In his latest PopRX column in the online magazine Salon, San Francisco pediatrician and writer Dr.
Scientific American has launched a new series this year called “Too Hard for Science?” It involves interviews with scientists “about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated.”
The interview on Monday was with Rob
Science writer Gary Taubes has written a must-read article in this week’s New York Times Magazine that asks the question, “Is sugar toxic?”
I don’t know if this article will get the same kind of attention (and nasty pushback) as Taubes’ 2002 Times
If you’ve already begun to experience “senior moments” — those temporary memory lapses when you can’t remember why in the world you came into a room or where, exactly, you were going with your train of thought in a conversation or what the name of y
Minnesota-based science writer Emily Sohn wrote a gruesomely fascinating article last week for Discovery News about what happens if you get sucked out of an airplane at 30,000 feet.
It’s a question that many people undoubtedly brooded about after h
The diets of young moms include more sugared beverages, more saturated fat and more overall calories; both parents exercise less than peers.
Science writer Jonah Lehrer (“How We Decide”) returns to the topic of grit in his Wall Street Journal column this week.
A growing body of research suggests that grit — the ability of an individual to stay committed to a long-term goal — may be mo
A new study has found that mindfulness meditation can help alleviate the sensation of pain.
Furthermore — and this is really the new finding in this study — you don’t have to be a Buddhist monk or other long-time meditation practitioner to experien
As part of its excellent ongoing “Side Effects” series, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article last weekend that serves as yet another cautionary tale about universities, medicine and financial conflicts of interest.
The central player
Numerous serious health disparities were identified for this group, including poorer access to health insurance, a higher incidence of mental-health problems and an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
Each April Fool’s Day, the James Randi Educational Foundation (an organization dedicated to exposing pseudoscientific claims) “honors” what it calls “the five worst offenders who are intentionally or unintentionally pulling the wool over the public’
Ah, here’s a medical story that offers some music for our ears:
A 76-year-old woman with a severe case of pre-operative high blood pressure — so high (and unresponsive to medication) that her operation for hip replacement had been postponed — was a
Writing Wednesday in the online magazine Miller-McCune, science writer Tom Jacobs describes some provocative new research that offers, um, ammunition to the theory by evolutionary psychologists that war is an extension of mating-related male aggress
Are you trying, but failing, to lose weight?
Maybe there’s too much stress — and too little sleep — in your daily routine.
A study published Tuesday in the International Journal of Obesity found that people with high stress levels and poor sleep p
A new analysis of the cancer risk posed by airport body scanners should ease the concern of the flying public — even frequent fliers.
The analysis, published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, reports that the radiation doses from backsca
Fear and frustration seemed to be the prevailing emotions at Saturday’s Somali community forum on Minnesota’s current measles outbreak.
The fear came from parents in the audience — some Somali, some not — who believe that the measles, mumps and
The debate over the role of added sugars in America’s, um, ever-expanding obesity problem heated up a bit yesterday with the release of some new research findings from the University of Minnesota.
Using dietary and other health data collected by si
Psychotherapy can be as effective for the treatment of depression as the most recent generation of antidepressant medications, a new meta-analysis from researchers at Metropolitan State University in St.
A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is certainly grabbing the headlines this morning, and, from the headlines alone, it’s easy to see why:
“Sex Can Be a Heart Attack Trigger for Couch Potatoes”
Writing in the online magazine Slate last week, psychologist and child-development scientist Alison Gopnik described new research that questions whether we’re doing the right thing by emphasizing direct instruction in preschool.