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Proposed changes to psychiatry’s ‘diagnostic bible’ are released

The long-awaited proposed changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the “diagnostic bible” of the American Psychiatric Association, were released Tuesday.
Already, individuals, physicians, special-interest groups and

And the Oscar for best junk-food ‘brand-cameo’ performance is ….

If there were an Oscar category for best performance by a food and beverage in a movie, it would have to include even more nominees than this year’s best-picture category.
But you could bet all your Oscar pool money that the winning product would be

Forbes highlights misleading drug ads

Forbes magazine has put up a must-see slide show of “Ten Misleading Drug Ads.”
These are among the 41 advertising and promotional campaigns that generated warning letters in 2009 from the apparently newly energized U.S.

Twin Cities physician in Haiti sees the battle slowly turning

There is some good news coming out of what Dr. Peter Melchert describes as the “awfulness” of post-quake Haiti. Melchert, a Minneapolis internist and pediatrician in Haiti caring for quake victims, says, “The whole crisis is evolving.”

A turning point in the vaccine safety debate?

On Tuesday, the British medical journal The Lancet took a remarkable action.
It finally retracted a discredited 1998 study that had linked the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine with autism and bowel disorders.
The retraction came a week after

Unsavory bacteria found in packaged lettuce

I’m someone who eats at least one salad daily, sometimes with prewashed packaged organic lettuce, so the findings from Consumer Reports’ latest tests on packaged leafy greens were not what I wanted to hear.
The magazine tested 208 samples of packaged

Drug, device companies want to ‘talk’ to you via social media

With 60 percent of us now searching the Internet for health-related information, you can understand why the marketers of drugs and medical devices are so eager to implant their messages online — particularly in social media sites and blogs.
But how c

Study: Thinking about the past or future can be moving (literally)

The only way we can travel through time, of course, is in our mind.
But as we do so — as we contemplate either our past or our future — our body moves ever so imperceptibly with us.
Specifically, we sway slightly backward when we muse about the past

There is a ‘youth pill’: It’s called exercise

The longer I’ve been a health writer, the more convinced I’ve become that exercise is the true fountain of youth.
That belief was reinforced on Monday with the publication of four new articles in the Archives of Internal Medicine linking physical act

U of M study: By any measurement, obesity raises risk of stroke

No matter how you measure obesity — by body-mass index (BMI), waist circumference or waist-to-hip ratio — being obese raises your risk of stroke.
And, regardless of race or gender, the more obese you are, the greater your risk.
Those are the key find

More on TV viewing and health (with a warning for parents)

To follow up on yesterday’s post regarding sedentary behavior (primarily TV viewing) and health, I thought I’d mention Dave Munger’s recent online report for Seed Magazine in which he describes other research on this topic.
First, he talks about a st

Sedentary time is unhealthful, even if you’re an exerciser

We know that physical activity is good for health.
But is the reverse also true: Is sitting — being sedentary — bad for health?
A study published last week in the online version of Circulation, the medical journal of the American He