A "Flute" That Helps COPD Patients

A hand-held respiratory device may offer COPD patients improvement in their symptoms, according to a new study from the University of Buffalo.

The research analyzed the effect of the device, the Lung Flute, on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The illness, usually caused by smoking, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Need to Know: Pink Eye

Although pink eye, or conjunctivitis, affects some very delicate areas of your eye, it’s one of the most treatable eye conditions. Here, the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shares what you need to know about pink eye: its symptoms, how to prevent it, and when you should seek treatment.


An inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin issue that lines the eyelids and the white part of the eyeball. The inflammation, according to the CDC, gives the eye a pink or reddish color.


The Plus Side of Population Aging

Here at ThirdAge, we're delighted to spread some good news about the the fact that the population in the U.S. and other developed countries is increasingly older than in the past. Most academic discussions of this trend so far have focused on the potential problems it creates, including challenges to pension systems, economic growth, and healthcare costs.

Solve the Medical Riddle: She Constantly Feels as Though She’s Swaying and Rocking, Second Week

By Marie Savard MD

Editor’s note: Welcome to our ThirdAge feature that gives you a chance to play medical sleuth as we share the details of what happened when a patient presented with a problem that stumped the physician at first.

A Cellular "Switch" That Could Battle Aging and Cancer

Scientists have found a new “switch” in cells that may be key to healthy aging.

Cells are constantly dividing, replacing tissue in organs such as the lungs, skin and liver. But that process eventually stops when a “timekeeper,” called a telomere, becomes too short and thus prevents any further division. (Telomeres are found at the end of each cell.)


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