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Back pain in Britain: an alternative approach

If you have low back pain (and if you don’t, you probably will, for four of five of us develop an achy lower back at some point in our lives), you’ll be interested to learn that three alternative therapies — acupuncture, manual therapy (massage and/

New Yorker article sparks strong reaction

Until recently, McAllen, Texas, a quiet border town, was best known for being the backdrop of the film “Lonesome Dove.” But an article recently published in the The New Yorker has brought the town unwelcome notoriety: McAllen is now synonymous with

Wait? No thanks. I’d rather die.

Those American TV ads that show a handful of British patients and doctors warning of the perils of socialized medicine have my relatives and friends “over the pond” shaking their heads in disbelief.Sure, Britons love to whine (or whinge, as they som

A meaning for morning sickness?

Now they tell me.
I had terrible morning sickness — unrelenting nausea — during the early months of both my pregnancies. Ugh. I wouldn’t wish it on any woman.
Well, maybe I should wish it on them.

Seeking a key to the ‘Phantom’ phenomenon

Since its debut in London in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988 “The Phantom of the Opera,” which opens for another run here on Wednesday, has lured 80 million attendees in more than 100 cities. What’s its secret?

New swine flu puts U.S. on alert

The appearance of a novel swine influenza, first in Mexico City, has caused U.S. health officials to declare a public health emergency.

Health insurance watch: Some good news amid grim numbers

There’s one piece of good news to report during “Cover the Uninsured Week”: The rate of uninsured children fell 13 percent nationwide between 1994 and 2007, thanks to government assistance like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Ordway looks forward to revamped ‘Little House’

Though local critics panned last year’s “Little House on the Prairie” musical, they did not deter an extended run at the Guthrie or dissuade the Ordway from booking the first stop on a tour starting in the fall.