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  • With even some generics rising in price, explore ways to cut your drug costs

    Q: Recently, my doctor prescribed a 10-day course of doxycycline. I always ask for a generic since I need to pay full price. I was shocked when the pharmacist said it would be almost $65. I took this medication three years ago and I think it cost me...
  • Volunteering can be good for both mind and body

    The upcoming holiday season may inspire you to volunteer your time and talent to a deserving cause or person. And it's a gift that will come right back to you. Science backs the mood-boosting benefits of being of service to others. "We grow up learning...
  • Deena Kenney: Marijuana suitable treatment for certain medical conditions

    Deena Kenney: Marijuana suitable treatment for certain medical conditions
    I am an advocate for medical marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania. I didn't start out that way. If you would have told me three years ago that I would be fighting for the chance to get my teenage son marijuana, I would have called you crazy. But...
  • High uric acid level may not call for drug therapy

    Q: I recently had a blood test. My uric acid level is high at 8.1 mg/dL. I had one attack of gout two years ago. Do I need medicine to lower my uric acid? A: Since you've only had gout once, you probably don't need medicine to lower your uric acid level....
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Inflamed tongue can have many causes

    Q: Recently, my tongue has become red and very sensitive. What might cause this? A: Your tongue is likely inflamed. Doctors call this glossitis. Many things can irritate the surface of your tongue, including tobacco products, toothpaste, mouthwash and...
  • Seek guidance to pick the right hearing aid for you

    How many times during recent conversations have you said, "What?" or "Excuse me?" or "Speak up!" If the answer is, "More than occasionally," then your hearing may be impaired. Many men who could benefit from a hearing aid don't use one. One common hurdle...
  • The Medicine Cabinet: Depression - or medicines to treat it - can trigger sweet cravings

    ByMichael Craig Miller, M.D. Q: I'm a 50-year-old female with a long history of depression. I recently developed an uncontrollable craving for sweets. This has increased my weight. Is it my depression or my medicine? A: You're right to wonder about...
  • Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors

    Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors
    For decades, Big Pharma and medical technology firms have made gifts and other payments to physicians as part of developing, testing and marketing their products, an expense long recognized as another cost of doing business. On Tuesday, the federal...
  • Study: Frozen poop pills may make fecal transplants simpler and safer

    Would you swallow frozen poop in a pill? What if you were infected by a stubborn strain of Clostridium difficile and suffering from diarrhea bad enough to send you to a hospital? It may – OK, probably does – sound gross. But researchers...
  • Rashi Fein dies at 88; economist considered a father of Medicare

    Rashi Fein dies at 88; economist considered a father of Medicare
    Rashi Fein, a Harvard economist considered one of the fathers of Medicare, who threw his intellectual and moral weight behind full, affordable healthcare for nearly seven decades, stretching from the Truman administration to the Obama presidency, died...
  • Fall vaccination roundup: Consider protection against flu, shingles, pneumonia and tetanus

    Source: Harvard Health Letter Now that autumn has arrived coming, it's time to prepare for your annual flu shot. But are there other shots you should consider to maintain good health? "It's worth reviewing the recommended immunizations with your primary...