“Does bottle-feeding produce brats?”
That’s how a widely distributed online CBS news story opened its report Tuesday on a just-published British study that examined — and found — an association between bottle feeding and behavioral problems in chil
“Does bottle-feeding produce brats?”
Dr. David Wallinga: “It’s taken 30 years to get a fuller understanding of how many different ways these pesticide exposures can actually harm. IQ is just the latest thing to be measured.”
Late last week, the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica published the latest installment of its “Dollars for Doctors” series, which has been examining the financial ties between physicians and medical companies.
This time, reporter
Well, here’s a hat (fascinator?) no one was wearing at the royal wedding last week.
It’s call a necomimi, and as reported Thursday by Olivia Solon in Wired UK, it’s a “hair band that is worn in the normal way but features sensors that pick up on
Why is alternative medicine so popular?
That’s the question San Francisco pediatrician Dr.
The new technology, capnography, told first responders to keep going, despite the lack of a pulse and the passing of the minutes.
Forget about your BMI (body mass index).
Trying to lose weight?
With a royal marriage in the news today, I thought I’d pass on the findings of a recent study that sheds new light on why all of us — even the rich and famous — tend to choose spouses with similar levels of education.
As Danish eco
More than 50 years ago, University of Minnesota social psychologist Leon Festinger and two colleagues wrote these words in the opening to “When Prophecy Fails,” their groundbreaking case study on cognitive dissonance:A man with a conviction is a har
The number of new HIV cases in Minnesota dropped last year by 11 percent, but don’t read too much into that, cautions the manager of the Health Department’s section on STD and HIV.
Many, many years ago, when I was living in another state and my journalism diploma was newly framed, I was sent by a small newspaper to write a feature article about a program for autistic mothers and their children.
While I was doing some backg
If you’re like me, you’re hearing an increasing number of stories from people who have undergone a medical imaging test for one set of symptoms, only to have the scan reveal “something suspicious” that’s not related at all to the symptoms.
In a recent posting in his “Not Exactly Rocket Science” blog (now at Discover magazine), British science writer Ed Yong reports on a fascinating, but kind of depressing, new study about how judges’ rulings can be influenced (unconsciously, of course
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported earlier this month, Americans are downing an increasing number of dietary supplements, particularly multi-vitamins and multi-minerals.
More than half of us (53 percent) used dietary s
Minnesota’s measles epidemic has now reached 20 confirmed cases (twice as many as occurred during all of the previous 10 years), including 13 hospitalizations.
And, as has been reported here and elsewhere, a misguided fear of vaccines — pa
Suicides rates in the United States tend to rise and fall with the economy, going up during recessions and going down during expansions, a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last week.
Furthermore, people in th
In his latest PopRX column in the online magazine Salon, San Francisco pediatrician and writer Dr.
Scientific American has launched a new series this year called “Too Hard for Science?” It involves interviews with scientists “about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated.”
The interview on Monday was with Rob
Science writer Gary Taubes has written a must-read article in this week’s New York Times Magazine that asks the question, “Is sugar toxic?”
I don’t know if this article will get the same kind of attention (and nasty pushback) as Taubes’ 2002 Times