7 things you can do to prevent a stroke

Aging and a family history can increase your risk for a stroke, but women can reduce this risk by managing factors that are under their control. Lowering high blood pressure, keeping weight in check, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, losing weight, managing atrial fibrillation and diabetes, and quitting smoking can dramatically decrease the risk of a stroke. More »

Ask the doctor: How should I treat a torn meniscus?

Surgery called partial meniscectomy has been the traditional way to correct a torn meniscus in people with osteoarthritis. However, new research suggests people with this condition may be able to try physical therapy before resorting to surgery. (Locked) More »

Natural ways to relieve constipation

An estimated 40% to 60% of older adults regularly deal with constipation. Dietary changes, medications, and a lack of exercise often contribute to constipation in older women. Getting plenty of fiber and drinking four to six glasses of fluid each day are the best ways to prevent—and treat—constipation. (Locked) More »

Better sleep-without pills

Prescription sleep aids can help you fall asleep, but they can also have side effects like an increased risk for falls and daytime sleepiness that can make it dangerous to drive. Before women take sleep medication, they should see a doctor to identify the cause of their insomnia. Women may be able to sleep better by using lifestyle interventions, such as relaxing before bed, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol, and waking up and going to bed on the same schedule every day. (Locked) More »

Getting your doctor to listen

Increasing time pressures, growing patient loads, and fears of malpractice lawsuits have forced many doctors to resort to a practice of “cookbook medicine,” according to Drs. Leana Wen and Joshua Kosowsky, emergency physicians at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Rather than listening to patients’ personal health stories and concerns, doctors put them through a barrage of tests based on their main symptom. In their new book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky teach patients how to be better advocates for their own health. (Locked) More »