A Cure for Hearing Loss?

All you boomers who listened to too much rock ’n’ roll may eventually get back your hearing by popping a pill. Researchers are closing in on a way to reverse sensorineural loss, the most common cause of hearing loss. Just as important, pharmaceutical companies are putting big money into the effort. Garnering the most publicity so far is a clinical trial of an injectable drug backed by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis. Given that 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss — …

Check Your Medicine Cabinet: Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz and Gas-X Recalled

Several well-known, over-the-counter medicines from drug-maker Novartis — including 16 types of Excedrin — are being voluntarily recalled, the Food and Drug Administration has announced, because some bottles may contain broken pills or tablets from other Novartis products, including some powerful prescription painkillers. Consumers are being warned to check their medicine cabinets for Excedrin and NoDoz with expiration dates of Dec. 20,2014, or earlier, and Bufferin and Gas-X Prevention with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2013, or earlier. Consumers who …