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!
Do you know your body weight measurement? Turns out the BMI formula was never intended to be used as an individual guide — and waist circumference is considered a better gauge.
Dear family members and friends:
Don’t bother to call me while you’re driving — even if you’re using that fancy new hands-free device of yours.
Almost immediately after my grandson was born earlier this month, my daughter’s ob-gyn went to work preparing the umbilical cord so that its blood stem cells could be donated for either life-saving medical treatments or research.
The ob-gyn struggle
“The marketing frenzy surrounding resveratrol is a prime example of how science can be distorted when it is mingled with hope, amplified for buzz and spun for profit,” says a new article exploring what we know (and don’t) about “red wine” pills.
Most weight-loss diets encourage people to count calories. And our packaged foods dutifully list calories on their labels.
But where did those numbers actually come from?
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has written another chilling column on the health dangers of endocrine disruptors, which are such a prevalent, if hidden, part of our everyday lives.
You’d think there wouldn’t be room for another nail to be hammered into the coffin of postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT).
It takes a long time for a paradigm shift to occur in the medical world. And there’s always a lot of shouting and kicking while the fault lines rearrange themselves.
The continuing controversy regarding mammography screening for breast cancer surfaced again last week with a new study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that found “one in three breast cancers detected in a population offered organized screening i
As I write this, I’m on baby watch, ready to go into action as my daughter’s unofficial doula at the birth of her first child.
It’s also Friday, the day of the week when I prefer to post on health topics that are out-of-the-ordinary or perhaps even
The PSA test (which I posted about on Tuesday) isn’t the only prostate cancer controversy.
Just as contentious is the debate over what is the appropriate treatment for this disease, which kills 27,000 American men each year.
In Wednesday’s New York
July may not be peak season for the common cold, but the findings from two Cochrane review studies released Tuesday may be something you’ll want to store in the back of your mind for when the sniffling, sneezing and coughing do return later in the y
On Father’s Day last month, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and radio shock jock Don Imus co-authored an op-ed for the Boston Globe in which they argued that men needed to be sure they received regular preventive screening check-ups for prostate cancer.
A steady drip, drip, drip of research has suggested in recent years that caffeine may have some protective effect against Alzheimer’s disease.
I spoke on Monday with Christine Norton, co-founder of the Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition, about the controversial breast-cancer bill that Sen.
Need an incentive to join Sir Paul McCartney’s “Meat Free Monday” campaign?Here’s one: A British study has found that vegetarians have a lower risk of developing cancer than their carnivore colleagues.The study, published in the British Journal of
Does cycling damage men’s sperm?Yes, suggests the findings of a study presented Monday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Amsterdam.
I’ve heard scientists grumble about the time, effort and frustration involved in applying for research grants, but I wasn’t aware how the process can stymie innovative thinking — and hold back breakthrough treatments for disease — until I read repor
Canities subita — the sudden, seemingly “overnight” onset of white hair — is a medical condition that is 1) non-life-threatening and 2) extremely unlikely to happen to you.But the condition is also odd and fascinating — one that has, as the physicia