Water, of course, is usually the number one choice. But if you don’t particularly like water, there are some other effective choices.

Being dehydrated means more than feeling thirsty, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications. Dehydration can lead to too-low blood pressure, a fast heartbeat, and a reduced flow of oxygenated blood to your vital organs and extremities.

Just like our bodies, our teeth change over time.

The American Dental Association recommends that most people see a dentist every six months—not only to have cleanings, but because your dentist can spot problems before they progress too far. As you get older, these dental visits become especially important.

Age matters

Neti pots are devices for using water to clear out sinuses, one of many home cold remedies

It may be springtime, but according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the most common viruses that cause colds (human rhinoviruses) thrive in spring, summer, and early fall.

People use a variety of home-based treatments for symptoms of the common cold, but which of them have science on their side?

Irrigating your nose

A smiling woman reads on an iPad while sitting a couch. Behind her sits a man reading a newspaper.

Older adults are often faced with a difficult decision: what type of living situation will best meet their needs for their retirement years?

You may want to stay at the home where you’ve lived your entire adult life. Perhaps you’ve put a lot of work into your house and property and being there evokes warm memories about raising your children.

various nuts and seeds arranged neatly in squares

It wasn’t all that long ago that people with heart disease were cautioned to steer clear of nuts because they are high in fat and calories. Since then, studies have shown that most people, including people with heart disease, could improve their health by including these crunchy snacks as part of a healthy eating plan.

A geriatrics specialist meeting with a patient.

When the practice of medicine began in ancient times, doctors were, for the most part, generalists. Since then, specialization has become a common trend, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the role of the primary care doctor.

Primary care 

Senior mother and her daughter looking through a family photo album.

Living with memory loss is becoming more common as the U.S. population ages. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common memory-robbing illness.

Variety of nuts

Years of medical research have shown us that certain types of fats are not good for our health, and other types are.

Photo of a man using his hands to form a heart image.

Since 1921, heart disease has been the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today, heart disease kills one in four (about 610,000) people every year. The most common heart problem is coronary heart disease (CHD), and there have been many advancements to treat it, so the prevalence is trending down.