Mind and Body
Cracking the Nut to a Longer Life
Humans have nibbled on nuts for centuries. Archeologists discovered almonds stashed in King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. They also unearthed walnuts from the ruins of Pompeii. A long-time dietary staple, nuts come packed with nutrients. A fact that could explain why a recent study found eating more of them may lead to a longer life.
Many Older Adults Struggle With Pain
Pain is like an alarm system. It signals when something is wrong in your body. It can last only minutes or linger for months. For many older adults, pain may be a constant companion, suggests a recent study. It may even limit daily activities.
Being Bilingual May Boost Brain Health
Dementia is a growing threat to more Americans. In fact, experts predict that cases of Alzheimer’s disease—the most common type of dementia—will triple by 2050. An aging population partly accounts for this uptick.
Want to Control Your Weight? Add Brisk Activity to Your Day
Finding time for fitness is important, especially if you are trying to lose or control your weight. Thanks to a recent study, fitting it in may be easier than you think.
Strength Training Can Pump Up Your Health
When you think of strength training, your first thought may be of a bodybuilder laboring to lift heavy weights. It need not be so extreme, though. Everyone can reap the health benefits of muscle strengthening. Unfortunately, too few Americans are minding their muscles, according to a recent government study.
5 Foods That May Lengthen—or Shorten—Your Lifespan
Science may be tweaking the old adage “you are what you eat.” Five recent studies dish out which foods may be better than others in helping us live longer. They suggest it may be more suitable to say “your age is what you eat.”
Adult Day Care Can Ease Caregiver Stress
Caring for a parent or another older adult isn't easy. You may feel overwhelmed and stressed out. If you are yearning for some relief, adult day care may be the solution. Research shows it not only helps those enrolled in such programs, but their caregivers, too.
Solving the Riddle of Rheumatoid Arthritis
The final frontier-it isn't necessarily space. A lot closer to home, the human body holds just as much mystery. Consider rheumatoid arthritis (RA). After decades of research, scientists still can't pinpoint the exact cause of the disease. The latest studies suggest a complex combination of genetics and unhealthy habits, putting some of the power of prevention in our hands.
Be Smart About Sleep Aids
Sleep can be elusive. On some nights, we easily cozy up with it. On others, it may linger frustratingly out of reach. Struggling for some shuteye may entice you to try a sleep aid. Used properly, sleep aids can help. But they aren't without risks.
Do Ultrasonic Bug Repellent Devices Work?
Many people detest bugs, especially when they find them in their homes. Keeping bugs at bay may prompt you to try just about anything-maybe even ultrasonic bug repellent devices. But do they work? Simple steps to prevent insects indoors in the first place may be far more effective.
Are Multivitamins Worth the Cost?
A pill packed with lots of nutrients-a multivitamin-may seem like the perfect shortcut to healthy living. Chances are, though, you're already getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from the foods you eat. So unless you have a nutritional deficiency, multivitamins may not provide much health benefit.
The Total-Body Toll of Obesity
Many Americans realize that obesity is more than a cosmetic concern. A recent poll found that 78 percent knew that obesity can raise the risk for heart disease. Seventy percent recognized a link with diabetes. But what about high blood pressure? Cancer? Arthritis? When asked about obesity’s effects on the body, fewer people mentioned such consequences.