Worried about your memory? Take action

Even when a person’s memory is still within the normal range, noticing certain changes in mental function and being concerned about them can be an early warning sign of future decline. These include difficulty following a group conversation or the story in a TV show or feeling that one’s mental skills are worse than those of friends who are the same age. Other changes are more typical of harmless age-related memory loss, such as walking into a room and forgetting why or misplacing personal items. Sensing changes like these is a good reason to check with a doctor for an assessment of memory and mental function, which can serve as a baseline to compare future changes against. More »

Ask the doctor: Prostate cancer and multivitamins

A clinical trial called SELECT showed that taking high doses of selenium and vitamin E could increase a man's risk of prostate cancer. The amounts of these nutrients in multivitamins are much lower, and have not been linked to prostate cancer. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Jogging and arthritis

Jogging for exercise has not been shown to cause or worsen knee arthritis. If running causes pain, it can help to on a softer surface and alternate running with other forms of lower-impact healthy aerobic exercise. (Locked) More »

Measuring blood pressure at home: Keep it simple

Single measurements of blood pressure in the doctor’s office can be misleading. They may look higher or lower than they are in the person’s daily life. At-home measurements can produce a more accurate picture of a person’s blood pressure over time.  The information improves control of high blood pressure and helps to show the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Two measurements in the morning and evening for several days are usually sufficient to provide an accurate snapshot of the person’s average daily blood pressure. (Locked) More »

Protect yourself from skin cancer

Melanoma represents a minority of all skin cancers but is more likely to be fatal than the other common skin cancers, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. To prevent melanoma and other skin cancers. it is important to check the skin for new or abnormal-looking moles or blemishes and protect the skin from sun exposure. Wearing a hat and liberal use of sunscreen are two basic sun-protection behaviors men should adopt. More »

Are you stuck on heartburn medications?

Many people with acid reflux heartburn end up taking medications for life, but it may not be necessary in all cases. The most effective treatments for acid reflux are drugs in the class called proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), including omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid). It is possible to stop taking PPIs, but it must be done gradually. Suddenly stopping often triggers a return of heartburn symptoms. Once off of medications, it is also important to address the underlying causes of heartburn, such as being overweight and eating close to bedtime. (Locked) More »

Do you need more vitamin D?

Many studies have found preliminary evidence that taking more vitamin D than the minimum daily requirement could help to prevent many common chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Other research has found no benefit at all. Right now, it’s premature to start taking extra supplements, although older men may continue to take vitamin D and calcium to support bone health.  (Locked) More »