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  • Getting to Alzheimer's roots

    The end for the Alzheimer's patient is a horror: The person is mute, bedridden, adrift from the thoughts and feelings that make up a life. The brain undergoes an equally disturbing transformation, shrunken by as much as half, mottled all over with...
  • Get hemorrhoid relief with simple home remedies

    Q: I have an external hemorrhoid. It's only uncomfortable some of the time. What treatment do you suggest? A: The best way to reduce swelling and discomfort is to keep stools soft and the anal area clean. You can help soften stools by taking fiber and...
  • High-fat diets linked to some types of breast cancer

    High-fat diets linked to some types of breast cancer
    Women who eat a lot of fat, particularly saturated fat, may be at higher risk of certain types of breast cancer, new research suggests. Past studies have come to differing conclusions on a possible association between dietary fat and breast cancer....
  • Penn State announces commencement speakers

    Penn State estimates the University Park campus will graduate more than 10,000 students in May. The largest portion of those degrees, 8,924, are baccalaureate students, while 901 are master's, according to a Penn State news release. There also are...
  • Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study

    Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study
    Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: When an adult child shuts out a parent, both may need help

    Q: My son has told me he's cutting me out of my life. He's 28. As a mother, I feel hopeless and unable to help him. What can I do? A: When a child shut's the door on a parent, it's painful. I don't know your specific circumstances, so let me give you a...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Prolonged grief after loss of a loved one is common

    Q: I lost my brother several months ago. There are days when I still feel overpowered by sadness. Is it normal to grieve this long? A: Iím sorry to learn of your loss. Everyone grieves differently. Grief rarely has a clear beginning, middle and end....
  • Finding thinspiration

    Finding thinspiration
    When Pat Barone was trying to lose weight, the very people she looked to for support — her friends — seemed to be sabotaging her efforts. Questions like, 'Is that all you're going to eat?' were just the beginning. "Before long, your food...
  • New drugs provide cure for hepatitis C, research finds

    New drugs provide cure for hepatitis C, research finds
    Twenty-five years after scientists first identified the hepatitis C virus, doctors are declaring victory over an infection that afflicts more than 3 million Americans and kills more of them than HIV. In a series of clinical trial results, a new...
  • Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation

    Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation
    Here's the bad news: A dietary supplement named OxyElite Pro is still apparently making people sick, more than a year after the Hawaii Department of Health was alerted to seven cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure among its users. As of last...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Stopping Pap smears depends on age and risk

    Q: I'm 71 years old. Do I need Pap tests at my age? A: The early detection and treatment of cervical cancer is a remarkable medical success story. After the introduction of regular screening by Pap smears, cervical cancer rates began to go down...
  • You can preserve youthful skin without cosmetic surgery

    Age isn't kind to skin. Years of accumulated sun exposure leave their mark in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. By the time you reach your 60s or 70s, much of the damage has already been done, but that damage isn't indelible. "There...