You’ve got to love the sheer audacity of processed food manufacturers. I mean, just how dumb do they think we consumers are? (OK.
Rely less on your bathroom scale and more on your tape measure.
A new study has found that having a too-big waistline is associated with an increased risk of premature death — no matter what weight category (normal, overweight or obese) your body m
For more than a decade scientists have been debating whether girls are entering puberty at earlier ages — and, if so, what might be causing it. A study published today in the journal Pediatrics raises the issue yet again.
I recently heard a report on National Public Radio (NPR) about how BP is handing out lucrative research contracts (more than $200 per hour) to prominent marine scientists at Texas A&M, Louisiana State University and elsewhere — as long as the re
In his Frontal Cortex blog yesterday, science writer Jonah Lehrer expounds on the ubiquitousness of cognitive dissonance in today’s Internet-connected world — why, in his words, “we seem to squander ever more oxygen on worthless conversations about O
In simplest terms, these are kids whose brains are configured in a way that makes them unable to remember faces.
Newsweek science columnist Sharon Begley has some rather discouraging news for summer vacationers.
A recently published Belgian study offers a bit of schadenfreude for everybody who’s struggling financially as we deal with the great recession:
Wealthy people, it seems, can’t savor everyday joys as much as the rest of us.
As the researchers themsel
Taking a calcium pill is part of the daily health regimen of millions of Americans age 40 and older, particularly women. For years, doctors (and advertisers) have told us that the supplement will ward off osteoporosis by keeping our bones dense.
Earlier this month, the European Union began requiring foods that contain certain synthetic dyes to carry a label that warns consumers that the food “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” It’s not a ban, but the labels w
The popularity of kombucha tea, a drink made from black tea and sugar that is fermented with bacterial and fungal cultures, continues to grow.
This craze is inexplicable to me.
For more than two decades, on the advice of doctors, trainers and shoe salespeople alike, I’ve bought “motion-control” running shoes.
The Pioneer Press ran a great piece over the weekend by reporter Christopher Snowbeck on new Medicare data that suggests Minnesota hospitals are performing too many unnecessary — and expensive — magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) diagnostic tests on
Two decades ago, an Indiana gynecologist, Dr.
The ongoing controversy about the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) acceptance of grant money from the Coca-Cola Corp.
They’re focusing too much on efforts aimed at individual students instead of collaborating with their local communities to develop policies that make it tougher for students to access alcohol, researchers say.
New York Times investigative reporter Stephanie Saul has written a disturbing article about the high number of breast biopsies — by some estimates, 17 percent — that are mistakenly diagnosed as ductal carcinoma in situ (D.C.I.S.), the earliest stage
Apparently, our doctors don’t like to talk with us. At least, not about our unhealthy lifestyles.
We are a gullible bunch.
And easily whipped into a frenzy over nothing.
I mean, really. Digital drugs?
In her most recent Newsweek column, science reporter Sharon Begley summarizes some of the intriguing new research that suggests that weight gain — and obesity — may not be simply a matter of taking in more calories than you expend:[W]hile the basic m