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Lifestyle Factors Reduce Alzheimer's Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A combination of these lifestyle traits appears to substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

A Crash Course in Helping Behavior
Charlotte LoBuono

From wearing a face mask to staying home, we're seeing the benefits of prosocial behavior. Read more >

Face Masks Curb COVID
Laurie Wiegler

Masks help curb not just transmission, but also the novel coronavirus's reproduction rate. Read more >

Extremely Long-Term Benefits
Leslie Carr

Interventions to help kids and parents in violent neighborhoods offer a payback that extends generations. Read more >

A Woman's Heart
Charlotte LoBuono

Women's hearts don't get the respect they should. Too often issues like hypertension and high cholesterol are left un- or under-treated. Read more >

Poverty and Prevention
Charlotte LoBuono

Income plays a big role in who does and doesn't get preventive heart care. Read more >

Foods to Build Immunity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not only about wearing a mask. Nutrition plays a major role in supporting your immune system. Read more >

Your Kids Know You're Stressed
Charlotte LoBuono

Parents often try to hide their worries from their children, but kids pick up on anxious undercurrents anyway. Read more >

"You've Been Misinformed"
Laurie Wiegler

The COVID crisis has produced a deluge of news. Not all of it is fact-based, however. Read more >

Juice Box Confidential
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Parents hoping to pick a healthy drink for their kids are not getting much help from the FDA. Read more >

Location and Longevity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Where you live, in addition to your genes and lifestyle, has an impact on how long you live. How does your part of the U.S. stack up? Read more >

The Hunt for a COVID-19 Vaccine
Neil Wagner

A vaccine that stimulates the immune system is creating immunity to COVID-19 in mice. Read more >

Finding Common Ground
Neil Wagner

To combat the polarization that seems to come so easily these days, a group of psychologists decided to study their own disagreements. Read more >

Get Smart about Food Labels
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The nutrition facts labels on the foods are a gold mine of health information. What to look for. Read more >

Soothing Cry Babies
Leslie Carr

Letting a fussy child "cry it out" at bedtime not only seems to work, it may actually help. Read more >

Eating Right in Difficult Times
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The fact that many of us must shelter in place with limited access to the foods we are used to is an opportunity as well as a handicap. Read more >

Read This, Kids
Charlotte LoBuono

The more children read, the better they read. What they read also makes a difference. Read more >

Meat's Other, Sulfur, Problem
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not just fats in meat that make it hard on heart health. Certain amino acids add to the risk, too. Read more >

Aging Optimists
Charlotte LoBuono

Living with an optimist brings mental benefits that make serious, age-related memory issues less likely. Read more >

Putting the Brakes on COVID-19
Neil Wagner

International airports have a major role to play when it comes to preventing the spread of disease. What travelers need to know. Read more >

Short-Circuiting Premature Births
Charlotte LoBuono

Taking low-dose aspirin while pregnant can reduce the risk of hypertension and premature birth. Read more >

Jerks in Fancy Cars
Neil Wagner

Why are drivers of German cars more likely to drive recklessly? A researcher decided to find out. Read more >

Lunches with a Nutritional Punch
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Bag lunches are often less nutritious than those bought at school. Here are lunches that make the grade. Read more >

The Rising Cost of Having a Baby
Charlotte LoBuono

Out-of-pocket costs for pregnancy care have gone up by 50 percent and more since 2008, prompting many women to skip checkups. Read more >

Cooking Shows and Nutrition
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids are more likely to try healthy foods when they see them prepared on TV. Read more >

Flirting at Work
Neil Wagner

Many office workers think a little flirting at work can add some spice to the day, but things change when the flirt is a supervisor. Read more >

Eight Baby Steps to a Better 2020
Leslie Carr

Here are some small steps you can take to stay on course for a happier and healthier 2020. Read more >

Those Holiday Sugar Blues
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not uncommon to feel low over the holidays. How we eat can make depression worse. Read more >

Hair Products and Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Cancer seems to be likelier among women who use hair coloring and hair straighteners. Black women are disproportionately at risk. Read more >

Restricted Eatings' Big Results
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Limiting the number of hours during which you eat, not how much you eat, can have a profound effect on your metabolism and weight. Read more >

Teen Angst or Depression?
Charlotte LoBuono

Parents may miss the warning signs of depression in their teens and preteens. Counseling can help. Read more >

Don't Fear the Bean
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you avoid legumes because they make you fart, consider what they do for your heart, weight and wallet. Read more >

E-Records' Failing Grades
Neil Wagner

Electronic health records were supposed to liberate doctors, but docs gave them an "F" instead. Read more >

Making Bad Cholesterol Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Avocados reduce the worst kind of bad cholesterol. Antioxidants appear to be the reason why. Read more >

As Bad As New
Neil Wagner

New flame retardants appear to carry the same risks as the chemicals they are designed to replace. Read more >

The Real News on Fake Sugar
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Giving kids foods made with artificial sweeteners sounds like a good diet plan, but there's a lot we don't know about these chemicals. Read more >

Go Fish, Baby
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Giving kids fish starting at about a year old reduces the risk of asthma and eczema. And it's easy to do. Read more >

The Cure for Digital Addiction
Neil Wagner

How often have you emerged from an online session, surprised that so much time had passed? Here's how to change your ways. Read more >

Introverts Masquerading as Extraverts
Alice G. Walton

Intentionally acting like an extravert might help you feel happier. Read more >

What Kids Need to Drink
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Breast milk, water, formula, juice. Parents of kids five and under will be glad to see these new guidelines. Read more >

HRT and Breast Cancer
Charlotte LoBuono

Hormone replacement therapy can ease the symptoms of menopause, but there's a downside -- a higher risk of breast cancer. Read more >

Game Your Diet
Charlotte LoBuono

Making exercise a game keeps activity levels up. And one kind of gamification seems to work best. Read more >

MS Treatment Costs Skyrocket
Neil Wagner

The average cost for a year's supply of MS drugs has more than quadrupled, jumping from about $18,000 to $76,000 since 2006. Read more >

The Cannabis Chronicles
Charlotte LoBuono

As laws regulating cannabis are relaxed, parents can take precautions to keep kids safe. Read more >

Choking on Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The size of many vitamins and supplements can be a problem for older adults. Here's what helps. Read more >

Little Hits Damage the Brain, Too
Alice G. Walton

Big hits and concussions aren't the only brain injuries football players need to be concerned about. Little hits also harm the brain. Read more >

The Anti-Aging Compound in Blueberries
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Nearly everyone loves them, and for those over 65, blueberries are a tasty hedge against aging. Read more >

Pot and Pregnancy
Charlotte LoBuono

Cannabis consumption is not good for developing fetuses. But with legalization, use of marijuana among pregnant women has doubled. Read more >

Middle Schoolers' Rough Road
Leslie Carr

Moving from elementary school to middle school can be hard on preteens. A program that helps. Read more >

Dietitians to the Rescue
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Few MDs feel qualified to make dietary recommendations. That's a problem for patients' health. Read more >

Some Neurons Never Grow Up
Alice G. Walton

If you have a teenager, you are probably aware that his or her brain is not fully mature. Adult neurons don't either. Read more >

Genetic Testing and IVF
Charlotte LoBuono

More couples undergoing in vitro fertilization are opting for genetic testing before implantation. Read more >

You Found a Wallet; Now What?
Neil Wagner

Researchers dropped off wallets containing money at 17,000 sites. The results surprised them. Read more >

Put a Little More Fish in Your Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Red and processed meats are bad for you; fish is good. So why aren't people in the U.S. eating more fish? Read more >

Seniors' Cannabis Problem
Charlotte LoBuono

Seniors are often reluctant to ask about how medical marijuana might help them, and many doctors lack the information to offer advice. Read more >

Modern Tech, Ancient Practice
Alice G. Walton

A responsive meditation app helps boost attention among those who need it most. Read more >

Cut Your Cancer Risk...with Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Changing the way you eat could cut your risk of cancer by five percent or more, so why not consider it? Read more >

Deluded about Dementia
Charlotte LoBuono

People worry about dementia, but too few do what they should to keep their brains sharp. Read more >

Processed Foods Fuel Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you want to gain weight, processed foods are the way to do it. They add about 500 calories a day. Read more >

Beware of Diet Blogs
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss blogs can be uplifting, but the information they offer is often inaccurate and high calorie. Read more >

Save Billions in Healthcare Costs
Leslie Carr

If the US switched to pricing models used in Canada and the UK, the cost of drugs to Medicare could drop by as much as $73 billion a year. Read more >

What You're Not Eating Could Kill You
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating unhealthy food is not as bad for you as missing out on the nutrients in foods you don't eat. Read more >

The Face-Trait Connection
Alice G. Walton

Kids as young as three tend to assume others' facial expressions say something about their characters and respond accordingly. Read more >

Lift Like a Girl
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain muscle fibers in elite female athletes care not just as good as those of men, they are better. Read more >

Good and Bad News on Prescription Opioids
Charlotte LoBuono

The number of prescriptions written for opioids is falling, but more are being written for long durations. Read more >

From Cheetah to Tortoise Mode
Neil Wagner

Games like Simon Says help kids practice controlling their emotions, behavior and minds. Read more >

Say "No" to E-Story Time
Leslie Carr

Conversations happen when parents read books with kids. E-books make those talks harder to come by. Read more >

Rising Teen Depression
Alice G. Walton

Phone use is a factor. Parents who encourage person-to-person interactions can help. Read more >

Mind Games Make Willpower Easier
Charlotte LoBuono

When it comes to self-control, willpower isn't enough. You need to set yourself up to succeed. Read more >

Diet Soda Can Be a Heartbreaker
Charlotte LoBuono

Drinking two or more diet beverages a day can raise the risk of blood clot-related stroke. Read more >

Food Tracking Made Easy
Leslie Carr

Counting calories is a good way to lose weight, but it can be tedious. A quicker approach works better. Read more >

Crickets: The Gateway Bug
Neil Wagner

Eating insects may help prevent colon cancer. They're also a cheap and environmentally-friendly source of protein. Read more >

Mindfulness, Via Smartphone
Leslie Carr

Cell phones can make us feel lonely, but they can also help us connect more and stay in the moment. Read more >

Happier Exercisers
Charlotte LoBuono

Does more exercise mean less depression, or does more depression mean less exercise? Read more >

Moms' Invisible Work
Leslie Carr

Knowing kids' teachers, kids' schedules and what's in the fridge takes a lot of mental energy, even if it largely goes unrecognized. Read more >

The Wallet-Well Being Connection
Charlotte LoBuono

Financial security and physical health are more closely linked than people probably think. Read more >

Health Data Privacy Scams
Neil Wagner

Companies will pay good money for information about you. This, along with tech advances, threatens the security of health data. Read more >

Cut Back on Takeout
Neil Wagner

Takeout containers are overtaking our landfills and shorelines. There are other options Read more >

Reining in Kids' Media Use
Charlotte LoBuono

Of course kids' media exposure is out of control. But what can parents do? A lot, actually. Start with a plan. Read more >

Nature Meets Virtual Reality
Neil Wagner

VR gives us access to sights we might not otherwise visit. It may also help protect them. Read more >

Be Honest with Your Doctor
Charlotte LoBuono

If you withhold the truth from your doctor, you end up with a less-informed professional opinion. Some ideas to improve the conversation. Read more >

Let Your Feelings Show
Alice G. Walton

Suppressing your feelings may seem like the right thing to do, but it's bad for your kids and your relationship. Read more >

New Physical Activity Guidelines
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines make it easier for people to achieve the exercise levels they need for better health. Read more >

Screen Time and Mental Health
Alice G. Walton

Emotional and behavior problems go up as kids' screen time increases. Read more >

Social Media Can Bring You Down
Leslie Carr

Spending more time looking at others' online lives than connecting with people face-to-face can leave you depressed and lonely. Read more >

Obesity Drains the U.S. Economy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The costs related to caring for an increasingly overweight population come to over $1.7 trillion. Read more >

Born Fit
Neil Wagner

Call it trickle-down health: A father's fitness level before conception can make a big difference in his children's weight and metabolism. Read more >

The Blue Gene
Neil Wagner

Men with variations in a particular stretch of DNA are more likely to have erectile dysfunction. Read more >

