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  • When the weather is sizzling hot

    When the weather is sizzling hot

    Finding some air conditioning, particularly if you’re older, could save your life. France is one of the world’s hot spots for tourists. Not long ago, that phrase took on a quite literal meaning for visitors and residents alike. In the summer of 2003, a nine-day heat wave hit the country, causing 14,800 more deaths than […]

  • Do omega-3s protect your thinking skills?

    It may be helpful to eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Image: Elena_Danileiko/Thinkstock Maybe you’re hoping to protect your thinking skills by eating oily fish like salmon or taking a daily fish oil supplement. After all, the media frequently talk about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, and sales of […]

  • Planning ahead for your future medical care

    Talking with loved ones about your values and wishes can help ensure you’ll receive the type of treatment you want. Image: moodboard /Thinkstock If you’re like most people, you’ve avoided talking about what would happen in the event that you become unable to make your own health care decisions. But as your family and friends […]

  • Now hear this: You may need hearing aids

    These tiny devices can improve your communication, your relationships, and even your brain function, but only if you use them. Image: Huntstock/Thinkstock Age-related hearing loss affects about a quarter of people ages 65 to 74 and half of those ages 75 and older, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Over […]

  • The year in health and medicine

    Changes to food labels and health guidelines, and the arrival of another mosquito -borne illness, topped health news in 2016. Image: sultancicekgil/iStock The new year is approaching fast, and with it, the promise of better health. Before we bid farewell to 2016, we’d like to reflect on the news that got our attention this year. […]

  • What to do for bronchitis

    Although this upper respiratory infection may last longer than the common cold, it usually doesn’t warrant antibiotics or medical treatment. Image: decade3d/iStock We all know the common cold very well; the average adult has several every year. “Chest colds,” or bronchitis episodes, are much less frequent, affecting only 5% of adults per year. Perhaps because […]

  • How to moisturize your skin

    Ever-growing array of products to moisturize your skin increasing ways to treat dry skin Dry skin occurs when skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture. This can happen as a result of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions. And for those in colder climates, it can stem from cold, dry winter air. […]

  • 4 things you can do to alleviate caregiver stress

    If you are taking care of a loved one, you need to take special care of yourself, too. There are resources to help you. Image: Bigstock More than 65 million Americans—two-thirds of whom are women—are taking care of a disabled or ailing family member. If you’re among them, you’re well aware that caring for a […]

  • Keep tabs on your drinking

    When it comes to alcohol, moderation is still the mantra. But even one drink a day may pose a risk to the heart. Wine, champagne, and cocktails are standard fare at many holiday gatherings. But before you raise your glass, make sure you’re aware of just how much alcohol you’re actually consuming—and how it may […]

  • Do antibacterial soaps really work?

    Ask the doctor Image: venusphoto/iStock Q. What do you think about the use of “antibacterial” soaps? A. In recent years, you’ve probably noticed that bar and liquid soaps that you can buy over the counter include some labeled as having “antibacterial” (or, sometimes, “antimicrobial” or “antiseptic”) chemicals added. That sort of sounds as if the […]

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