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Study: Kids with pretend companions have stronger narrative skills

For someone like me, who had a crew of imaginary playmates as a young child (including an owl who perched on my right shoulder and helped me steer clear of trouble whenever I sailed the seas in my cardboard box), the results of a recent study on chi

Off-label use of drugs: How much does your doctor know?

An argument could be made — and frequently has been made — that the off-label use of certain drugs in certain situations is a good thing.And, indeed, prescribing drugs off-label (for uses not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration

Yes or no decision on HPV vaccine is still tricky

What are young women (and the parents of young women) to think about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine — you know, the one that’s supposed to protect against cervical cancer?Last June, the conservative group Judicial Watch (yep, the one finance

Doing the math behind waning support for public option

Over the weekend, the Obama administration sent signals that the public option isn’t a must-have in health-care reform. What’s behind that? It could be a simple case of math. The U.S. Senate needs 60 votes to pass a health-care reform bill.

A fascinating tale about U’s MMPI controversy

You can now read online Maura Lerner’s intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the current controversy regarding the 70-year-old MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test, which ran in last Sunday’s dead-tree version of the Star Tribune.

We lie a lot. And that’s the truth.

According to studies conducted by Robert Feldman, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, when we’re making small talk with strangers, we tend to lie to each other about three times every 10 minutes.