Simple steps to stay focused

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on September 22, 2021

Q: My mind seems to wander more easily these days. What can I do to stay more focused? A: To help curb your wandering mind, start by tracking your lack of attention. Observe situations when you lose focus. For instance, when you read a book passage and feel your attention waning, make a mental note when it happens. Keeping a tally can help drive your attention, as it teaches you to be ... READ MORE

Tracking volunteers’ immunity via T-cells

By Margaret Foster
Posted on September 20, 2021

Most Maryland residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — 62%, as of press time. But vaccine protection fades over time, so we may need to roll up our sleeves again for a booster shot. When is the best time to get a booster shot: six months, nine months or even a year after the last dose? This year scientists at the National Institute on Aging are trying to answer that... READ MORE

Pros and cons of turmeric, supplements

By Dawn Mussallem, D.O., Hematology/Oncology
Posted on September 17, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and I will have surgery followed by chemotherapy. A friend told me that turmeric has anti-cancer properties. I have taken turmeric supplements in the past for osteoarthritis. Can I can safely take it as a supplement along with conventional breast cancer treatment? A: Turmeric, a bright yellow spice powder made from the... READ MORE

Bedtime snack mistakes can wreck sleep

By Krissy Brady,
Posted on September 16, 2021

Snacking before bed can be a tricky business. Eat too much, and get ready for a night of tossing and turning. Eat too little, and you might find yourself devouring your entire kitchen at 3 in the morning. It’s no secret that steering clear of refined carbs and junky foods before bed is one of the best ways to avoid a sleepless night. But even noshing on healthy P.M. snacks can still... READ MORE

The benefits of running for better health

By Sara Filmalter, M.D.
Posted on September 15, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: A few neighbors formed a running group to train for a marathon in 2021. I’m thinking about joining them, as I know that running can be good exercise, but I’ve never run before. Is running a marathon actually good for my health? Should I do certain things to avoid injuries? A: Being active and engaging in regular aerobic exercise is important for overall... READ MORE

Red and processed meat: Worry or not?

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on September 14, 2021

Q: With so much advice about the healthiest diet, I’m confused about how much red meat I can eat, if any. What’s your advice? A: Experts continue to debate the right answer to this question. Avoiding red and processed meats has been a standard public health message for many years. In 2019, a highly respected medical journal published a review of the literature on the topic. The... READ MORE

Creamy lasagna soup with vegetables

By Family Features
Posted on September 13, 2021

Lasagna is often a family favorite, a kind of comfort food with an Italian vibe. But depending on the recipe, the process of making it can be onerous. First, you prepare and season the sauce and mix together the cheeses. Then you part-cook the lasagna noodles and trim them to fit the dish. You might even need to pre-cook some mushrooms and other vegetables. Finally, you have to line... READ MORE

Ways to cope with pain of osteoarthritis

By Jewlyus Grigsby
Posted on September 10, 2021

Q: My doctor just diagnosed me with osteoarthritis. Whenever I lift something, I experience pain in my hands, knee or hip. How can I stop this pain from taking over my life? A: It can be difficult to receive a diagnosis like this one. Osteoarthritis pain is very common and can affect your daily life. It’s caused by the wearing down of the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage... READ MORE

Blueberries, a native fruit and superfood

By Lori Zanteson
Posted on September 09, 2021

Blueberries, one of the first named “superfoods,” are one of the few fruits native to North America. Native American tribes have coveted them for hundreds of years, calling them “star berries” for the five-point “star” at the blossom end of the berry. The brilliantly hued berries were believed to protect children from famine, ease childbirth pain and treat coughs and... READ MORE

Researchers seek to prevent Alzheimer’s

By Margaret Foster
Posted on September 01, 2021

While some scientists are working on medications to treat memory loss, other researchers are looking for ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease entirely. Now a global study is under way to track the brains of healthy older adults who don’t yet have memory loss. Called the Ahead Study, it will enroll 8,000 participants at 100 sites in several countries. Howard University in Washington,... READ MORE