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"Most of us experience some degree of age-related hearing loss, and the sooner we start to wear a hearing aid, the easier the adjustment is going to be."
Seasonal allergies, sometimes called "hay fever" can cause cold-like symptoms in children, such as sneezing, congestion, runny nose and itchy eyes. If these symptoms occur at the same time every year...
When you raise your glass at this year’s holiday toast, choose your beverage wisely. Research shows that drinking even a small amount of alcohol increases your chances of developing cancer, including...
It’s tough to hit a fast-moving target — especially if it’s microscopic and lodged deep in a person’s densely packed and highly sensitive brain. Yet that is the challenge doctors face in treating the...
Like many innovations in medicine, this discovery began as a problem. In the early 1990s, radiologists began using positron emission tomography, a type of body-scanning technology, to hunt for...
David Rattner, MD, chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at the Mass General Digestive Healthcare Center, answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the LINX® Reflux...
An assay designed to measure normal and abnormal forms of the huntingtin protein – the mutated form of which causes Huntington's disease – was successful in detecting levels of the mutant protein in...
Could taking a run or going for a swim be an effective alternative to drug therapy in treating depression? In one recent experiment, Madhukar H. Trivedi, professor of psychiatry and director of the...
In laboratory studies, scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a way to personalize chemotherapy drug selection for cancer patients by using cell lines created from their...
Many head and neck cancer patients and others requiring surgery for benign lesions of the mouth and throat — including sleep apnea patients — may be candidates for minimally invasive transoral...
Cardiac catheterization, a procedure used to diagnose heart conditions, is typically performed through the femoral artery of the groin. But, increasingly, cardiologists are instead using the radial...
What makes us happy? Family? Money? Love? How about a peptide? The neurochemical changes underlying human emotions and social behavior are largely unknown. Now though, for the first time in humans,...
A good night's sleep is critical for a child's growing body and brain. A rested child learns better, remembers more and has an easier time staying focused at school. Children who get enough sleep...
Forget documents, spreadsheets, and photographs. The 3-D printer at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute can print a model of a human heart . “You can think of it a lot like an inkjet printer...
As the nation’s healthcare system strains to manage a sour economy and an aging population, large academic medical centers like Massachusetts General Hospital are on the hot seat to cut costs. In the...
A 72-year-old patient is losing weight. His primary care provider believes the cause may be a stomach virus he recently contracted, but it is hard to be certain – the weight loss has been gradual,...
The initial clinical trial of a novel approach to treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – blocking production of a mutant protein that causes an inherited form of the progressive neurodegenerative...
It has been more than 20 years since the Association of American Medical Colleges last revised its Medical College Admission Test. The MCAT has traditionally focused on basic scientific concepts—...
February is “American Heart Month,” along with the month we celebrate Valentine’s’ Day, so it’s a good time to focus on heart health. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Americans,...
High-risk pregnancies occur in less than 10 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S., but the complications for mother and baby can be serious, including preeclampsia, preterm delivery, miscarriage or...
The American Psychiatric Association’s new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition (DSM-5) includes significant changes in the criteria for diagnosing autism spectrum...
Bug bites and stings usually cause momentary alarm, temporary discomfort and pain, but no serious or lasting health problems. However, some bites or stings may result in serious infections that...
Amid a growing recognition among psychiatrists that many people with addiction disorders also suffer from another psychiatric diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or attention...
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common problem after pregnancy that may be triggered when high levels of estrogen and progesterone abruptly return to normal within 24 hours after childbirth. An...
“A friendship is a mutual relationship formed with affection and commitment between people who consider themselves as equals,” according to Fred Frankel, PhD, director of the UCLA Children’s...
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have identified and validated two rare gene mutations that appear to cause the common form of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that strikes after the age of...
Assisted reproductive technology services extend beyond traditional infertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, to fertility preservation and avoidance of heritable genetic and...
Advances in growing embryos to an advanced stage of physiologic development have made single-embryo transfer a superior procedure for many patients seeking in vitro fertilization (IVF). Recent...
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating are serious medical illnesses that can significantly disrupt lives, harm physical health and, in some cases, prove fatal...
What can you do to maintain your health at age 65 or older? More than you might think! This article will focus on one aspect of health maintenance: preventive vaccines. Flu vaccine During flu...

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