By Fred Cicetti  Q. Is cigarette smoke the only cause of lung cancer?  No. Radon and asbestos are causes, too. Radon is an invisible, odorless, and radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil and rocks. Asbestos has been used for fireproofing,...
By Fred Cicetti  Q. Episodes of depression seem to be common over several generations in my family. Is depression genetic?  There is substantial evidence that depression is a hereditary disease. A depression gene known as 5-HTTLPR has been found.  The World Health Organization...
By Michele D. Baker  Adapted from an article of the same name in the March 2024 AARP Bulletin  In January, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a state program to import prescription meds from Canada, where the prices for many...
By Fred Cicetti  Q. How serious is angina?  Angina pectoris – or simply angina – is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort usually caused by coronary artery disease. Angina is a sign that someone is at increased risk of...
By Dr. Derek Hiltz, Optum at Pasadena  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women of all races. By adopting healthier lifestyle habits, you can incorporate...
By Michele D. Baker  Adapted from and based on “Guide to Sex After 60,” medically reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on February 22, 2023 and written by Janie McQueen  Amazing sex after 60? That’s a big yes. Many mature couples have...
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This article was updated on Feb. 14, 2024 By Kathy A. Megyeri "Obtaining hearing aids has helped me hear so much better, stay socially active and hopefully, will prevent future medical maladies.  If you are struggling to hear, please don't put...
By Fred Cicetti  Q. I have to have cataract surgery and I’m a little frightened. Should I be?  I don’t know anyone who isn’t a little frightened by surgery of any kind, but cataract removal is one of the safest and...
By Fred Cicetti  Q. When does menopause really begin?   According to the Mayo Clinic, a woman reaches menopause when a year has passed since her last period. Menopause, like many of the changes in a woman’s body through her lifetime, is caused...
By Stan Popovich  Many people underestimate the impact that mental illness can have on an individual or family. It can be difficult to admit that you have a mental health problem. It can be just as difficult to get the...
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