CBS News Logo Having memory problems? Don’t forget to tell your doctor

Most people don't bring up memory trouble during a routine check-up at their doctor's office, even when they know they're having problems, a new government report shows. And that could lead to more health concerns down the road. Memory experts say that while no cure exists for Alzheimer's, memory problems can have a number of different causes and may not be tied to dementia at all. And even if early Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia exist, there are treatments that can help. Only one in four older adults discusses memory complaints with a health care professional during a routine check-up, according to the report in Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The study analyzed data on 10,276 people aged 45 and up from 21 states. It found that close to 75 percent hadn't talked with their doctor about memory issues. Even when memory loss impacted daily life, interfering with a person's job or chores around the house, only about half said they'd talked with their health care provider. "Routine check-ups are a missed opportunity for assessing and discussing memory problems for the majority of older adults," the authors said in their paper. People avoid the doctor-patient memory conversation for lots of reasons, said Dr. Douglas Sharre, director of the division of cognitive neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Embarrassment is one. "People feel embarrassed to admit they may have thinking or cognitive issues as they may think people will think less of them. It is one thing to have arthritis, which causal acquaintances understand, but another thing to have memory or thinking problems that may be misunderstood by others," Scharre said. People with early dementia or Alzheimer's disease often have impaired insight into their own medical condition, he said. Their family and close friends may actually be more aware of a memory problem than they are. Some also write off Continue Reading

One-month sugar detox: A nutritionist explains how and why

Story highlights About 10% of the US population are true sugar addicts Reducing sugar in your diet can help you drop pounds and improve your health (CNN)If you've read about the latest wellness trends, you may have entertained the idea of a diet detox. But whether you've considered juicing, fasting or cleansing in an effort to lose weight or improve your well-being, you're probably aware that drastically cutting out foods is not effective as a long-term lifestyle approach to healthy eating. In fact, strict detoxing can cause issues including fatigue, dizziness and low blood sugar. What happens when you go without sugar for 10 days? But there is one kind of sustainable detox that is worthwhile, according to some experts. Reducing sugar in your diet can help you drop pounds, improve your health and even give you more radiant skin. "Sugar makes you fat, ugly and old," said Brooke Alpert, a registered dietitian and co-author of "The Sugar Detox: Lose the Sugar, Lose the Weight -- Look and Feel Great." "What we've discovered in the last couple of years is that sugar is keeping us overweight. It's also a leading cause of heart disease; it negatively affects skin, and it leads to premature aging." Read More Sugar addiction Here's more bad news: We can't stop consuming sugar. "People have a real dependency -- a real addiction to sugar," Alpert said. "We have sugar, we feel good from it, we get (the feeling of) an upper, and then we crash and need to reach for more." JUST WATCHED How to tame a sweet tooth Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH How to tame a sweet tooth 01:05 About 10% of the US population are true sugar addicts, according to Robert Lustig, professor of pediatrics and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. What's more, research suggests that sugar induces rewards and cravings that are similar in magnitude to those induced by addictive drugs. One of Continue Reading

The Secrets of Sleep

When I trained to be a doctor, some four decades ago, everyone neglected sleep. “On call” duty for hospital interns began at 6 A.M. and lasted twenty-four hours; I often kept on working until early evening the next day, after which I would stumble back to my apartment and fall asleep in my clothes. The ethic was not to complain. You were being toughened up—“iron man” was the term we all used—to deal with the demands of doctoring, which did not respect the clock. But that wasn’t the only way in which sleep was disregarded. In medical school, the subject had been covered in only the most cursory way. In a class on the brain, an instructor mentioned a neural pathway, the reticular activating system, that was associated with wakefulness. In passing, he also told us about narcolepsy, a rare condition that could cause people to sink into slumber at any moment and that had other fascinating features, such as vivid hallucinations and abrupt loss of muscle control. That was it. Ordinary sleep, it seemed, was not a subject that medicine concerned itself with. Today, interns still work difficult hours, but the medical world’s opinions on sleep have changed. There’s a field of sleep science dedicated to the biology of repose. Sleep medicine has become a specialty, with fellowship training programs and clinics devoted to caring for those suffering from sleep disorders. And these disorders are not rare. Some forty-seven million adults, according to the National Sleep Foundation, do not get a restorative night’s sleep. In the workplace, sleep deprivation results in injuries and decreased productivity, which is thought to cost the U.S. eighteen billion dollars each year. As many as 1.2 million car crashes—twenty per cent of the annual total—can be attributed to tired drivers, so it could be said that lack of sleep causes thousands of deaths and injuries every year. These numbers have not escaped the notice of Continue Reading

