August 3, 2017

There is no test that will actually check whether you are salt sensitive—the only way to find out if your blood pressure responds to sodium is by changing the amount of sodium you consume.

Q. Is it true that salt only increases the risk of high blood pressure if you are...

June 13, 2017

As we age, we often hear from parts of our bodies that have run on “auto pilot” forever—a knee hurts, our back aches, we wake up stiff and sore. Many of us immediately reach for the painkillers, but some of these can cause harmful side effects in older adults—in fact,...

April 11, 2017

The risk of suicide is highest in children, adolescents, and young adults, and there hasn’t been any evidence to suggest that SSRIs cause this problem in older patients.

Q. A friend told me she saw a magazine article linking antidepressants to suicidal thoughts. I...

January 24, 2017

Doctors often fail to cut back on medications even when treatment goals are surpassed.

Two studies published online in JAMA Internal Medicine (10/2015), suggest there is still confusion when it comes to treating the older population for diabetes, with doctors often not...

November 9, 2016

Antibiotics also are often given when they aren’t needed, according to a recent study.

Since their initial use in the 1940s, antibiotics have greatly reduced death rates from infectious illness—however, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to...

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