Olive oil lowers one’s risk of early death

By Katherine D. McManus
Posted on December 07, 2022

For many years we have heard that olive oil helps lower the risk of heart disease, but its connection to decreasing risk of death has been less clear. A recent study of approximately 92,000 Americans examined whether olive oil is associated with total and cause-specific mortality (death from a particular illness). During 28 years of follow-up, the research showed that participants who ... READ MORE

At holiday time: less stress, more bliss

By John Schieszer
Posted on December 06, 2022

There is a lot to love about the holidays, but when you’re in the 50-and-over club, you may be cooking, cleaning, decorating, shopping, traveling, volunteering or playing family psychologist and referee. By embracing patience and kindness, you can remove a lot of stress from the season. If you want to make the holidays a bit merrier, try rethinking how you view stress, suggested... READ MORE

Rice noodle bowls: simple, kid-friendly

By America’s Test Kitchen
Posted on December 02, 2022

Rice noodles are, of course, noodles made out of rice. They come in all shapes and sizes and are made to float in soup or soak up sauce. Some of the most common types are rice vermicelli (super thin and delicate), rice sticks (straight and flat, used in this noodle bowl recipe), and chow fun (wide, flat and chewy). Rice noodles are especially popular in Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese... READ MORE

Free online hearing tests to take at home

By Jim Miller
Posted on November 30, 2022

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any good online hearing tests? My husband has hearing loss, but I can’t get him to go in and get his hearing checked, so I thought a simple online test could help him recognize he has a problem. —Loud-Talking Linda Dear Linda, There’s actually a growing number of very good online and app-based hearing tests available that will let your... READ MORE

Is a genetic test for metabolism worth it?

By Michael Schuh
Posted on November 28, 2022

Dear Mayo Clinic: I’ve been hearing a lot about lab tests that can look at my genetics to see how I metabolize medications. How does this work and why is it important for me to know how my body metabolizes medicine? A: Testing for how a person metabolizes medications is called pharmacogenomics testing, or PGx testing for short. This is a prime component of individualized medicine —... READ MORE

Is tracking your heart rate worthwhile?

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on November 18, 2022

Q: How does tracking your heart rate provide information about your heart health? A: Checking your heart rate at rest and with exercise can provide information about your fitness level, and may suggest a heart problem if your pulse is too slow, too fast or irregular. Three good times to check your heart rate are soon after you wake up in the morning, during exercise, and in the... READ MORE

Irregular? What to do and what not to do

By Matthew Kadey
Posted on November 15, 2022

Chances are most of us have experienced constipation, a condition that becomes more prevalent with advancing age. In fact, constipation is one of the leading gastrointestinal complaints in America — about 63 million people in the United States experience the condition, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). In layman’s terms,... READ MORE

Why (and how) to change Medicare plans

By Kate Ashford
Posted on November 11, 2022

Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7, but 7 in 10 Medicare beneficiaries say they don’t compare Medicare plans during this period, according to a 2021 analysis by KFF, a health policy nonprofit. That’s not great, since Medicare Advantage plans — which operate much like the private insurance you may have had through an employer — change from year... READ MORE

With Covid in decline, telemedicine is too

By Tom Murphy
Posted on November 08, 2022

Telemedicine exploded in popularity after Covid hit, but limits are returning for care delivered across state lines. That complicates follow-up treatments for some cancer patients. It also can affect other types of care, including mental health therapy and routine doctor check-ins. Over the past year, nearly 40 states and Washington, D.C., have ended emergency declarations that made... READ MORE

A scratch-and-sniff test for Parkinson’s

By Margaret Foster
Posted on November 02, 2022

A seasonal cold or case of Covid can cause people to lose their sense of smell temporarily. But people whose sense of smell has disappeared for good may be at risk for brain disease. In fact, people with enduring smell loss have a 30% chance of having brain changes associated with Parkinson’s disease. Now, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is using a screening... READ MORE