When are opioids safe to take?

Opioids can be safe for relieving severe, acute pain following surgery or injury. Tolerance, dependence, or addiction can arise when they are used for longer periods, for example, in treating pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other chronic conditions. (Locked) More »

"Advanced" cholesterol testing: Is it for you?

Advanced cholesterol testing, which includes measuring particle number and size, isn’t necessary for most people. However, it may be helpful in deciding whether to prescribe statins for people at increased risk of heart disease. (Locked) More »

Why you should thank your aging brain

As we age, the brain compensates for slower processing by using more of its capacity for tasks that require reasoning and judgment, and older people perform better at these tasks. REST, a protein that repairs brain cell damage, has been identified in older people. More »

How you can drive safely at night

Age-related changes in vision aren’t great enough to keep older people from driving at night. Having regular eye exams and taking measures to reduce glare are important. It’s also important to stay off the road at sunrise and sunset. (Locked) More »

Common drugs linked to dementia

Long-term use of anticholinergic drugs, including drugs for depression, sleeping, allergies, and bladder control, is associated with an increased risk of dementia. (Locked) More »