How well do we think when we can’t hear?

By: Barbara Ruben

When you strain to hear a conversation in a noisy restaurant, what’s happening inside your brain, and how does that affect your thinking skills? Those are the questions a University of Maryland study is asking in hopes of better understanding complicated hearing issues and ultimately what can be done to help. Researchers in the Center for Advanced Study of Language are now looking for... READ MORE

Hopes and hype for a drug for depression

By: Lindsey Tanner

It was launched decades ago as an anesthetic for animals and people, became a potent battlefield pain reliever in Vietnam, and morphed into the trippy club drug Special K. Now the chameleon drug ketamine is finding new life as an unapproved treatment for depression and suicidal behavior. Clinics have opened around the United States promising instant relief with their “unique”... READ MORE

Caregivers: don’t neglect your own health

By: Lauran Neergaard

Skipping your checkup but not your mom’s? Caring for an older loved one is a balancing act, and a new poll shows that too often it’s the caregivers’ health that’s neglected. The survey, by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found about a third of caregivers have gone without a routine physical or dental care, skipped or didn’t schedule a test or... READ MORE

Advice for millennials with aging parents

By: Kaitlin Pitsker

Even if your parents are active and healthy, there comes a time when you realize they may need a little help as they age. While I’m hopeful that my parents, who are in their early 60s and in good health, won’t need much assistance from me for another 10 or 15 years, I’ve already started asking about their retirement plans and what they’ll expect of me in the years to... READ MORE

Antibiotics an alternative for appendicitis

By: Dr. Howard LeWine

Q: A friend was recently treated with antibiotics for appendicitis. I thought appendicitis required an operation. What’s changed? A: For more than 100 years, appendicitis was considered an emergency that required immediate surgery to remove the appendix (an appendectomy). Today a course of antibiotics offers a safe alternative in many cases. Before we had CT scans and ultrasounds,... READ MORE

Bullying can affect older adults, too

By: Alexis Bentz

What do you think of when you hear the term “bullying?” Perhaps you envision a small child being beaten up by an older boy on the school playground, or a group of middle school girls gossiping about the “nerdy” kid in class. But bullying isn’t limited to these types of scenarios as much as stories in the media may suggest. In fact, bullying is not experienced solely by the... READ MORE