Gary Schwitzer wrote a fiery post on his Minnesota-based Health News Watchdog blog Wednesday about how his 89-year-old mother became “afraid and confused” after receiving an e-mail about a conversation that took place on a conservative radio show la
In his latest “Healthy Skeptic” column in the Los Angeles Times, reporter Chris Woolston takes on the oft-cited assertion that caffeine can help people lose weight.
The column is a good reminder of 1) why the solution to shedding unwanted pounds ca
Teens who persistently turned to dieting and unhealthy weight-control behaviors were more likely to gain weight as they moved into young adulthood than teens who didn’t diet.
“This study and other results that are coming along … are shedding light on the fact that more testing, more treatment may not always be a good thing,” said Dr. Timothy Wilt.
As someone who runs through a least a few downward-facing dogs, reversed triangles, forward bends and other asanas, or yoga poses, daily (usually right after I send these Second Opinion posts in the morning), I read with both amusement and concern t
Too much data from clinical trials is concealed or disappears, a situation that is threatening the integrity of evidence-based medicine and harming patients, according to a scathing series of articles published this week in the journal BMJ (formerly
Minnesota has one of the lowest stroke death rates in the nation, but that death rate took a slight tick upward in 2010.
Many years ago, I had a lively discussion with a surgeon about whether the imminent removal of my swollen and inflamed appendix was going to be good or bad for my long-term health.
What do bird flu and a decision about the morning-after pill have in common? Both made our experts’ list.
Amy Winehouse’s sad and tragic death this year at the age of 27 inevitably revised talk of the “27 Club” — the group of (mostly) rock-and-roll musicians who have died at that age.
Among the most famous members of this macabre club are Brian Jones,
An article in Monday’s New York Times examines the hypothesis that acetaminophen increases the risk of childhood asthma.
As reporter Christie Aschwanden points out, the percentage of U.S. children with asthma began to accelerate in the 1980s.
From Lorna Benson of Minnesota Public Radio:
The University of Minnesota Medical School has sent a cautionary letter to one of its surgeons for violating several conflict of interest disclosure requirements.
The review of Dr.
In a recent entry in his Not Exactly Rocket Science blog for Discover Magazine, science writer Ed Yong describes some ongoing research involving the brains of London’s black-cab (taxi) drivers.
It’s research that should be a bit reassuring to the r
Even if you’re not among the 38 percent of Americans who collectively spend $34 billion each year on alternative medical treatments — things like herbal supplements and visits to acupuncturists and massage therapists — you are paying for those treat
Sarah Palin’s 2009 false “death panel” charges made any reasonable public discussion about end-of-life medical care almost impossible.
Maybe, just maybe, we’re ready to leave fear-mongering behind and return to a rational conversation about this to
Women with unwanted pregnancies who have an abortion are no more likely to develop mental health problems such as anxiety and depression than those who give birth, a comprehensive new British study has found.
The study, which was conducted by Brita
The scientific quest to figure out the placebo effect — and the role, if any, it should play in modern medicine — is the focus of an article in the current (Dec.
Maran Wolston, a 30-year-old graduate student, has published a powerful first-person account about how a patient’s trust in a physician can be seriously eroded by the physician’s financial relationships with drug companies.
I’ve never understood why parents serve their kids high-sugared cereals for breakfast.