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The Healthy Geezer

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Q. Any suggestions for dealing with tinnitus?

Most tinnitus a symptom, not a disease comes from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.

People who suffer from tinnitus hear phantom noises that include not just ringing but whistling, hissing, buzzing, roaring and clicking. Tinnitus is most common in people over 65.

Besides treatments such as hearing aids, drugs and therapy, there are techniques for dealing with tinnitus. Here are some:

Music: Many people find focusing on music helps them ignore their tinnitus.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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 heart attack, cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. If you get angina, you should get medical attention immediately.

Angina (pronounced "an-JI-nuh") hits when the heart doesn't get enough blood. This usually happens when there is a narrowing or blockage in one or more of the vessels that supply blood to the heart.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Q. Is it true that licorice can interfere with some medications?

Some forms of licorice may increase the risk for digoxin toxicity.

Digoxin is used to treat heart failure and arrhythmias. Licorice may also reduce the effects of blood pressure medications or diuretic drugs (water pills).

These are just a few of many drug-related interactions that can occur in your body.

Drug interactions fall into three categories. There are drug reactions with foods and drink, dietary supplements and with other drugs.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Q. In soap operas, the writers love to include characters with amnesia who don't remember their identities.

Is it common for someone to actually forget who they are?

It's extremely rare. People with amnesia usually are aware of their identities. A person's identity is among the most durable long-term memories.

Amnesia, which means loss of memory, comes in several forms.

The most common type is anterograde amnesia. People with this form have trouble learning and making new memories.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Q. Does wine have real health benefits?

There is evidence that wine has health benefits, but here's an important statement from the American Heart Association:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Q. Do older people get dandruff more often?

No. Dandruff affects people of all ages across all ethnic groups. Dandruff often occurs after puberty and is most common in people in their early 20s. It continues into middle age. However, it does also affect many seniors.

Dandruff is a common, non-contagious skin condition that causes flakes of dead skin to appear in the hair. It is estimated that half of all people will be affected by dandruff at some point in their lives.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The U.S. Administration on Aging found that more than a half-million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year.

About 90 percent of abusers are related to the victims. People older than 80 years suffer abuse and neglect two to three times their proportion of the senior population.

Almost four times as many new incidents of abuse, neglect and/or self-neglect were not reported as those that were reported and substantiated by public authorities.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Q. What is the definition of constipation?

The clinical definition of constipation is any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in the previous year:

Ÿ Straining during bowel movements

Ÿ Lumpy or hard stool

Ÿ Sensation of obstruction or incomplete evacuation

Ÿ Fewer than three bowel movements per week.

Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults age 65 and over.

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

(This is the second of two columns about changing your appearance. The first was on plastic surgery. This one is about cosmetic procedures.)

Cosmetic procedures are used to make the skin look more youthful. Many dermatologists perform cosmetic procedures. Here are some examples:

Microdermabrasion uses tiny, fine particles or a very hard diamond-tipped wand to slough off cells from the top layer of the skin and encourage new skin growth.

Laser resurfacing uses high-intensity light to zap and improve the look of wrinkles and scars by tightening loose skin.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Q. What is the most common type of cosmetic surgery?

(This is the first of two columns on changing your appearance.)

I was surprised by the answer to this question. I guessed facelift and was wrong.

My wife, Gale, answered correctly without hesitation. Breast augmentation is the leader. She talks to more women, I guess.

Women outnumber men by about 9 to 1 for undergoing cosmetic surgery.