Which painkiller is safest for you?

It’s best to stay away from, or minimize the use of, the over-the-counter painkillers that can make existing health conditions worse. For example, people who have liver problems or are heavy drinkers shouldn’t take acetaminophen (Tylenol), which can worsen those problems. And people who have heart disease, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, or kidney problems should talk to their doctors before taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), or aspirin. (Locked) More »

Is it safe to eat fish?

Fish are considered an important part of a healthy diet. And even though fish may contain low levels of toxins or microplastics, doctors still advise eating fish at least twice a week. This is because the benefits of eating fish exceed the risks. Studies involving hundreds of thousands of people over decades have found that people who eat one or two 3-ounce servings of fish per week have a nearly 40% reduction in death from heart disease—the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and other developed nations. (Locked) More »

4 exercise trends to try

Older adults may find four new exercise trends interesting and fun. The trends include circuit training—doing a series of exercises, each set up at a "station" in various parts of a large exercise room; cognitive workouts, which combine aerobic exercise with basic brain challenges; battle ropes—shaking and whipping large, heavy ropes that are anchored to a wall; and streaming workouts—watching live workout classes via television or smartphone. Before starting a new workout, one should check with a doctor to see if it will be both safe and beneficial. More »

Quick-start guide to an anti‑inflammation diet

There are a number of steps to take when starting an anti-inflammation diet, such as the Mediterranean diet. The steps boil down to some dos and don’ts. For example, don’t eat processed foods such as microwaveable dinners, hot dogs, white bread, dehydrated soups, baked goods, sugary cereals, processed meats, biscuits, and sauces. But do eat a diet of whole, unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans, lentils), fish, poultry, nuts, seeds, a little bit of low-fat dairy, olive oil, spices, and herbs. More »

Staying healthy when you’re raising young grandchildren

Caring full-time for a grandchild can have lots of health risks for older adults, such as muscle tears from lifting children or fractures from brittle bones that can’t support the increasing weight of a child. Such risks are in addition to those of being anyone’s caregiver, such as not eating right or exercising enough. Grandparent caregivers can help protect health by setting a rigid sleep schedule for everyone in the house, exercising with grandchildren as they ride bikes or run around, and serving healthy adult foods. (Locked) More »

The latest thinking on colonoscopy prep

The approach to taking laxative solutions to prepare for a colonoscopy is getting a little easier. Now, instead of about 4 liters of solution, the amount is closer to 2 liters. Also, instead of a single large dose, the medicine can be taken in two doses about six to 10 hours apart, starting on the day before a colonoscopy. In some cases, a person can drink all the solution on the same day as the colonoscopy. When drinking the solution, it helps to use a straw to avoid tasting it. (Locked) More »

Eczema tied to higher bone fracture risk

A large study published in the February 2020 issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that people with eczema had an increased bone fracture risk, especially if eczema was severe. More »