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How to keep your child curious about science (hint: stop lecturing)

In his Frontal Cortex column for Wired this week, science writer Jonah Lehrer (“How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist”) talks about three recent experiments that should give every parent — and teacher — pause.
The experiments suggest that

Much U.S. health care is unnecessary, say many primary-care doctors

A startling high number — 43 percent — of primary-care physicians in the United States believe that much of the health care received by Americans is unnecessary, reports a survey published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Many of the ph

Coffee associated with a reduced risk of depression

A cup of java in the morning — or at any time of day — can provide a quick (although short-lived) improvement in mood.
Scientists (and coffee drinkers) have known that much for years.

Ob-gyn questions use of fetal heart monitors in low-risk childbirths

Over at KevinMd.com (a highly ranked medical blog that, as the Wall Street Journal puts it, “chronicles America’s often dysfunctional health care system through the prism of a primary care provider”), an ob-gyn physician asks, with considerable frus

Men’s testosterone levels drop after they become dads, study finds

Testosterone levels tend to drop in men after they become fathers — particularly among men who are actively involved in parenting, a new study has found.
This finding suggests that men are biologically programmed to help with their children’s upbri

Menopause does not cause heart disease, study finds

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?

Many popular sports-injury treatments are unproven

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.
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