Focusing on your future

People may understand their life spans are limited, but they often don’t internalize how much time they actually have left. This mindset can delay goal setting and long-term preparation, which increases the chances of later problems in areas like finances, housing, and health. But embracing this reality of mortality can help people grasp a sense of urgency, so they get the most from their remaining years. (Locked) More »

Music to your health

A favorite tune can stir up positive memories, boost mood, and create a soothing, relaxing atmosphere. Now science has found that listening to music can stimulate brain regions that change how people think and move. Used in specific ways, music can help people in various health-related areas, such as improving exercise performance, sleeping better, and coping with medical procedures. (Locked) More »

A plan for flexibility

As people age, flexibility enables them to active, perform everyday movements, and avoid injuries. Still, most would admit they lack flexibility and that they don’t give it the necessary attention. Flexibility is something that most older people can improve with some effort and commitment. A simple set of three stretches, done regularly, can improve flexibility in the common problem areas of the backs of the thighs, the hips, and the chest. (Locked) More »

The major problem of ministrokes

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), also known as mini-strokes, share many of the typical stroke signs and symptoms, and are a warning sign of a high stroke risk. Yet, they often are mild and brief, which is why they get routinely missed or ignored. People need to be mindful about common TIA symptoms and seek immediate medical care when they occur. (Locked) More »

The good side of bacteria

Probiotics are good bacteria that keep the gut healthy and help fight infections and inflammation. Some research suggests that certain probiotics help relieve symptoms of gut-related conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Fermented foods are the best sources of probiotics, such as yogurt, pickles, sauerkraut, and sourdough bread. More »

Statin side effect could be due to the "nocebo" effect

People who avoid statins because of previous side effects may have experienced what’s called a "nocebo" effect, where they develop an unpleasant response because they expect something negative to happen, not due to the drug itself. Many such people can safely resume statin medications. More »