It’s always illuminating to go back and identify the historical origins of scientific concepts. What you frequently find is that the evidence at the birth of the concept was weak or even entirely speculative.
The New York Times and Cancer Letter reported Thursday that the U.S.
Discover magazine put up on its website this week a useful article (from an earlier print edition) about how we humans often have a skewed perception of health risks — specifically, how we tend to “fear rare threats such as shark attacks while blith
Amy Silverstein (“Sick Girl”) published an interesting article on the Mother Jones website Monday about the reluctance of Susan G.
Women who eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet rich in fruits and vegetables during the year before pregnancy have a significantly reduced risk of delivering a child with serious birth defects, a new study reports.
Specifically, the study found that wome
We’re all aware of the devastating financial effect that home foreclosure has on families and communities.
But what about its impact on health?
In an op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times, Dr. Craig E.
Next time you blush with embarrassment, don’t feel, well, embarrassed.
Being embarrassed is actually a good thing.
In his Frontal Cortex column for Wired this week, science writer Jonah Lehrer (“How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist”) talks about three recent experiments that should give every parent — and teacher — pause.
The experiments suggest that
A startling high number — 43 percent — of primary-care physicians in the United States believe that much of the health care received by Americans is unnecessary, reports a survey published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Many of the ph
A cup of java in the morning — or at any time of day — can provide a quick (although short-lived) improvement in mood.
Scientists (and coffee drinkers) have known that much for years.
Over at KevinMd.com (a highly ranked medical blog that, as the Wall Street Journal puts it, “chronicles America’s often dysfunctional health care system through the prism of a primary care provider”), an ob-gyn physician asks, with considerable frus
Chad Marsolek, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota who has studied human memory, describes the problems with eyewitness testimony.Related: Troy Davis execution: Did the death penalty deliver justice?
Earlier this month, California pediatrician and family therapist Dr. Lawrence Diller wrote an op-ed for The Huffington Post on the troubling increase in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among U.S. children.
The overwhelming scientific evidence to date — not just anecdotal stories like Cloud’s — shows that for most people, supplements are a waste of money.
Why does returning from a trip — say, from a week of wilderness camping in the Boundary Waters or a weekend of biking and theater-going in Lanesboro, Minn.
Marie Claire magazine offers a warning as we approach Breast Cancer Awareness Month (otherwise known as October):
Think before you buy — or donate to — pink.
That’s because another name for Breast Cancer Awareness Month could be Scam Artist month.
A University of Minnesota professor who researches the psychological underpinnings of political preference talks about two spontaneous outbursts that caught a lot of people’s attention.
Dr. Steven Miles and Arthur Caplan offer combined $11,000 in rewards for proof of candidate’s anecdote alleging vaccination’s “dangerous” side-effects.
The Obama administration launched its Million Hearts Initiative Tuesday.
Testosterone levels tend to drop in men after they become fathers — particularly among men who are actively involved in parenting, a new study has found.
This finding suggests that men are biologically programmed to help with their children’s upbri