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