Breadwinner Blues: Traditional Role for Men Detrimental

The American Sociological Association has noted a study that reveals the expectations associated with traditional gender roles is detrimental to men’s well-being. The study is, “Relative Income, Psychological Well-Being, and Health: Is Breadwinning Hazardous or Protective?” by Christin Munsch, an assistant professor of sociology at University of Connecticut (UConn) and her graduate assistants. From following…

Where You Live Influences the Quality of Your End-of-Life Care

Over 80% of Americans desire to die at home, according to a New England Journal of Medicine article. They also want to determine the type of care received at the end of their life. JoNel Aleccia of Kaiser Health News reports on a news analysis of the outcomes resulting from the state of Oregon’s death-with-dignity…

Apple Cider Vinegar Health Claims: Experts Clear the Hype

Sandee LaMotte of CNN consulted experts about apple cider vinegar, a popular natural health product. Internet articles purport it offers a myriad of benefits, from serving as a powerful sanitizer to offering cardiovascular benefits.  But how much of its popular claims are based on hype? According to the experts, here are some of the 10…

How to Stay Safe in the Hospital

Did you know that hospital-acquired infections are the nation’s eighth leading cause of death? Consumer Reports provides guidelines for staying safe during a hospital stay, and somber information regarding why they are necessary. “Hospitals are breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria, including those that cause C. diff and MRSA infections,” state their recent findings. “Some 650,000…

Concerned About Your Drinking? Try This.

Are you aware of how much you are drinking, or whether your drinking pattern is risky?  If you aren’t sure, take this anonymous survey from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The Institute suggests these ways to start cutting down: Keep track. Keep track of how much you drink. Find a way that…

Men’s Biggest Health Concerns

The Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit academic medical center in Ohio, has observed that as men age, their health concerns begin to shift. “Men in their 50s are more concerned about heart disease or ED (erectile dysfunction). Men in their 60s worry more about prostate cancer and their risk for dementia,” says preventive medicine expert Raul…

World Economic Forum: Cancer Rates in Women Rising Fast

This blog focuses on men’s health. However, the World Economic Forum has published a study showing that cancer rates in UK women are rising six times faster than men. That indicates a potential similar trend in other countries, including the U.S. According to Sarah Allinson, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University, “Cancer is currently more common in…

How to Slow Cognitive Aging

Matthew Solan, Executive Editor of Harvard Men’s Health Watch, has important advice about maintaining your brain health as you age. And it involves more than exercising. Most important is challenging it with new learning and continuous use of your social skills. He quotes Dr. Ipsit Vahia, director of geriatric outpatient services for McLean Hospital, who…

Expert Tips for Curing Lower Back Ache

A recent New York Times article interviewed Dr. James Weinstein, a back pain specialist and chief executive of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, and other experts regarding the best ways to ease lower back pain. The piece coincided with the publication of new guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommending alternative therapies like exercise, acupuncture, massage…

How to Minimize Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. The Alzheimer’s Association is involved in many studies exploring the influence of exercise, diet, social and mental stimulation, and other factors in…