New blood test may diagnose Alzheimer’s

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: September 15, 2020

An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer’s disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of dementia. Developing such a test has been a long-sought goal, and scientists warn that the new approach still needs more validation and is not yet ready for ... READ MORE

Boomers and seniors no longer majority

By: Mike Schneider
Posted on: September 15, 2020

  OK, boomers: Millennials and their younger siblings and children now make up a majority of the U.S. population. A new analysis by the Brookings Institution shows that 50.7% of U.S. residents are under age 40 as of July 2019. The Brookings’ analysis of population estimates released this summer by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the combined Millennial, Generation Z and... READ MORE

Your BMI matters more than weight alone

By: Maria Collazo-Clavell, M.D.
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Dear Mayo Clinic: At a recent appointment, my blood pressure and cholesterol were normal, but my doctor mentioned that my BMI is at an unhealthy number (28). Does this mean I need to lose weight even though I have no health problems? A: Although weight is an important measure of health, it’s not the only thing to consider when assessing overall health. Other factors play a role as... READ MORE

10 different ways to jazz up whole grains

Posted on: August 14, 2020

Do you have a hard time getting enough whole grains into your diet on a regular basis? Perhaps you need more inspiration. Rather than thinking of grains as a plain accompaniment to a main course, think of them as a blank canvas, waiting to be dressed up and flavored in any number of delicious ways. Next time you find yourself underwhelmed by the grains in your cupboard, consider the... READ MORE

Minimally invasive surgery for heart valve

By: Joseph Dearani, M.D.
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Dear Mayo Clinic: Is minimally invasive heart surgery to repair a mitral valve a safer option than open-heart surgery? Is it common for a surgeon to have to switch to an open-heart procedure after starting the surgery? A: Both minimally invasive heart surgery and traditional surgery that involves opening the chest bone — a procedure known as sternotomy — are safe, effective ways to... READ MORE

Strengthen your core in minutes a day

By: Matthew Solan
Posted on: August 13, 2020

The best exercise I do only takes a minute. Granted, it is often the longest and most grueling 60 seconds of my life. I sweat, I shake, and I often collapse in relief when it’s over. But spending quality time in a plank pose always pays off. The plank pose is holding a push-up position while resting on your forearms. This simple move is the ideal exercise for strengthening crucial... READ MORE