Stay on top of your meds with some apps

By: Yasser Ali

Q: How can technology help me keep track of my medications? A: Nearly half of Americans over the age of 55 take at least one prescription medication, with 12 percent of those over the age of 65 taking four or more. That is a lot to keep track of on a daily basis. No wonder about half of the 2 billion prescriptions filled each year are not taken correctly, according to Pharmacy Times.... READ MORE

Cracking knuckles, fighting forgetfulness

By: Howard LeWine, M.D. and Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.

Questions and answers from Harvard Medical School Q: People keep telling me to stop cracking my knuckles. Does it cause arthritis? A: Knuckle cracking is a common behavior enjoyed by many. It can become a habit or a way to deal with nervous energy; some describe it as a way to “release tension.” For some, it’s simply an annoying thing that other people do. Despite how common... READ MORE

Some challenges of second marriages

By: Helen Oxenberg

Dear Solutions: I’m about to marry a widower (I’m divorced) who has a very large beautiful house. My fiancé lived there with his wife and children all through the years and even has an office there. He wants me to move into the house, but I’m very nervous about it. I want him to sell it, and we’re beginning to argue about it. His wife’s furnishings are... READ MORE

Aloe vera plant has many impressive uses

By: Suzy Cohen

Aloe vera made a couple of headlines recently. The first was when the actress Drew Barrymore dabbed some on a facial sore and it instantly took out the redness. The second was when Prop 65 regulations in California called out a known carcinogen in aloe vera called “aloin.” But don’t worry, aloe will never get banned! Not to be morbid from the get-go, but extracted compounds from ... READ MORE

Fresh corn shines in salmon corn chowder

By: Katie Workman

Certain foods just need to be made and eaten at least once a summer. Corn chowder (or chowdah, as my in-laws would say) is one. And if you are in a place where the ears of fresh sweet corn are piled high at the market (often for pennies an ear), then you must make it more than once. There are lots of ways to go — simple, seafood, creamy, chunky. This recipe is loaded with nuggets of ... READ MORE

Vaccine study focuses on C. diff bacteria

By: Barbara Ruben

The bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. diff for short) exists throughout the environment, and can often be found inside people’s intestines. While it frequently causes no or few symptoms, it can cause a range of intestinal woes, including frequent diarrhea, inflammation of the colon, fever, nausea and abdominal pain. In severe cases, it can be life-threatening. Those most at risk of ... READ MORE