Study links certain medications to a higher risk of dementia

In a recent study, researchers found a potential link between anticholinergic medications, used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including allergies, depression, gastrointestinal problems, Parkinson’s disease, incontinence and overactive bladder, and a higher risk of dementia. But experts say study limitations may cloud the results. (Locked) More »

The trouble with excess salt

There’s been some disagreement in the scientific community about how much salt in the diet is too much. But most long-term studies show that excess sodium can raise blood pressure in many people and people’s hearts are typically healthier when they eat less sodium. Ideally, people should stick to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. (Locked) More »

Don't give up on grains

Many people are opting for low-carb diets and cutting out grains as a result. But when they do, they might be missing out on the nutritional benefits whole grains can bring. Whole grains are not only nutrient-rich but also contain fiber and cancer-fighting plant chemicals, known as phytochemicals. To eat more, try different varieties, including brown rice, barley, steel-cut oats, and quinoa. (Locked) More »

LED lights: Are they a cure for your skin woes?

There are an increasing number of LED light devices on the market today. These devices use light to penetrate the skin to treat conditions including aging and acne. But most of the studies on these devices are small, so it’s unclear if they are truly effective. While they are thought to be relatively safe in the short term, long-term data are lacking, so it’s unknown if there are unidentified risks. More »

Difficult relationships linked to bone loss

Stressful interpersonal relationships may be linked to bone loss in women, according to a new study. Women who reported higher levels of stress saw bigger reductions in bone density than women who reported less stress. More »

Is your lunch lacking?

Many Americans are in search of a healthier lunch, according to a study. People reported that it can be difficult to make good choices because they’re not always convenient, tasty, or readily available. More »