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YH0909_EyeHealth
Which of these foods is better for your eyes? The answer might surprise you! (File photos; illustration by Gerry Fey) Of all five senses sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing people usually say sight is the most important. "It s the number one sense people say they would not want to lose," says Lori L. Grover, O.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at...
YH0809_FeaturedAskDrNarett
Q: My wife drinks diet cola every day with her meals. Is this bad for her health? A: ' Although a few studies have shown an association between high cola consumption and either decreased bone mineral density or increased fractures in teenagers, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that drinking cola can harm you. Cola can, however, contain significant amounts of caffeine which may...
YH0809_FeaturedNerveProblem
Imagine touching something and not being able to feel it. Now picture the other extreme nerves that often, sometimes constantly, feel as if they are on fire. These are just a few of the symptoms experienced by sufferers of peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy affects 20 million Americans. (File photos) Peripheral neuropathy is a set of problems related to the peripheral nerves, the nerves...
men
For such a small gland (it s roughly the size of a walnut), the prostate has a very important job. If a man didn t have a prostate, the sperm couldn t survive, says Thomas L. Griebling, M.D., M.P.H., professor of Urology at the University of Kansas. The main purpose of the prostate is to produce fluid and other compounds that help support sperm survival. About one in six men between ages 60 and...
memory
You forgot where you put your keys. Again. Even worse, your friend called wondering why you missed your lunch date yesterday. What is happening? Could you have early dementia? We all misplace things and forget about appointments sometimes, says Raj Shah, M.D., medical director of Rush Alzheimer s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. It s worrisome, however, when...
sun
Average summer temperatures are always warm, but excessive heat can become dangerous. Each year, more people die from excessive heat than from all natural disasters combined (tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and lightning). The temperature is rising According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the eight warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998. When temperatures...
Compensating for memory loss
What if, despite your best efforts, your memory doesn't seem to be getting better? After seeing your doctor for a full evaluation, follow these tips to compensate for memory gaps: Write everything down. Seems like an obvious solution, but it's simple and it works. Be consistent with your methods. If you write lists, keep them in the same place. If you use a personal data assistant or...
Crossword puzzle brain exercise
Do crossword puzzles and Sudoku really help you stay mentally sharp? Or do they just make you better at Sudoku and crossword puzzles? I ve been writing some stuff about a Memory Fitness Program developed at UCLA and tested at EricksonRetirement Communities . The class teaches stress management, a brain-healthy diet, physical activity, and mental aerobics and it does seem to work! Surveys...
Old Is the New Young
There's a lot of information out there about exercise which exercises are best, what kind of activity produces which results, how often to exercise, etc. None of this information is useful if you lack the motivation to start in the first place. I received several e-mails about my June exercise article in the Your Health section of The Erickson Tribune. Many people agreed about needing...