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  • Generic drugs vs. brand names: Switching could save you money

    A Prada handbag is definitely not the same as the $20 knockoff from a street vendor. Value-brand paper towels aren't nearly as absorbent as the name brands. Following this line of thought, it might be logical to assume that generic drugs are just cheap...
  • Study: Emergency room closures can be deadly for area's residents

    It stands to reason that when a hospital emergency room closes, people in the surrounding neighborhood suffer. But how much? A new study quantifies the impact in California, finding that patients affected by ER closures were 5% more likely to die after...
  • Hollywood's relationship myths can wreak havoc on real-life romance

     Hollywood's relationship myths can wreak havoc on real-life romance
    The plots of romance movies are fairly predictable: Two romantically challenged characters will meet, realize they're destined to be together, encounter a series of problems meant to separate them, but by the end they'll be wrapped in each other's arms....
  • Withdrawal symptoms vary among anti-anxiety drugs

    Q: I've heard that Xanax can produce more severe withdrawal symptoms than the other benzodiazepine drugs. Is this true? A: Xanax (the generic name is alprazolam) is one of the commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medicines in the class called...
  • 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...
  • Pill look different? Shape and color changes may prompt lapses

    Pill look different? Shape and color changes may prompt lapses
    In a decade, Americans have saved an estimated $1.2 trillion by taking generic drugs instead of the high-priced originals. But the booming market in copycat prescription pharmaceuticals - coupled with insurance companies' efforts to keep healthcare...
  • 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: Use mindfulness to pull yourself out of a funk

    Q: How do you pull yourself out of a funk or slight depression? A: Mood shifts frequently result from minor or trivial disappointments. So, much that gets us down is inconsequential. Yet it can be quite difficult to let meaningless matters go. A small...
  • Make the most of your digital fitness monitor

    The latest trend in high-tech health puts control in the palm of your hand. It's called digital fitness monitoring, and it comes in the form of tiny gadgets that you wear or place in your pocket. "If you're already motivated to exercise or eat...
  • As Americans age, the career need for audiologists is humming

    A doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.) is required, and audiologists must be licensed in all states (requirements vary by state). The best candidates are patient and compassionate, with good communication and problem-solving skills. The median annual...
  • HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed

    HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed
    In a sobering discovery, researchers say that rapid treatment of HIV-like infections in monkeys failed to prevent the establishment of persistent viral reservoirs in as little as three days. The study, published Sunday in the journal Nature, comes on...