In the first volume of his autobiographical novel “In Search of Lost Time” (or, if you prefer, “Remembrances of Things Past”), Marcel Proust famously wrote about how the odor (and taste) of a small French cake (petite madeleine) dipped in tea evoked
Early last month, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) launched a “Consumer Alliance” corporate partnership program.
Recently, Disney announced that it would refund parents for Baby Einstein DVDs — you know, the ones aimed at the under-2 set and whose creator was praised and feted by Oprah and President George W.
Members of a seven-person Minnesota delegation that recently visited Germany share their insights.
Finally, perhaps, women are getting the news that breast-cancer screening carries risks as well as benefits and that the decision to undergo screening requires a more nuanced approach than the current one-size-fits-all recommendation that all women,
Whether there is a psychological disorder that could be called (for lack of a better term) “Internet addiction” is a hotly debated question in the medical community.
In Monday’s Boston Globe, we get yet another exploration of the topic by reporter E
You may have gained an hour over the weekend as we ditched daylight saving time for standard time.
But do you feel more rested?
In theory, you should.
One year ago today, I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in a robbery. Along the road to recovery and reporting about health-care reform, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with trying to put a dollar sign on what this crime cost society and me.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but while driving in the U.K. last week, I scraped some paint off my rental car. I misjudged how far away I was from an iron railing.
I have a host of excuses: It was late at night.
Maybe we’ll finally see an end to those misleading labels on breakfast cereals (and other processed foods).
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had begun a long-overdue analysis of nutritional claims on food labels to
In Tuesday’s New York Times, evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson asked the provocative question: “Do some languages contain an intrinsic bias towards pulling happy faces?
For a highly readable and eye-opening article on the anti-vaccination movement, I recommend freelance writer Amy Wallace’s “An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All,” published last week in Wired magazine.The article
When I arrived in Great Britain last week, the most talked-about health topic in the British press concerned fathers-to-be.Should they or shouldn’t they be in the delivery room?It was a discussion that seemed oh-so-1970s.
I’ve been in England this week, with intermittent access to the Internet.
The head of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy explains what scientists do and don’t know about the virus.
The current issue (Autumn 2009) of American Scholar profiles Aaron Beck, the Philadelphia psychiatrist (now nearing 90) who developed cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT).
Unless you work in the field, you’ve probably never heard of Beck.
From today’s New York Times:The American Cancer Society, which has long been a staunch defender of most cancer screening, is now saying that the benefits of detecting many cancers, especially breast and prostate, have been overstated.It is quietly w
I can’t recall at all what I was doing on the day in 1990 that I came down with appendicitis, but as I was training for a marathon at the time, perhaps I spent the morning on a long outdoor run.
Attempts to resuscitate hormone replacement (HT) for menopausal “complaints” took yet another blow this month when a new Cochrane review reported that HT may worsen symptoms of urinary incontinence.It didn’t matter if the HT consisted of estrogen on
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.