How to reduce risk of medication errors

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Posted on September 15, 2022

Dear Mayo Clinic: My friend’s father recently died from a medication error. One of his prescriptions was filled incorrectly and caused a fatal reaction. I take multiple medications for various conditions. How can I reduce my risk for a medication error? A: Medication errors refer to mistakes in prescribing and dispensing medications. These errors injure hundreds of thousands of... READ MORE

Why are we growing stem cells in space?

By Laura Ungar
Posted on September 14, 2022

Researcher Dhruv Sareen’s own stem cells are now orbiting the Earth. The mission? To test whether they’ll grow better in zero gravity. Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are trying to find new ways to produce huge batches of a type of stem cell that can generate nearly any other type of cell in the body — and potentially be used to make treatments for many... READ MORE

Over-the-counter hearing aids here soon

By Matthew Perrone
Posted on September 13, 2022

Millions of Americans will be able to buy hearing aids without a prescription later this fall, under a long-awaited Food and Drug Administration rule finalized in August. The regulation creates a new class of hearing aids that don’t require a medical exam, a prescription and other specialty evaluations, the FDA said. That’s expected to increase competition and eventually lower... READ MORE

Why women more at risk for Alzheimer’s

By Andrew E. Budson, M.D.
Posted on September 12, 2022

Did you know that of the 6.2 million people with Alzheimer’s disease who are age 65 or older in this country, almost two-thirds are women? This means that Alzheimer’s disease is almost twice as common in women compared to men. Why is Alzheimer’s disease more common in women? Women live longer The first and most important reason is that women tend to live longer than men. If you... READ MORE

Blood clots can be serious; keep moving

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on September 09, 2022

Q: A friend was just diagnosed with a blood clot in the lung. She is very healthy. What can I do to prevent this from happening to me? A: It sounds like your friend had a pulmonary embolism. Most blood clots in the lung start with a blood clot that forms in a leg vein, known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Part of the clot can break off and travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary... READ MORE

Three NIH studies will focus on fatigue

By Margaret Foster
Posted on September 08, 2022

If you’re tired of being tired, you’re not alone. Cancer survivors, people with chronic illnesses such as lupus, and many older adults suffer from fatigue. A lab at NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research is currently enrolling people in three clinical trials related to fatigue. “They’re all trying to better understand fatigue,” said Alex Ross, senior research nurse... READ MORE

Have ringing or humming in your ears?

By Matthew Solan, Harvard Health Blog
Posted on September 07, 2022

That recurring sound that you hear but nobody else does? It’s not all in your head. Well, not exactly. You may be one of the estimated 50 million-plus people who suffer from tinnitus (pronounced TIN-i-tus). The mysterious condition causes a sound in the head with no external source. For many it’s a high-pitched ringing, while for others it’s whistling, whooshing, buzzing, chirping, ... READ MORE

Foods that can help you fight allergies

By Lori Zanteson
Posted on September 02, 2022

Summer means warming temps, longer days and beautiful new blooms. It also means heightened allergies for a growing number of people. Whatever the allergen — pollens, pet dander, dust — symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes affect about one billion people worldwide. Finding relief isn’t easy, but making small, simple changes to your eating habits may ... READ MORE

Pros and cons of artificial sweeteners

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on September 01, 2022

Q: I hear so much about the evils of sugar. Are artificial sweeteners a good alternative, especially to help me lose weight? A: While they are not magic bullets, smart use of non-nutritive sweeteners could help you reduce added sugars in your diet, therefore lowering the number of calories you eat. Reducing calories could help you attain and maintain a healthy body weight. In fact,... READ MORE

Beware of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

By Nancy J. Schaaf, RN
Posted on August 30, 2022

In all weather conditions, the body works to maintain a normal temperature ranging from 97 to 99 degrees. When temperatures are extreme, like on a scorching summer day, it can be more difficult for our body to maintain its ideal temperature. Extreme sweltering heat can be hazardous to our health. One way the human body can typically regulate its temperature is through sweating. Our... READ MORE