Know the facts about CBD products

Cannabidiol (CBD), extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant, has been promoted as the latest miracle cure for everything from aches and pains to anxiety and sleep disorders. Yet, the science has not confirmed its many health claims, and CBD products currently are not regulated by the FDA. Until more is known, experts suggest avoiding these over-the-counter and online products. (Locked) More »

Should I get my vitamin D levels checked?

Adequate levels of vitamin D can help maintain strong bones, but unless people have a gastrointestinal disease or thin bones, are malnourished, or take certain drugs that interfere with vitamin D activity, they do not need regular blood tests to check their levels. More »

The thinking on brain games

Engaging in brain games, such as crosswords, chess, and bridge, as well as creative outlets like painting, playing an instrument, or learning a language, have not been proven to protect against memory loss. Yet, these pursuits can help with everyday thinking skills and, when teamed with regular exercise, can increase a person’s cognitive reserve. (Locked) More »

Straight talk about your new sex life

Men and women go through all kinds of physical and emotional changes as they age that can affect their sex life as well as their relationship. These changes are often embarrassing or difficult to talk about, but communicating about them to each other can help couples find solutions and common ground. (Locked) More »

Don't be afraid of statins

While statin therapy helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, many people may still resist them because they fear side effects and do not understand how the drugs work. Yet, for many people, statins are the best way to protect against heart attack and stroke, and may provide additional benefits like reducing the risk of blood clots and protecting against Alzheimer’s. (Locked) More »

Have a ball with exercise

Large, inflatable exercise balls can add more benefits to standard home and gym exercises and are one of the best ways to improve strength in people with specific limitations or who are recovering from an injury. Exercising with a ball also can improve posture and stability and help with daily movements like twisting, bending, and stretching. (Locked) More »

Problems with bloating? Watch your sodium intake

Data from the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension–Sodium trial (DASH-Sodium) showed an association between high sodium intake and a higher risk of bloating. People who suffer from regular bloating after eating may want to watch their salt intake. More »