Research unlocks secrets of hearing loss

By: Beacon
Posted on: May 21, 2015

The ability to discern pitch — to hear the difference between “cat,” “bat” and “hat,” for example — hinges on remarkable gradations in specialized cells within the inner ear.New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders has explained, for the first time, what... READ MORE

First ‘generic’ biotech drug gets FDA nod

By: Matthew Perrone and Linda A. Johnson
Posted on: May 15, 2015

Government health officials recently approved the first lower-cost copy of a biotech drug in the U.S. — a long-awaited milestone that could save billions for insurers, doctors and patients. Biotech drugs are powerful, injected medicines produced in living cells. They are typically much more expensive than traditional chemical-based pills.The Food and Drug Administration approval... READ MORE

Specialty meds save lives, but at high cost

By: Tom Murphy
Posted on: May 07, 2015

Mati Munoz lost her liver to hepatitis C, and the virus was attacking its transplanted replacement last year when her doctor prescribed a drug combination that could save the organ.She just needed $7,000 for an initial payment not covered by her Medicare prescription plan.“I felt sunken,” the 65-year-old Woodbridge, N.J., woman said. “I thought, ‘How am I going to... READ MORE

Myths and facts: whole grains vs. gluten

By: Densie Webb, Ph.D., R.D.
Posted on: April 24, 2015

At first glance, whole grains like whole wheat, barley, quinoa and brown rice may not seem controversial, but misconceptions and half-truths abound, creating barriers to meeting the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommendation to consume at least three servings of whole grains a day.Here’s what we learned on the subject at the recent conference “Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers,” ... READ MORE

Use artificial sweeteners in moderation

By: Judy Thalheimer, R.D
Posted on: April 20, 2015

The label says, “no sugar added,” “sugar-free” or “diet.” So what makes the food or drink inside the package so sweet? Chances are it’s an artificial sweetener, a chemically processed sugar substitute.Also known as non-nutritive, non-caloric or high-intensity sweeteners, these synthetic sweeties are hundreds or even thousands of times sweeter than... READ MORE

Frequent saunas may increase longevity

By: Lindsey Tanner
Posted on: April 16, 2015

Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests. It would be welcome news if proven true — in Finland where hot, dry saunas are commonplace, and for Americans who have been shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter.Previous research suggested that saunas might improve blood vessel function and exercise capacity, and lower blood pressure in patients with... READ MORE