A bowl of oil and a wooden spoon sit next to each other on a white table cloth.

From a chemical composition standpoint, most of the fats and oils in our diet are  called long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). But what’s been making news are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are partially man-made fats, typically made from coconut and palm oils. They are high in saturated fat but not the harmful type, and the body processes them differently than LCTs.

A woman wearing all white practices tai chi on a white sand beach.

You’ve probably heard by now about senior-friendly tai chi. This martial art is recommended by organizations like the Mayo Clinic, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, and the National Institutes of Health, to name a few.  

A diverse group of adults wearing exercise clothes walk on a path

Walking is generally considered a good form of exercise, especially for older adults. But is it good enough?

After all, government guidelines for physical activity seem fairly strict—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week.

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Addressing psychological problems could be one of the best things you can do for your health, according to new research.

An Asian woman leans over a laptop with a notebook and pen in her hands.

Your posture is something you may think about as you are walking or sitting down to eat. But time can really fly while you are surfing the Internet and you may not notice a certain posture problem until the damage is already done. A new study published in the journal Biofeedback confirms this.

How it happens

A woman wearing glasses smiles at something on her computer.

Using your computer for any length of time can cause discomfort or eye strain. Symptoms of eye strain can include blurred vision, dryness, redness, headaches, and in some instances, double vision.

If you notice these types of problems, first see an eye care specialist for a full exam (you should do this every year, regardless). In addition, some modifications may help:

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The American Academy of Family Physicians conducted a study to determine if a two-fold intervention could help osteoarthritis patients have reduced pain and better functional status.

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If you are one of the more than 330,000 people in this country who’s had a hip replacement, you are at risk for complications. One of the most common is dislocation—especially for people who have had a revision replacement. Research shows that up to 10% of patients who have their first hip replacement and up to 28% of patients who have had a revision will experience dislocation.

While back pain may not seem as dangerous as heart disease or cancer, a team of researchers from Boston Medical Center have now found that frequent and persistent back pain can cause earlier death among women.

Back pain is the number one reason for disability worldwide. It is most common in women between the ages of 40 and 80, and women also report their pain as being more frequent and debilitating than men with back pain.