Mindfulness can improve heart health

The mind-calming effect of meditation can help reduce the risk of heart disease, according to research. A regular practice can lower heart rate, improve blood flow, and reduce and manage stress. It also can help create a positive outlook on life and encourage a person to follow many heart-healthy habits like a proper diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep. More »

Quit smoking with electronic cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes are a popular method to quit smoking, but long-term safety issues and success rates are still unknown. Speaking with a doctor about standard smoking cessation medications and therapy is a better approach. (Locked) More »

The growing role of probiotics

The “good” bacteria called probiotics can help maintain a healthy gut, ward off illnesses, and maintain a smooth digestion. Fermented foods like yogurt, pickles, sourdough bread, and certain cheeses are the best sources of probiotics, and men should try to add more of them to their daily diet. (Locked) More »

What’s new with the shingles vaccine

Shingrix, a new vaccine to protect against the shingles virus, reduces the risk of shingles by an average of 97% among adults ages 50 and older. This is almost double the protection of the previous shingles vaccine, Zostavax, which reduces the risk of shingles by an average of 51%, but becomes less effective as people age. (Locked) More »

Recharge your sexual energy

 Image: © nautiluz56/Thinkstock Your sexual drive can stay high late in life, but often your energy for sex can diminish. Low energy not only affects your sex life, but can carry over to other parts of your life, too. You can become apathetic, no longer find pleasure in favorite activities, and become more sedentary. However, many of these issues related to lost sexual energy can be addressed. "Never think lack of energy means an end to your sex life, and there is nothing you can do about it," says Dr. Sharon Bober, director of the Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Sexual Health Program. "There are many strategies you can adopt to get back in the game." (Locked) More »