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Following the mammogram money

In an article in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, reporter Alicia Mundy describes how lobbyists for three powerful interest groups — radiologists, companies who make mammography equipment, and certain breast-cancer-awareness groups (who receive financi

Is a third wave of H1N1 coming our way?

A year ago, the novel H1N1 virus was a complete unknown, but since then, we’ve experienced two peaks in outbreaks. With about half the nation still vulnerable, it probably isn’t done with us yet.

Mayo study: St. John’s wort ineffective for treating IBS

Alternative medicine has started the year with a one-two hit.
First came the findings last week about Gingko biloba, the herbal supplement that millions of Americans have been taking to ward off memory problems as they age.
A large randomized double-

Is traveling worth it today, with all the hassles? In short, yes

With air travel becoming even more of a headache and hassle — not to mention a hit to the pocketbook — those of us who do a lot of traveling for so-called pleasure find ourselves wondering more and more often (as we sit stuck on the tarmac or race to

Resolving to be healthier in the New Year

I happen to love the whole idea of New Year’s resolutions.
Despite the total arbitrariness of it, Jan. 1 offers up a psychological fresh start.

NYT project documents outdated, ineffective drinking-water protections

A disturbing investigative story in today’s New York Times describes how the 35-year-old Safe Drinking Water Act is terribly outdated, permitting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of chemicals associated with cancer and other illnesses to seep into our dr

Earworms: Songs that get stuck in playback mode

Remember that episode of “Seinfeld” in which George arrives at Jerry’s house singing “Master of the House” from “Les Miserables”?
“I can’t get it out of my head,” he complains to Jerry. “I just keep singing it over and over. It just comes out.

How Big Pharma keeps shape-shifting menopausal hormone therapy

Almost as soon as the New York Times posted a long article this weekend on how the pharmaceutical industry turned “horse estrogen into a billion-dollar panacea for aging women,” the article jumped onto the newspaper’s most e-mailed list — right behin

How personality and partisanship get in the way of science

In the current issue of Newsweek, senior editor Sharon Begley laments how the liberal-conservative partisan divide now includes “the accuracy of scientific findings” — a divide she also calls “a gold mine for research on how personality and other psy