Cancer patients try drugs out on mice first

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: February 05, 2015

Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same — with the hope of curing their own disease.They are paying a private lab to breed mice that carry bits of their own tumors so treatments can be tried first on the customized rodents. The idea is to see which drugs might work best on a particular person’s specific cancer.The mice may help patients... READ MORE

How to preserve the nutrients in produce

By: Clare Tone, R.D.
Posted on: February 01, 2015

Food preparation techniques such as peeling, chopping and cooking make an impact on the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables.Follow these tips to preserve more nutrients in your produce:1. Fresh is best, frozen is next.Fresh, ripe produce in-season — with virtually no cooking required — will usually be highest in nutrients. But what about produce in the middle of winter?... READ MORE

How to get indoor allergens under control

By: June Allan Corrigan
Posted on: January 22, 2015

Watery eyes, runny nose, congestion — allergy sufferers are all too familiar with the symptoms. Most know enough to stay inside when the outdoor air is full of pollen. But what if the great indoors is causing the problem? There’s nowhere to hide if that’s the case.Fortunately indoor allergens are a little easier to control. No one can very well strip the land of grass and... READ MORE

Soaring generic drug prices draw scrutiny

By: Matthew Perrone
Posted on: January 22, 2015

Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain healthcare costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.A Senate panel met in November to scrutinize the recent, unexpected trend among generic medicines, which usually cost 30 to 80 percent less than their branded... READ MORE

Precursors to blood cancers discovered

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: January 15, 2015

Many older people silently harbor a blood “pre-cancer” — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.The discovery was made by two... READ MORE

It’s not easy to discontinue sleep meds

By: Harvard Health Letter
Posted on: January 11, 2015

Do you take a drug to help you sleep every night? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans rely on prescription sleep medications, called sedative hypnotics.“People believe they can’t sleep without them, and they stay on them for years,” said sleep expert Dr. Lawrence Epstein, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. But you can wean yourself off the drugs ... READ MORE