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Poor night vision is the result of changes in the pupil, lens, and retina. Does eating carrots help? Probably not for well-nourished Americans.
It's been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. At a more mundane level, they also say a lot about how old we are. With advancing years, we're prone to a number of serious — and less-serious (but bothersome) — conditions of the eye.
The prime example of a serious age-related eye problem is macular degeneration, a retinal condition that's a leading cause of legal blindness among people over age 55 in the developed world. Age-related nuisances include a falloff in tear production that results in drier and itchier eyes. Eyelids also droop and sag, like other body parts. And starting around the fifth decade, almost all of us suffer from presbyopia (Greek for "old sight"), an inability to focus on objects close to our eyes.
Studies of a link between depression and osteoporosis suggest the
bone deterioration could be a result of the depression, or may be
caused by taking antidepressant medications for a long period of
The FDA removed the drug Zelnorm, used to treat IBS, from the
market due to concerns about increased risk of heart disease.
Other mediciations and some over-the-counter products may help
relieve discomfort from IBS, depending on the symptoms.
If you have concerns about your ability to continue driving
safely as you age, periodically evaluate your health and any
issues that may affect your driving skills, and consider taking a
driver retraining course.
Victims of cardiac arrest who received only chest compressions,
without interruption for breaths, had a much lower risk of
suffering neurological damage as a result of the attack.
Two years ago, I had a lumpectomy and radiation for invasive
early-stage breast cancer. My oncologist prescribed five years of
tamoxifen. But I keep hearing about new drugs that might be
better. Should I switch to one of these newer drugs?