In a provocative essay in Sunday’s New York Times, L. Alan Sroufe, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and an expert in child development, argues that […]
Men may be more vulnerable than women to developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as they age.
Heat-generating brown fat “burns calories like a furnace.”
We tend to cling to medical ideas long after they’re out of date.
It’s been a year since a Cochrane Collaboration meta-analysis of 14 previously published studies called into question the common medical practice of prescribing statins to people who have high cholesterol but no history of heart disease.
In the Twin Cities, food insecurity — the lack of consistent access to healthy, affordable food — is almost four times higher than previously believed and more than two-and-a-half times the national average, according to new research from the Univer
When women are scarce — or, at least, scarcer than men — the men tend to become more financially impulsive, saving less and borrowing more.
And women tend to expect men to spend more, too — on them.
Those findings are from an interesting new study
Frankly, I’d never heard of the celebrity chef Paula Deen until Tuesday, when this “Queen of Southern Cuisine” announced on NBC’s “Today” show that yes, the rumors about her are true: she does have type 2 diabetes, and, yes, her doctor did make the
Every parent who has a kid playing football needs to read Jonah Lehrer’s article on “The Fragile Teenage Brain,” which appears on the sports-and-pop-culture website Grantland.
As I’ve pointed out here before, despite all the marketing and media hype about resveratrol, the health claims for it remain scientifically shaky.
The Boston Globe ran a fascinating and provocative article last Sunday on the controversial topic of “culture-bound syndromes.”
Gary Schwitzer wrote a fiery post on his Minnesota-based Health News Watchdog blog Wednesday about how his 89-year-old mother became “afraid and confused” after receiving an e-mail about a conversation that took place on a conservative radio show la
In his latest “Healthy Skeptic” column in the Los Angeles Times, reporter Chris Woolston takes on the oft-cited assertion that caffeine can help people lose weight.
The column is a good reminder of 1) why the solution to shedding unwanted pounds ca
Teens who persistently turned to dieting and unhealthy weight-control behaviors were more likely to gain weight as they moved into young adulthood than teens who didn’t diet.
“This study and other results that are coming along … are shedding light on the fact that more testing, more treatment may not always be a good thing,” said Dr. Timothy Wilt.
As someone who runs through a least a few downward-facing dogs, reversed triangles, forward bends and other asanas, or yoga poses, daily (usually right after I send these Second Opinion posts in the morning), I read with both amusement and concern t
Too much data from clinical trials is concealed or disappears, a situation that is threatening the integrity of evidence-based medicine and harming patients, according to a scathing series of articles published this week in the journal BMJ (formerly
Minnesota has one of the lowest stroke death rates in the nation, but that death rate took a slight tick upward in 2010.
Many years ago, I had a lively discussion with a surgeon about whether the imminent removal of my swollen and inflamed appendix was going to be good or bad for my long-term health.
What do bird flu and a decision about the morning-after pill have in common? Both made our experts’ list.