Taking Medicines Safely

A dose is the amount of medicine you take each time. You may take several doses in one day. It is very important to take the right dose, especially for children. This “Choosing Wisely” report helps you measure the dose for liquid medicines correctly. Don’t use a kitchen spoon The teaspoons and tablespoons you use… Read more »

PSA Blood Tests for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for men in the U.S. All men are at risk for it, especially after age 50. But that doesn’t mean you should get routine screening for prostate cancer. The PSA test is the only available screening test, and it can have serious risks. What is a… Read more »

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. HIV kills CD4 cells, which help the immune system fight infections. HIV can slowly destroy the immune system and cause AIDS. The good news is that medicines can control the virus. This allows the number of CD4 cells to rise and the immune system to… Read more »

Antibiotic Treatment in the Hospital

Antibiotics are strong drugs. They fight the infections caused by bacteria. But antibiotics can do more harm than good if you don’t need them. So the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now urging hospitals to cut back on the drugs when they are not needed. Here’s what you should know. You… Read more »

Which Dental Treatments Are Right For You?

Keeping your mouth healthy is the best way to prevent problems with your teeth. This means taking care of your teeth every day and seeing your dentist regularly. There are other steps you can take to prevent problems. Your dentist will help you decide what is best for you and your family. Getting to know… Read more »

Antibióticos para las infecciones de las vías urinarias en personas mayores

Los antibióticos son medicinas que pueden matar las bacterias. Los doctores a menudo usan antibióticos para tratar las infecciones de las vías urinarias (UTI). Los síntomas principales de las UTI son: Una sensación de ardor cuando orina. Una fuerte urgencia de orinar frecuentemente. Sin embargo, muchas personas mayores reciben tratamiento para una UTI incluso si… Read more »

Consejos para los cuidadores

Si está cuidando a un pariente o amigo anciano, usted quiere ayudarlo lo más posible. Puede exhortar a los médicos para que intenten cada tratamiento posible. Sin embargo, los expertos que cuidan adultos mayores dicen que se debe tener cautela. Algunos tratamientos y pruebas no benefician a los adultos mayores, e incluso podrían ser perjudiciales,… Read more »

Antibiotics for People with Catheters

Many older adults need help with bladder control. For some, that means having a catheter. A catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is placed in the body to drain the bladder. It is usually used for a short time while you’re in the hospital. But some people, especially those in nursing homes, need a… Read more »

Antibiotics: Will They Help You or Hurt You?

Antibiotics can help you. But they can also harm you. Talk to your health care provider to make sure you only use antibiotics for the right reasons — and at the right time. If you do take antibiotics, make sure to take full amount that you were prescribed. Do You Really Need Antibiotics? Seniors often… Read more »

Hospital Hazards

A hospital stay can be risky, especially for older people. For example, many seniors who could walk on their own and care for themselves before entering the hospital lose these abilities during their stay. They may also develop delirium (sudden, intense confusion). As part of the Choosing Wisely series, the American Academy of Nursing has… Read more »


Colonoscopy is the most accurate test for cancer of the colon and rectum, proven to detect the disease early and save lives. But even a very good test can be done too often. Here’s when you need it, and when you might not. Having a colonoscopy more than once every five or ten years usually… Read more »

Preventing Seizures After an Ischemic Stroke

An ischemic (iss-keem-ik) stroke is the most common type of stroke. A blood vessel gets blocked so that it can’t send blood to a part of the brain. This injures the brain and can cause a seizure. A seizure causes: Involuntary body movements. Strange sensations. Blackouts. Some doctors routinely prescribe anti-seizure medicine after an ischemic… Read more »

Medicines to Relieve Chronic Pain

Opioids (narcotics) are common pain medicines. They can help if you have bad short-term pain —like pain after surgery for a broken bone. They can also help you manage pain if you have an illness like cancer. But opioids are strong drugs. And usually they are not the best way to treat long-term pain, such… Read more »

Treatments and Tests for Seniors

If you are caring for an aging relative or friend, you want to help all you can. You may urge the doctors to try every possible treatment. But the experts who care for older adults say you should be cautious. Some tests and treatments won’t help older adults. They may even be harmful, especially near… Read more »

Low Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people visit the doctor. The good news is that the pain often goes away on its own, and people usually recover in a week or two. Many people want to stay in bed when their back hurts. For many years, getting bed rest was the… Read more »