The Roots of Emotional Regulation
Alice G. Walton

The ways babies’ emotion centers are connected in the brain may predict how they handle emotion. Read more >

The Dark Factor of Personalty
Neil Wagner

People with the D Factor show evidence of one or more of nine traits and cultivate self-centered beliefs to support their actions. Read more >

Depression and Menopause
Charlotte LoBuono

The changes in hormones that mark the transition to menopause leave women vulnerable to depression. Read more >

The Sugar in Your Yogurt
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDNi

Yogurt is health food, right? Not necessarily. Many, if not most, yogurts are loaded with sugar. Read more >

Teens, Smartphones, and Cars
Charlotte LoBuono

Over a third of teen drivers text while driving. Parents need to make clear it's never OK to pick up the phone while behind the wheel. Read more >

Babies Know Cartoon Bullies
Alice G. Walton

There are leaders and then there are bullies. An ingenious study showed that even toddlers know this. Read more >

Low-Carb Diets are High-Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cutting carbohydrates raises your risk of premature death and serious health problems. What matters is the kind of carbs you eat. Read more >

Some Cancers Aren't
Neil Wagner

Some cancerous growths are slow-moving and rarely life-threatening. Avoiding the term changes things. Read more >

Sleep and Loneliness
Neil Wagner

Brain studies show how a lack of sleep can add to our social isolation and cause others to turn away. Read more >

Baby, Don't Hit the Bottle
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When parents learn ways to calm their kids that don't involve food, they strike a blow against obesity. Read more >

For Women, HDL May Be Not-So-Good Cholesterol
Charlotte LoBuono

HDL is called the good cholesterol because it protects your heart. But not when menopause hits. Read more >

Diabetes, Just Around the Corner
Alice G. Walton

Even seemingly healthy people can have blood sugar spikes that creep into diabetes territory. Read more >

Controlling Blood Pressure on a Budget
Charlotte LoBuono

Here's what we can do to help economically-disadvantaged patients keep their BP under control. Read more >

How Do You Deal with Setbacks?
Charlotte LoBuono

Setbacks tell us important things about our goals. We just need to listen. Read more >

Does a Virus Trigger Alzheimer's?
Alice G. Walton

People with a common childhood virus may be more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease years later. Read more >

A Tip Sheet on Childhood Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Nutritionists weigh in on child obesity, offering tips for what parents can do to help. Read more >

"I Need A Little Space"
Alice G. Walton

In the uncertainty of new relationships, playing hard to get can seem like a good idea, but it can backfire. Read more >

A Growing Health Literacy Crisis
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

As medicine becomes more technical, people can have trouble understanding doctors' orders. Read more >

Hot Parked Cars
Alice G. Walton

Leaving a child or a pet in a parked car can quickly become fatal. Read more >

Tinder and the Myth of Casual Sex
Alice G. Walton

Dating apps like Tinder are seen as places where men and women go to hook up. But people also use them to make an emotional connection. Read more >

Water Pick
Neil Wagner

Choosing a water filter for your home is trickier than you may think, but they really can make a difference. Read more >

Give Fish a Chance
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating fish twice a week dramatically cuts your risk of heart problems. You can learn to love it. Really. Read more >

Joint Effort: Avoiding Osteoarthritis
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can lower your risk of osteoarthritis and increase your chances of staying mobile and pain-free for years to come. Read more >

The Summer of Love, 50 Years On
Neil Wagner

A poll of people over 65 finds they think sex is still important. Health and gender matter, however. Read more >

The Risks of Being a Night Owl
Charlotte LoBuono

Night owls live in an early-bird world and face serious health consequences. Change your biorhythms or change your job. Read more >

Kids in the Kitchen
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

One good way to give your kids healthy eating habits is to have them help prepare food at home. Read more >

A Bad Deal for Boys
Alice G. Walton

Boys are more likely to have a hard time in school -- and beyond -- when there are few chances for activity. Read more >

The FDA's Premature Pronouncement on BPA
Neil Wagner

The FDA declared BPA to be safe, based on a yet-to-be-completed study. Scientists disagree. Read more >

Vaping's Toxic Flavors
Esther Entin, M.D.

Flavors can make vaping attractive, but they are far from harmless. They can be fine in foods, but become toxic when inhaled. Read more >

Health on Hand: Snack On
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There's nothing wrong with a snack. It's what you grab that matters. Use this list to stock your pantry. Read more >

What A Good Diet Can't Do
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You have to reduce salt to prevent high blood pressure. But don't start with the salt shaker. Read more >

Depression and Contraception
Charlotte LoBuono

Does taking birth control bring on depression? It depends on what birth control you take. Read more >

An End to the Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Debate?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Deciding between a low-carb or a low-fat diet has puzzled dieters for decades. Here's an answer. Read more >

New Statistics on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Esther Entin, M.D.

Many more children suffer from the effects of mothers' drinking while pregnant than has been reported. Read more >

A Pill for Emotional Pain
Alice G. Walton

Over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and Advil can make you feel better emotionally, too. Read more >

Party at Mom and Dad's House
Esther Entin, M.D.

Some believe that teens who are allowed to drink at home are less likely to abuse alcohol. Not really. Read more >

Hidden Hunger
Esther Entin, M.D.

A lack of money is only one reason people go hungry. A lack of stores offering fresh foods is another. Read more >

Worried about Kids' Time Online?
Neil Wagner

Kids are smarter about online content than we think, but too much time online makes them unhappy. Read more >

Breastfeeding and Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Here's why. Read more >

Painkillers and Pregnancy
Alice G. Walton

Prenatal exposure to the painkiller acetaminophen has been linked to language and fertility issues. Read more >

Reduce Your Risk of Fractures
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People worried about keeping bones strong should focus on these factors before taking supplements. Read more >

Health Tips to Take into 2018
Leslie Carr

The new year is a clean slate that inspires us to try to do better. So here are some tips for body and mind to energize your efforts. Read more >

Dealing with a Picky Eater
Alice G. Walton

Who doesn't like dessert better than vegetables? Picky eaters need to try healthy foods repeatedly. Read more >

Putting Mindfulness to the Test
Leslie Carr

A counseling center, overwhelmed by visits from anxious students, gives mindfulness training a try. Read more >

More Guns, More Gun Deaths
Neil Wagner

Two studies examine the idea that gun ownership and concealed carry laws protect us from gun violence. Read more >

The Bar for High Blood Pressure Just Got Lower
Neil Wagner

The idea is to prevent cardiovascular damage before it occurs. Read more >

Tantrums: Have a Plan
Alice G. Walton

Meltdowns are hard to bear. Have a game plan for keeping it together to help your child and keep you sane. Read more >

Digital Screen-Light at Night? Not for Young Eyes
Charlotte LoBuono

The light from digital screens affects young eyes in a profound way, disrupting sleep cycles. Read more >

Go with the Grain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Give whole grains in bread, pastas and salads a chance. You'll lose weight and reduce your risk of diabetes and colorectal cancer. Read more >

Surveillance Via Cell Phone
Neil Wagner

Targeted advertising can be used to turn phone apps into tracking devices. Read more >

Colitis and IBS Start Where?
Alice G. Walton

People who have inflammatory bowel syndromes may be focused on the wrong end of their bodies. Read more >

Inequality Hits Home
Charlotte LoBuono

Having kids tests the balance of work and responsibility in couples' relationships. Wives usually end up doing more than their husbands. Read more >

Bullying and Mental Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Bullying's effects on kids' mental health are both better and worse than we expect. Read more >

Movies, Guns and Kids
Neil Wagner

What happens when kids who have seen a film clip featuring guns find one in a drawer? Read more >

STDs on the Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

There was an "epidemic" rise in the rates of several sexually-transmitted infections last year, all treatable. Read more >

What It Really Costs to Develop New Cancer Drugs
Neil Wagner

Bringing a new drug to market is expensive, but it costs far less than we have supposed. Read more >

Good Friends Are Good For You
Alice G. Walton

Close friends are good for your long-term health. The opposite is also true. Read more >

Depressed New Moms
Esther Entin, M.D.

Many new mothers experience some form of postpartum mood disorder. Yet few seek help. Read more >

Beware Consumer Ratings
Charlotte LoBuono

If you use consumer reviews to make buying decisions, here's why you may be making poor choices. Read more >

A GM Controversy in South Florida
Neil Wagner

The threat of dengue fever has inspired a move to genetically modify mosquitoes. But is the protection worth the risk? Read more >

Cancer's Unexpected Costs
Charlotte LoBuono

As cancer patients face the toxic effects of treatment, they also face ruinous bills for care. Read more >

Online and Off, Attachment Styles Guide Relationships
Neil Wagner

Close relationships tend to reflect the attachment styles of those in them. So do those on social media. Read more >

A Laptop Paradox
Neil Wagner

Laptops can help college students learn, but taken to class, they can mean a lower grade on the final. Read more >

The Road to Menopause
Esther Entin, M.D.

Every woman alive goes through the transition to menopause. It can take years. Hot flashes are just one of the many unpleasant symptoms. Read more >

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
Esther Entin, M.D.

Personal sound amplification devices are likely to become available the way reading glasses are. Read more >

Something Fine Is in the Air
Neil Wagner

Air pollution is down, but fine particles remain a major health threat. Read more >

Blood Pressure Control
Aditya Khetan MBBS, Richard A Josephson MS MD, and Sri Krishna Madan Mohan MBBS, MRCP, FACC

Keeping hypertension under control protects your health. So why do so many fail to do it? Part 2. Read more >

Me? High Blood Pressure?
Aditya Khetan MBBS, Richard A Josephson MS MD, and Sri Krishna Madan Mohan MBBS, MRCP, FACC

Aging makes hypertension more likely. Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Know how to take your pressure properly. Read more >

Tooth Decay, Canadian Style
Neil Wagner

In Canada the costs of healthcare means limits to dental coverage. It also inspires comparisons. Read more >

It's a Not-So-Small World After All
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

About a third of all the people on the planet are overweight or obese. These countries have the highest average BMIs. Read more >

Raising Children on Digital Devices
Esther Entin, M.D.

They pose special risks for young brains and minds. Set some limits and follow them yourself. Read more >

Measles Outbreaks and Travel
Charlotte LoBuono

Measles is highly contagious and picked up during travel. Check your immunity before going on vacation. Read more >

The True Cost of Wasted Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Farms and families throw out lots of food. Discarded nutrients could help feed millions of Americans. Read more >

A Vegan Childhood
Esther Entin, M.D.

Raising children on a vegan diet poses special nutritional challenges. Given picky eaters and other issues, it's harder than you may think. Read more >

Free Speech As a Cover for Racism
Leslie Carr

Free speech is often used after the fact to justify, or some might say, sanctify, racist comments. Read more >

Photo Sharing As Food Diary
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Taking a picture of your meal and posting it to social media brings diet support -- and accuracy. Read more >

The Problem with Comfort Food
Esther Entin, M.D.

Using food to soothe kids is likely to lead to emotional eating and weight gain. Read more >

To Prevent Alzheimer's, Start Early
Esther Entin, M.D.

In your 40s and worried about dementia? Try to reduce these cardiovascular risk factors. Read more >

Trans Fat Bans Pay Big Dividends
Neil Wagner

Heart attacks are down; so are strokes. But trans fats still lurk in some of our favorite foods. Here's how to find them. Read more >

Sexual Adventurers
Charlotte LoBuono

For many women vacation is a time of sexual exploration. While this can be empowering, it also brings risks. Read more >

Baby Product Safety Risks
Esther Entin, M.D.

Most of the injuries to infants and toddlers happen at home and involve products designed for child safety. What parents need to look for. Read more >

Are You an Information-Avoider?
Alice G. Walton

We think we want to learn things, but if the information “hurts,” we may try to avoid it. Read more >

Bad News, Boomers
Esther Entin, M.D.

Baby boomers are supposed to have a one-time screening for hep C. So why aren't they getting it? Read more >

Heading Off School Problems Before They Start
Esther Entin, M.D.

