As Tom Stafford over at the always-interesting Mind Hacks blog demonstrates this week, our brains often play visual tricks on us. Here’s the famous photo of Buzz Aldrin’s footstep on the moon.
When I read earlier this week about the 4-month-old Colorado baby who was denied health insurance because of his “pre-existing condition” – namely, being in the 99th percentile for height and weight for his age – I laughed out loud.When he was a bab
On Tuesday, the editors of many leading medical journals simultaneously published an editorial that announced they’re adopting a new, uniform conflict-of-interest form for their scientist authors — you know, the people who are supposed to be writing
Paul Goldberg, the intrepid editor of The Cancer Letter, reports that Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Rep.
A couple of weeks ago, in a speech on the House floor in which she railed against school-based health clinics, Rep.
Here are the Top 10 foods causing illness outbreaks, and you may be surprised to know that contaminated meat products — much in the news these days — didn’t even make the list.
Last week the European Union released its long-awaited opinions on more than 500 health claims that food manufacturers make for their products.
ST. PETER — It’s not that the world lacks water, speakers said at Gustavus Adolphus’ Nobel Conference.
A small study published Monday in the online edition of the British Medical Journal suggests that the ordinary seasonal flu vaccine may offer a bit of protection against the pandemic H1N1 swine flu.But don’t count on it, say the experts.“You can’t j
Here in Minnesota, we’re facing yet another day of gray clouds and drizzling rain. Can it get any gloomier outside?
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