Explaining love hormones, eye floaters

By: Dr. Howard LeWine

Q: Do humans really have a love hormone? A: Yes, we do. It’s called oxytocin. It’s one of the many hormones released into the blood stream from the pituitary gland, a small structure at the base of our brain. It got the name “love hormone” because of its association with intimacy, both physical and mental. The pituitary gland releases oxytocin in response to a variety of... READ MORE

Options for those with hearing problems

By: Mary Kane

Stephen Moore began to realize he had hearing problems more than a decade ago, when people seemed to mumble in conversations. He asked his wife to repeat lines at the movies. “It drove her crazy,” he said. He turned the TV volume up so high that family members complained. Finally, when he felt he was missing out on hearing important details during meetings at work, he got his... READ MORE

Volunteers recognized for lifelong service

By: Rebekah Alcalde

At the age of 18, on the verge of starting college, Sharyn Duffin suffered an illness that nearly took her life, and left her blind and confined to a wheelchair. She persevered at her studies, taking only a few classes per semester for a number of years, until she earned both an associate’s degree from Montgomery College and an interdisciplinary bachelor’s in political science and... READ MORE

Can acupuncture replace opioids for pain?

By: Jennifer McDermott, Dake Kang And Mike Stobbe

Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain. “I don’t like taking pain medication. I don’t like the way it makes me feel,” he said. Harris also didn’t want to risk getting addicted to heavy-duty prescription painkillers. Although long derided as pseudoscience and still questioned by... READ MORE

Why do some stay so sharp as they age?

By: Lauran Neergaard

It’s pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these “superagers” to uncover their secret. The work is the flip side of the disappointing hunt for new drugs to fight or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, “why don’t we figure out what it is we... READ MORE

Testing acupuncture against side effects

By: Carol Sorgen

Studies have shown that complementary medical therapies, such as acupuncture, can be highly effective in controlling symptoms of disease without the unpleasant side effects many traditional therapies have. GBMC and Mend Acupuncture are currently conducting a study to look at the use of acupuncture during cancer treatment as a cost-effective, non-drug tool for symptom management. The... READ MORE