Some kids start school already behind. Early intervention helps. Read more >

Low T? More News
Neil Wagner

A new series of studies of testosterone therapy and bone health, anemia, heart risks and memory have just been published. Read more >

Four Unhealthy Eating Habits That Make You Gain Weight
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Heart Association offers way to tweak your eating habits to keep the pounds off. Read more >

Bullying's Hidden Damage
Alice G. Walton

Bullying doesn’t just harm kids' self-esteem; it hurts kid’s grades, too. Read more >

Paper Tiger
Neil Wagner

Chemicals in fast food wrappers can remain in your body for up to 10 years. Read more >

The Right -- And Wrong -- Way to Give Kids a Time Out
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outs are an effective way to discipline bad behavior, but you need to know how to give them. Read more >

The Medical Bill You Weren't Expecting
Neil Wagner

When an out-of network doctor puts you out, the bill can knock you out all over again. Read more >

Dads Give High Marks to a School Readiness Program
Esther Entin, M.D.

When fathers read with their children, instead of to them, it's a win-win. Read more >

Helping Kids Sidestep Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Exercise not only reduces kids' depression, it lowers their chances of becoming depressed as teens. Read more >

Calm and Happy? There's an App for That
Neil Wagner

Clinicians have designed a set of apps to reduce depression and anxiety. They seem to help. Read more >

The Price of Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When we shop, we tend to assume more expensive foods are healthier. It's a gold mine for marketers. Read more >

Diets: Which Is Better — Low Carb or Low Fat?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What's the best way to lose weight in the New Year? Here are some answers. Read more >

Holiday Heart Syndrome
Esther Entin, M.D.

Don't let Holiday Heart Syndrome land you or a loved one in the ER this season. Read more >

Dazed and Confused
Neil Wagner

Giving antipsychotics to ill and aging patients with delusions deepens confusion — and worse. Read more >

Karate Kids
Esther Entin, M.D.

Martial arts are great for kids. They offer exercise, discipline and camaraderie. But they also pose serious risks. Read more >

Fatty Foods' Profound Effect on the Teenage Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fatty foods like chips, burgers and fries can rob teens' brains of a protein key to development. Read more >

New Dosing Guidelines for People on Statins
Esther Entin, M.D.

Higher doses statins can significantly prolong life, even for those over 75. Read more >

Is the Time Change Getting You Down?
Alice G. Walton

The end of daylight savings may bring depression along with it. Read more >

Find Your Competitive Edge
Alice G. Walton

Want to up your fitness? Get a little more competitive. Read more >

Why Environmental Regulations Are a Bargain
Neil Wagner

The health costs of toxic chemicals like pesticides and flame retardants can exceed $340 billion a year. Read more >

Want to Curb Kids' Electronic Media Use?
Esther Entin, M.D.

First you need a plan. Setting limits now will pay off. These guidelines will get you on your way. Read more >

Parenting In The Digital Age
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents now have to juggle the demands of their children with those of their electronic devices. Read more >

Codeine and Kids: A Dangerous Mix
Neil Wagner

It is too easy to overdose a child without meaning to. A report in Pediatrics explains why. Read more >

Mall-Walking, Anyone?
Esther Entin, M.D.

There are lots of reasons too many people over 50 are inactive, but it's easy to build activity into your life. Read more >

Toxic Dust
Neil Wagner

A study finds carcinogens and endocrine disruptors in household dust -- all over the country. Read more >

Hidden Hearing Loss
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hearing problems like tinnitus now appear to reflect subtle noise damage routine exams often miss. Are you guilty of ear abuse? Read more >

Facebook Strikes Back
Neil Wagner

Facebook can foster envy and self-loathing, but the effect of certain types of messages is positive. Read more >

A Safer Kind of Football Practice
Alice G. Walton

A simple change to kids' football practice routines can reduce the risk of brain injury by over a third. Read more >

For Teens, Dieting Can Lead to Eating Disorders
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teens who are overweight often turn to extreme dieting. The result? An eating disorder. Family meals help. Read more >

You Need to Eat More Plants
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Meats are killers. Here's a game plan to help you begin to move to a more plant-based diet. Read more >

Athletes and Concussion
Neil Wagner

The brain tsunamis that concussions set in motion can change the structure of athletes' brains. Read more >

The Hidden Benefits of ADHD Meds
Esther Entin, M.D.

Yes, the drugs used to treat ADHD have side effects; but they also have secondary benefits. Read more >

Should You Trust Your Gut?
Alice G. Walton

When business execs had to evaluate candidates, they thought their instincts would work. Turns out they were wrong. Read more >

The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Less Healthcare
Neil Wagner

A Harvard study finds the rich are buying more care; the poor, less. Read more >

Binge-Eating, Disordered and Not
Esther Entin, M.D.

Binge-eating disorder is not just about out-of-control eating. It takes an emotional toll, too. Read more >

Corporate Wellness Programs: Pros and Cons
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Corporate wellness programs can help; they can also be punitive and invade privacy. Read more >

Saving Billions, With Trees
Neil Wagner

When California measured the value to citizens of the trees lining its streets, the savings added up. Read more >

A Global Look At Anxiety
Esther Entin, M.D.

A review of anxiety research from around the world finds who is more likely to be anxious. Read more >

In Hand or Hands-Free, Cell Phones Distract
Alice G. Walton

Don't think hands-free will make you safer behind the wheel. Your brain has just so much bandwidth. Read more >

How to Be a Bad Boss
Neil Wagner

From nurses to stone masons, workers reported what their superiors do that increases job dissatisfaction and lowers morale. Read more >

Everybody In the Pool!
Esther Entin, M.D.

The water may be fine, but pools, spas and water parks can also be havens for water-borne pathogens. Read more >

Eating for Two
Esther Entin, M.D.

Mothers' weight gain during pregnancy actually changes their babies' metabolisms. Read more >

Silent Heart Attacks
Esther Entin, M.D.

They are more common that even doctors believed, and are likely to be missed — unless you know what to look for or check an EKG. Read more >

Yoga, For Body And Brain
Alice G. Walton

Skip the brain-training. Yoga and meditation can do more for your mood and memory. Read more >

Fighting Obesity at the Table
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Obesity is the product of many influences. The family is one of the best places to counteract them. Read more >

Parents' Effects on the Brain
Esther Entin, M.D.

Supportive parenting actually leaves its mark on key areas of kids' brains, making them better able to handle stress and emotion. Read more >

An Acid Trip to The Self
Alice G. Walton

LSD increases communication among high-level regions of the brain, erasing boundaries. Read more >

Tweaks Boost A Vegan Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Vegans tend to be healthier, but even they need to be on the lookout for a number of nutritional deficiencies. Read more >

Insulin Users' Sticker Shock
Neil Wagner

“Evergreening,” a process that is far less friendly than it sounds, is the reason insulin prices have tripled. Read more >

GMO Labeling Moves Ahead, For Now At Least
Neil Wagner

Many countries around the world require labeling of GMO foods. Now Vermont has a law on the books. Read more >

Under-Vaccinated Children, A New Public Health Threat
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents, the decision not to vaccinate your child can put others at risk. Read more >

Violent Neighborhoods and Teen Homicide
Esther Entin, M.D.

Certain physical changes to violent areas can improve safety and could reduce teen homicides. Read more >

Is Your Cell Phone Making You Sad?
Alice G. Walton

Worried about how much time you spend on your phone or computer? Here's one way to think about it. Read more >

The Next Wave of Overdoses
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overdoses and deaths from anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Valium are way up. Here's why. Read more >

Not for Elite Athletes Only
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The sports nutrition market including supplements posted sales of $6.3 billion in 2014. The question is, do supplements help? Read more >

Why We Miss So Many Heart Attacks in Women
Esther Entin, M.D.

Heart attacks in women can be sneaky. Know the warning signs. Read more >

Weight Loss Plans — Over-Marketed and Under-Regulated
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Diet plans are easy to sell, and that, not weight-loss, may be their point. Read more >

How To Become A Former Smoker
Esther Entin, M.D.

Nicotine patches, nicotine gum and varenicline, better known as Chantix, are tested head-to-head. Read more >

Age-Related Cataracts
Enoch B. Kassa, M.D and Yang Sun, M.D., Ph.D.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness around the world even though they are usually fully correctable with surgery. Read more >

When You Don't — and Do — Need Antibiotics
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why do people go to the doctor hoping to make cold symptoms disappear when it doesn't work and can be dangerous? Read more >

Diet and Microbial Diversity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A lack of fiber doesn't just hurt our own digestion. It imperils the intestines of generations to come. Read more >

Students Fight Bullying Best
Esther Entin, M.D.

The most powerful way to prevent bullying may be to enlist the influence of popular peers. Read more >

Beep. Talk to Me, Baby
Esther Entin, M.D.

Even before they can talk, babies are picking up communication skills. So do talking toys help? Read more >

The Holidays Are Hard on Pets
Neil Wagner

The holidays pose dangerous opportunity for cats and dogs. Read more >

Why Baby Fat Is Bad News
Esther Entin, M.D.

Infants who gain too much weight in the first months of life are far more likely to go on to develop type 1 diabetes. Read more >

The Politics of Food Science
Neil Wagner

You probably don't want to believe everything you read when it comes to claims about foods. Read more >

Crib Bumpers Are Deadly
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents think they are doing a good thing when they put soft bumpers in their children's cribs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more >

Mighty Microminerals
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You need to know if you are getting enough trace minerals like copper, selenium, and magnesium. Read more >

Daycare Couch Potatoes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your child's daycare facility may reserve time for exercise outside, but that doesn't mean it happens. Read more >

Like Magic: A Quick Turn-Around For Kids’ Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Simply reducing sugar in the diets of children who are overweight changes their metabolism for the better. Read more >

The Farm — And Dog — Effect
Alice G. Walton

When kids grow up with dogs (and cows or sheep), their risk of asthma is reduced. Read more >

Facing Food Insecurity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Inadequate access to good quality food has lasting and negative effects on children's development. Read more >

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Esther Entin, M.D.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders — FASD — are entirely preventable, but they cannot be cured. Read more >

The Unfulfilled Promise of Healthcare Consolidation
Leslie Carr

Hospitals’ purchase of doctors’ practices should save money. So why isn't it working? Read more >

Bullies Can Be Stopped
Esther Entin, M.D.

Anti-bullying laws really can make a difference. Many states are having success. Here's how. Read more >

Antidepressant Found Unsafe for Children, Teens
Neil Wagner

Another look at the clinical trial data on an antidepressant found unreported dangers. Read more >

Managing Asthma
Cathy G. Benninger, RN, MS, CNP and Jennifer W. McCallister, MD, FACP, FCCP

Asthma's symptoms and severity can change, so management is an ongoing process. Read more >

Screen Time Resets Teens’ Body Clocks
Esther Entin, M.D.

Late nights in front of a screen make it hard for teens to fall asleep. Parents may need to step in. Read more >

As Gun Laws Go, So Go Suicides
Neil Wagner

When gun licensing is enacted, suicides drop by as much as 40 percent. It's the opposite when such laws are repealed. Read more >

Oh No! Where's My Phone?
Neil Wagner

See how you stack up when it comes to the anxiety some feel when they can't find their phones. Read more >

E-Cigarettes — Under-Regulated And Far From Risk-Free
Esther Entin, M.D.

E-cigarettes may be creating a new generation of smokers. Read more >

Workaholics, Overtime May Be Killing You
Neil Wagner

Working 10 to 15 hours of overtime each week greatly increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Read more >

Delay of Game?
Esther Entin, M.D.

NFL players who started playing before age 12 brains' show more damage than those who began later. Read more >

Senior Sex In A Post-Viagra World
Barbara L. Marshall, Ph.D.

More seniors are enjoying sex, but a worrisome emphasis on performance is creeping in. Read more >

Where Teens Go for Health Information
Esther Entin, M.D.

Most teenagers get health information from the Internet. But guess who they listen to most? Read more >

Bullying Starts In Front of The TV
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children who are bullied usually have problems socializing. TV time doesn't help them learn social skills. Read more >

Another Disease Re-Emerges
Esther Entin, M.D.

Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding is on the rise, thanks to parents who refuse preventive treatment. Read more >

Your Reusable Grocery Bags May Be Making You Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to treating ourselves for good behavior (like remembering our bags) we are pretty resourceful. Read more >

Mammograms, More to Debate
Charlotte LoBuono

A recent report finds that in women over 50 and under 70, mammograms save lives. Read more >

Time to Stop Blaming Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Four decades of nutrition wisdom may be overturned when the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are released later this year. Read more >

FDA Bans Trans Fats
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The FDA has banned partially hydrogenated oils starting in 2018. What to look for until then. Read more >

A Picture of Problem Drinking
Esther Entin, M.D.

Alcohol use disorders are common and often come with mental and physical health problems. Read more >

A Plan of Action for Desk Jockeys, Couch Potatoes
Neil Wagner

Guidelines for workers and employers to help get more people off their seats and on their feet. Read more >

What Noise Is Doing to Your Waistline
Neil Wagner

The more noise from trains, planes and automobiles you hear daily, the bigger your waist, and the more belly fat you are likely to have. Read more >

Cancer Screening: Tracking Costs and Benefits
Esther Entin, M.D.

A new set of guidelines to help decide when screening for cancer is —and isn't — a good idea. Read more >

There Must Be a Safer Way to Treat Kids’ Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in some kids. Here's why. Read more >

Dieting? Prepare for The Emotional Ride
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Don't let emotions sabotage your diet. Preparation can really help. Read more >

Car Seats and Baby Carriers Are Not Safe For Sleeping
Neil Wagner

Suffocation and falls are risks when kids fall asleep in car seats and carriers, Tips for parents. Read more >

Start Now: Recovering from Psychological Trauma
J. Douglas Bremner, M.D.

More than half of us will be exposed to some form of a psychological trauma which can lead to PTSD. Read more >

Should 400,000 More Teens Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Over 400,000 more teens would be on heart medications if pediatric guidelines were followed. Read more >

Getting Enough, But Not Too Much, Vitamin D
Malcolm D. Kearns, M.D. and Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D.

Fatty fish — and the sun — help us get the vitamin D we need. But too much D can be toxic. Read more >

Vitamin D in Health and Disease
Malcolm D. Kearns, M.D. and Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D.

Nearly half of the population is deficient in Vitamin D. Age, skin color and weight can put you at risk. Read more >

Why We “Love” Bad News
Alice G. Walton

Newspapers know that bad news draws us in more than good news. But there is a cost. Read more >

Successful Offensives in the Battle of The Bulge
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cities have banned super-sized sodas and built bike lanes. What works? Read more >

Atypical Antipsychotics: What Parents Need to Know
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antipsychotic drugs can be lifesavers for kids. But parents, you have a major role to play. Read more >

“You’re The Best!” The Perils of Overvaluing Our Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overblown praise often has the opposite effect parents intend. How to give kids the support they need. Read more >

Endocrine Disruptors’ New Threat: Early Menopause
Esther Entin, M.D.

Women exposed to EDCs enter menopause years early. How to avoid exposure. Read more >

The Impact of Parental Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

When people become depressed, it can be tough on those around them; when those people are parents, the stakes are higher. Read more >

Online Dating: Putting Science on Your Side
Neil Wagner

From your screen name to the colors in your profile picture, tips for putting your best foot forward online. Read more >

Teens’ Misperceptions of Others’ Risky Behavior
Alice G. Walton

Teens misjudge one another a lot, and it can lead them into trouble. Read more >

Moderate Drinkers at Lower Risk for Heart Failure
Charlotte LoBuono

Drinking offers health benefits, particularly for the heart, that rapidly give way to health risks if you drink too much. Read more >

Depression Too Common Among Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Depression is more common among teens than most people realize. Parents, know the warning signs. Read more >

Avocados Are Good for Your Bad Cholesterol
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Avocados help your body process fats, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis. Read more >

Childhood Trauma's Lasting Impact
Esther Entin, M.D.

The effects of traumatic events in childhood can last a lifetime. But they don't need to. Read more >

Chasing the Money: The High Cost of Billing and Insurance-Related Activities
Neil Wagner

Billing and insurance — chasing the money — is a huge and largely unnecessary portion of healthcare costs in the U.S. Read more >

Mild Cogniitive Impairment: What It Is, What It's Not
Esther Entin, M.D.

You're over 60 and are starting to find it hard to remember things. Are you on the road to senility? Read more >

Brain Impact of Football Hits Seen in Even High School Players
Charlotte LoBuono

Scans of high school players' brains show how hard hits jar the brain and disrupt cells' communication. Read more >

To Fight Obesity, Help Kids Get Enough Sleep
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sleep can help your child develop a healthy metabolism and avoid gaining weight. Read more >

Seniors Vulnerable to Gambling's Allure
Esther Entin, M.D.

Gambling offers seniors excitement and a way to socialize. What could be bad? Actually, plenty. Read more >

Discovery Paves Way for Early Detection of Blood Cancer
Sami Hocine

Two new studies identify the genetic mutations that lead to some cancers and offer hope for treating precancerous conditions early. Read more >

Apps Help Dieters Lose Weight — If They Are Motivated
Charlotte LoBuono

Phone apps can help you lose weight, but it's what they can't do that makes the biggest difference. Read more >

Children Eat Healthier When Parents Set Food Rules
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids become better at controlling their own eating when parents set a few rules. They whine less, too. Read more >

More Children Are Harmed by Fetal Alcohol Exposure Than Previously Thought
Esther Entin, M.D.

When pregnant women drink alcohol, their babies drink with them. Read more >

When It Comes to Parent-Child Communication, More Channels Can Help
Annie Sofield Reed, LCSW

When kids move out, parents often struggle to find the right way to communicate. Read more >

Young Pitchers' Overuse Injuries Can Interfere with Shoulder Development
Esther Entin, M.D. and Charlotte LoBuono

Too many pitches can permanently injure young shoulders, causing ongoing rotator cuff problems. Read more >

Osteoporosis in Men: Too Often Overlooked and Under-Treated
Charlotte LoBuono

It is time to stop branding osteoporosis as a woman's disease. It kills more men and is on the rise. Read more >

Minimizing Your Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Four lifestyle changes can reduce women's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy by 80%. Read more >

Researchers Gain Insight into How Stress Debilitates the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the mind. Now we understand what it’s doing to the brain. Read more >

Preventing Racial Disparities in Health Status and Access to Health Care
Ruqaiijah Yearby, J.D., M.P.H.

African-American patients find it easier to deal with physicians whose racism is obvious. At least then they know where they stand. Read more >

Many in Long-Term Care Receive Medications of Questionable Benefit
Esther Entin, M.D.

Too many nursing home residents with advanced dementia are given medications that offer little benefit. Read more >

The Best Medications for Osteoporosis
Esther Entin, M.D.

There is a wide range of drugs available to treat osteoporosis. How to figure out which is right for you. Read more >

And the Winner of Best Weight-Loss Diet Is...
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss may be the new Holy Grail. But which plans really help? Pick one that is right for you. Read more >

Junk Food Changes the Brain, But Healthy Foods Can Bring It Back
Alice G. Walton

Too much junk food may wire the brain for unhealthy choices. But you can change this. Read more >

Family Intervention Helps Prevent Psychosis in Vulnerable Youth
Esther Entin, M.D.

When family communication and dynamics improve, psychosis can be nipped in the bud. Read more >

Children‘s Lunch Boxes Fail Nutrition Test
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tips for sendings kids to school with healthy lunches they'll enjoy. Read more >

Enlisting Community Pharmacies to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Savings
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your local pharmacist just may be one of the best healthcare cost-containment strategies around. Read more >

Stress Is a Recipe for Weight Gain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Stress can add an extra 100 calories day — even if you don't eat more. For those who are depressed, it's even worse news. Read more >

The Childhood Obesity Crisis: Who Is in Denial?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids can have inaccurate ideas about their own weight. Parents, too. What helps. Read more >

Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >

Unstructured Time Helps Develop Children's “Executive” Skills
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children learn the “executive” skills that will help them run their lives best when they have unstructured time. Read more >

Skip the Hotdogs; Help Your Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Processed red meats raise the risk of heart trouble — and death — by a lot. Have a fish taco. Read more >

3D Mammography Detects More Tumors, Reduces Recalls Versus 2D Alone
Charlotte LoBuono

Breast cancer screening may soon be far more accurate and far more reassuring. Read more >

Sugars' Hidden Identities Create Problems for Consumers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When we can't trust the labels on our soft drinks to report sugar content accurately, it spells trouble. Read more >

An Obsession with Popularity Can Handicap Teens' Social Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids obsessed with who's cool may be less popular later in life. They don't know how to make friends. Read more >

Researchers Dispute Claims that Supplements Offer Little or No Benefit
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Several studies find nutritional supplements provide little or no benefit. But not everyone agrees. Read more >

Getting Active in Your 70s (or Later) Can Reduce the Risk of Disability
Alice G. Walton

Reduce your chances of landing in a nursing home -- walk a few blocks more. It may be all you need. Read more >

Closing the Gap in Alcohol Treatment
Esther Entin, M.D.

Physicians don't offer counseling and AA-type programs can't offer drug therapies. The ACA may help. Read more >

Climate Change: A Threat to Human Nutrition
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Rising CO2 levels can interfere with photosynthesis, robbing some foods of important nutrients. Read more >

Apathy, Inactivity, and Brain Atrophy
Esther Entin, M.D.

The prospect of dementia haunts people over 50, but what they ought to fear is apathy and inactivity. Read more >

A Steep Rise in Diabetes Seen in Children and Teens in the U.S.
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids are eating more and exercising less. The upshot is a huge increase in diabetes -- and medical costs. Read more >

The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 2
Richard Josephson, M.D., and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

For many people, having a heart attack is a wake-up call that sets them on a healthier path. Read more >

The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 1
Richard Josephson, M.D. and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

More and more people are surviving heart attacks, but follow-up care is crucial. Know your options. Read more >

Early Morning Light May Help Keep Weight under Control
Alice G. Walton

Getting some early morning sun may not only wake you up – it may help you slim down. Read more >

Certain Food Environments Seem to Promote the Risk of Obesity
Charlotte LoBuono

Is a fast food stop part of your daily commute? Count on serious weight gain. Read more >

Weight Gain During and After Pregnancy Signals Serious Health Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not a problem to gain weight when you are pregnant, but you need to lose it after the baby arrives. Read more >

Parents' Over-Feeding Can Encourage Infants' Overeating
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overfeeding babies sets the stage for lifelong weight problems. It's easy to avoid the pitfalls. Read more >

Men's Prostate Cancer Linked to BPA Exposure
Charlotte LoBuono

The endocrine disrupting compound is found at high levels in men with prostate cancer. What's at work. Read more >

New Mothers Face An Increased the Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

New moms are at higher risk for having a stroke, but too often the signs go unnoticed. Read more >

Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Hyperactivity
Esther Entin, M.D.

Acetaminophen has some bad effects on unborn babies and may be behind the rising rates of ADHD. Read more >

Video Game Improves Ball Players' Vision and Skills
Charlotte LoBuono

A video game helped baseball players improve their vision. The results were seen on the field. Read more >

Life After Weight Loss Surgery
Leslie Carr

Bariatric surgery can help some lose enough weight to improve their health, but it is not problem-free. Read more >

Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays Lowers Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

A little time in the sun significantly lowered blood pressure. But what about skin cancer? Read more >

Weight in Kindergarten Predicts Obesity Later in Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If your child is overweight, he or she needs your help. The weight isn't going to come off naturally. Read more >

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnoses on The Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

More and more children are being diagnosed and treated for attention deficits. Is this a good thing? Read more >

Too Few Doctors Talk to Teen Patients About Sex
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors tend not to discuss sex with their teenaged patients. What a wasted opportunity. Read more >

Brain Training Can Help Prevent Cognitive Decline in the Years to Come
Alice G. Walton

Training sessions can protect aging brains against cognitive decline — up to a decade later. Read more >

BRCA Mutations and Breast Cancer, New Recommendations
Esther Entin, M.D.

Women, like Angelina Jolie, and men with BRCA gene mutations have much higher risk for breast cancer. Read more >

FDA Begins Inquiry into The Effects of Antibacterial Soaps
Esther Entin, M.D.

