How to manage your medicines

An estimated one in five prescriptions written for older adults is inappropriate, research finds. It’s important to ask your doctor whether each new drug is necessary. It’s also important to take medications as directed and to report side effects to your doctor. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Why do I always feel so cold?

Women tend to feel colder than men, because the blood vessels near the skin constrict faster to divert blood to necessary organs. Certain conditions-such as hypothyroidism or Raynaud's disease-can also contribute. (Locked) More »

Stress and your heart

Severe, trauma-related stress can lead to a condition called “broken heart syndrome.” The link between ongoing, everyday stress and heart disease may result from stress-related behaviors—such as eating an unhealthy diet, smoking, and drinking. More »

Could you have prediabetes?

One out of every two adults over age 65 is at risk for diabetes. About half of them aren't aware of it. Women can take an A1C test to assess their blood sugar levels, and use diet and exercise to prevent prediabetes from progressing to diabetes. (Locked) More »

Insoles for arthritic knees

A recent research review published in The Journal of the American Medical Association has found shoe inserts do little-if anything-to relieve knee arthritis pain. (Locked) More »

Best nondairy sources of calcium

Dairy foods—milk, yogurt, and cheese—are not the only foods that contain calcium. Other foods—including leafy green vegetables and fish—can supplement calcium intake, or supplant it for people who are vegan, lactose-intolerant, or just not fond of milk and yogurt. (Locked) More »

New guidelines for treating vaginal atrophy

Almost half of postmenopausal women experience dryness and thinning of the vagina and vulva. The North American Menopause Society recommends vaginal lubricants and moisturizers, as well as vaginal or oral estrogen to treat symptoms. (Locked) More »

Stents work well in women

Stents used to open blocked arteries and restore blood flow are safe and effective in women. The newest-generation drug-coated stents seem to work best at preventing a heart attack or stroke. (Locked) More »