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Dear Doctor: Can you please explain what gout is and how it’s treated? Our father is 81 years old and was just told that he has gout. His doctor says it could be because he takes water pills for swelling due to congestive heart failure. Does that make sense?

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By Ask the Doctors • September 23, 2020

Understanding what the pandemic means for senior citizens

By uclahealth • May 22, 2020

Learn more about why older adults, specifically those over the age of 60, are at an increased risk for complications from COVID-19. Plus, we offer strategies to keep seniors safe.

By uclahealth • May 5, 2020

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that figure is likely to triple by 2060. Currently no treatment can alter the course of dementia associated with the death of brain cells (neurodegeneration). 

Dementia [...]

By uclahealth • May 7, 2019
Dear Doctors: About a year ago, when I turned 44, I started using reading glasses that I purchased at the drug store and they seemed to work just fine. Now I need a stronger pair and I wonder whether using them has weakened my eyes. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 8, 2018
Dear Doctors: I understand that Alzheimer’s disease causes memory loss and leads to dementia. But when someone has Alzheimer’s, what is the actual cause of death? Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease of [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 5, 2018
Dear Doctor: I read your recent response to a question about alcohol consumption and its correlation to breast cancer. But what about the risk once you've been diagnosed? I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and have completed radiation. I am on medication and have a very positive prognosis. I [...]
By Ask the Doctors • March 1, 2018
Look closely at the brain scans above, and one of the first things you notice is how the ventricles – the dark, butterfly shapes in the middle of the brain -- are much larger in the [...]
By Leigh Hopper • August 1, 2017
Crossword puzzles and other mentally demanding activities are well-known as memory boosters for older adults. But what if word games aren’t your thing? What if you’d rather learn to relax, doing something like yoga? UCLA researchers found that yoga is better for both memory and mood. In a [...]
By Leigh Hopper • January 20, 2017
As if the hot flashes, night sweats and dry skin caused by menopause weren’t indignity enough, a new UCLA study has found that the change of life also accelerates the body’s biological clock, increasing women’s risk for aging-related diseases and earlier death. Published July 25 in the Proceedings [...]
By Elaine Schmidt • November 2, 2016