The active ingredient has been found in breast milk. FDA investigates. Read more >

Santa Claus, Aging Successfully
Neil Wagner

How healthy is Santa Claus? He surely has some belly fat. But he's actually in pretty good shape. Read more >

For Teens, Sleep Is a Family Affair
Esther Entin, M.D.

Puberty wreaks havoc on teens' sleep cycles; so do teens' family and social relationships. Read more >

How to Keep Those Holiday Pounds Off
Neil Wagner

The holidays are a great time...to gain weight. Here are tips for ways to avoid picking up pounds. Read more >

SIDS Appears Linked to Brain Abnormalities
Alice G. Walton

Babies who die of SIDS may have brain abnormalities that make them miss signals to breathe again. Read more >

Parents Need to Step Up And Limit Screen Time
Esther Entin, M.D.

How many hours a day does you child spend in front of a screen? You can bring it under control. Read more >

Reader Beware: Study Results May Be Overstated
Neil Wagner

Scientists often overstate their findings. It's about attention. Read more >

How Couples Use Texting Can Bring Them Closer, Drive Them Apart
Charlotte LoBuono

Text messages offer lovers another way to whisper endearments. But some texts just shouldn't be sent. Read more >

Too Much of a Good Thing: Antibiotics Overprescribed For Sore Throats
Charlotte LoBuono

Your throat is sore. Sure, it's terrible; but if you're an adult, it is unlikely you need an antibiotic. Read more >

Young Children Behave Better When They Have a Consistent Bedtime
Esther Entin, M.D.

Young children need to go to bed at a regular, consistent time. Think of it as a miracle cure for bad behavior. Read more >

Brain Changes Are Seen in More Ex-Football Players
Alice G. Walton

Former football players may have "pronounced" brain abnormalities, even if they do not have dementia. Read more >

A Parental Wake-Up Call: Yelling Doesn't Help
Esther Entin, M.D.

No parent starts out wanting to yell at his or her child. But somewhere along the line, usually in adolescence, most of us do. Read more >

Severe Obesity On the Rise Among Kids and Teens
Charlotte LoBuono

The fattest kids are getting fatter. Parents and doctors need to step in to help. Read more >

Obamacare: Health Insurance Policy Costs Begin to Emerge
Neil Wagner

A running start on what's happening and what's available for individuals and families. Read more >

Lifestyle Changes Reverse Aging in Chromosomes
Michael J. Gertner

When we eat right, exercise and receive emotional support, even our chromosomes look younger. Read more >

Antipsychotic Use in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children taking certain antipsychotics for behavioral problems are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Poverty's Mental Toll
Leslie Carr

Being poor robs you of mental bandwidth. The toll money worries take is roughly equal to losing 13 points off your IQ score. Read more >

Frustrated Football Fans Find Consolation in Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Win or lose, NFL teams' records affect their fans' eating patterns...for better and worse. Read more >

Soda Consumption and Bad Behavior
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not clear what it is in soda that brings on aggression and hostility, but the link is there. Read more >

NVC -- Cerebral Blood Flow and Mental Processing: The Case for Cocoa
Charlotte LoBuono

Our brains use blood the way a Formula 1 car guzzles gas. Cocoa appears to help keep blood flowing. Read more >

Preventing Drop-Outs: Keeping Kids Engaged in School
Esther Entin, M.D.

Keeping kids engaged in school is perhaps the most important thing you can do to foster success. Read more >

When Bullying Hits Home: Sibling Rivalry or Dangerous Victimization?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Siblings will fight, but bullying happens at home, too. And the emotional impact is just as serious as when it happens at school. Read more >

The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Charlotte LoBuono

Know the symptoms. And please, use insect repellent when mosquitoes are active. Read more >

Vaginal Changes After Menopause
Nancy A. Phillips, M.D. and Gloria A. Bachmann, M.D.

Pain during sex is a common experience among older women, but it doesn't have to be that way. Read more >

The Right Routine for a Good Night's Sleep
Neil Wagner

Getting a good night's sleep is a pretty easy habit to get into. So why do millions not get the health-sustaining sleep they deserve? Read more >

Pediatricians and LGBTQ Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Whether a teenager's sexual orientation is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, his or her doctor is an important ally. Read more >

Help Navigating the World of Dietary Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Consumers now have help navigating the uncharted waters of the enormous supplement market. Read more >

Liposuction, A Possible Source of Stem Cells
Michael J. Gertner

A lab catastrophe leads to a discovery that may give "fat farm" new meaning — stem cells from fat cells. Read more >

Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
Alice G. Walton

So-called “soda bans” may actually help those who need it most. Read more >

Identifying Motor Delays in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Baby still not crawling? The AAP helps you figure out when delays matter. Read more >

Exercise As a Treatment for Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Exercise is a valuable treatment for depression, especially for those who have trouble with antidepressants. Read more >

Re-Tuning the Brain: Ultrasound's Effect on Mood
Neil Wagner

You can't feel or hear it, but ultrasound improved patients' pain and mood. Read more >

Game-Changing New Report on Sodium Stirs Controversy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

While eating too much salt can be dangerous, taking in too little is perhaps even riskier. The IOM and AHA face off. Read more >

Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Esther Entin, M.D.

A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >

Amusement Ride Injuries Rise in Summer Months
Charlotte LoBuono

Summertime means vacation and trips to the amusement park. But before you strap yourself and your kids in, consider the safety issues. Read more >

Just One Sugary Drink A Day Increases Diabetes Risk Significantly
Alice G. Walton

Oh come on! How much can one little sugary drink a day up your risk for diabetes? Pretty significantly. Read more >

There's Earning, and Then There's Overearning
Alice G. Walton

Having more than we can possibly use can put dent in happiness. Read more >

Substance in Red Meat Linked to Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

TMAO, a substance found in abundance in the guts of meat eaters, has artery-clogging effects. But is meat the problem? Read more >

Companies Help Workers Lose Weight on the Job
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Companies seeking to cut healthcare costs might want to consider offering financial incentives for weight loss. Read more >

A Shift Away from Fast Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. Read more >

Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >

New Guidelines to Help Prevent Food Allergy in Children
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

New guidelines recommend babies be gradually exposed to allergenic foods early to avoid wheat, egg, and other allergies. Read more >

Confirmed: The Cardiovascular Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil, nuts, a glass of wine, what's not to love about the Mediterranean diet? It prevents heart attacks, too. Read more >

Helicopter Parents: When Mothering Is Smothering
Neil Wagner

College kids whose parents haven't learned to let go are prone to anxiety and depression. Support autonomy. Read more >

Popular Misconceptions (and a Few Facts) about Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine shows we know less than we think we do about dieting. Read more >

Green Coffee Extract: Weight Loss Miracle or Just Another Fad?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The pounds just melt away! Can you believe it? It's worth a closer look. Read more >

FDA to Weigh in on Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
Neil Wagner

There were 27 cases of dengue in 2009. Genetic modification may stop mosquitoes' transmission of this deadly virus. What else will it do? Read more >

Obese and Overweight Children Face Serious Health Risks
Esther Entin, M.D.

You wouldn't let your child play near the street unsupervised; don't let him or her eat unsupervised either. Read more >

Finding the Sweet Spot: Milk Intake, Vitamin D and Iron
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cow's milk offers vitamin D but also contributes to low iron. New research offers a guideline. Read more >

Reframing the Debate: Gun Violence As a Public Health Issue
Charlotte LoBuono

Successful public health campaigns are models for how to make guns safer and reduce their allure. Read more >

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Moodiness is not uncommon in kids, so how do you know if your child or teen is suffering from mood swings related to this disorder? Read more >

Health Tips to Carry Forward into 2013
Leslie Carr

New years are for fresh starts and self improvement. Here are some findings to take with you into 2013. Read more >

Pediatricians Come Out in Favor of Emergency Contraception for Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

The AAP says girls need to know emergency contraception is an option when birth control fails. Read more >

The Emotional Lives of Parents
Alice G. Walton

Some studies suggest parenting is linked to happiness, while others claim the opposite. A new one gets closer to the truth. Read more >

Endocrine Disruptor Compounds: What We Know; What We Suspect
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can't see, smell or taste these environmental toxins. But even lose doses can cause cancer. Read more >

Tea's Many Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

Tea is a plant food. And much like a serving of fruit or vegetables, it provides important health benefits. Read more >

A Ball by Any Other Name: How Dogs Process Language
Alice G. Walton

When your dog hears a human word, he processes it his own way. This could be helpful for training. Read more >

Are Cooking Shows Making Us Fat?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Are cooking shows, with their exotic locales and gorgeous food, contributing to our waistlines? Read more >

The Impact of Eating Out on Children's and Adolescents' Nutrition
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids eat out a lot. And when they do, they consume extra salt, fat, sugar, and of course, calories. Read more >

The Wandering Mind: Inspiration, Introspection and Distraction
Neil Wagner

Letting your mind wander can be a great way to solve problems. It's also a good way to waste time. Read more >

Safety Seats? It Depends on How You Use Them
Neil Wagner

Strap your kid in and they're safe, right? Wrong. And for kids aged 4 to 8, seatbelts alone won't do it. Read more >

Enlisting Exergames in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
Esther Entin, M.D.

"Exergames," video games controlled by players' motion, offer a new way to raise children's activity levels. Read more >

What You Need to Know About Apples
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Autumn is a good time to rediscover apples. Don't take these health dynamos for granted. Read more >

The Effects of Social Violence in Children's TV Shows
Esther Entin, M.D.

All the gossip, rejection, teasing and excluding that goes on on shows sets the wrong tone. Read more >

Molecularly Targeted Therapy for Malignant Brain Tumors
Nicole A. Shonka, M.D. and Mark R. Gilbert, M.D.

Chemotherapies for glioblastomas aim to prevent tumor cell growth or promote cell death. Read more >

Genetically Modified Food: An Overview and History
Neil Wagner

In the U.S. genetically modified foods are patented and immune from scientific investigation. No wonder some feel there's a danger. Read more >

Ratcheting up Herbicide Use Encourages Resistant Weeds
Neil Wagner

Genetically modified crops help potent herbicides succeed. But now super weeds are taking over. Read more >

Bringing Your Nutritional Makeover Home
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Planning meals is key to your nutritional makeover. Eating out? Bag some food before you begin. Read more >

Nutrition 101 -Part 2
The First Three Steps to a Nutrition Makeover
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Small steps work best when you start a nutritional makeover. Read more >

Glial Cells
R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D.

Glia were completely overlooked until it was discovered that Einstein's brain was packed with them. Read more >

Nutrition 101: Finding Reliable Sources of Nutrition Information
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What's the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist? It's not a joke; it's important. Read more >

Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >

Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Children and Adolescents
Jessie Hill, J.D.

Can a child or teen seek medical treatment without parental consent? Maybe. It pays to know the issues. Read more >

Lazy Eye (Amblyopia): Causes, Treatment and Outcomes
Courtney L. Kraus, M.D., and Susan M. Culican, M.D., Ph.D.

Amblyopia is a disorder of brain development. The sooner a child is treated, the better. Read more >

The Health Effects of Caffeine
Charlotte LoBuono

Coffee, or more generally, caffeine, offers many protective effects; except when it comes to fertility. Read more >

Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 3: Yoga
Alice G. Walton

Yoga has some proven benefits and unproven claims. What you can, and can't, expect it to do for you. Read more >

Cytomegalovirus, A Serious Health Risk Hiding in Plain Sight
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is responsible for roughly 20% of the hearing loss in newborns. Read more >

Big Beverage vs. A Big Health Problem
Harry A. Levy, M.D., M.P.H.

Is the move to restrict serving sizes of soda in NYC a bad idea or a bold way to begin tackling obesity? Read more >

Pancreatic Cancer: Treating and Managing the Disease
Parvin Peddi, M.D., and Andrea Wang-Gillam, M.D.

The death of Steve Jobs made more people aware of pancreatic cancer, but it remains tough to treat. Read more >

The Mainstreaming of Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 2: Meditation
Alice G. Walton

Meditation increases the size of brain areas associated with memory and reduces our vulnerability to stress. Read more >

New and Controversial Recommendations on PSA Tests
Neil Wagner

For most men the risks connected with PSA tests for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits. Read more >

Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 1: Acupuncture
Alice G. Walton

It's hard to know what to believe when it comes to alternative medical practices. Read more >

Managing Major Depression During Pregnancy: To Treat or Not to Treat?
Jennifer L. Payne, M.D.

