Possible COVID tie to later Alzheimer’s

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on October 15, 2021

Researchers are trying to unravel why some COVID-19 survivors suffer “brain fog” and other problems that can last for months, and new findings suggest some worrisome overlaps with Alzheimer’s disease. One study of older adults in Argentina found a surprising number of dementia-like changes in memory and thinking for at least six months after a bout with the coronavirus —... READ MORE

Why to add yoga into a workout routine

By Lauren Hubbard, D.P.T.
Posted on October 13, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: I have always been fairly flexible, so I have never felt compelled to include yoga in my fitness routine. Typically, I just walk and maybe do some weights for strength training. I was talking to a friend who said her physical therapist recommended yoga as part of a well-rounded workout routine. What is the benefit of yoga? Should I add it to my routine or stick with... READ MORE

Crying offers health benefits for everyone

By Leo Newhouse
Posted on October 12, 2021

It’s safe to say that 2020 gave us more than enough to cry about. Yet even prior to last year, it seems that we were crying fairly often. Researchers note that, on average, American women cry 3.5 times each month, while American men cry about 1.9 times each month. These figures may take some of us by surprise, especially as our society has often looked at crying — particularly by... READ MORE

There are effective treatments for dry eyes

By Jasmine Saei, Pharm.D.
Posted on October 11, 2021

Q: What is dry eye disease? A: Dry eye disease, known as dry eye, is a common condition that occurs when the eye does not produce enough tears to properly lubricate itself. Symptoms include irritation, tearing, burning or stinging, a dry sensation, vision changes and contact-lens irritation. Q: How common is it? According to the National Health and Wellness Survey, 6.8% of the U.S. adult ... READ MORE

Research study will pay you to exercise

By Margaret Foster
Posted on October 07, 2021

As we age, we lose as much as 5% of muscle mass every decade. If we don’t exercise, we become even weaker. “If you’re unable to be as active and do as much physical activity, then you’re setting yourself up for a worsening of the problem,” said Steven Prior, associate professor in the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Department of Kinesiology. But it’s... READ MORE

Colorful peppers with turkey casserole

By Family Features
Posted on October 06, 2021

When life gets busy, you need a recipe that is quick to make, easy to bake and mouthwatering to eat. Try this recipe for Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole next time you are in a pinch. It’s made with hearty ground turkey breast, delicious bell peppers, crushed tomatoes and brown rice, then topped with gooey sharp cheddar cheese. It’s a whole meal in a dish. This short ingredient list... READ MORE

Practical uses for common baking soda

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on October 05, 2021

Everyone has some baking soda in the house, and if not, you should get some. Aside from baking with it, I use it in my garbage disposal and to brighten my laundry. Sodium bicarbonate is known more commonly as “baking soda” since it helps make dough rise by producing carbon dioxide. Today, I’ll share the most common medicinal uses for baking soda, as well as a few household uses... READ MORE

The pros and cons of consuming fructose

By Carrie Dennett
Posted on October 01, 2021

Fructose is a simple sugar with a bad reputation. Sweeter than table sugar — which it’s a component of — and primarily found in many fruits and some vegetables, fructose once enjoyed status as a “healthier” sweetener. More recently, it’s had a fall from grace, stemming in part from the ubiquity of high-fructose corn syrup in processed foods. But what does the science say... READ MORE

Are your bones getting enough calcium?

By The National Osteoporosis Foundation 
Posted on September 27, 2021

Calcium and vitamin D are essential to building strong, dense bones when you’re young and to keeping them strong and healthy as you age. About 99% of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. When we don’t get the calcium our body needs, it is taken from our bones. This is fine once in a while, but if it happens too often, bones get weak and may break. Vitamin D plays... READ MORE

Supplements may raise men’s cancer risk

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on September 23, 2021

Q: Do any supplements help prevent a man from developing prostate cancer? A: Most studies of vitamin and mineral supplements used to prevent cancer, including prostate cancer, have had disappointing results. In fact, some even appear to increase prostate cancer risk. Here’s a rundown on where things stand. Multivitamins. One standard multivitamin daily neither increases nor... READ MORE