Some great home remedies for bug bites

By: Suzy Cohen

You know when you have one of those awkward moments that you think could go viral on social media, if only someone had a camera on you?Well, recently, my friend was outside when a bug swooped from above and descended down her V-neck shirt. Faster than you can say “bugger,” she was stung or bit on not one, but both of her breasts.  It then dropped out the bottom of her shirt ... READ MORE

Some tips for those with low back pain

By: Monique Tello, M.D.

Low back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the United States, and the fourth worldwide. It’s also one of the top five medical problems for which people see doctors.Almost every day that I see patients, I see someone with back pain. It’s one of the top reasons for lost wages due to missed work, as well as for healthcare dollars spent. Hence, it’s a very ... READ MORE

Falls take a rising toll on older brains

By: Mike Stobbe

Older adults are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers.The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of older people are living at home and taking repeated tumbles, said one... READ MORE

Living drugs: new frontier in cancer care

By: Lauran Neergaard

Ken Shefveland’s body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins and unleashed them into his bloodstream.Immune therapy is the hottest trend in cancer care and this is its next frontier — creating “living drugs” that grow inside... READ MORE

Can cocoa flavanols prevent disease?

By: Rebekah Alcalde

Chocolate lovers may be on to something. A new long-term study is trying to find out if taking daily, dietary supplements of cocoa extract containing cocoa flavanols and theobromine from the cocoa bean, and/or a standard multivitamin reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer.The study is being conducted in a partnership by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the... READ MORE

Beware of the sun if you take these drugs

By: Suzy Cohen

Did you know that your medication can damage skin? Most of you don’t even think about that as a side effect.Photosensitivity is a fairly common skin reaction that is sparked by taking medicines that interact with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or from tanning beds.It happened to me once, and luckily the red burning rash and tingling affected only my hands. It took only two... READ MORE