Taking antidepressants while pregnant can mean choosing between a woman's mental health and potential risks to the fetus. Read more >

The Happiness Dilemma
Alice G. Walton

The pursuit of happiness is not as simple as we might think. What you focus on can make a big difference to your health. Read more >

Helping Kids Lose Weight
Alice G. Walton

Helping your child lose weight is tricky. You may want to start by changing your own behavior. Read more >

Recess: A Learning Opportunity
Esther Entin, M.D.

Recess can be an arena for bullies or a lab for learning the social skills needed to get past conflict. Read more >

Tracking Disease Clusters in the US: Elusive Prey
Alice G. Walton

Disease clusters were made famous by Erin Brockovich, but they are harder to pinpoint than you might think. Read more >

Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, PANS
Esther Entin, M.D.

Infection can sometimes bring on sudden bizarre obsessions and compulsions in children. Knowing the signs can help. Read more >

Less Frequent Pap Testing Recommended
Susan H. Scher, MD

Pap tests save lives, but new guidelines urge women to be tested less often. It's safer. Read more >

Endometriosis: Symptoms, Treatments, and Becoming Pregnant
Kenan Omurtag, M.D., and Amber R. Cooper, M.D., M.S.C.I.

When tissue from the lining of the uterus starts to grow outside it, fertility can be affected. Read more >

Breastfeeding as a Public Health - and Family – Issue
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastfeeding has so many health benefits, it's like a miracle drug. But work and family can be obstacles. Read more >

Neuroethics: The Brain Sciences Pose Ethical - and Philosophical - Conundrums
Martha J. Farah, Ph.D. and Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.

Neuroethics asks, if your high test score is the work of a brain-enhancing drug, is it fair? What is neuromarketing anyway? Read more >

The Body's Clock And Its Role in Health
Alice G. Walton

Jet lag and seasonal depression are just two ways our bodies remind us that we have an inner clock that affects our health. Read more >

Little League Safety: Protecting Future All Stars
Esther Entin, M.D.

Tips to keep Little Leaguers injury-free. Learn the rules and risks and stay out of the ER. Read more >

Why We Overeat and What We Can Do About It
Alice G. Walton

Eating should be simple: Eat when you are hungry, then stop. If only food weren't so pleasurable. Read more >

Punch Drunk: Repetitive Brain Injury
Alice G. Walton

Chronic head injuries can cause dementia, violence and death. Helmets may not help. Read more >

A Closer Look at Over-the-Counter Painkillers
Alice G. Walton

Turning to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin now and then is fine, but long-term use can damage organs. Read more >

From Sepsis to Shock: What Happens When Bacteria Invade the Body
Jeffrey P. Green, M.D.

Severe sepsis is a raging infection that shuts down organs. It is important to find it fast, but that can be tricky. Read more >

The Marriage Problem
Alice G. Walton

Marriage carries with it the threat of divorce. But it also offers significant health benefits. Read more >

Resolution Rx
Leslie Carr

Has the thrill of the resolution you made in December given way to a sense of defeat? You can fix it. Read more >

Figuring The Cost-Benefit Ratio of Vaccines
Alice G. Walton

Parents in some communities have decided that the risks of vaccines are greater than the benefits. Not true. Read more >

Progestins and the Brain
Muye Zhu and Roberta Diaz Brinton, Ph.D.

Progestins influence virtually every major organ system, particularly the brain, where they may prevent cell degeneration. Read more >

Having Trouble with Parenthood? You Are Not Alone
Alice G. Walton

Having kids interrupts your sleep, destabilizes your relationship, and costs lots of money and time. So what's the upside? Read more >

Gluten-Free Diets: Reality Check
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Gluten is bad news for some people. Are you one of them? Read more >

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (If You Keep Your Head about You)
Alice G. Walton

Why are the holidays responsible for so many accidents and ER visits? We count the ways and offer help. Read more >

Endometrial Cancer: The Most Common Reproductive Cancer in Women
Yevgeniya Ioffe, M.D., and Israel Zighelboim, M.D

Endometrial carcinoma can be detected early if you know what to look for. Read more >

Alcohol: Friend or Foe?
Alice G. Walton

Drinking offers health benefits and risks. Get help sifting through the latest findings. Read more >

Navigating the Road to Health
Alice G. Walton

Don't confuse real health science with sound-bytes, or healthy lifestyles with a health obsession. Read more >

Phytochemicals: The Protection Packed in Plant Foods
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Phytochemicals protect plants, and they appear to do the same for us. And they are easy to find. Read more >

Evaluating Healthcare in America
Alice G. Walton

A score of 64 out of 100 is not a good grade. It's also not good healthcare. Read more >

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Risks As Well As Benefits
Neil Wagner

Some studies of supplements actually found they increase the risk of death. But it may depend on how you crunch the numbers. Read more >

How Your Health Choices Can Change Your Genes
Alice G. Walton

Genes are not just static building blocks. Health choices and the environment influence them. Read more >

Antioxidants Explained
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating a wide variety of plant foods is the best way to fend off the oxidation that "rusts" our cells. Read more >

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Coming Out of the Cold
Alice G. Walton

Seasonal affective disorder occurs when a lack of sun disrupts the body's circadian and serotonin cycles. It a real form of depression. Read more >

The Power of Play
Esther Entin, M.D.

The time kids spend just playing is declining. Well-meaning parents are partly to blame. Read more >

The Animal-Free Diet: The Pros and Cons of Vegetarianism and Veganism
Alice G. Walton

Vegan or vegetarian, there are risks and benefits to these food lifestyles. Two experts offer help. Read more >

Bringing Home Baby: Doctors and Parents Offer Advice on the Big Decisions
Alice G. Walton

What would new moms do differently the next time around? Reconsidering circumcision and breastfeeding are high on the list. Read more >

Pressure Ulcers: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

When skin is under unrelieved pressure, it breaks down and ulcers occur. Prevention is key. Read more >

Antibiotic Resistance and The Case for Organic Meat and Poultry
Neil Wagner

Organic meat and poultry could help combat much of the antibiotic resistance we see today. Read more >

Redefining Health: What Does It Mean to be Healthy, and How Do We Get There?
Alice G. Walton

More than a checklist of foods to eat or exercises to perform, health is a cluster of behaviors and choices. Read more >

The Cost of the Economy: How to Recover Health and Happiness in the Face of Financial Crisis
Alice G. Walton

What you can do to cope with the stress of financial hardship – emotionally and practically. Read more >

Exercise for Seniors: Benefits, Risks, and How To Begin
Calvin H. Hirsch, M.D.

Exercise is the fountain of youth. So what are you waiting for? A plan to get you started. Read more >

Doctor-Patient Confidentiality: How Do We Define It and When Should We Waive It?
Jessica Wilen Berg, J.D., M.P.H.

When is your health information confidential and when isn't it? Read more >

Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating disorder or disordered eating? The distinction is fuzzy, but stopping early is key. Read more >

How to Mess up Your Kids
Alice G. Walton

Twelve things parents do that can damage their children. How to avoid such mistakes. Read more >

The Invisible Epidemic: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Memory and the Brain
J. Douglas Bremner, M.D.

The Causes Of Autism: So Many Theories. So Few Answers.
Esther Entin, M.D.

What causes autism? What can parents do to avoid it? Early environments matter. Read more >

Eight Surprisingly Simple Ways to Boost Your Performance
Alice G. Walton

Doing your best is a balancing act involving practice, calmness and drive. What research has found. Read more >

ADHD and The Risk of Substance Abuse
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why are kids and adolescents with ADHD prone to substance use? Read more >

Emergency Contraception: What You Need to Know
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

What's new in emergency contraception and how well does it work? Read more >

Osteoporosis: Treating and Preventing the Most Common Bone Disorder in Women and Men
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

Osteoporosis is common among men and women, but there's progress in treatment and prevention. Read more >

Sports and Energy Drinks: Not Kids Stuff
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a warning about sports and energy drinks. Why? Read more >

More Reasons to Get Your Zzzzs
Alice G. Walton

Sleep can help you lose weight, make better decisions, and improve your sex life. Read more >

Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Cancer - But It Depends on the Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Coffee reduces the risk for cancers — some cancers, anyway. But is coffee always good for you? Read more >

What Is It About Relationships?
Ann Weber, Ph.D.

Psychologists have discovered some unexpected things about the close relationships key to well being. Read more >

Some Long-Held Links between Genes and Diseases Called Into Question
Alice G. Walton

Some of the connections between genes and disease that we accept as fact may not be so strong after all. Read more >

The Science of Skincare: Can We Really Slow Aging?
Alice G. Walton

Skin, our body's largest organ, has simple tastes. The best products are found in the kitchen, not the bathroom cabinet. Read more >

Children and Environmental Chemicals: A Call for Better Regulation
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are small and low to the ground, leaving them more exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >

Family Meals Help Cut Childhood Obesity
Alice G. Walton

Just having kids cut their fat intake does not help them lose weight. So what does work? Read more >

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Most Common Hormone Disorder in Women
D.A. Dumesic, M.D., M. Goodarzi, M.D., Ph.D., G. Chazenbalk, Ph.D., D. Geller, M.D., and D.H. Abbott, Ph.D.

PCOS can interfere with fertility and make pregnancy risky. Worse, it brings long-term health problems. Read more >

Are Airport Scanners Safe?
Neil Wagner

Are the full-body scanners at the airport safe? Well, it all depends. Read more >

Dangerous Exposures: Sun and Skin
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence than can set the stage for skin cancers and problems later. Read more >

Food for Thought: What the Ultimate Organ Needs to Stay Healthy
Alice G. Walton

Some foods can help you feel, think and remember better. You may know about blueberries, but curcumin? Read more >

Simple Febrile Seizures: Revised Practice Guidelines and Advice for Parents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Seizures that occur when a child has a fever are scary, but are they dangerous? Sometimes. Read more >

Nutrition for Athletes
Lona Sandon, M.Ed., R.D.

Elite athletes can teach us all a lot about eating right. Who knew chocolate milk was the perfect recovery drink? Read more >

Nature and Nurture: Social Environments Influence Genetic Blueprints
Esther Entin, M.D.

A study of children two and under shows just how much being poor restricts kids' genetic potential. Read more >

The Skinny on Fat: How to Tell the Healthy from the Harmful
Alice G. Walton

"Fats" is not just a 4-letter word. It pays to be able to tell the good from the bad. Read more >

Keeping an Eye on Contact Lenses
Barry A. Weismman, D.O., Ph.D.

Fit matters and is harder to achieve than you might think. Infections can happen. They're your eyes. Read on. Read more >

The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >

CT Scans or X-Rays? Lung Cancer Screening Trial Raises Some (Ethical) Dilemmas
Alice G. Walton

CT scans can detect lung cancer early and save lives, but there are risks and costs to be weighed. Read more >

FDA Verdict on Patient Radiation Overdoses: Operator Error
Neil Wagner

CT scans are a boon to diagnosis, but some may expose patients to way too much radiation. Read more >

Colon Cancer: The Necessity of Getting Checked
Robin Baradarian, M.D., FACG

A primer on colon cancer screening, from virtual colonoscopies to the real thing. Don't sweat it. Do it. Read more >

Paget's Disease
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

This disorder causes bony overgrowth and problems with the bone's structure. Read more >

Diabetes and the Nervous System: How Neuropathy Develops and How It Can Be Treated
John W. Wiley, M.D., and Roberto Towns, Ph.D.

Uncontrolled blood sugar can wreak havoc on diabetics' nervous systems. Learn the signs and symptoms. Read more >

Easing Menopause: Estrogen For the Brain
Istvan Merchenthaler, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. and Laszlo Prokai, Ph.D., D,Sc.

Getting estrogen to your brain is the quickest route to reducing some of menopause's worst symptoms, like hot flashes and memory loss. Read more >

The Microbial Menagerie in Your GI Tract: Friends or Foes?
John Y. Kao, M.D., Nirmal Kaur, M.D., and Vincent B. Young M.D.,Ph.D.

