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Doctor showing a lung x-ray to a senior patient.
Risk Factors

Lung Disease May Raise Risk of Dementia

Your chance of developing dementia may go up if you have lung disease in middle age. Researchers found that lung diseases were linked to mild cognitive impairment, as well as to dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

Seniors posing for a selfie.
Relationships

Social-Savvy Seniors: Older Adults Reduce Depression Risk With Social Media

Using social media like Facebook and Twitter can help seniors counteract the depression risk that comes with pain from chronic conditions or other ailments.

Students raising their hands in a high school class.
Lifestyle

Is Sending Your Kid to the Best High School Helping or Harming Them?

According to researchers, going to a high school with a higher average socioeconomic background results in benefits later in life, but going to a high school with higher average achievement levels could be harmful.

Woman using a virtual reality simulator.
Technology

Virtual Reality Can Make You More Compassionate, Study Shows

Individuals who participated in a VR experience saw what it would be like to lose their homes and jobs, and therefore developed longer-lasting compassion toward homeless people.

Good bone density and osteoporosis bone
Diagnosis

12 Osteoporosis Terms You Should Know

Recently diagnosed with osteoporosis? Here’s a guide to some common terms you should understand.

Exercise class for seniors
Living With

Osteoporosis-Friendly Exercises to Try

Exercise can help you maintain and build bone strength when you’re living with osteoporosis. Here’s how to build a safe routine that works for you.

John and Tina
Caregiving

Living With ALS: One Man's Journey

HealthCentral speaks with an ALS patient about living with the condition — and the hope for a cure.

Ellen Pompeo in Grey's Anatomy
Doctor & Patient

How Medically Accurate is Your Favorite Hospital Show?

From “Grey’s” to “Scrubs,” learn about how closely your favorite doctor TV shows mimic real-life medicine.

Natural Cycles birth control app next to a pregnancy test.
Technology

Can This App Replace Your Birth Control Method?

You’ve heard of apps that can track your period. But what about an app that you can use as birth control?

A bottle of prescription pills spilled out in front of a glass of bourbon.
Healthy Conversations

Why Is Mixing Drugs So Dangerous?

Mixing drugs without a doctor’s approval is never a good idea. Yes, that includes alcohol. Here’s why.