Try these techniques to relieve common urinary symptoms without medication

Some men with mild-to-moderate symptoms of noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can try a conservative approach called watchful waiting. This involves monitoring the symptoms over time until a man feels it is time to consider additional treatments, such as medications or surgery. In the meantime, behavior changes can help control symptoms. These include restricting fluids, modifying the use of prescription or over-the-counter medications that worsen symptoms, and changing the timing and manner in which the bladder is emptied. More »

Hot or cold for back pain?

Heat or cold can both relieve discomfort from lower back pain. Most experts recommend cold to relieve swelling and heat for spasm or stiffness. (Locked) More »

On call: What causes shaky hands?

The most common form of hand shakiness is known as essential tremor. Its exact cause is uncertain, but it is more common with aging and may be inheritable. Medication can help relieve tremors from Parkinson's disease or essential tremor. (Locked) More »

Heart failure prevention essentials: Take these steps

The risk of heart failure, or reduced capacity of the heart to pump blood, rises with age. The risk is especially high in people after a heart attack or among those with heart disease or high blood pressure. To prevent heart failure or slow its progression, exercise, diet, moderating alcohol intake, and not smoking are all recommended. Appropriate medical care, including medications, can help preserve heart function. (Locked) More »

That pain in your side could be diverticular disease

Developing pouchlike structures in the colon wall is known as diverticulosis. This condition is usually harmless. But in up to a quarter of people with diverticulosis, the pouches can become inflamed, get infected, or bleed, a problem known as diverticulitis. Getting adequate dietary fiber helps prevent flare-ups of infection or bleeding. Add fiber gradually as either fiber-rich foods or a supplement, and drink plenty of water with it. If diverticulitis flares up, seek medical care promptly. (Locked) More »

Computer-based brain training could help keep your mental tools sharp

Software training programs may help maintain cognitive fitness with aging, but only if they are engaging and continually challenging—and not intimidating. The programs raise scores on standard tests for memory, attention, and concentration, but it is unclear whether this improves a person’s ability to function in daily life. Downsides of software training include the expense and their solitary nature. Volunteering, taking adult enrichment courses, and learning music are ways to stay intellectually challenged in a social way. (Locked) More »

How to build a better sandwich

Eating too much red meat, especially processed and cured varieties, is unhealthy. When eating deli meats, choose whole, less-processed versions. Pay attention to nutrition labels in packaged deli meats. Limit the number of slices of meat or cheese to reduce sodium content of the sandwich, and compensate with extra leafy greens and other sliced vegetables. Try types of sandwiches without deli meats. (Locked) More »