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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.

Take the Flu Quiz! It’s good for you

Take my Flu Quiz today. If you get a perfect score, you can feel good about your knowledge. If you want to feel good all winter, however, get vaccinated.

The impatient patient: brain injury, part 2

As a former colleague zipped up my boots the other day so that I wouldn’t risk another brain injury by bending down, I slyly remarked: “Hmm, wonder how long I can milk this?”

Are you on the right blood-pressure medication?

The longer I practice medicine, the more I am dumbstruck by the schism between which medications and therapies really work, and the medicine most commonly practiced.

The impatient patient

I’m not supposed to be writing this. I’m supposed to be letting my brain rest. My brain is recovering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, and I’m supposed to be letting the blood be reabsorbed into my brain.

Rheumatoid arthritis on the rise among women

The incidence of rheumatoid arthritis among American women has unexpectedly jumped in recent years, according to new research from Mayo Clinic investigators.

Panhandling on Wall Street

By Casey Selix | Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008
NEW YORK — Three days after the Dow dove below 8,000, three businesslike fellows managed to make some money on Wall Street — by standing on it.

Daily Cialis: treatment breakthrough — or marketing ploy?

Some of the tragicomedy on television is unscripted, as when a news report showing Hurricane Gustav filing its fangs on the Louisiana coast segued to an advertisement for the erectile-dysfunction drug Cialis.

Mama took a quinolone and her what popped off?

Remember the lyric you sang as a kid while you decapitated yet another dandelion? “Mama had a baby and her HEAD popped off!” Well, mama took a quinolone and her Achilles tendon popped off.

My State Fair art tour — a walk on the wild, seedy side

This year, I arrived at the Minnesota Great Get-Together armed with details because Janet, Carol and Mark had already spent at least one 12-hour day scoping out every piece of seed art and every scarecrow in the Agriculture Building, every quilt and

Study tries to resuscitate hormone therapy for menopause

Ever since the stunning 2002 findings from the massive, randomized, double-blinded Women’s Health Initiative study, hormone therapy as a “treatment” for menopause has been on life support.

Our cells would be lost without telomeres

The State Fair is coming up, which makes me think of one of those Midway-style booths where, for a buck or two, a carnie with a startling degree of gum recession will guess your age or weight. If he’s right, he keeps all the money.