliosis is a common condition, usually experienced by children and adolescents. However, adults can also develop scoliosis, which may bring with it pain... READ MORE

What should I do to reduce risk of colds?

By: Suzy Cohen

Dear Pharmacist:Every winter I worry about catching cold and flu. What are some simple steps I can take to keep my immune system healthy?— L.F., Alexandria, Va.Dear L.F.:Preventing the spread of germs is job one. If you feel any symptoms of a cold, please stay home and delegate your errands to a friend or relative. Also, keep your distance from other individuals home with you, such as ... READ MORE

Medicare debate is all about the boomers

By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no matter who wins the White House in 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it.Dial down the partisan rhetoric, and surprising similarities emerge from competing policy prescriptions by President Barack Obama and leading Republicans such as Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.Limit the overall... READ MORE