A Cellular "Switch" That Could Battle Aging and Cancer

Scientists have found a new “switch” in cells that may be key to healthy aging.

Cells are constantly dividing, replacing tissue in organs such as the lungs, skin and liver. But that process eventually stops when a “timekeeper,” called a telomere, becomes too short and thus prevents any further division. (Telomeres are found at the end of each cell.)

Hearing Loss and Depression

By Dr. Carol Meyers
Living with hearing loss means a lot more than just not being able to hear as well as you once did. It turns socializing into a chore, simple conversations into misunderstandings, and formerly enjoyable events into activities you would rather avoid. The more you withdraw from life the greater your susceptibility to developing depression.

Advice from Harvard on The Best Exercises Ever

Getting fit isn’t always easy, especially as the years pass. Some of us think we’re too old, or too out of shape. Others are intimidated by a gym culture that seems to look down on anyone who isn’t young. But don’t let that stop you from exercising. The experts at Harvard Medical School have come up with a list of five exercise that can help you shape up and lower your risk of disease. (Editor’s note: Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.)

Monitoring IBD Therapy to Prolong Effectiveness

Proactive monitoring and dose adjustment of infliximab, a medication commonly used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), could improve a patient's chances of having a long-term successful response to therapy, according to a pilot observational study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in New York City. The study was published in September 2014 Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

Many Men Aren't Following Guidelines for PSA Screening

Although medical experts have issued guidelines recommending against the routine screening of elderly men for prostate cancer, the effect of the recommendations has been “minimal at best,” according to a new study. Many men still appear to be undergoing the screening.

The study, by researchers from Henry Ford Hospital, was published as a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine. It examined the effect of guidelines issued three years ago by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) about the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) to test for prostate cancer.


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