Which colorectal screening do you need?

By: Penn Medicine
Posted on: August 07, 2019

Each year, more than 140,000 people in the U.S. receive a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, and about 50,000 die from the disease. It’s the second-leading cause of cancer death among U.S. men and women combined. Yet it’s highly preventable. “With colorectal cancer screening, we can detect precancerous lesions [and polyps] and get them removed,” said Kofi Clarke, M.D., chief ... READ MORE

Should X-rays be avoided due to risks?

By: Patricia Mergo, M.D.
Posted on: August 06, 2019

Dear Mayo Clinic: At what level does radiation exposure from X-rays and other medical imaging increase the risk of getting cancer in the future? A: While there are wide-ranging benefits to modern X-ray imaging technology, you are correct that there also are risks. The answer to your question isn’t clear-cut, so it’s important to weigh the potential risk against the known benefits of ... READ MORE

We all probably need to drink more water

By: Kristen N. Smith
Posted on: August 06, 2019

Do you drink enough water each day? If not, your overall health may be taking a toll. Drinking water regularly can help you to lose weight, think better, be in a better mood, prevent disease and more. How our bodies use water Water makes up about 60% of our body weight. It’s vital for almost every function in the body. Water acts as a building block, a solvent for chemical... READ MORE

Men get osteoporosis, too; how to fight it

By: Jim Miller
Posted on: August 02, 2019

Dear Savvy Senior: Can men get osteoporosis or is it primarily a problem for women? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter, the doctor that treated me told me I might have osteoporosis, but I never got it checked. What can you tell me?   —Bony Bill Dear Bill: Many people think osteoporosis is a woman’s disease, but men can get it too, especially in their later years.... READ MORE

California changes its mind about coffee

By: Brian Melley
Posted on: August 01, 2019

After raising the prospect last year of requiring a cancer warning on coffee, California officially gave its blessing to coffee in June, declaring the beverage does not pose a “significant” cancer risk. The rule, proposed a year ago by regulators, means coffee won’t have to carry ominous warnings that the beverage may be bad for you. The state took the rare move after a Los... READ MORE

Lifestyle may offset Alzheimer’s genetic risk

By: Marilyn Marchione
Posted on: July 31, 2019

A large study has found that, regardless of how much genetic risk someone had for Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, a good diet, adequate exercise, limiting alcohol and not smoking made dementia less likely. About 50 million people worldwide have dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type. Genes and lifestyle contribute to many diseases, but researchers only... READ MORE