How low should your blood pressure be?

A landmark study indicates that lowering systolic blood pressure to 120 mm Hg offers additional protection against heart attack, stroke, and death. Lifestyle changes or increasing medication may be necessary. (Locked) More »

9 ways to relieve acid reflux without medication

Acid reflux can often be controlled by eating slowly, avoiding “trigger” foods and carbonated beverages, staying upright and avoiding vigorous exercise after meals, losing weight, sleeping on an incline, stopping smoking, and changing medications. More »

Why you fall-and what you can do about it

Exercise to develop strong, powerful core muscles is the best way to prevent falls. Pain control, foot and vision care, choosing medications that don’t interfere with balance, and removing hazards in the home are also important. (Locked) More »

Vanquishing varicose veins

Varicose veins that cause few symptoms may be controlled with exercise and support hose. They can be eradicated with new minimally invasive outpatient procedures. (Locked) More »

Are weight-loss drugs worth trying?

Four new weight-loss drugs expand options for treating obesity and may be safer than earlier versions. They should be used as part of an overall program that includes diet, exercise, and often counseling. More »