fingernail health

“Your nails are a window to what’s going on in your body,” says Eliot M. Mostow, M.D., chief of dermatology at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. “You can’t assume that a change in your nail’s appearance is just a local problem, such as a fungal infection.

teaspoon of salt

Sodium has a number of functions in your body, including maintaining fluid balance, transmitting nerve impulses, and helping muscles work properly. It seems as if you’d need a hefty amount, but in fact the human body needs very little to perform all of those functions. 

How much is too much?

woman getting rehab

When the new year comes, many people resolve to be in better health. If you have arthritis, improving your health might mean making the tough decision to undergo a joint replacement. 

advance directives

Making decisions about your health care is something you’ve done throughout your adulthood, but what if you became ill and couldn’t communicate your wishes? According to the National Institute on Aging, more than 25% of older Americans face medical treatment questions near the end of life but are incapable of making those decisions. 

Packets of sweetener

Sugar substitutes are anything that can be used in place of regular sugar, whether they’re calorie-free or not. You can find information criticizing or praising anything that makes food or beverages sweet, so knowing the facts can help you make the right choices for your health.

Tackle dementia early to stay independent

Many studies have proven the value of early intervention when someone has dementia. Brooksby’s Memory Health program is based on these scientific findings.

Image of a brain lifting weights

Having a sharp memory is not only good for your brain, it can help you stay functional and independent longer. Today, however, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness.

Bare trees in winter

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition characterized by symptoms of depression that occur only at certain times during the year. Although it can happen at any time of year, most people are affected in fall and winter.

Know when chest pain means 911

If you have chest pain, the first thought that comes into your head might be that you re having a heart attack. That s not necessarily the case. Chest pain can be related to any number of body organs and tissues, says Lora Cox-Vance, M.D., geriatric fellowship director at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center., St. Margaret Hospital.