"Many older adults feel fatigued, and often cite this pervasive feeling of tiredness as the main reason they limit their activity. In turn, being too exhausted to see friends or go about your usual activities can mean a decreased quality of life. Such fatigue has long been dismissed as an expected part of aging, but experts are beginning to push back on this idea, says Consumer Reports."
"If you're planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines."
"With everything fruit has going for it (natural sweetness, beautiful colors, tons of nutrients) you’d think people would be eating loads of it. But only 12% of Americans get the 1½ to 2 cups of fruit that health experts recommend adults eat every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
"If you’re itching for a summer adventure, a trip to the beach or a hike in the park might be just what you need. But watch where you step; poison ivy could be near. We typically think of this plant as lying deep in the woods, but in fact it’s most commonly found in less remote areas: the edges of your backyard, the shoulder of a highway, even a sand dune on a beach, says Consumer Reports."
"Medical advancements have allowed doctors to prevent cervical cancer and detect it early, says Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H., a senior investigator with the National Cancer Institute. 'Of all the cancers,' he says, 'this one, we know what we’re doing.' But many women may still have questions about the best way to get screened, how often to get screened, and when to start screening or get vaccinated, says Consumer Reports."
"More than eight in 10 adults who have visited a healthcare provider (e.g., doctor's office, hospital, outpatient clinic, urgent care clinic, etc.) at least twice in the past year agree that if their provider knew more about their health interests, goals and motivations, they would be able to serve them better (84% strongly agree/agree/somewhat agree), reports Ipsos."
"More people are becoming ill with diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes, biting pests that arrive with warmer weather, says Consumer Reports. The annual number of these infections, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus, reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than tripled between 2004 and 2016 in the U.S. But before you spray your yard with pesticides, opt for effective yet less drastic methods."
"Every 11 seconds in the U.S., an older adult ends up in an emergency room due to a fall, according to Consumer Reports. 'It’s the leading cause of accidental death in the elderly,' says Cathleen Colón-Emeric, M.D., chief of geriatrics at the Duke University School of Medicine. Falls can result in a variety of injuries, including hip fractures and head trauma, which can have lasting consequences."
"As you age, it's normal to become less limber, reports Harvard Health Publishing. Your muscles shrink and your tendons lose their water content, which makes your body stiffer. But add in less activity from a sedentary lifestyle and your lack of flexibility can become even worse."
"Chronic pain is a common problem for Americans, touching all age groups and demographics, reports Consumer Reports. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last fall estimated that one in five adults (about 50 million Americans) reported hurting every day or almost every day in the previous six months. Nearly 20 million reported pain so severe it limited their ability to work, socialize, and even take care of themselves and their family."
"Need another reason to monitor your intake of ultra-processed foods? Cutting down on your amounts could help you live longer, reports Harvard Health Publishing."
"A recent study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Mr. Clean reveals that the body responds to the act of cleaning the same way it reacts to watching race car driving, with a rush of adrenaline and improved mood."