It's a fantasy embodied in the flesh — specifically, in the gloriously creased, proudly aging flesh of 72-year-old Robert De Niro — in the new Nancy Meyers comedy, The Intern. De Niro stars as Ben, a retired, widowed phone book company executive — yes, a man...

Want to stay sharp into very old age? Get regular exercise, keep your heart healthy, and mind your medications. Those were the major findings of a report on brain health recently issued by the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and cosponsored by AARP. The good news? Cognitive...

Once upon a time, I was a blondaholic. These days, however, my role models are all silver-haired beauties: I long to look like the characters Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones or Storm from X-Men, or Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games:...

Heart-attack patients whose ambulances were diverted from crowded emergency rooms to hospitals farther away were more likely to be dead a year later than patients who weren’t diverted, according to a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs. The study, conducted by researchers at the...

As a consultant who counsels families on end-of-life care management, Johanna Turner often shares the story of her mother’s final days 21 years ago. Thanks to the skilled and loving care provided by a local hospice, Turner was able to keep her promise to let...

There's never a shortage of questions about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older and some who are disabled. Here are answers to two about respite care and the so-called doughnut hole that limits payments for drugs in Medicare...

The summer of 2015 was oppressively hot and humid in Denver, which meant long, busy days for folks in the air-conditioning business. So naturally, Lou Bindner was at his desk every morning at Climate Engineering. "In summer, it's all hands on deck," Bindner says. "Peak...

As a member of the Navajo tribe, Rochelle Jake has received free care through the Indian Health Service (IHS) her entire life. The clinics took care of her asthma, allergies and eczema – chronic problems, nothing urgent. Recently, though, she felt sharp pains in her side....

Cutting blood pressure below the currently recommended target can significantly reduce the rate of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and deaths, federal health officials reported Friday. The findings come from the largest study ever conducted to examine whether reducing systolic blood pressure — the top number...

It may be possible to transmit Alzheimer's disease from one person to another, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature. But this would occur only in highly unusual circumstances involving direct exposure to brain tissue, scientists say. "This relates to a very special situation where...