Archive for February 2014

Lend Us Your Ears: Note Takers Help The Elderly At The Doctor

Posted by Kerrie Denner

by Susan Jaffe

It used to be difficult for Edith Couturier, an 85-year-old resident of the District of Columbia, to explain to her adult children on the West Coast all the details of her medical appointments. But now she doesn't go alone — she takes along a volunteer "medical note taker."

"There are four ears listening to what the doctor says," said Couturier.

College Affordability: A Guide for Students with Disabilities

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Affordable Colleges Online, an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools and information for current and future college students and their families, has recently published a new resource for students with disabilities, titled “Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities.” Multiple experts in the field with experience in academia, financial aid, and law contributed to the content in this resource guide, including: 

Scientists regenerate the ear’s hair cells to treat hearing loss in mice

Posted by Kerrie Denner

by Carolyn Y. Johnson / Globe Staff

A year ago, I wrote about promising work toward developing a drug that could help treat hearing loss. A group of researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary had discovered that an experimental drug originally developed with the intent of treating Alzheimer’s disease could regenerate the delicate hair cells inside ears and restore rudimentary hearing when administered to deaf mice.


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