Silent Spring—III

The biologist George Wald once compared his work in an exceedingly specialized field, the visual pigments of the eye, to “a very narrow window through which at a distance one can see only a crack of light” but through which “as one comes closer the view grows wider and wider, until finally through this same narrow window one is looking at the universe.” So it is when we turn our attention to the individual cells of living organisms, then to the minute structures within the cells, and, finally, to the molecules within these structures; as we come closer, the view grows wider and wider. Not until quite recently did medical research begin to explore the question of how the individual cell functions in producing the energy that is the indispensable quality of life, though it had long been known that the ultimate work of energy production, or oxidation, is accomplished not in any specialized organ but in every cell of the body. Like a furnace, a living cell burns fuel to produce energy, though the “burning” is accomplished with only the moderate heat of the body’s normal temperature. Should all the billions of gently burning little fires cease to burn, the physical chemist Eugene Rabinowitch has said, “no heart could beat, no plant could grow upward defying gravity, no amoeba could swim, no sensation could speed along a nerve, no thought could flash in the human brain.” And now this beautifully functioning mechanism is in danger of being disrupted as a result of the activities of man himself, for he has brought into being many radically new substances—not only radioactive dust but chemicals for use against insects, rodents, and weeds—and the nature of some of these substances is such that they may strike directly at this very system. The transformation of matter in to energy in the cell is a continuous process, one of nature’s cycles of renewal, which can be compared to a wheel endlessly turning. Continue Reading

The Des Moines Register Metro’s Best for 2017

Auto Repair FIRST PLACE: DOWNEY TIRE PROSTaking their business seriously, but also having fun, Downey Tire Pros creates a comfortable atmosphere for its customers, while getting down to the important task of quality oil changes, steering and suspension repairs, brake service, diesel engine repair and much more. Bonus services include pick-up and delivery and a lounge stocked withFind it: 103 W 2nd Ave., IndianolaInfo: 515-961-0345; SECOND PLACE: WEST SIDE AUTO BODYAttributing their long-running success to a staff of “outstanding” well-trained employees, West Side Auto Body has been a destination for collision repair since 1976, offering free estimates on minor and major work and a lifetime warranty on most repairs.Find it: 1838 Fuller Rd., West Des MoinesInfo: 515-223-0134; THIRD PLACE: WOODY'S REPAIR SHOPDedicated to producing consistent, quality work, the Woody's Auto Repair Service team can draw on a wide range of specialty knowledge, including four-wheel-drive systems, air bags and computer diagnostics. They also keep a large inventory of tires and batteries on site.Find it: 217 E. 1st St, AnkenyInfo: 515-964-7925; woodysautorepairservice.comBody Shop FIRST PLACE: ANKENY AUTO BODYFamily-owned since 1978, customer satisfaction is the goal at Ankeny Auto Body. Painting, hail damage, dent and glass repair are all part of their daily work and they also warranty the work for as long as you own your vehicle.Find it: 1501 SE Cortina Dr., AnkenyInfo: 515-964-7291; SECOND PLACE: GRAHAM COLLISIONWorking directly with your insurance company and offering a lifetime warranty on all repairs, Graham Collision computer scans every vehicle THIRD PLACE: WEST SIDE AUTO BODYAble to fix both major and minor issues, West Side Auto Body offers laser frame repair among its many expert methods to help pinpoint Continue Reading

