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The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine – The New York Times

There is an out-of-control epidemic in the United States that costs more and affects more people than any disease Americans currently worry about. It’s called nonadherence to prescribed medications, and it is — potentially, at least — 100 percent preventable by the very individuals it afflicts. The numbers are staggering. …

The Urgency in Fighting Childhood Obesity – The New York Times

Overweight children are likely to become overweight adults – unless they adopt healthier patterns of eating and exercise. Life-threatening ailments like heart disease, cancer, stroke and Type 2 diabetes most often afflict adults. But they are often consequences of childhood obesity. Two new studies, conducted among more than half a …

Computer Vision Syndrome Affects Millions – The New York Times

Blurred or double vision as well as burning, itching, dryness and redness can interfere with work performance. Joanne Reitano is a professor of history at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. She writes wonderful books about the history of the city and state, and has recently been spending …

Dehydration: Risks and Myths – The New York Times

For most healthy people, thirst is a reliable signal that more water is needed. But there are exceptions. Truth to tell, sometimes I don’t follow my own advice, and when I suffer the consequences, I rediscover why I offer it. I’ve long recommended drinking plenty of water, perhaps a glass …

Aging in Place – The New York Times

Throughout the country, communities are being retrofitted to accommodate the tsunami of elders expected to live there as baby boomers age. When I asked the other three members of my walking group, all of whom are in their mid to upper 70s, whether they had any concerns about future living …

Simple Remedies for Constipation – The New York Times

Chronic constipation is an all-too-common problem rarely discussed in polite company and only reluctantly mentioned to doctors during checkups. Chronic constipation is an all-too-common problem rarely discussed in polite company and only reluctantly mentioned to doctors during checkups. Although it accounts for eight million doctor visits annually, only “a minority …

Pursuing the Goal of Healthy Aging – The New York Times

Researchers are seeking drugs that can slow the rate of aging and the development of the debilitating chronic ailments that typically accompany it. Given their druthers, most people would opt for a long and healthy life. Few relish the idea of spending years, even decades, incapacitated by illness, dependent on …