Vision problems due to droopy eyelids

By Robert Graham, M.D.
Posted on May 14, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: My droopy eyelids have worsened significantly over the past few years, but I’m hesitant to have surgery to fix them. What are the risks of having an eyelid lift, and how long is the recovery? A: Blepharoplasty, also called an eyelid lift, typically includes removing extra skin, muscle and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. The surgery can reduce vision problems... READ MORE

To kick-start your day before breakfast

By Andrea Mathis
Posted on May 13, 2021

We’ve all been there — hitting the snooze button several times before rolling out of bed, rushing out of the house, skipping breakfast. You may not realize this, but your morning routine can determine the mood of your entire day. Here are five easy things to do before breakfast to kick-start a great day: Try meditating. Meditation is a great way to start your day off right.... READ MORE

Simple meat-free meatballs and burgers

By Family Features
Posted on May 12, 2021

Plant-based eating should be easy and delicious — and it can be. Rather than follow strict rules, simply add foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and grains to more meals throughout the day. Walnuts, for example, are a kitchen multi-tasker with uses well beyond baked goods. In fact, walnuts can be used as a simple, whole-food meat alternative. One ounce of walnuts contains... READ MORE

The many benefits and uses of nutritional yeast

By Jessica Ball, M.S., R.D.
Posted on May 11, 2021

Nutritional yeast could be one of the tastiest and healthiest ingredients missing from your pantry. Though it is a great food for vegans and vegetarians, all people can gain health benefits from adding it to their diet. What is nutritional yeast? Nicknamed “nooch,” this cheesy-tasting powder is made up of a type of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It can be grown on many types... READ MORE

What can I do once I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

By Chinmay Bondugula
Posted on May 10, 2021

Q: I got my COVID-19 vaccine! Now what? A: First and foremost, congrats! You have joined millions of Americans who have been immunized against COVID-19. Like you, many are asking the same question: Now what? Let’s first talk about what vaccine you may have received. The FDA has approved three vaccines to get you immunized: one each from Pfizer; Moderna; and Johnson &... READ MORE

Could you have small fiber neuropathy?

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on May 07, 2021

There is neuropathy, and then there is small fiber neuropathy. These conditions are different. I hope this column will help many people who are suffering and don’t know what they have. You might very well have small fiber neuropathy (SFN), and if you ignore it, in time it will lead to bigger problems all over your body. But if you get proper treatment and help, it is very treatable. I... READ MORE

Health Shorts

By The Associated Press
Posted on May 05, 2021

Tweaked COVID vaccines fend off variants Dozens of Americans are rolling up their sleeves for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine — this time, shots tweaked to guard against a worrisome mutated version of the virus. Make no mistake: The vaccines currently being rolled out across the U.S. offer strong protection again COVID-19. But new studies of experimental updates to the Moderna and... READ MORE

Should you be screened for lung cancer?

By Jim Miller
Posted on May 03, 2021

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? I was a big smoker but quit years ago, so I’m wondering if I should be checked out. —Former Smoker Dear Former Smoker, Lung cancer screening is used to detect the presence of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people with a high risk of lung cancer. Should you be screened? It depends on your age and your... READ MORE

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Lower back pain issues

By James Atchison, D.O.
Posted on April 30, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: I am 45 and relatively healthy. But about a year ago, I hurt my lower back while working in the yard. I felt a sharp pain and could barely walk. It took about a month to heal. Then about a month ago, I hurt my back again — this time while lifting my young son. The pain does not seem to be getting better. Is there anything I can do to speed the healing process? How... READ MORE

Smoking cannabis may be bad for heart

By Julie Corliss
Posted on April 28, 2021

Now that marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use in many states, growing numbers of Americans — including older people — are imbibing this popular drug. In fact, the percentage of people ages 65 and older who said they used some form of marijuana almost doubled between 2015 and 2018, a recent study reported. Compared with prescription drugs, the health consequences of... READ MORE