What to Take for Hype: The Truth About the Anti-Aging Benefits of Vitamins
When it comes to taking care of our aging bodies, some things are obvious: exercise regularly, reduce fat intake, watch your cholesterol, get plenty of rest, and eat a well-balanced diet. But what exactly is a well-balanced diet? Do some vitamins and minerals really have anti-aging benefits? And if so, which ones should you be taking?
People Who Need People: Clinical Trials
Science in the Spotlight
If Biomedical Science Is To Advance, Clinical Trials Researchers Need To Work With Human Subjects. Here's What You Need To Know About Participating In A Trial.
Prescription for Disaster
Get Mad Column
By Robert M. Goldberg, Ph.D.
Recently, I overheard a desperate young mother beg her pharmacist to call her doctor for a prescription for Diflucan for her ill daughter. Why was she begging? Because of her short-sighted health care plan. It wouldn't permit her doctor to use Diflucan, the best drug available for treating certain infections, until another, less expensive drug, was tried and failed. Left no choice, the anxious mother sought a refill of the medicine she had been using, a poor "second best." No go. The woman's care plan needed to approve that, too. So what happened? She did what any caring mother with a sick child would have done. The woman shelled out $113 for second best and left, lighter in the pocket, heavier in the heart. Although she was forced to pay big bucks, she still didn't have the reassurance that her ill child was getting the best treatment available.
Rewinding the Aging Clock At Last: Here Come the Gero-Techs!
By Dan Perry
It may be humankind's oldest dream - somehow to cheat the processes of aging and death. We've seen it play out time and time again as people have sought advice, even solace from various sources, many of them shamans, sorcerers and patent-medicine charlatans.
Natalie Davis Springharn: Of Grace & Grit
"The amazing thing about me is that I'm alive!" Natalie Davis Spingarn comments wryly. How true. Twenty-five years ago, Spingarn suffered from metastatic breast cancer. She not only lived, but she also went on to become a successful writer and advocate for cancer survivors. Her 1982 book, Hanging In There, reflected Spingarn's strong will to survive. Recently, she published The New Cancer Survivors: Living with Grace, Fighting with Spirit. It takes into account how survivors deal with some of the changes in medicine and health care, from shortened hospital stays to modern-day communicating with physicians.