A rocky childhood could be bad for your heart

Traumatic childhood experiences may harm heart health later in life. Research shows that adults who experienced multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as neglect; physical, sexual or emotional abuse; or witnessing violence at home had double the risk of cardiovascular disease and double the risk of an early death compared with people who didn’t experience any ACEs at all. But while the risk of cardiovascular disease rises among people with ACEs, lifestyle changes can still prevent health problems down the line. (Locked) More »

What’s causing the ringing sound in my ear?

A ringing sound in one or both ears is usually a form of an annoying condition called tinnitus. When tinnitus persists, treatment  such as cognitive behavioral therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy or biofeedback, can ease symptoms. (Locked) More »

Shedding your skin

Chemical peels, which use a chemical solution to remove the top layers of the skin, are sometimes used to target skin changes that often occur with age. There are home versions as well as peels that are used in medical spas and dermatologists’ offices. They can be beneficial as long as one uses the right agent and the right technique. Used incorrectly, chemical peels can be harmful and even cause burns or pigment changes. More »

Understanding and treating pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the bowl-shaped structure of muscles and tissue that supports the pelvic organs weakens. This allows one or more organs in the pelvis, such as the bladder, uterus, small intestine, or rectum, to shift downward and bulge into the vagina. In some instances, the organs compress the urethra or shift the rectum, producing urinary problems or constipation. Women also commonly experience a sensation of a bulge in the vagina, in addition to pain or pressure, and sex may be painful. The three main treatment options for the condition are pelvic floor physical therapy, a device called a pessary to hold the organs in place, and surgery. (Locked) More »

3 easy exercises to get you started with strength training

It’s estimated that only 30% of American adults do the twice-per-week strength training recommended by experts. Some people think they need special equipment to perform strength-building exercises, while others just don’t know where to start. Adding three simple exercises—push-ups, reverse lunges, and planks—to one’s physical activity twice a week can help improve strength, which may help a person stay independent longer. (Locked) More »