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Pushback begins against new cancer report

The pushback to this year’s President’s Cancer Panel report published Thursday has already started. Expect that criticism to swell. Big time.

‘Best practices’ evidence is sparser than you think

When your doctor recommends a medical treatment for what ails you — say, high cholesterol, back pain, noninvasive breast cancer, prostate cancer, atherosclerosis, or even pregnancy — how do you (or your doctor) know if that treatment is your best op

Chocolate cravings and depression

A new study reports that people who scored positive for possible depression on a standard mood-screening test tended to consume more chocolate than those who did not register as depressed on the test.

Male infertility problems may start in the womb

It’s been almost 20 years since the researcher Niels Skakkebaek and his colleagues at the University of Copenhagen stunned scientists and the public alike by reporting that sperm counts were plummeting around the world.

Cellphones and radiation: A review of troubling studies

Will we one day regret our current cavalier attitude toward cellphone radiation — just as our grandparents and great-grandparents came to regret their nonchalant-ness toward such now-known carcinogens as tobacco and asbestos?

Is it healthy to become Facebook friends with your doctor?

The Boston Globe published an article earlier this week that raises some provocative questions for users of social media: Should you and your doctor become Facebook friends? What if that doctor is your psychiatrist?