It’s taken a few years, but parkour (pronounced par-KOOR), an underground sport that originated in divergent metropolitan areas throughout Paris, has come to Midwestern suburban gymnasiums.
Jonathan Leo, PhD, a 1986 Macalester College graduate and professor of neuroanatomy at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., has finally reflected in print on his unhappy whistleblower role in a highly public medical ethics dust-up last s
True story: As I write this, one table away here in the cafeteria of my local health club a mother has just finished telling her young son why we eat. “We eat because our body needs fuel,” she said. “We burn fuel when we exercise.
What kind of summer did the H1N1 novel influenza virus have, and what more do we know about it? Here’s an update.
As I begin a week-long hiatus from this blog, I thought I’d leave you with five tales from the medical literature that may strike your funny bone. But not too hard, I hope. I wouldn’t want you to faint.
Health writer and policy wonk Shannon Brownlee and University of California-Davis physician and researcher Michael Wilkes wrote an editorial in Wednesday’s Sacramento Bee that highlights, yet again, the urgent need to develop truly evidence-based gu
Bob Greene, Oprah’s personal trainer, has famously advised her (and her millions of devoted TV viewers and magazine readers) not to eat anything three hours before bedtime when trying to lose weight.He may be on to something.A new study reports that
Here’s some very good news for those of us hoping to stick around for a long, long time: Living into your 90s or beyond doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be spending most of those years enfeebled and frail.According to an article on the “Secrets of th
Get out that tape measure (again).This time, you’ll want to measure your thigh circumference.A team of Dutch researchers has found that having thinner-than-average thighs — specifically, ones that measure less than 21.6 inches — is associat
More news about the placebo effect: British surgeons report that patients who underwent a surgical procedure (lumbar microdiscectomy) for back pain caused by a spinal disc tear (“slipped disc”) had better outcomes when they received fragments of the
Philadelphia writer Meredith Broussard has been on a tear in the last couple of years, trying to point out that many of the most-quoted statistics about food allergies — the ones that have been used to pass legislation on this issue — come from a si
The F-bombs that an upstate New York TV anchor let loose after getting stung by a bee a few days ago while taping a news webcast (see bleeped video above) may have been just what the doctor ordered.
Pharmaceutical companies have discovered an unexpected nemesis in their quest to bring new drugs to market: the placebo.As Steve Silberman reports in a recent article in Wired magazine, the percentage of new pharmaceutical products being scrapped du
A look at rescission (rare in this state), the rate of insurance denial in Minnesota and policy cancellations in the individual market.
From what I understand, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been waffling when it comes to making up her mind regarding the various health-care-reform proposals before Congress.Maybe somebody should hand her a heavy object to hold.
A study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) raises serious questions about the skyrocketing use in the United States of computed tomography (CT) scans and other diagnostic imaging procedures.The study, which analyzed three
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
The evidence that high blood pressure is worrisome for the brain as well as for the heart continues to mount: A study published today in the St.
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
Ever been amazed at the servers who can handle complicated restaurant orders at a table of eight or 10 without writing anything down? Then check out the successful memory methods they use to get everyone the right dish.