A combination of physical therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can reduce the severe fear of falls in older adults and make them less likely to avoid activities because of fear, new research suggests.
News Updates: Health & Wellness
By Shelley Levitt, Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Sunglasses can give you instant James Dean cool, Audrey Hepburn glamour, or the rock star hipness of Bono. But they are much more than a fashion accessory.
Sunglasses are an essential tool in safeguarding the health of your eyes and the surrounding tissue.
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
These are the words of the woman who became the poster child for overcoming adversity. A woman who was isolated into the two dimensional world of touch and smell at the age of 19 months. Yet, she went on to inspire millions around the world. Sightless and deaf, Helen Keller resolved to make something of her life. She lived with a keen understanding that change is inevitable, but growth is intentional. Unwilling to give in to her blindness, she chose to strive for a normal life.
By Harley A. Rotbart, MD
My 84-year-old father-in-law is a “flogger.” That’s the moniker his son gave him because Dad keeps a written record of every fall my 83-year-old mother-in-law takes. She has Parkinson’s disease, and the “flog” (fall log) of her spills has helped her doctors monitor her disease progression and adjust her therapy.
More than 360 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss, according to new global estimates on prevalence released by the WHO, for International Ear Care Day (3 March).
By JOANNE KENEN
Want to email your doctor? Download your brain scan? Make sure that your online health records are up to date? Good luck.
In an age of the Web, Wi-Fi and ever-present social media, so-called e-health lags far behind. But federal officials leading the multibillion effort to get doctors and hospitals to use health information technology are now reaching out to patients and families to help them become e-patients.
By Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.
For older adults, falls are serious, whether they take place in the home or in a health care setting.
More than one-third of adults over age 65 fall each year. Falls can cause bone fractures, disability, and even death. Among people 75 and older, falls are far more likely to cause admissions into a long-term care facility than for adults 10 years younger, Federal data show.
A nerve stimulator placed on the forehead may help prevent migraines among some people who get the headaches regularly - and it appears to be safe, according to a new trial.
Emotionally exhausted women are much more sensitive to sounds when they are stressed, according to a new study.
For some of these women, even a normal conversation can be painful, Swedish researchers found. Doctors may need to consider patients' stress and exhaustion levels when treating hearing problems, the study suggests.
By Andrew M. Seaman
Weather has long been considered one of many potential migraine triggers, but a new study links lightning, specifically, to the onset of the severe headaches that plague more than 28 million Americans.
Based on headache logs and weather data for Ohio and Missouri, researchers found that people were 28 percent more likely to experience a migraine on days when lightning struck within 25 miles of their home.