Brain Waves - Medical University of South Carolina current with new health news updates.en-us20MUSChealth.com Adult Day Care Can Ease Caregiver Stress for a parent or another older adult isn’t easy. You may feel overwhelmed and stressed out. If you are yearning for some relief, adult day care may be the solution. Research shows it not only helps those enrolled in such programs, but their caregivers, too. at MUSC, 1 Sep 2013 04:00:00 GMTSolving the Riddle of Rheumatoid Arthritis final frontier—it isn’t necessarily space. A lot closer to home, the human body holds just as much mystery. Consider rheumatoid arthritis (RA). After decades of research, scientists still can’t pinpoint the exact cause of the disease. The latest studies suggest a complex combination of genetics and unhealthy habits, putting some of the power of prevention in our hands. at MUSC, 1 Aug 2013 04:00:00 GMTBe Smart About Sleep Aids can be elusive. On some nights, we easily cozy up with it. On others, it may linger frustratingly out of reach. Struggling for some shuteye may entice you to try a sleep aid. Used properly, sleep aids can help. But they aren’t without risks. at MUSC, 1 Jul 2013 04:00:00 GMTInsert Correct Page Title people detest bugs, especially when they find them in their homes. Keeping bugs at bay may prompt you to try just about anything—maybe even ultrasonic bug repellent devices. But do they work? Simple steps to prevent insects indoors in the first place may be far more effective. at MUSC, 1 Jun 2013 04:00:00 GMTAre Multivitamins Worth the Cost? pill packed with lots of nutrients—a multivitamin—may seem like the perfect shortcut to healthy living. Chances are, though, you’re already getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from the foods you eat. So unless you have a nutritional deficiency, multivitamins may not provide much health benefit. at MUSC, 1 May 2013 04:00:00 GMTThe Total-Body Toll of Obesity Americans realize that obesity is more than a cosmetic concern. A recent poll found that 78 percent knew that obesity can raise the risk for heart disease. Seventy percent recognized a link with diabetes. But what about high blood pressure? Cancer? Arthritis? When asked about obesity’s effects on the body, fewer people mentioned such consequences. at MUSC, 1 Apr 2013 04:00:00 GMTE-Cigarettes: A Safer Source of Nicotine? who has tried to quit smoking knows it can entail herculean efforts. Withdrawal symptoms from nicotine and constant cravings for a cigarette cause many smokers to quit on quitting. Some smokers may be tempted to try electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes. They may sound like a healthier option. But these devices may be no safer than traditional cigarettes. at MUSC, 1 Mar 2013 04:00:00 GMTProtecting Older Family Members from Financial Abuse can be hard to discuss money matters with older family members. Many of us may prefer to avoid such a sticky subject entirely. This reluctance can make it easy to overlook a potentially serious problem: financial abuse. It’s a type of elder abuse, which affects more than 5 million older adults each year. And experts believe it’s becoming more common. at MUSC, 1 Feb 2013 04:00:00 GMTAmericans Need to Learn More about Antibiotics antibiotics cure the common cold? If you answered yes, you’ve got good company. A recent poll found that many Americans don’t know enough about antibiotics and their proper use. at MUSC, 1 Jan 2013 04:00:00 GMTToo Much Sitting Can Harm Your Health you spend a lot of time sitting every day, you may be harming your health, even if you exercise. A recent review of 18 studies with nearly 800,000 participants found a link between sedentary living and overall health. at MUSC, 1 Dec 2012 04:00:00 GMT