Lots of us are feeling helpless in the face of the horrific news from Haiti. But are we opening our pocketbooks to help?
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
Although frowned upon, “salami slicing” — the practice of cutting up of a single set of research data into many different papers for publication — is well known in academia.
Half of us take some kind of nutritional supplement daily.
If your New Year’s resolutions involve calorie counting, don’t rely on fast-food restaurants and manufacturers of frozen meals to do any of that counting for you.
According to a new study from Tufts University, fast-food and chain restaurants that di
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.
“U.S. performance not only is poor at any given moment but also is improving much more slowly than that of other countries over time,” write two public-health experts.
On Tuesday, the Conference Board, a global research firm funded by about 2,000 corporations, reported the results of its annual survey on U.S.
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-
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
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.
A lot of wrinkles remain to be ironed out in Congress; the Dans, Lucys, Karens, et al. offer guidance about the obstacles too many face in getting good health care.
Any woman who’s been told by her doctor that she has osteopenia (low bone density, but not low enough to be osteoporosis) — and especially any woman who’s taking medication for it — needs to read (or listen to) Monda
Are we addicted to the concept of addiction?
Neuropsychologist Vaughn Bell thinks so.
Do you have the personality to be successful in medical school?
A recent study, co-authored by a University of Minnesota psychology professor, has found that certain personality traits may be excellent predictors of success in medical school — partic
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
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.
The overuse of computed tomography (CT) scans is subjecting people to high levels of radiation that may eventually cause thousands of extra cancer deaths, according to a new study released Monday.
Specifically, the study, published in the current iss
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
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