The Minnesota Department of Health says that the number of people with newly diagnosed HIV in 2009 increased by 13 percent to a 17-year high. Why?
“After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies,” the writer Cynthia Ozick once quipped in the Paris Review.
Apparently, one of those biographical facts we wear on our faces is our political affiliation.
The longer I’ve been a health writer, the more convinced I’ve become that exercise is the true fountain of youth.
That belief was reinforced on Monday with the publication of four new articles in the Archives of Internal Medicine linking physical act
I’m clueless about professional sports, but my sources tell me that except for the undecided (again) Brett Favre, the nucleus of the Vikings team should stay pretty much intact next year.
That’s very good news for Vikings fans — at least, according t
In its latest issue, New Scientist magazine reports on a troubling trend being witnessed by medical anthropologists:
Drug companies, with the aid of the U.S.
No matter how you measure obesity — by body-mass index (BMI), waist circumference or waist-to-hip ratio — being obese raises your risk of stroke.
And, regardless of race or gender, the more obese you are, the greater your risk.
Those are the key find
To follow up on yesterday’s post regarding sedentary behavior (primarily TV viewing) and health, I thought I’d mention Dave Munger’s recent online report for Seed Magazine in which he describes other research on this topic.
First, he talks about a st
We know that physical activity is good for health.
But is the reverse also true: Is sitting — being sedentary — bad for health?
A study published last week in the online version of Circulation, the medical journal of the American He
The December issue of Miller-McCune magazine carries an intriguing (and nostalgic) article on the history of handwriting.
Former U.S. Sen. David Durenberger thinks Sen. Ben Nelson and Rep. Bart Stupak need a refresher course about a historic understanding in Congress that no abortion funding restrictions would be extended to private insurance.
Women aren’t the only ones who’ve been sold (and pretty much bought, until recently, at least) the idea that a natural life passage, menopause, is a medical condition that requires hormone therapy medication — that is, if you want to avoid becoming a
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the introduction of food rationing in Britain during World War II.
I don’t think you’ll find many Brits celebrating.
Lots of us are feeling helpless in the face of the horrific news from Haiti. But are we opening our pocketbooks to help?
In an article in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, reporter Alicia Mundy describes how lobbyists for three powerful interest groups — radiologists, companies who make mammography equipment, and certain breast-cancer-awareness groups (who receive financi
Although frowned upon, “salami slicing” — the practice of cutting up of a single set of research data into many different papers for publication — is well known in academia.
Half of us take some kind of nutritional supplement daily.
If your New Year’s resolutions involve calorie counting, don’t rely on fast-food restaurants and manufacturers of frozen meals to do any of that counting for you.
According to a new study from Tufts University, fast-food and chain restaurants that di
A year ago, the novel H1N1 virus was a complete unknown, but since then, we’ve experienced two peaks in outbreaks. With about half the nation still vulnerable, it probably isn’t done with us yet.
“U.S. performance not only is poor at any given moment but also is improving much more slowly than that of other countries over time,” write two public-health experts.
On Tuesday, the Conference Board, a global research firm funded by about 2,000 corporations, reported the results of its annual survey on U.S.