How to safely dispose of unneeded meds

By: Adwoa Nyame 
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Q: I missed National Drug Take Back Day. How can I safely get rid of medications I am no longer taking? A: One of the best ways to dispose of unneeded and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications is to drop them off at a location that will take back unused medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors National Drug Take Back Day events, typically in October and ... READ MORE

More protein, yes; protein powder, maybe

By: Emily Gelsomin
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Eating enough protein is not just for athletes or would-be Schwarzenegger types. Protein is necessary for a healthy immune system and required for organs like your heart, brain and skin to function properly. The nutrient is also touted for its ability to help control appetite and enhance muscle growth. How much protein you need typically depends on your exercise routine, age and... READ MORE

A surprising cause of falls: multitasking

By: Brad Manor
Posted on: November 16, 2020

A few years ago, my grandmother fell and broke her hip. She has never fully recovered and is now constantly fearful of falling, and has significantly limited her activities to prevent a fall from ever happening again. As a scientist focused on translational research in mobility and falls in older adults, of course I asked her how she fell. She stated that she was standing in the kitchen, ... READ MORE

Ginger reduces pain, may boost memory

By: Suzy Cohen
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Ginger is something you’ve probably walked past a thousand times in the grocery store and may have passed up. It has some incredible medicinal benefits and offers people a natural approach to many ailments. Many women use ginger for morning sickness during pregnancy. Sometimes you see it crystallized with sugar to improve flavor. But today I’m talking about the fresh ginger root... READ MORE

Evaluate hoarseness if it doesn’t go away

By: Diana Orbelo
Posted on: November 11, 2020

Dear Mayo Clinic: For the past few weeks, I have had a hoarse voice, even though I don’t have a cold. Is this something I should be concerned about? A: It’s not uncommon to experience hoarseness once in a while, especially with a cold or even after cheering loudly at a sporting event. But when a hoarse voice doesn’t go away after three to four weeks, it’s a good idea to see... READ MORE

Understanding COVID’s divergent results

By: Lauran Neergaard and Candice Choi
Posted on: November 10, 2020

One of COVID-19’s scariest mysteries is why some people are mildly ill or have no symptoms, while others rapidly die — and scientists are starting to unravel why. An international team of researchers found that in some people with severe COVID-19, the body goes rogue and attacks one of its own key immune defenses instead of fighting the coronavirus. Most were men, helping to explain... READ MORE