Are you fit for your age, or are you frail? Here’s how to find out.

“Not all 80-year-olds are the same,” said Dr. Neil David Saunders, my hernia surgeon at Emory Healthcare, during an interview I conducted about the importance of being patient while recovering from surgery, especially if you’re older. We discussed the Frailty Index, which I had never heard of. “Age is one thing, but it’s also how … Read more

These simple food choices could reduce your risk of dementia

A study published in July 2022 in Neurology, a journal from the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that eating whole foods might decrease dementia risk. The research was done on 72,083 adults over age 55 with no dementia at baseline in the UK Biobank. The authors investigated the association between ultra-processed foods (UPF) and dementia, … Read more

Two bites, one snake, 12 vials of antivenom and a fall wedding – News

With the help of the Comprehensive Snakebite Program, Raela Wells is up and moving only two months after a copperhead bit her twice, causing her leg to swell and become immobile — just in time for her wedding. Raela Wells was letting her dogs, Annabelle and Abigail, late one night when a copperhead struck her … Read more

RSV in children: Symptoms, treatment and what parents should know

CNN — In September, an 8-month-old baby came into Dr. Juanita Mora’s office in Chicago with an infection the doctor hadn’t expected to see for another two months: RSV. Like her peers across the country, the allergist and immunologist has been treating little ones with this cold-like virus well before the season usually starts. “We’re … Read more

Thousands more pets are getting sick from eating marijuana

A few days ago, I arrived home to find my beloved 12-year-old dog in a semi-comatose state. She couldn’t move her back legs. She flinched when I touched her elsewhere. She was “out of it” in a way that almost suggested she might be experiencing a very bad trip. As it turns out, that’s exactly … Read more

Total body PET/CT scans can effectively visualize systemic joint involvement in patients with arthritis

Total body PET/CT scans can successfully visualize systemic joint involvement in patients with autoimmune arthritis, according to new first-in-human research published in the October issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The total body PET/CT scans showed high agreement with standard joint-by-joint rheumatological evaluation and a moderate to strong correlation with rheumatological outcome measures. Autoimmune … Read more

Affection from a dog really is medicinal, according to a new study

Sign up for CNN’s Stress, But Less newsletter. Our six-part mindfulness guide will inform and inspire you to reduce stress while learning how to harness it. CNN — Dogs may also be a doctor’s best friend. For patients suffering from pain in the emergency room, just 10 minutes with a four-legged friend may help reduce … Read more