The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is gearing up for this year’s flu season, which typically begins in October, peaks in February, and starts tapering off in March.

Vaccination is a cornerstone of medical care and the most powerful method of illness prevention offered by medical providers. Since the development of the smallpox vaccine by Edward Jenner in the 1700s, medical science has developed vaccines for illnesses ranging from measles to tetanus to the flu.

Preventing a fall is fundamentally important to maintaining our health, well-being, and independence. Despite increasing awareness, falls remain the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people 65 years of age and up. About one-third of seniors fall each year, and one-third of those sustain an injury that requires medical treatment.

During those times when you’ve been trying to memorize a phone number, grocery list, or other information by repeating it over and over again, something was probably happening with your eyes that you weren’t aware of.

The simple act of walking improves our physical strength and promotes mental and cognitive health. It’s great exercise and benefits just about every aspect of our being from our bones to our heart to how well we sleep. Most importantly, walking helps us stay independent, but it can become a challenging activity as we age.

One very positive development in medicine has been the shift to whole-person care. Primary care providers now address wellness from a holistic perspective rather than solely focusing on physical symptoms or just one organ system such as the heart or lungs.

More of us are becoming aware of the need to stay engaged and connected with others as we age in order to stay as healthy and independent as possible. Increasingly, scientific evidence is reinforcing the association between social engagement and good health. Research is also revealing that social isolation and loneliness can lead to a decline in health.

Recently, new guidelines for the detection, evaluation, and management of high blood pressure in adults were released by a number of medical associations in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Spirituality represents a core domain of well-being and is central to the beliefs and lifestyle choices of many. It often informs our emotional, social, and physical health and has been the topic of numerous scientific studies. As more evidence emerges, there is increasing interest in how we can leverage this powerful force for the betterment of our health.

Spirituality represents a core domain of well-being and is central to the beliefs and lifestyle choices of many. It often informs our emotional, social, and physical health and has been the topic of numerous scientific studies. As more evidence emerges, there is increasing interest in how we can leverage this powerful force for the betterment of our health.

Being upright and bipedal has wonderful advantages, but as with all good things there is often a downside, and in this case, the downside is low back pain (LBP). Most people will experience an episode of LBP at least once in their lifetime.

The right to choose the direction of your medical care is a fundamental right of each and every adult who has decision-making capacity. In the medical field, your right to make decisions is affirmed through the informed consent process. If you have ever had surgery, you undoubtedly signed an informed consent form.