Five good reasons to love dark, leafy greens

By Marissa Donovan, R.D
Posted on April 07, 2016

Dark, leafy greens — like kale, spinach and collards — are packed with fiber and vitamins A, C and K. They are delicious raw, in a stir-fry, sautéed or added to dishes like casseroles, omelets or soups.You may already know that these greens are vitamin and nutrient powerhouses, but they also provide some other, surprising benefits. Here are five more reasons to help convince... READ MORE

Study looks for early signs of Alzheimer’s

By Beacon
Posted on March 30, 2016

“Where did I leave my keys?” It’s a question most of us have asked ourselves on more than one occasion, and the inquiry is more likely a symptom of our increasingly hectic lifestyles rather than a true failure of our memory.But when are these seemingly innocent episodes of forgetfulness really the first sign of something much more significant? What are the earliest signs... READ MORE

Don’t ignore symptoms of cardiac arrest

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on March 22, 2016

Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden: New research suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs that occur hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse.Cardiac arrest claims about 350,000 U.S. lives a year. It’s not a heart attack, but worse: The heart abruptly stops beating, its electrical activity knocked out of rhythm. CPR can buy... READ MORE

Gum disease may lead to heart problems

By Beacon
Posted on March 18, 2016

People with gum disease — which begins when the sticky, bacteria-laden film known as plaque builds up around your teeth — are almost twice as likely to have heart disease as those without it.The reasons behind this link aren’t completely clear. One possibility is that people without access to good dental care may also lack the resources to keep heart disease at bay.Still,... READ MORE

Can lab-grown vocal cords restore voice?

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on March 17, 2016

From mom’s comforting croon to a shout of warning, our voices are the main way we communicate, and are often something we take for granted unless something goes wrong.Now researchers have grown human vocal cords in the laboratory that appear capable of producing sound — in hopes of one day helping people with voice-robbing diseases or injuries.Millions of people suffer from... READ MORE

Studying head and neck cancer treatment

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on March 15, 2016

Cancers that are known collectively as head and neck cancers usually begin in the squamous cells that line the moist, mucosal surfaces inside the head and neck, such as inside the mouth, nose and throat.While head and neck cancers account for approximately 3 percent of all cancers in the United States, these cancers are nearly twice as common in men as they are in women. Head and neck... READ MORE

What screening tests do you really need?

By Dr. Michael Rabovsky
Posted on March 09, 2016

Recently, during her annual “well woman” exam, Mary, a healthy 50-year-old schoolteacher, asked me about screening her for ovarian cancer.Tragically, one of Mary’s friends recently died from ovarian cancer. Mary has no risk factors for ovarian cancer and no family history of ovarian cancer or other cancers. I explained to Mary that, unfortunately, there are no reliable... READ MORE

Complex treatments can work at any age

By Lindsey Tanner
Posted on March 01, 2016

Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the way home from the hospital. Dorothy Lipkin danced after getting a new hip at age 91. And at 94, William Gandin drives himself to the hospital for cancer treatments.Jimmy Carter isn’t the only nonagenarian to withstand rigorous medical treatment. Very old age is no ... READ MORE

What’s normal for aging and what’s not?

By Beacon
Posted on February 17, 2016

As we age, we all notice changes in our bodies, from our reflexes to our libido.But some physical changes aren’t a normal part of the aging process. “It’s important to know about them, so we can do all we can to keep ourselves as healthy and active as possible,” said Suzanne Salamon, M.D., a geriatrician and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.Check out... READ MORE

Rising numbers of new drugs pass muster

By Matthew Perrone
Posted on February 03, 2016

Approvals for first-of-a-kind drugs climbed last year, pushing the annual tally of new U.S. drugs to its highest level in 19 years.The rising figures reflect an industry-wide focus on drugs for rare and hard-to-treat diseases, which often come with streamlined reviews, extra patent protections — and higher price tags. The Food and Drug Administration approved 45 drugs with... READ MORE