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Can a baby be too fat?

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

Medical journals’ conflict-of-interest form: Will it be enough?

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

Risky business: foods that can make you sick

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.

Ordinary flu shot may — or may not — protect against H1N1

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

Why some breast-cancer survivors are sick of pink

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.

Feeling creative? Maybe you’re in love

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.

Ah, my aching back! (and why yoga may help)

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.

Recession influencing women’s decisions on childbearing

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

Early stroke screening: Lifesaver or money waster?

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

The perils of being a science journalist in Britain

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