Disordered eating in midlife and beyond

Aging can be a challenge to body image. For some women, it may bring on — or rekindle — an eating disorder. Eating disorders are usually regarded as a problem of adolescents and young women; their prevalence among older women is less clear. Secrecy and shame often accompany these disorders, and women may not seek help — particularly if they fear being forced to gain unwanted weight or stigmatized as having a "teenager's disease." Despite the underdiagnosis of eating disorders in older people, treatment professionals are now reporting an upswing in requests for help from older women. For some of these women, the problem is new, and others have struggled with disordered eating for decades. More »

What to do about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is characterized by the accumulation of fat inside liver cells. It once seemed to be only linked to people who drank excessively. Not any more. There's no cure for fatty liver or NASH. Treatment is aimed at reducing or preventing further fatty buildup and using key strategies to address underlying risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia. (Locked) More »

Healing yourself after injury, illness, or surgery

In You Can Heal Yourself, Dr. Julie Silver, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and chief editor of books at Harvard Health Publications, details practical steps you can take for optimal healing. Her recommendations are based on research and, says Dr. Silver, "years of listening to my patients tell me what helps them and what doesn't." We talked to her about some of the ideas behind You Can Heal Yourself. (Locked) More »

Experts update guidelines for treating essential tremor

About 10 million people in the United States have essential tremor (ET), a movement disorder that causes uncontrollable shaking of the hands and often the head as well, and sometimes a quavering voice. ET is sometimes mistaken for Parkinson's disease. There's no cure for ET, but clinicians have various ways to control the symptoms, including drugs and surgery. The American Academy of Neurology has issued updated treatment guidelines for essential tremor, deeming some medications ineffective and suggesting surgical procedures for severe cases. (Locked) More »