Gastro-intestinal distress? Could be an imbalance among the billions of microbes in your GI tract. Probiotics may help. Read more >

Early-Onset Parkinson's Disease
Roy N. Alcalay, M.D., M.Sc. and Karen Marder, M.D., M.P.H.

Early-Onset Parkinson's disease (EOPD) can be difficult to diagnose. Genes play a role. Read more >

Stages of Puberty and the Risk of Violent Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen violence can de-rail young lives. A new study links it to a teen's stage of sexual development, not age. Read more >

Snakebite! What to Do If You're Bitten and How Treatments Work
Thomas C. Arnold, M.D., and Robert A. Barish, M.D., M.B.A.

Snake bites are rare, but some bites are lethal. Know what to look for and do -- and how to avoid bites completely. Read more >

Putting Meditation to the Test
Alice G. Walton

Science is putting the ancient practice to the test. It appears that being mindful can change your brain and your behavior. Read more >

The Teenager Sleep Schedule vs. the School Bell
Esther Entin, M.D.

Starting the school day just a half hour later helps teens get the sleep they need, raising motivation. Read more >

Exceptional Human Longevity
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

Who are the oldest old – those 100 years of age and older? And what can these centenarians tell us about aging? Read more >

Managing Obesity: A Work In Progress
Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., and Scott Kahan, M.D., M.P.H.

Two physicians discuss the risks of obesity. Learn to recognize the behavioral triggers behind overeating and overcome them. Read more >

Cutting: Teens Who Hurt Themselves
Esther Entin, M.D.

The medical community calls it "non-suicidal self-injury" (NSSI); the kids call it "cutting." Read more >

Simple or Sophisticated? The Male Reproductive System... Explained
Alice G. Walton

Men's sexual systems produce erections and millions of sperm. Their complexity is often overlooked until something goes wrong. Read more >

Alcohol and Adolescents: The Need to Teach our Children Well
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen drinking is not like on TV. There are real risks, like auto accidents and impaired brain development. Read more >

The Genetics of Breast and Associated Cancers
Jennifer Barrick, M.S., C.G.C., Nancie Petrucelli, M.S., C.G.C., and Michael S. Simon, M.D., M.P.H.

Genetics plays a role in breast cancer risk, so do other hereditary syndromes. Learn what to look for. Read more >

Kids and Screens: Media and Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teens' screen time offers risks and rewards. How to minimize the risks. Read more >

The Money Pit: Health Insurance Executives' Pay
Neil Wagner

Health insurance executives are paid millions to ensure stock prices stay high. Patient care is not a concern. Read more >

The Female Reproductive Cycle...Explained
Alice G. Walton

The hormonal changes surrounding ovulation are often intense. Read more >

Stressed Out, Part II: Managing Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a fact of life, but you can learn to manage it better, both mentally and physically. Read more >

TVs, DVDs, and Babies
Esther Entin, M.D.

Research shows that educational DVDs don't improve learning in children under two. Babies need interaction to learn. Read more >

Controversial Autism-MMR Vaccine Study Retracted by Journal: Why Did This Happen - and Can We Forget?
Alice G. Walton

Retractions don't happen often in science, but they are part of the process. Changing the public's perceptions is another matter. Read more >

Stressed Out: The Behavior and Biology of Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a feeling, but it is also a biological response that is both helpful and harmful. Read more >

Psychiatric Drugs During Pregnancy: Benefits, Risks, Alternatives
Esther Entin, M.D.

Timing makes a difference when it comes to taking antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs while pregnant. Read more >

Exercise: A Boost for Aging Brains and Bodies
Esther Entin, M.D.

A series of studies on exercise and aging shows that brisk walking can improve bones, heart and balance. Read more >

Prescribing Medication Safely for Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Warnings about the effects of prescription drugs on children are often not reported accurately... Read more >

Unnecessary CT Scans and Excessive Radiation Raise Cancer Risk
Neil Wagner

CT scans have benefits, but they also have some very real cancer risks. Read more >

Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Americans' health care costs more than anywhere else in the world. Why? Read more >

Breast Milk: The Best Food Money Can't Buy
Esther Entin, M.D.

For most babies, breast milk is the best milk, but it is important to supplement with vitamin D. Read more >

Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management
Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Millions of infections occur in nursing homes each year, costing billions of dollars. Read more >

Feel Younger
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Feel Younger is a four−part series based on a book by TheDoctor's Aging specialist, Dr. Read more >

Well Informed

Well Informed is a two-part series designed to help you evaluate health information and understand the different kinds of scientific studies behind it. Read more >

Kids and Cholesterol: To Screen Or Not To Screen?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are starting to show dangerously high cholesterol, triglycerides and lipid levels. How to prevent life-long damage to young hearts. Read more >

From Silent to Serious: Chlamydia Infections in Teens and Young Adults
Esther Entin, M.D.

The STD chlamydia can be diagnosed with a urine specimen and does not require a pelvic examination or vaginal or urethral culture. Read more >

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Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Esther Entin, M.D.

Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >

What's Good Health Information?
Leslie Carr and Tom Gilbert

Becoming an informed consumer of health information is as important to your health as any exercise, drug or health plan. Read more >

ADHD: Treatment With Stimulants Safer than Expected
Esther Entin, M.D.

Do the stimulants used to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) put them at risk for future drug abuse? Read more >

Treating the Poisoned Patient
Barbara M. Kirrane, M.D., and Robert S. Hoffman, M.D.

Over two million people a year are exposed to poisonous toxins. Read more >

Sports-Related Concussions: Risks and Recovery
Jordana Bieze Foster

Concussions can be difficult to spot, especially when young athletes hide their symptoms to keep playing. Read more >

Our Sense of Smell
Hanyi Zhuang, Ph.D. and Hiroaki Matsunami, Ph.D.

The sense of smell is vital to humans and other animals, and it makes life more interesting. Read more >

Richard P. Kraig, Ph.D., M.D.

Epithelial Ovarian Cancer
Renata Urban, M.D., and Jonathan S. Berek, M.D., M.M.S.

By the time most women seek treatment for epithelial ovarian cancer, the disease has already reached an advanced stage. Read more >

Understanding Scientific Studies
Tom Gilbert

It is important to know if the information you are gathering on the Web is from a credible source. Read more >

Schizophrenia and Stress
Cheryl Corcoran, M.D., and Dolores Malaspina, M.D., M.S.P.H.

The Treatment of Insomnia: New Developments
Andrew D. Krystal, M.D., M.S.

Infection Control and Healthcare
Keith F. Woeltje, M.D., Ph.D.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Joshua L. Dunaief, M.D., Ph.D., and Leon Charkoudian, M.D.

Diabetic Muscular Infarction
Manuela Marinescu, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

Losing Sleep: the Causes and Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Namni Goel, Ph.D., and David F. Dinges, Ph.D.

Selenium: A Trace Element with Real Potential
Mark Sutter, M.D. and Jennifer Brown, M.D.

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Strong Bones, Healthy Joints
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch., and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Your bone mineral density should be repeated after two years to determine your rate of bone loss. Read more >

Vitamin C, Nutrition and Disease
Yi Li, B.Sc., and Herb E. Schellhorn, Ph.D.

Vitamin D Deficiency in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Pediatricians have begun to look harder at Vitamin D levels in children because this vitamin, once thought to be primarily involved in calcium absorption, is now being shown to have significant implications for a variety of health conditions which manifest in later life. Read more >

Coming Soon? Targeted Therapies for Ovarian Cancer
Frederick Sweet, Ph.D.

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Improving Your Posture and Balance
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D

Posture is reflection of how you balance your body, which would fall forward if your muscles did not pull it back. Read more >

Move It: Exercise and Aging
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Cataracts: Causes, Prevention, Treatment
Val Shestopalov, Ph.D.

Alcohol and Health: A Double-Edged Sword
James H. O'Keefe, M.D., and John H. Lee, M.D.

Joel G. Breman, M.D.

Something to Lose Sleep Over — Sleep Loss and Your Health
Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Read more >

What's the Big Deal About Zinc?
Ian J. Griffin, M.D.

A possible role for zinc as a treatment for the common cold remains to be proved. Read more >

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Stephen R. Thom, M.D., Ph.D.

The Dark Side of Public Health
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

The history of public health efforts in the United States in many ways is a story of great accomplishment. Read more >

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in the Elderly
Devraj Munikrishnappa, M.D.

Obesity, smoking, television viewing and alcohol use are associated with higher risk of ED. Read more >

Acute Pulmonary Embolism
Christopher Kabrhel, M.D.

Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common and potentially deadly disease, which occur when arteries become blocked, PE is part of a family of diseases that occur when veins become blocked. Read more >

Type 1 Diabetes - The Latest on New Insulins and Delivery Systems
Sheryl Merkin, M.S., F.N.P., C.D.E., Sharon Movsas, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. and Joel Zonszein, M.D., C.D.E.

Dealing with Chronic Pain: The Mind Body Solution
Hilary Tindle, M.D., M.P.H.

Acute Pancreatitis
Stephen J. Pandol M.D.

Smoking, Quitting and Genetics
Eric Siu, M.Sc., Nael Al Koudsi, H.B.Sc., Man Ki Ho, H.B.Sc., Rachel F. Tyndale, M.Sc., Ph.D

Nicotine's addictive properties are a result of the activation of the special receptors in the brain. Read more >

The Fight Against Diabetes
Sheryl Merkin, M.S., F.N.P., C.D.E., Sharon Movsas, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. and Joel Zonszein, M.D., C.D.E.

A lack of insulin or an inability to respond to insulin is known as "insulin resistance." Read more >

Human Papilloma Virus and Cervical Cancer
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Modern medicine's battle against cervical cancer is a tale of two worlds. Read more >

A New Treatment for Lupus?
Elena Peeva, M.D., Liliane Min, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

Bioartificial Kidneys: Potential Application in Renal Replacement
Frieda Wolf, M.D., and Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

Influenza and Pandemic Influenza: A Primer
Walter A. Orenstein, M.D.

How Sweet It Is: Sweeteners in Health and Disease
Edward Saltzman, M.D.

Consumer-Driven Health Care: Ethical and Legal Pitfalls

With health care costs continuing to grow at a much higher rate than inflation, some policy makers have seized upon yet another technique they hope will restrain spending — "consumer-driven health care" in the form of "health savings accounts. Read more >

The Detection and Management of Osteoporosis
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Author's Note: I would like to thank Dr. Read more >

Dendritic Cell Cancer Vaccines
Woondong Jeong, M.D., Brier Rolando, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Woondong Jeong is a hematology/oncology fellow, Brier Rolando is an internal medicine resident and Robert G. Read more >

Suicide Assessment, Intervention and Prevention
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.

For Seniors: What to Do About High Blood Pressure
Abbas Ali, M.D.

Vitamin E Supplementation: Should You or Shouldn't You?
Joel Mason, M.D.

Recently, there has been considerable media attention as to whether or not vitamin E supplementation is safe or helpful. Read more >

Beyond Insulin
Sam Engel, M.D.

Road Traffic Injuries: Can We Stop A Global Epidemic?
Lauren P. Giles, B.A.; Elisabeth S. Hayes, M.B.A.; and Mark L. Rosenberg, M.D., M.P.P.

The causes of RTIs have been established: excessive speed, consumption of drugs and alcohol, failure to use seatbelts and poor road design. Read more >

Female Infertility
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Author's Note: The expert advisors for this article are James M. Read more >

Stress and Allergy
Rosalind J. Wright, M.D., M.P.H., and Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you're having a really tough day, you sneeze a lot and your skin feels itchier? It's not a coincidence, your emotions may have been the trigger. Read more >

Malnutrition in the ICU
Joel Mason, M.D. and Scott Epstein, M.D.

Off-Label Prescribing
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Off-label prescribing, also known as unapproved use, is the physician practice of prescribing a drug or medical device for a purpose different from one of the indications for which the product is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read more >

The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Numerous researchers tout the potential therapeutic benefits from human embryonic stem cells. Read more >

Depression in the Elderly
Rafi Kevorkian, M.D.

Insomnia, weight loss, rapid emotional swings, or slow walking and reduced physical activity may be signs of depression in the elderly. Read more >

Dry Another Day
Antigoni Triantafyllopoulou, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

Stronger Seniors
Ambrose P. Ramsay, M.D.

