Itís important that the water we use is safe.† Whether it comes from a tap, or a well, it needs to be free of chemicals and sewage. †Fifteen million households get their drinking water from private wells, which rely on ground water. Itís important that well owners test their own water once a year to make sure itís safe.
Eye problems donít always give you a heads-up. Dr. Jinan Saaddine of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they can affect people of any age and might not have symptoms until late in the condition. Older people have a greater chance of developing eye disease and other vision problems. So Dr. Saaddine says people ages 65 or older should have their eyes checked every two years or as recommended by their eye doctor.
A study indicates college-age binge drinkers may be raising their risks of cardiovascular disease later in life. Shane Phillips of the University of Illinois at Chicago looked for early signs by comparing 19 binge drinkers to 17 nondrinkers.
Minority men face certain health challenges. Black men have a high risk of dying from heart disease. Latino men are diagnosed with AIDS three times as often as white men. But men can do things that can protect their health. Most health plans cover recommended preventive services like screenings at no cost under the health care law.
Survey data from 21 states find that about 1 in 8 people age 60 and older report some amount of confusion or memory loss. The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at people who reported this happening more or getting worse over the previous 12 months.