The Manly Man’s guide to life’s essential vitamins

The Manly Man drinks his coffee black, changes his own oil — and pays a little extra attention to the vitamins and minerals that set him apart from the latte sippers. If you want to join his ranks (and why wouldn't you?) you'll need to order up your supplements a la carte, like him. To help, we've put together a list of the Manly Man's Macho Seven, the key vitamins and minerals that make average guys manly men — and where to find them. Let's begin at the beginning: your penis. Recent research indicates that a lack of vitamin D in your diet can lead to erectile dysfunction. It was discovered that low levels of Vitamin D may spur the production of free radicals called superoxide ions. These compounds in turn deplete your nitric oxide, a molecule that helps your blood vessels function properly, which is to say, pump up your penis. To ensure you are packing enough vitamin D, add a slice of cheese to that burger, or better yet, get some sunlight. Want to keep your sperm in primo, Grade-A condition as well? Don't skimp on the zinc. This mineral will also help the Manly Man after a bar fight, as it assists in healing wounds. Oysters, popularly known to put her “in the mood,” are coincidentally a fabulous source for zinc. Your heart, arguably the Manly Man'sNo. 2 behind his penis, relies inordinately upon Vitamin K to keep pounding. In fact, an eight-year long study determined that there is an inverse correlation between that vitamin and coronary heart disease: The higher the consumption of vitamin K2, the lower the risk of a heart attack. So make sure that your big daily salad goes heavy on the kale; one cup of of these greens provides 94% of your daily requirement of K. The modern Manly Man is a Thinking Man, too, and his brain needs vitamin B-12 like his heart needs K. Brain fog, memory loss, depression, anxiety, confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, schizophrenia Continue Reading

Jovan Belcher tragedy in Kansas City has former NFL players reaching out to experts, afraid they could be next

The table in the break room at the Endo Surgical Center of North Jersey looks like a display at a GNC: There is a bottle of omega 3, the fish oil supplement many medical experts believe strengthens cardiovascular function and helps the brain heal from traumatic injuries, as well as bottles of Vitamin D, Vitamin B complex, CoQ10, green tea pills, and more than a dozen other dietary supplements. Former Jets quarterback Ray Lucas takes 38 pills from this supplement stash every day, far more than the seven medications he used to take to battle depression and anxiety, prevent seizures and control his blood pressure. It’s a lot to swallow, Lucas acknowledges, but he says he feels healthier than he has in a long time, thanks to a concussion program offered by Pain Alternatives, Solutions and Treatments (PAST), a New Jersey medical group that provides health care to down-and-out NFL retirees. Lucas has been following the regimen — a relatively simple and inexpensive program that includes high doses of omega 3 and other supplements, as well as exercise, dietary changes, hormone therapy, counseling and other treatments — for about a year. “My body feels better, so much better,” says Lucas, whose battle to repair his football-damaged body and his psyche has been followed by the Daily News since September 2010. “My mood is 10 times better.” Lucas, now an analyst with SNY and a PAST peer counselor, struggled with depression, painkiller addiction and a host of physical problems for many years after he retired from the NFL in 2003, reminders of the concussions and other injuries he suffered during his eight-year professional football career. But thanks to the PAST concussion program, Lucas says he has a lot more energy, his memory and concentration have improved and the blinding headaches that sideline him, sometimes for days at a time, are much less frequent. Jennifer Smith, PAST’s director of player programs, says Continue Reading

