It’s October, the month when pink predominates. For October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and its symbol, the pink ribbon, has become, well, ubiquitous.
Can falling in love — or even thinking about it — make you more creative?Yes, according to some new and intriguing experiments by a team of Dutch researchers. They’ve found our minds work differently when we’re in a romantic relationship.
As the first shipment of H1N1 vaccine is announced, the novel flu virus continues to gallop across Minnesota in precocious mid-season form, causing widespread activity, but kindly offering a senior discount.
My lower back aches. And with good reason. During the past three weeks, much of it spent caring for an elderly aunt in England, I’ve been mostly sitting. In planes. On trains. And, yes, in automobiles, stuck in England’s unending traffic jams.
If the past is prologue, then U.S. life expectancy may actually increase during this current economic crisis.That’s right.
Do you get home at the end of the day and find yourself plunking down on the couch when you had every intention of heading to the gym or going for a run?Your lack of willpower for a physical workout may be a direct result of the mental work
Just as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month winds down, along comes a study that reports that men may be getting a one-sided view of prostate cancer screening from their physicians.Specifically, the study, published in today’s issue of the Archives of I
The recession is having a profound effect on women’s decisions about childbearing and contraception, according to a report issued earlier this week by the Guttmacher Institute.More than 40 percent of the 947 women (aged 18 to 34) surveyed for the re
As University of Minnesota journalism professor Gary Schwitzer pointed out on his blog Wednesday, KMSP-TV reporter (and former Schwitzer student) Jeff Baillon did a terrific job earlier this week of explaining why some early screening tests — particu
WOKING, ENGLAND — A few nights ago, I watched a compelling BBC2 television news report about what is being called “the biggest toxic dumping scandal of the 21st century” — the 2006 illegal offloading of toxic chemical waste in the Ivory Co
WOKING, ENGLAND — A few years ago, I drove my 96-year-old aunt from her assisted-living apartment to the emergency room of a Twin Cities hospital.
When it comes to the arts, practice not only makes perfect, it also appears to improve thinking skills — and perhaps even IQ.
That’s the hypothesis put forth in a recent article in the Dana Foundation’s online magazine Cerebrum — an article that not
The Minnesota Department of Health this week officially classified Minnesota’s flu activity as “widespread,” medical lingo for “all over the place.” Here’s the latest on what you should know about the H1N1 pandemic.
Do a lot of parents think their kid is headed for the NFL?
I’m having a hard time understanding why else you would agree to send your 17- or 18-year-old off to a season kick-off football practice that ends an hour after last call.It has been a mont
Several years ago, during a grateful stretch of employment after the birth of my first child, I got an assignment from a glossy and hip national magazine to review trail running shoes.
It’s taken a few years, but parkour (pronounced par-KOOR), an underground sport that originated in divergent metropolitan areas throughout Paris, has come to Midwestern suburban gymnasiums.
Jonathan Leo, PhD, a 1986 Macalester College graduate and professor of neuroanatomy at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., has finally reflected in print on his unhappy whistleblower role in a highly public medical ethics dust-up last s
True story: As I write this, one table away here in the cafeteria of my local health club a mother has just finished telling her young son why we eat. “We eat because our body needs fuel,” she said. “We burn fuel when we exercise.
What kind of summer did the H1N1 novel influenza virus have, and what more do we know about it? Here’s an update.
As I begin a week-long hiatus from this blog, I thought I’d leave you with five tales from the medical literature that may strike your funny bone. But not too hard, I hope. I wouldn’t want you to faint.