Using new (and old) drugs to help hearts

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Novel drugs — and old ones as well — may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the medicines typically used to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Several experimental drugs also showed early promise for interfering with heart-harmful genes without modifying the genes... READ MORE

Study seeks to better understand asthma

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. One in 13 Americans, or about 8% of the population, suffers from asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means more than 25 million people suffer from asthma in the U.S. alone. Although generally thought of as a treatable disease,... READ MORE

To avoid winter falls, consider these tips

By: Dr. Levan Atanelov, M.D
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Winter season can be a time of increased danger for everyone, but especially older adults. Fall-related deaths among people aged 75 and older have almost tripled since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here are some suggestions for staying safely on your feet this winter: —If you use a cane, get an ice gripper cane tip. These metal-spike attachments cost less than... READ MORE

Not all oxygen tanks work for everyone

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: January 20, 2020

Here is a cautionary tale: A Maryland woman bought a portable oxygen concentrator for her mother, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Somehow, though, the device didn’t seem to be helping. After several months, her mother became confused and lethargic. The family rushed her to an emergency room, where doctors successfully treated her for respiratory... READ MORE

Drug shown to curb dementia’s delusions

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: January 17, 2020

A drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson’s patients did the same for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in a study that was stopped early because the benefit seemed clear. If regulators agree, the drug could become the first treatment specifically for dementia-related psychosis and the first new medicine for Alzheimer’s in nearly two decades. It targets... READ MORE

Does weather really affect arthritis pain?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Medical myths die hard. Maybe that’s because there’s no agreement on whether a common belief is indeed a myth. For example, there’s the longstanding belief that weather affects arthritis pain. Many of my patients notice a clear connection; some are so convinced of the link that they believe they can predict the weather better than the TV meteorologists. And maybe that’s... READ MORE