Primary care covers the first steps to getting healthy and staying that way

The specialist: Dr. Aida Vega, primary care As the director of primary care at Mount Sinai, Aida Vega is a general internist who sees adult patients age 18 and up. On an average day, Vega treats everything from diabetes to respiratory infections. Who’s at risk: If you’re one of the millions of Americans vowing to get healthy in 2012, make getting an annual checkup part of your new regime. “Seeing your primary care physician is a great way to kick-start a healthier lifestyle,” says Vega. “And making it a habit to get an annual physical is an outstanding way to build a personalized relationship with your doctor and identify both things you’re at risk for and things in your lifestyle that are putting you at risk.” Currently, about one in five Americans get an annual physical. For many patients, the annual physical is a good way to monitor their health. TELL YOUR DOCTOR EVERYTHING “Most patients and doctors consider an annual checkup to be a very important intervention in terms of both screening for and preventing disease,” says Vega. “So many patients don’t realize that their family history or lifestyle puts them at risk of certain illnesses, and an annual checkup can allow you to identify the areas you should improve.” Most parents and pediatricians are on top of getting annual physicals for children, but many of us drop this routine as we move into adulthood. “Everyone from childhood onwards should get an annual physical,” says Vega. “There will be age-appropriate screenings like mammograms, pap smears and colonoscopies throughout your life.” While medical literature debates the value of annual physicals, most insurance companies and many workplaces encourage them. Signs and symptoms: How can you tell whether you need to schedule an urgent appointment? “There are some symptoms that simply should not wait until your annual Continue Reading

Corrections & Clarifications

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Corrections & Clarifications The following Detroit News corrections and clarifications have been published: Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The Detroit News Published 6:06 p.m. ET June 23, 2015 | Updated 2:46 p.m. ET March 16, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN EMAIL MORE The Detroit News promptly corrects factual errors or clarifies misleading information. Please let us know if you think we may have published incorrect or misleading information. Call us at (800) 678-4115. Fax us at (313) 496-5400. E-mail us at [email protected] Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections and clarifications have been published: MARCH Business: The Ford Mustang GT500 and GT350 were last sold concurrently in 1969. A March 16 story incorrectly stated they had ever been sold at the same time. Entertainment: Kapusta, a type of sauerkraut, was misidentified in a March 15 restaurant review. Business: George Lahanas is the city manager of East Lansing. His title was incorrect in a March 13 column. FEBRUARY Autos:  A Feb. 27 auto review has been updated to reflect that the Tesla Model 3 keyless entry system responds to a digital key transmitted by Bluetooth from the car owner’s phone or by tapping a thin card on the car’s b-pillar. The system was incorrectly described. Also, the “Autosteer” feature cautions drivers to check mirrors for oncoming traffic before activating a lane change. The level of autonomy was incorrectly characterized. Finally, the characterization of the body panel fit as inconsistent has been restored from an earlier version. News: In a story Feb. 20 about a preventive treatment for peanut Continue Reading

Seven Father’s Day gift ideas to keep the man in your life healthy and happy

It’s all about the men in your life. This week we’re celebrating Men’s Health Week, June is Men’s Health Month and of course we have Father’s Day coming up this Sunday. It’s a time to celebrate all the men in your life: fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, uncles and grandfathers. Helping men live longer, healthier lives is my passion. Through the years I have realized that if you want to get something done, ask a woman to do it. We as men know that sometimes we need a kick in the pants — even when it comes to our health. Here are seven gifts you can give to your man this Father’s Day, promoting his health and well-being and keeping him around for a long time. I promise, he’ll never shove these gifts in the back of the closet.Q QUIZ: WHO SAID IT? FAMOUS TV DADS EDITION BOOST HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM You know what they say: The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. We want to dig deep into the foods your man should be eating to stay healthy. Here are 7 foods to keep his immunity strong. - Oats and barley: Fiber has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, helping to promote healing. - Yogurt: Probiotics are his friend. - Zinc: Immune cells like white blood cells need zinc to function. - Nuts: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. They also contain riboflavin and niacin which will help him bounce back from stressful moments. - Citrus: Vitamin C of course is a great benefit but these fruits are also packed with flavonoids, a natural chemical that stimulate the immune system. - Cinnamon: This versatile spice is a known antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial powerhouse. LIFT HIS LIBIDO The ultimate body high comes from sex and orgasms. What happens? The stepped-up heart rate and increased circulation flood the blood stream with hormones such as oxytocin, which are stress-reducing chemicals. Sex has a profound effect on a Continue Reading