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  • Review: 'War of the Whales' by Joshua Horwitz

    Review: 'War of the Whales' by Joshua Horwitz
    On March 15, 2000, the whales came ashore. Although they appeared to the uninitiated to be "weird-looking dolphins," marine biologist Ken Balcomb identified most of the victims as beaked whales. He could barely believe his eyes when he found the first...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: What causes low blood pressure?

    Q: My blood pressure stays low. Sometimes it drops so low that it causes dizziness and weakness. What can cause this? A: Many healthy people have low blood pressure. In fact, no specific blood pressure reading is considered too low, as long as the person...
  • Hoping to age in place? Adapt your home to avoid falls and other hazards

    When you choose a place to live, you might give a lot of weight to the home's appearance and size. But how much consideration do you give to safety issues that could force you find other digs as you age? That impressive entryway or tiled bath that...
  • Ann E. Stromberg, orthoptist

    Ann E. Stromberg, orthoptist
    Ann Elizabeth Stromberg, a retired orthoptist who worked with children with eye conditions and trained medical students during her six-decade career, died of Alzheimer's disease June 4 at Somerford Home in Columbia. The Ellicott City resident was 91....
  • Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools

    Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools
    Everyone loves a medical mystery, except the afflicted patient and his or her family who shuffle from doctor to doctor in search of an explanation for a disorder whose name, origin, prognosis and cure are all unknown. Now, the National Institutes of...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Testosterone therapy carries risks but may still be reasonable

    Q: I'm a generally healthy 72-year-old man, but my energy level and sex drive are not what they were 10 years ago. How do I know if I need to take testosterone? A: Based on the ads you see on TV, you'd think the answer is straightforward. But experts are...
  • Stop common sleep stealers before they put your health at risk

    You might remember a time when you could drift off to sleep in an instant and remain in a state of blissful slumber well past lunchtime the next day. Now your sleep is more likely to be lighter and more fitful, and when you wake up in the morning you don'...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Many factors can influence blood sodium level

    Q: My blood tests indicate show that I have a low sodium level. It was 127 mEq/L on the most recent test. It was 130 mEq/L the year before. What can cause this? A: The normal level of sodium in the blood is between 135 mEq/L (milliequivalents per liter)...
  • Explore alternatives before opting for joint replacement surgery

    By the summer of 2013, Joan Chiverton had endured nearly three years of knee pain. She'd had enough. "I love to walk and I'm a very active person, and I'd have to stop after every couple of blocks and take a break," says Chiverton, an illustrator who...
  • Lab mice get addicted to sun exposure; you might too

    Does basking in the sun make you feel relaxed and happy, like nothing can bother you? There may be a biological reason for that. Researchers found that mice who were regularly exposed to UV light had a higher pain tolerance than mice that were not...
  • You can get relief from bronchitis without antibiotics

    Q: I'm generally very healthy, but when I get bronchitis, the cough usually lasts two weeks. I used to get an antibiotic. My new doctor says I don't need one. Is that right? A: Yes, your doctor is correct in not prescribing an antibiotic. Antibiotics...