Earlier this week at the Science-Based Medicine blog, Dr.
For decades, millions of women were instructed to take hormone therapy (usually estrogen plus progestin) after menopause, primarily to protect them from heart disease.
The reasoning behind that recommendation?
New York Times medical writer Gina Kolata published a great article over the weekend on why popular treatments for sports injuries are often so futile.
Many of the treatments have no good scientific evidence behind them to show that they work.
As we head into the long Labor Day weekend, I thought I’d highlight some research on two psychological health topics near and dear to working people — the fortunate ones who are not currently unemployed, that is.
None of the findings for these topi
Medical writer Gary Schwitzer’s concern is that men who are tested there may not know that such screening’s harms (unnecessary treatment) may outweigh its benefits. The U’s Dr. Badrinath Konety disagrees with that assessment.
The flu season is rapidly approaching.
Resistance training (such as weight lifting) is great for building stronger and even leaner bodies, but if you want to get rid of excess body fat — particularly the kind that’s putting your health at risk — you need to engage in regular, semi-vigoro
In Sunday’s second installment in its excellent “Fragile Minds” series on treatment problems for young people with mental illness, the Star Tribune focused on a troubling trend: Many of Minnesota’s children receive prescription medications for psych
An analysis by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of more than 1,000 scientific articles has found that common vaccines cause few health problems.
Furthermore, most of the side effects that were found to be associated with the vaccines tended to be ra
Writing in the online magazine Slate last week, Dr.
For a long time, doctors have been telling individuals with high levels of so-called bad cholesterol to slice foods from their diet that are high in saturated fat, such as red meats, butter and hard cheeses.
According to a report Tuesday in the New York Times, a new study from researchers at Northwestern University has found evidence that male bisexuals — men who are sexually aroused by both women and men — do exist.
This is a reversal of the findings
Health activism has taken a truly disturbing trend in recent years.
If you’re a frequent Scrabble player, you undoubtedly know, as actress Anne Hathaway noted on “The Daily Show” Thursday night, that qi is a word.
What you may not know, however, is what the word means.
That’s one of the findings of a fun
I’ve written here many times before that despite all the studies linking it to serious health risks, menopausal hormone therapy is not going to go gently into the night.
Maybe our TVs, like our cigarette packages, need health-warning labels.
On the heels of a Harvard study that linked TV watching with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and premature death comes a new Australian study that quantifies the p
This week’s Newsweek cover story on how some common medical tests and procedures do more harm than good won’t be generating the same media buzz as last week’s one on Michele Bachmann (yes, the one with the controversial photo).
But this week’s cove
Trying to find a reason for last week’s rioting in England continues to monopolize the British public, press and political establishment.
What has been particularly perplexing to many Brits is the fact that, as the Daily Mail reported, “While the
Humans living at higher latitudes tend to have bigger brains — and bigger eyes — than those living closer to the Equator, according to a new British study.
The researchers speculate that these differences are because humans need larger eyes and mor
Retractions of scientific studies are “surging,” according to an article published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal.
Here are the startling numbers, as reported by Journal reporter Gautam Naik:Since 2001, while the number of papers published in