Daily Aspirin May Not Prevent a First Heart Attack

Is a daily low-dose aspirin losing some of its luster as a cheap, easy way to prevent a heart attack? While there’s solid evidence that aspirin can help heart attack survivors avoid a second attack, recent research has raised questions about whether routine use of low-dose aspirin by older adults can prevent a first heart attack. Now a large Japanese study of more than 14,600 adults ages 60 to 85 — none of whom had had heart problems but who …

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

It’s that season again. The one with lots of coughing, sneezing, sniffling, aching and carrying around large wads of tissues. So how do you protect yourself from colds and the flu, other than staying home from now through May? Obviously, getting a flu shot should be first on your list. Although no one can predict whether this flu season will be as severe as last year’s, a new study that looked at flu rates among those age 60-plus for the …

Can’t Swallow Pills? Try These 2 Methods

If you have trouble swallowing pills, you’re not alone. An estimated 40 percent of U.S. adults have experienced problems downing their medicine, according to a survey earlier this year by Harris Interactive. Some have even skipped a dose or stopped taking their medicine as a result. And women are twice as likely as men to have trouble. >> 10 Types of Meds That Can Cause Insomnia It’s also something people are embarrassed to talk about: Only 10 percent told their doctors …

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening for Older Smokers

In a move that could affect an estimated 4 million older adults, Medicare announced that it plans to start covering annual lung cancer screening for longtime smokers at high risk for the disease. The announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover yearly low-dose CT scans to detect small lung tumors that can be removed surgically. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and has a poor prognosis if not caught …

Compression Socks Are Now … Hip?

These definitely are not your grandma’s compression stockings. Suddenly, those tight, thick hose that help improve blood circulation are the newest hip-and-healthy trend. My grandma, who wore compression hose back in the day, would be stunned to hear that companies are now making compression tights and knee-high socks in chic colors and fun patterns to appeal to both fashion-conscious travelers and hard-core runners. >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas Here’s the New York Times on the trend among fashionistas: In preparation …

Lasers, Fillers, Botox Shots — Are They Really Safe?

The first large, multi-center study to look at the safety and side effects of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures — things like lasers, skin fillers and injections of neurotoxins like Botox — found that they are very safe with essentially no risk of severe or dangerous side effects. >> 9 Foods That Help Prevent Wrinkles, Protect Skin Researchers with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine looked at more than 20,000 procedures performed by 23 dermatologists at eight centers across the country. Minor adverse …