TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 -- Reliance on caregivers doubles as people near death, and half of those caregivers -- typically unpaid family members -- report having no time for themselves, a new study indicates.
The research used a nationally representative sample of about 2,400 older adults in the United States. The study authors found that caregivers provided nearly twice the number of hours of help each week to dying individuals than to those not at the end of life.
TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 -- If you're not one of the popular kids with dozens of "besties," you can take solace in new research that suggests having close friendships is better for your adult mental health than having many friends in high school.
"Our research found that the quality of friendships during adolescence may directly predict aspects of long-term mental and emotional health," said study leader Rachel Narr, a graduate student at the University of Virginia.
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 -- How frequently should women get a mammogram? Guidelines differ, but a new study estimates thousands of U.S. lives could be saved if mammograms were done every year from age 40 to 84.
"Screening annually starting at age 40 is the best strategy to avert an early breast cancer death," said study co-author R. Edward Hendrick, a radiology professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 -- If you want to stay on top of your health, no matter what your age, it's important to see your doctor for a regular wellness visit -- typically a yearly check-up that takes a head-to-toe look at you as a whole person.
A wellness visit is designed to improve your health and prevent diseases or uncover them as soon as possible, when they're easier to treat, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Problems like high cholesterol and high blood pressure don't typically have early symptoms or warning signs, but your doctor can uncover them with simple office tests.