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

Some effective ways to fight colds and flu

By: Suzy Cohen
Posted on: February 23, 2016

I think I am a real germaphobe because I get very conscious when someone sitting next to me starts coughing, especially when they don’t cover their mouth. I’ll let the first one slide, but if it happens again, I am apt to leave or hand them a Kleenex.Is it just me or are you that way, too? If you feel like you’re coming down with something, here are five things that may... 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