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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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