Best Quick Fix for Puffy, Dry Eyes

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to be tormented by some evil twins: puffy eyes and dry eyes. These two common conditions make your eyes look irritated and anything but beautiful. But here’s the good news: Both can be addressed with a few simple steps. One of the best ways to deal with puffiness and dryness is to close your eyes, apply a cold compress and relax – maybe even take a nap! >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

Caregiving Spouses More Likely to Take on Medical Tasks, Report Finds

Spouses who are caregivers are significantly more likely than other family caregivers (adult children, for example) to perform many of the tasks that health care professionals do – including medication management, wound care, using meters and monitors, and more. Nearly two-thirds of spouses who are family caregivers (65 percent) performed such tasks, compared with 42 percent of other caregivers. Those are the findings of a new report issued today by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute. Among …

How Smart Phone Apps Help Doctors Track Your Health

By Daniela Hernandez, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer, produced in collaboration with Wired Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, knows when his patients’ hearts are racing or their blood pressure is on the rise, even if they’re sitting at home. With high-risk patients hooked up to “personal data trackers” – a portable electrocardiogram built into a smartphone case, for instance – he and his researchers can track the ups and downs of patients’ conditions as they …

Dealing with COPD and Dating

Q: I just turned 60, have been divorced for seven years and have not dated anyone. I am really lonely. I work full time and have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which sometimes requires me to use oxygen. I am scared and embarrassed about possibly having to use oxygen on a date. Since being diagnosed, I have lost all my self-confidence.  How might I start the dating process? If think if I put my COPD out there, I won’t be …

Tackling Concussions

Good news for football moms…and football dads…and football grandparents…and anyone who watches football…and, well, anyone who cares about human life and scientific research. (There must be a category you fit into.) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, at first in denial about the link between player’s repeated concussions and degenerative cognitive function or Alzheimer’s later in life, has made a laudable 180-degree turnaround. He is now a vocal champion for the safety of his players: “There is no issue of greater importance …

What Does This Symptom Mean?

I am not the hypochondriac sort; I don’t assume that every symptom means something is desperately wrong. That said, I am a Google-er of symptoms both big and small; it’s good to have all the info on your bod, right? AARP Symptom Checker to the rescue. From swollen ankles to palpitations, from itchy eyes to tingly fingertips, enter in all of your symptoms to see what might be going on with you, inside and out. So go on, click here …