New, more secure Medicare cards coming

By: Barbara Albert

As you may have already heard, between now and April 2019, new cards will be mailed to all Medicare beneficiaries. With both Maryland and the District of Columbia being in the first wave, you should receive your new card by June of this year. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure by removing your Social Security number and replacing... READ MORE

Try stuffed tomatoes instead of peppers

By: Melissa D’Arabian

Does your meatless Monday game need an overhaul? As a meat-eater myself, I find that the trick to meatless meal-making is to have a small repertoire of recipes that can work as a side dish or first course, or be eaten in larger quantities as a vegetarian main dish. This is the same strategy I use when hosting a vegetarian in my home. Today’s Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes fits the bill... READ MORE

Tailored treatments for hard-to-treat cancer

By: Barbara Ruben

Perhaps chemotherapy was successful at first, but now the cancer is back and growing quickly. Or radiation failed to obliterate all of a tumor. Patients who may have been told that there is nothing else doctors can do are now being sought for a trial of targeted drugs matched to their genetic profiles. A study launched last fall, the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry... READ MORE

Fish oil capsules may not help your heart

By: Julie Corliss

Every day, millions of people swallow fish oil capsules, many of them lured by the promise that the pills will help them cast off heart disease. In fact, the label of one popular brand includes the line, “May reduce coronary heart disease risk.” Don’t take the bait: these bold marketing claims haven’t caught up with the latest science. Last year, the American Heart Association... READ MORE

Men: never ignore these two symptoms

By: Dr. Eric A. Klein

Do you put off seeing a doctor for regular checkups or to discuss a health concern? This can be risky. While symptoms often can be benign or require minimal treatment, in some cases, they also can be early signs of cancer. By dismissing them without talking to a doctor, you could miss a chance for early cancer diagnosis — and early treatment. Doctors identify each of the most common ... READ MORE

Communicating across the generations

By: Alexis Bentz

Alexis Bentz is a high school student who writes for the Beacon about ways older adults and students can learn from each other and develop better communication. All humans have an innate need for connection. We crave social interaction and thrive when we are surrounded by friends and loved ones. At the same time, we also have a natural fear of putting ourselves out there to make new... READ MORE