Health

Wait? No thanks. I’d rather die.

Those American TV ads that show a handful of British patients and doctors warning of the perils of socialized medicine have my relatives and friends “over the pond” shaking their heads in disbelief.Sure, Britons love to whine (or whinge, as they som

A meaning for morning sickness?

Now they tell me.
I had terrible morning sickness — unrelenting nausea — during the early months of both my pregnancies. Ugh. I wouldn’t wish it on any woman.
Well, maybe I should wish it on them.

Seeking a key to the ‘Phantom’ phenomenon

Since its debut in London in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988 “The Phantom of the Opera,” which opens for another run here on Wednesday, has lured 80 million attendees in more than 100 cities. What’s its secret?

New swine flu puts U.S. on alert

The appearance of a novel swine influenza, first in Mexico City, has caused U.S. health officials to declare a public health emergency.

Health insurance watch: Some good news amid grim numbers

There’s one piece of good news to report during “Cover the Uninsured Week”: The rate of uninsured children fell 13 percent nationwide between 1994 and 2007, thanks to government assistance like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Ordway looks forward to revamped ‘Little House’

Though local critics panned last year’s “Little House on the Prairie” musical, they did not deter an extended run at the Guthrie or dissuade the Ordway from booking the first stop on a tour starting in the fall.

Multivitamins: A multiwaste of money?

A new, large study published earlier this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine  reports that taking a multivitamin offers no benefit in reducing heart disease or common cancers.

Obama mosaic in search of a permanent home

Minneapolis mosaic artist Angela Carlson Talle had hoped a 9-foot by 7-foot mosaic of President-elect Barack Obama would make its way to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration.

Can happiness be transmitted, and if so, how far?

Is it possible that happiness is contagious? A recent study reported in the British Medical Journal takes a stab at understanding the dynamics of this most elusive of feelings.