Why you may not get a good night’s sleep

By Dr. Jarrett Richardson
Posted on March 01, 2012

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
Posted on February 27, 2012

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

Medicare debate is all about the boomers

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Posted on February 20, 2012

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

Do any supplements really boost energy?

By Bruben
Posted on February 20, 2012

Do you feel tired or run-down? Do you lack the energy you used to have? If so, you’re part of a large group.Fatigue is one of the most common problems patients report to their doctors. As many as 14 percent of men and 20 percent of women say they feel “frequently fatigued,” and in a survey of more than 17 million people 51 and older, 31 percent reported the symptom of... READ MORE

Do any supplements really boost energy?

By Howard Special Report
Posted on February 13, 2012

Do you feel tired or run-down? Do you lack the energy you used to have? If so, you’re part of a large group.Fatigue is one of the most common problems patients report to their doctors. As many as 14 percent of men and 20 percent of women say they feel “frequently fatigued,” and in a survey of more than 17 million people 51 and older, 31 percent reported the symptom of... READ MORE

How you can save on healthcare abroad

By Anne Kates Smith
Posted on February 06, 2012

Last year, more than a half-million U.S. residents got medical care abroad, according to Patients Beyond Borders, a consumer advisory service. That number is likely to grow at a 25 to 35 percent annual rate.Some procedures lend themselves to international travel. The five most-popular overseas procedures are cosmetic surgery, dentistry, orthopedics, weight-loss surgery, and in vitro... READ MORE

Stem cells may restore vision in the blind

By Alicia Chang
Posted on February 06, 2012

Two legally blind women appeared to gain some vision after receiving an experimental treatment using embryonic stem cells, scientists reported in January.While embryonic stem cells were first isolated more than a decade ago, most of the research has been done in lab animals. The new results come from the first tests in humans for a vision problem. Researchers caution the work is still very... READ MORE

Help test a new colorectal cancer screen

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on February 01, 2012

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, and about 51,000 people will die of the disease this year, according to the National Cancer InstituteIt is often considered the most preventable, yet least prevented cancer. Colorectal cancer is highly treatable if found early, but 40 percent of adults age 50 and older do not get screened as recommended.Exact... READ MORE

Medicare data will be used to rate doctors

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Posted on January 30, 2012

Picking a specialist for a delicate medical procedure like a heart bypass could get a lot easier in the not-too-distant future.The government announced in December that Medicare will finally allow its extensive claims database to be used by employers, insurance companies and consumer groups to produce report cards on local doctors — and improve current ratings of hospitals.By... READ MORE

Eating between meals can be a good idea

By Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDM
Posted on January 30, 2012

Q: I’m confused by conflicting advice about whether snacking helps or hurts weight control and health. What do you suggest?A: Snacks can promote good health when you choose foods that fill nutritional gaps. For example, if you have trouble including enough fruit, dietary fiber and calcium-rich foods (such as dairy products and soymilk) in your meals, snacks offer a great chance to do... READ MORE