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Yes or no decision on HPV vaccine is still tricky

What are young women (and the parents of young women) to think about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine — you know, the one that’s supposed to protect against cervical cancer?Last June, the conservative group Judicial Watch (yep, the one finance

Doing the math behind waning support for public option

Over the weekend, the Obama administration sent signals that the public option isn’t a must-have in health-care reform. What’s behind that? It could be a simple case of math. The U.S. Senate needs 60 votes to pass a health-care reform bill.

A fascinating tale about U’s MMPI controversy

You can now read online Maura Lerner’s intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the current controversy regarding the 70-year-old MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test, which ran in last Sunday’s dead-tree version of the Star Tribune.

We lie a lot. And that’s the truth.

According to studies conducted by Robert Feldman, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, when we’re making small talk with strangers, we tend to lie to each other about three times every 10 minutes.

Survey: Average 50-year-old fitter than average 25-year-old. Really?

I had to laugh when I read the headlines in the British press today: “Average 50-something fitter than 25-year-old, study claims”“How the average 50-year-old is healthier than someone half their age”“50-year-olds are fitter and healthier than 25-yea

Of mindfulness, music and avoiding life’s ruts

Before I switched to journalism in college, I half-seriously considered classical music as a career and played in many student orchestras. During each concert, I would try to perform precisely as the conductor had rehearsed us.

Columnist ‘discovers’ special studies: Duh! and Huh?

For your weekend entertainment, I offer you Melinda Beck’s funny and provocative Wall Street Journal column of last Tuesday in which she muses about starting two of her own scholarly medical journals: Duh!