You Can’t Hide Your Dryin’ Eyes

Dry eyes have been my “beauty bane” since I turned 50 some … Cough! Cough! … years ago. My peepers naturally water whenever they get irritated, leaving me with unlovely makeup. But older women aren’t the only ones suffering this dry spell; the condition affects older men nearly as much. A new you within reach — Visit AARP Life Reimagined » Marguerite McDonald, an ophthalmologist on Long Island, N.Y., calls dry-eye disease (DED) “a progressive condition that represents a huge unmet …

Are We Treating Depression When We Should Be Treating Hearing Loss?

Could we be prescribing antidepressants to those who really need a hearing test? A large-scale study published last April based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2010 found a significant correlation between hearing loss and depression, confirming some smaller studies and also anecdotal evidence. What was most interesting was that the link was found only in certain populations. There was no relationship between hearing loss and depression in people who were either culturally deaf or functionally deaf. There was no …

Common Sleep and Allergy Medications Linked to Dementia, Alzheimer’s

You may want to check your medicine cabinet after reading this. A new study links long-term use of common medications — including over-the-counter drugs for insomnia and hay fever — to a higher risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Medications in the study included antihistamines found in Benadryl, sleep aids found in Tylenol PM, and certain antidepressants and treatments for bladder control. >> Hidden Dangers of Common Cold Meds Dementia risk in older adults starts to rise after three years of regular use …

FDA Begins New Testing of Generic-Drug Quality

For decades, doctors, drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration have assured us that low-cost prescription generic drugs – which make up an estimated 80 percent of the prescription medicines we take – work just as well as the costlier brand-name drugs they mimic. Except that a growing number of patient complaints, as well as issues over the quality of generics manufactured abroad, have proven that some of them don’t. And it appears the FDA is finally going to …

Is Curing Insomnia Key to Curing Depression?

A New York Times editorial called it possibly “the most dramatic advance in treating depression in decades.” Psychologist and sleep specialist Michael Breus, writing in the Huffington Post, said it could “dramatically change and broaden treatment for millions of people who suffer the debilitating effects of depression.” The excitement is over a new report that found that treating insomnia along with depression could double a person’s chance of overcoming the mood disorder. Even more surprising, patients’ insomnia was treated not …

Heart Attacks Can Cause Serious Depression — In Spouses

While depression is common among heart attack survivors, their spouses can also be hit hard. According to a new study, spouses of heart attack victims are at greater risk of depression, anxiety or suicide, and men are more likely than women to become depressed or commit suicide, American and Danish researchers found. Even if a husband or wife survives a heart attack, the spouse suffers more than do spouses of people who survive or die from other conditions, the study …