Blinded by the night

Poor night vision is the result of changes in the pupil, lens, and retina. Does eating carrots help? Probably not for well-nourished Americans. It's been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. At a more mundane level, they also say a lot about how old we are. With advancing years, we're prone to a number of serious — and less-serious (but bothersome) — conditions of the eye. The prime example of a serious age-related eye problem is macular degeneration, a retinal condition that's a leading cause of legal blindness among people over age 55 in the developed world. Age-related nuisances include a falloff in tear production that results in drier and itchier eyes. Eyelids also droop and sag, like other body parts. And starting around the fifth decade, almost all of us suffer from presbyopia (Greek for "old sight"), an inability to focus on objects close to our eyes. (Locked) More »

Exploring the depression-bone connection

Studies of a link between depression and osteoporosis suggest the bone deterioration could be a result of the depression, or may be caused by taking antidepressant medications for a long period of time. (Locked) More »

Managing irritable bowel syndrome without special drugs

The FDA removed the drug Zelnorm, used to treat IBS, from the market due to concerns about increased risk of heart disease. Other mediciations and some over-the-counter products may help relieve discomfort from IBS, depending on the symptoms. (Locked) More »

Driving safely as we get older

If you have concerns about your ability to continue driving safely as you age, periodically evaluate your health and any issues that may affect your driving skills, and consider taking a driver retraining course. (Locked) More »