Alzheimer’s wake-up call

Research has shown an association between poor sleep and a higher risk of accumulating beta-amyloid protein plaque in the brain, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. The brain sweeps out excess amyloid proteins during slow-wave sleep, which is the deep sleep phase where memories are consolidated. It is still not clear if improving poor sleep or practicing good sleeping habits can protect against Alzheimer’s. Until more is known, experts suggest paying attention to sleep problems, like insomnia, sleep apnea, and nocturia (which causes people to wake up to use the bathroom). More »

Can I still run after a hip replacement?

Hip replacements can wear out over time and require a revision surgery, so activities that may increase stress on the joint are often discouraged. The right level of activity after a hip replacement depends on the person and is best discussed with a doctor. More »

Is it normal to lose my sense of smell as I age?

Some loss of the sensitivity to smells is normal as people get older, but there may be another explanation. The most common causes of loss of smell are nasal problems, which can be detected by a routine examination. (Locked) More »

How you deal with pain goes a long way toward relieving it

In general, men tend to be less verbal about seeking help with their pain. They accept it and tough it out, because they feel embarrassed or guilty about admitting they have pain. However, when men keep pain and discomfort bottled up, they get more irritable, feel less confident in their ability to be active, and become more withdrawn. While men need to see their doctor about the source of their physical pain and ensure they get the proper diagnosis and treatment, they also need to address their psychological pain. This begins by adopting more positive thinking. (Locked) More »

What you need to know about over-the-counter painkillers

Over-the-counter NSAIDs can help men get through the occasional pains or strains of life, but they should be used with caution. Overuse has been linked with side effects like nausea, bloating, gas, nervousness, and mild itching. And although the absolute risk is quite low, exceeding the maximum dosage on a regular basis can raise a person’s risk of kidney disease, ulcers, and internal bleeding. The best and safest approach is to always use the lowest possible dose and for the shortest duration needed to relieve pain. (Locked) More »

Take advantage of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Since it was introduced in 2011 as part of Medicare Part B expansion under the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) has been gradually gaining in popularity. The AWV is a type of annual visit that is designed to address health risks and needs of aging adults and to provide time for the patient to have an in-depth conversation with the doctor to plan for a healthy future. More »

Getting to the heart of the fat issue

Fat has been shamed for so long, but it has a vital role in promoting greater heart health. Men need to cut out or greatly reduce their intake of saturated fat and replace it with healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are found in nuts, seeds, fish, and most oils. Adding these heart-healthy fats to regular meals and cooking methods often is the easiest way to increase a person’s intake. (Locked) More »

Most people with pinkeye get unnecessary treatment

People who get simple pinkeye with redness, itching, and mild discomfort usually don’t need antibiotic eye drops since most cases are due to a virus or allergy. They can use artificial tears and compresses until the eye heals on its own within one to two weeks. More »

Erectile dysfunction drugs not linked to melanoma

Although a recent study suggested an association between erectile dysfunction drugs, such as sildenafil (Viagra), and melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, the researchers concluded the elevated risk is likely due to other factors, like sunlight exposure. More »