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Young girl on airplane in discomfort, holding her ears.
When many people fly, it’s for pleasure—a vacation or to visit relatives. But a bad case of “airplane ear” can make getting to your destination an unpleasant experience. Also called barotrauma, barotitis media, or aerotitis media, this condition causes ear pain usually on takeoff or landing. It occurs when stress is exerted on your eardrum and other parts of your middle ear when the air pressure...
Medicinal bottle labeled "Methylene blue".
The market for anti-aging products has always been robust, and when the power of retinoids was discovered, it exploded even more. Now, researchers from the University of Maryland have discovered another effective antiaging compound that so far has been shown to be safe and effective. It’s called methylene blue. This inexpensive compound has been in use for years for a variety of medical purposes...
A senior man in bed looking at an alarm clock with pills and a glass of water on his nightstand.
Whether it’s due to pain, medications, or having to visit the bathroom frequently, you’ve probably experienced insomnia as you age. For some people, sleeping pills can be a safe and effective short-term option. But a new study from Cardiff University and King’s College London has found that starting sleeping medication can be hazardous to your health. The researchers found that people over age 65...
A pen and ink portrait of Francisco Goya holding a palette for paint colors.
Francisco Goya was a Spanish painter from the late 1700s to early 1800s. He was thought of as the last of the old masters and the first of the modernists. He also suffered from hearing loss following a lengthy illness. Experts now think they know why. Researchers investigated and found that when Goya was 46 years old, he contracted an unknown illness. His symptoms included hearing loss, headaches...
Senior woman having a restful sleep
A bad night’s sleep can make you feel fatigued and less mentally sharp, but now a review of studies conducted by researchers at University of California Berkeley has revealed that sleeping poorly might be harmful to your health in ways previously unsuspected. Older adults are sometimes affected by insomnia, which can be related to pain, medications, or urinary frequency, and some older adults...
Image of a hand holding a bottle of valium medicine
A study published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that people with Alzheimer’s disease have an increased risk of developing pneumonia if they are taking sedatives in the benzodiazepine class. People with dementia-related illnesses often have symptoms such as agitation, sleeplessness, or hostility. Sometimes these symptoms are treated with sedatives such as...
Close-up view of a doctor writing a prescription
A study by University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing researchers has found that donepezil, marketed under the brand name Aricept, should be prescribed with caution in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Donepezil is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but although it has been studied in the past for people...
Test tube with blood sample and labeled Testosterone Test
Recent research sheds new light on the risks and benefits of testosterone therapy in men over age 65. Four studies, collectively known as the TTrials, are the largest trials to date that examined the effect of testosterone treatment in men over age 65 who had low testosterone due to age. Testosterone begins dropping in men at age 30 and goes down gradually from there. Excessively low testosterone...
Senior Asian man looking thoughtful, resting chin on hand.
More than likely, you hear information or advice about your health several times each day—whether the source is your doctor, your family, television, or the radio. If you’re like a lot of us, you forget about it as you go about your daily routines. Some people disregard certain health messages because they think the topic doesn’t pertain to them. Other people view it as “nagging,” especially if...