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Survey finds doctors feel like Rodney Dangerfield

Ever wonder what your doctor thinks about you?
In its March issue, Consumer Reports magazine details the results of an online survey of 660 primary-care physicians it conducted last September.

Shaken-baby-syndrome article raises troubling questions

The New York Times magazine ran a troubling article on Sunday about the growing scientific controversy surrounding shaken-baby syndrome.
The article is troubling because it suggests that many parents and day-care providers may be in prison for a cr

Digital-mammography report shows how profits can trump science

If you’re wondering what’s fueling our upward-spiraling Medicare costs, consider the tale of digital mammography.
During the past decade, digital mammography has been stealthily replacing the much cheaper film mammography — even though there’s no g

How parents can use the Health Department’s toxic-chemical list

On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health published a list of nine “priority chemicals” that pose a threat to the health of children and pregnant women.
These chemicals were selected from 1,755 “chemicals of high concern” that the agency identi

Hormone therapy’s never-ending zombie march

Zombies. That’s what postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT) reminds me of. For no matter how many times researchers link it to serious health problems (most notably, heart disease, stroke and breast cancer), HT keeps coming back. And coming back.

Why ‘Blue Monday’ should have you seeing red

There seems to be a dispute this year about the date of “Blue Monday,” which is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Some say it was last Monday. Others claim it’s today.
Not that it matters.

Why music gives us ‘chills’

In his Frontal Cortex blog at Wired, science writer Jonah Lehrer writes about a fascinating new Canadian study that helps explain why music gives us “chills” — that combination of physiological factors (including an increased heart rate, dilated pup