Omega-3-rich foods: Good for your heart

Research is finding that omega-3 fatty acids have real cardiovascular benefits, in part because they lower heart rate and blood pressure, and improve the health of blood vessels. Omega-3s may also improve cognitive function. Experts recommend eating two servings a week of fatty fish such as salmon or tuna—which are high in omega-3s—to gain the most benefit. People who don’t eat enough fish can take a fish oil supplement. (Locked) More »

How using computers can help keep your mind sharp

There is evidence that time spent surfing the Internet and playing games on the computer might slow cognitive decline and improve memory. Learning to interact with others online can also help older adults stay connected and reduce loneliness. (Locked) More »

Preventing the burn of heartburn

Overindulging during the holidays can lead to uncomfortable heartburn. One way to avoid the burn is to make healthier choices at the table and avoid foods that can trigger heartburn, such as citrus fruits, garlic, tomatoes, and fried foods. For heartburn that doesn’t let up after the holidays end, medications such as antacids and proton-pump inhibitors can help. (Locked) More »

Back pain treatment doesn't follow recommendations

Many doctors overtreat their back pain patients. Instead of following current guidelines and recommending NSAIDs and physical therapy, they are prescribing narcotics and sending patients for imaging scans and more aggressive treatment. (Locked) More »