Why middle-age spread is a health threat

Visceral fat — the padding around the abdominal organs — produces hormones and other molecules that promote inflammation, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Aerobic exercise and avoiding simple sugars can help reduce visceral fat. (Locked) More »

Do gel manicures increase cancer risk?

The level of risk from UVA radiation delivered by lamps used by professional manicurists to dry gel nail polish increases with the frequency of manicures. Sunscreen and fingerless gloves can protect hands during manicures. More »

How the placebo effect may help you

The placebo effect—a favorable response to a medical intervention that doesn’t have a direct physiological effect—is at work in most successful therapies. It can be helpful in cases where no proven treatments exist and enhanced by a good doctor-patient relationship. (Locked) More »

What does it take to be a super-ager?

Super-agers are people in their 70s or 80s who have cognitive or physical function equal to that of people decades younger. Super-agers tend to push beyond their comfort zones to take on greater challenges compared with their average contemporaries. More »

Getting the best of bothersome bunions

Although some people are genetically predisposed to developing bunions, most cases result from improper footwear. Wearing shoes with low heels and wide toes, protecting the bunions with cushions, and shoe inserts can prevent irritation and relieve pain. Corrective surgery is a last resort. More »

Should you still have mammograms after age 75?

Women ages 75 or older who are trying to decide whether to continue having screening mammograms should consider their life expectancy and their willingness to undergo treatment if breast cancer is detected. (Locked) More »