Tim Jung Lee

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The case for making painkillers like ibuprofen prescription-only

Medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, are widely available over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets. But health providers have known for some time they can be unsafe for people with chronic health problems such as kidney …

Biomedicine

Harvard Scientists Discover How to Repair DNA Damage and Reverse Cellular Aging — What It Means for Skin-Care

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you your skin is aging. (I don’t care if you’re 20 — your skin has taken some hits since infancy.) But it does take one heck of a geneticist to figure out how to throw that whole chain reaction into reverse. Scientists have known for a while that the …

This Tiny Device Is a 'Game Changer' for People Facing Blindness

An estimated 170 million people worldwide suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a serious eye condition marked by the death of light-sensitive cells in the retina. Doctors can slow macular degeneration with vitamins, laser surgery, stem cell treatments, and even implantable miniature …

How Acupuncture Cured One Woman's Acne

Imagine this: You’re lying on your stomach or back. Someone gently prods points on your body looking for a tender spot, then swiftly taps in a thread-thin needle before slowly working it deeper, a millimeter at a time. Muscles ache and release, tingles go up and down your limbs. Occasionally it …

Skin Care

Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open

BENSALEM, Pa. — “Do you want to see your tendons?”<p>Dr. Asif Ilyas, a hand and wrist surgeon, was about to close his patient’s wound. But first he offered her the opportunity to behold the source of her radiating pain: a band of tendons that looked like pale pink ribbon candy. With a slender surgical …