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Pickleball Nation!

You’ve probably at least heard of the sport called “pickleball,” an inviting amalgam of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. With its super easy-to-learn rules, it’s...

Allulose: The New Low-Calorie Sweetener on the Block

I recently bought a yogurt that was sweetened with allulose. What exactly is this sweetener, and is it safe? You’re probably familiar with so-called non-nutritive...

Colorectal Cancer: Lifestyle Strategies to Reduce Your Risk

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S., even though it is highly preventable. Earlier this year, the Wellness Letter took a...

Sleep Apnea: Should You Consider the New Inspire Device?

Perhaps you’ve seen the ad on TV. A trim, good-looking man of about 40, with a full head of dark hair, tells a group consisting mostly of overweight, graying...

Time to Rethink Vitamin D for Fracture Prevention?

Although it is estimated that at least one in three American adults 60 and older takes vitamin D supplements, a gold-standard study of almost 26,000 men and women in...

Dietary Supplements for an Enlarged Prostate

If you, like many older men, have an enlarged prostate—a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH—you probably know all too well how distressing and even debilitating it...

How Bad Is Your Air?

The 23rd annual State of the Air report from the nonprofit American Lung Association is out—and the news is not good everywhere. Here are some key findings of the...

Mind Your Brain

As people age, they frequently become concerned about perceived changes in memory and other cognitive functions. They worry, for example, if they forget someone’s name, misplace their car keys,...

Colonoscopy: A Study Rebuttal

You may have heard about a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine that evaluated the effectiveness of colonoscopies in reducing the risk of developing colon cancer...

End of Life: When the Choice Is Yours

Two friends of mine recently released themselves from life. Coincidentally, both had terminal pancreatic cancer. Each had made the decision while still feeling well that when pain dominated their...

Hear Ye, Hear Ye … Hearing Aids Are Finally Hitting Store Shelves

Hearing aids will now be available over the counter (OTC), thanks to a long-awaited ruling by the FDA. The new ruling, which had bipartisan support and goes into effect...

It’s Booster Time—Again

Two new Covid-19 booster vaccines are now available, from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech (“Pfizer”). Here are some key points about them—including their safety, effectiveness, and who should get them and...