An under-the-tongue alternative to EpiPen

People who have anaphylactic reactions to insect stings and other allergens can't afford to be afraid of needles. One quick jab with an EpiPen—the common brand name for self-injected epinephrine—can stop the reaction. In a severe case of anaphylaxis, that poke can save a person's life. (Locked) More »

Links to tinnitus Web sites

American Tinnitus Association click here British Tinnitus Association click here National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders click here (Locked) More »

More on stings and ACE inhibitors

A review of the safety of ACE inhibitors for people who are allergic to bee and other kinds of insect stings was published in the April 2006 issue of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. The authors—Janice L. Stumpf, Nadine Shehab, and Anish C. Patel—searched through medical journals and found accounts of three cases of problems with ACE inhibitors. All three involved venom therapy, which involves exposing people to small doses of the venom so their immune systems adjust, and they have less severe reactions with the next exposure. (Locked) More »

References to articles about Beethoven’s hearing problems

Huxtable RJ, "The deafness of Beethoven: a paradigm of hearing problems," Proceedings of Western Pharmacology Society (2000), Vol. 43, pp.1–8. Kubba, AK, "Ludwig van Beethoven: A medical biography," Lancet (Jan. 20, 1996), Vol. 347, No. 8997, pp.167–71. (Locked) More »

Lifetime achievements

Life-expectancy predictions indicate greater longevity for Americans than in the past. A quiz developed by researchers aims to gauge a person's life span with a simple set of questions. (Locked) More »

Getting into the sting of things

Stinging insects can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Those who take certain heart or blood pressure medications may be at greater risk, and may want to consider a medication switch. (Locked) More »

This is an earful that nobody wants

There are many possible causes of tinnitus, and because it is often due to prolonged exposure to loud noise, it is usually accompanied by some degree of hearing loss. Treatment options are limited, and inconsistent in their effectiveness. (Locked) More »