Game changer: Stents for stroke patients

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: April 02, 2015

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries can also be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.Patients treated with these brain stents were far more likely to be alive and able to live independently three months after their stroke, doctors reported at a recent... READ MORE

Can you pare down your medications?

By: Harvard Women's Health Watch
Posted on: March 24, 2015

If you can’t remember the last time you did an inventory of your pill bottles, you may want to add that to your to-do list.Like some items in your wardrobe, the drugs that suited you at one point may not work as well as you go through life.Your kidneys and liver are responsible for clearing drugs from the body. As you age, these two organs clear drugs more slowly. As a result, drugs... READ MORE

Some cold remedies can make you sicker

By: Harvard Health Letter
Posted on: March 19, 2015

It’s handy to walk into a drugstore for an over-the-counter cold remedy, but some of the ingredients may cause adverse reactions.“I think people underestimate these medications because you can get them without a prescription. But they are still medications that can interact with other drugs and interfere with existing health problems,” said Laura Carr, a pharmacist at... READ MORE

Botox has many uses beyond cosmetic

By: Harvard Women's Health Watch
Posted on: March 13, 2015

“Botox is a first-line treatment only for dystonia, or uncontrolled muscle contractions. But for other conditions, it can be quite effective for patients who have exhausted other possibilities,” said Dr. Bonnie Hersh, clinical instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hersh uses Botox to treat patients with chronic migraine, upper limb spasticity, and excessive... READ MORE

FDA new drug approvals soared last year

By: Matthew Perrone
Posted on: March 05, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency’s annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level in 18 years.FDA drug approvals are considered a barometer of industry innovation and the federal government’s efficiency in reviewing new therapies. Last year’s total... READ MORE

Your bones need more than just calcium

By: Kara Lydon, R.D
Posted on: February 27, 2015

When you think about bone nutrition, you probably think of calcium first. And rightly so: A solid body of research suggests that you should meet your daily calcium needs (1,000 - 1,200 milligrams) for optimal bone health.With 54 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis, it’s important to do all you can to feed your bones to prevent this debilitating condition.Get these nutrients, ... READ MORE