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Glaucoma: The Perils of High Pressure
Gary M. Levin, M.D.

Eye drops for glaucoma can cause depression. Read more >

Vitamin K: The Last Frontier in Vitamins
Edward Saltzman, M.D.

Vitamin K has been shown to protect blood vessels and bones. Green leafy vegetables are among the richest sourcesof vitamin K in the diet. Read more >

Getting the Lead Out - The News About an Old Problem
Sassan Farjami, M.D., Ogleh Nesheiwat, M.D., Carol Karmen, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Sleep disturbances, restlessness, lethargy, memory loss and irritability can be signs of lead poisoning. Read more >

Meggan Mackay, M.D., M.S., and Peter Barland

Hypertension in the Elderly: Too Little, Too Late
Abbas Ali, M.D.

Cut down on salt, alcohol and lose weight to help lower your blood pressure. Read more >

Fighting the Fad - Low Carbohydrate/High Protein Diets
Edward Saltzman, M.D.

Very low carbohydrate diets may be effective for some, but their long-term benefit remains questionable. Read more >

Male Infertility
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

If you have a low sperm count and are trying for a pregnancy, you should avoid hot tubs and saunas. Read more >

HIV/AIDS in Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Anal sex carries a higher risk for HIV infection than vaginal sex. Read more >

Soy and Menopausal Health
Mark J. Messina, Ph.D.

The Latest on Emergency Contraception
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

After taking emergency contraception, women should avoid having unprotected sex until their next period begins. Read more >

Iron Deficiency Anemia: Risk, Symptoms and Treatment
Elizabeth M. Ross, M.D., L.D.N.

Spoon-shaped fingernails may mean you are iron deficient. Read more >

Genetic Counseling and Breast Cancer
Dharmen Patel, M.D., Lawrence Shapiro, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Both women AND men can get breast cancer from inherited breast cancermutations. Read more >

Erythropoietin and Progressive Kidney Disease
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

In a perfect world, every medical treatment would be backed up by solid science, that is, rigorous clinical trials. Read more >

Gallstones and Complications: Detection and Treatment
Nicole D. Simpson, M.D., Tommy Yen, M.D.,* and Aijaz Ahmed, M.D.

Malnutrition and the Cancer Patient
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel Mason, M.D.

Before you begin chemo or radiation therapy, you may benefit fromaggressive nutritional support. Read more >

Frailty: Management and Treatment
John E. Morley, M.D.

Most frail persons should do resistance exercise training at least three times per week. Read more >

Public Health and Bioterrorism: Learning the Lessons of the Anthrax Attacks
Richard E. Dixon, M.D., and David J. Sencer, M.D., M.P.H.

"Tube Feeding" — Right or Wrong: The Medical, Legal and Ethical Issues
David E. Milkes, M.D.

Patients should not be on tube feeding unless they are expected to requireit for more than 30 days. Read more >

Carotid Artery Repair: Stent Or Scalpel?
Joseph G. Salloum, M.D., Morgan Campbell, M.D., and Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.

Successful carotid artery surgery can reduce the risk of stroke. Read more >

Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome (CAPS)
Juan Javier Lichauco, M.D., Jayashree Sinha, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

Burns: From Treatment to Prevention
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Water heaters should be set below 120oF (49oC) to avoid scald injuries. Read more >

Reversal Therapy, a Better Treatment for Heart Disease
K. Lance Gould, M.D.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs are more effective than cardiac bypass surgeryfor the treatment of heart disease. Read more >

Adult Onset Still's Disease
Juan Javier Lichauco, M.D., Jayashree Sinha, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

Good Health to Diet For: Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Robert M. Russell, M.D. and Paolo M. Suter, M.D.

Some people are "salt sensitive." If they increase their salt, they increase their blood pressure. Read more >

Prostate Cancer
Rami Y. Haddad, M.D.

Earky detection is important for prostate cancer. All men 50+ should havean annual digital rectal exam. Read more >

Hospice and Palliative Care
Manoj Mittal, M.D., and Joseph H. Flaherty, M.D

Sit the terminally ill patient upright if they're having trouble breathing. Read more >

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): New Treatments for Mild and Severe
Elena Peeva, M.D., M.Sc., Gisele Zandman-Goddard, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

SLE sufferers should not take sulfonamide drugs. Read more >

John E. Morley, M.D.

Older hospitalized patients are often given too little food. Read more >

Vitamin A, Retinoids and Carotenoids: What's the Bottom Line?
A dialogue between Robert Russell, M.D., and Joel Mason, M.D.

My colleague, Dr. Read more >

Pain Free: Modern Drugs and Neuropathic Pain
Howard L. Fields, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Abortion in Practice: An Interview
Tom Gilbert

To learn more about practical issues involving medical abortion, TheDoctor's Tom Gilbert, interviewed Jini Tanenhaus, Associate Vice President for the Clinician Training Initiatve, Planned Parenthood of New York City. Read more >

The Three M's of Medical Abortion — Mifepristone, Methotrexate and Misoprostol
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

An IUD must be removed before taking medical abortion drugs like RU-486. Read more >

The Anticoagulant Heparin: A Possible New Cancer Treatment?
Leo Zacharski, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Heparin may be the most effective treatment for cancer patients with bloodclots in their legs. Read more >

Vertigo: Its Causes and Treatment
Huai Y. Cheng, M.D.

Giant Cell Arteritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

Always taper off steroid medications slowly, otherwise you risk upsetting the body's natural hormone production. Read more >

Genetics and Mental Retardation
V. Reid Sutton, M.D.

Wrongful Prolongation of Life?
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Rebecca Jane Taylor suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed on one side and wheelchair-bound. Read more >

M. Louay Omran, M.D.

Swallowing problems that come and go are usually caused by non-cancerousrings of tissue. Read more >

Can Diet Prevent Colorectal Cancer?: A Dialogue
Robert M. Russell, M.D. and Joel B. Mason, M.D.

Alcohol increases your risk of colon cancer. Read more >

Yusuf Yazici, M.D., and Akgun Ince, M.D.

Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help relieve symptoms of knee arthritis. Read more >

"Time is Brain": Treating Stroke as an Emergency
Morgan Campbell, M.D.

Aspirin, taken every day (81-325 mg dose), can help prevent a stroke. Read more >

A Body to Die For: The ABC's of Eating Disorders
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Recovering bulimics should protect their teeth by NOT brushing vigorously. Read more >

Got to Run: Travelers' Diarrhea
Gary M. Gray, M.D.

If antibiotics aren't stopping your traveler's diarrhea within three days, go see a doctor as soon as possible. Read more >

Bioterrorism - Scare Stories Can Be Dangerous to Our Health
Hillel W. Cohen, Dr.P.H., Victor W. Sidel, M.D., and Robert M. Gould, M.D.

Less is Less: the Undertreatment of High Blood Pressure
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

If your doctor says your blood pressure is "a little high," you should betreated with anti-hypertensive drugs. Read more >

A New Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure?
Frank A. Laws, M.D., and Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.

To Sydney and Beyond
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

If you are short of breath in the days following a long airplane trip, see a doctor ASAP. Read more >

Exercises for the Active Senior
John E. Morley, M.D.

Sit with legs extended and flex the trunk forward from the hips. Read more >

Sports Injuries and the Aging Athlete
John E. Morley, M.D.

Not long ago, a man named Al Hanna successfully reached the southern summit of Mt. Read more >

Losing Propositions: A Discussion of Popular Diets
Robert M. Russell, M.D., Edward Saltzman, M.D., and Helen Rasmussen, M.S., R.D.

Drinking sufficient fluids and taking in enough fiber are the keys tosuccessful weight loss. Read more >

Tuberculosis: The Comeback Bug
E. Neil Schachter, M.D.

Tuberculosis, the ancient killer, once known as the "White Plague," was, at least in wealthy, medically advanced countries, on its way to extinction, thanks to antibiotics. Read more >

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Gary M. Gray, M.D.

Tincture of opium may help relieve IBS symptoms when other medicines fail. Read more >

Bioterrorism — Are We Prepared?
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

For most of us, bioterrorism seems out there with alien invaders as something likely to occur on television but not in real life. Read more >

A New Way of Looking at Atherosclerosis
Felicita Andreotti, M.D., Ph.D., Ignatios Ikonomidis, M.D., Stefano Sdringola, M.D., and Petros Nihoyannopoulos, M.D.

More than a Little Heartburn: Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gary M. Gray, M.D.

To reduce episodes of heartburn, avoid cigarettes,late night meals and alcohol and coffee in the evening. Read more >

Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment
Dipak Chandy, M.D.

If swimming or boating, avoid all drugs and alcohol. Read more >

Pancreas Transplant: A Cure for Diabetes?
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

Type 1 diabetics with kidney disease should strongly consider simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant. Read more >

The 2000 Presidential Race: Where the Candidates Stand on Health Care Issues
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

With the American Presidential election just around the corner, we thought we'd take a look at the issues the two major party candidates have focused on. Read more >

Treating Anxiety and Depression
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Even small amounts of caffeine in some at-risk individuals can precipitate or exaggerate anxiety. Read more >

Anxiety Disorders
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Psychodynamic therapy works best with those who are curious to learn more about themselves and their inner thoughts. Read more >

Bottle Feeding And Ear Infections: A Formula For Disaster?
Craig Brown, M.D.

Coping with Menopause
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

At menopause, use a lubricant to help maintain a good sex life. Read more >

A Better Way of "Living" With Lymphedema
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Answer: the lymphatic system. Read more >

Traumatic Aortic Rupture
Lynn Schrader, M.D., and Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Car crash victims who have difficulty speaking or swallowing may havea torn aorta, a life-threatening medical emergency. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
M. Nergis Alnigenis (Yanmaz), M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >

Sleep Apnea: The Noisy Killer
Ahmed Syed Ali, M.D., and John E. Morley, M.D.

If you are often sleepy during the daytime, you may have sleep apnea and should see your doctor. Read more >

The Graying of Society: Nutrition, Vitamins and Aging
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel B. Mason, M.D.

The elderly need to drink at least 8 servings of water or equivalent liquids every day. Read more >

New Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes
Eli Ipp, M.D.

Sulfonylureas are among the least costly and most effective medications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Read more >

The New COX 2 Inhibitors
Peter Barland, M.D.

Until recently, the drugs used for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), were introduced either through clinical observations or as a result of a lucky guess. Read more >

Managing Cognitive Dysfunction
John E. Morley, M.D.

Use of a hearing amplifier can stop a demented patient's screaming. Read more >

"Nutraceuticals": Do They Spell the End of FDA Regulation of Drugs?
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

The Pure Food and Drug Act was enacted in 1906 in response, in large part, to unscrupulous marketing of adulterated foods and of patent medicines lacking in efficacy and often containing addictive or harmful substances. Read more >

The Neurobiology of Depression
Juan F. Lopez, M.D.

Coronary Heart Disease in Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Two common conditions that can produce chest pain and are frequently confused with angina are esophageal reflux disease and panic attacks. Read more >

Economic Motives for Physician-Assisted Suicide
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

The debate about physician-assisted suicide is replete with concern over the role of economic factors. Read more >

Male Menopause
John E. Morley, M.D.

A 73-year-old man fell while on a walking tour in the Venezuelan Andes. Read more >

Lasering the Heart When Coronary Bypass Isn't Possible
Ran Kornowski, M.D., and Martin B. Leon, M.D.

Sexual Relationships with Patients
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Sexual relationships with patients are problematic, not only because they may be unethical and may compromise patient care, but because they may lead to civil actions for damages, criminal actions, and disciplinary proceedings by state medical boards. Read more >

Tobacco and Women: Trends and Strategies for Quitting
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, if an American woman smoked a cigarette it was considered disgraceful behavior. Read more >

Emerging Treatments: Combination DMARDS for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

Until recently, most patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were initially treated with NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents) or low doses of corticosteroids. Read more >

Vitamin Supplements — Too Much of a Good Thing?
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel B. Mason, M.D.

A young woman who I recently treated, influenced by several reports in the local paper about beta-carotene's cancer and heart disease preventive benefits, began taking a single tablet of supplemental beta-carotene on a daily basis. Read more >

How to Handle the Heat
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Our skin is the radiator of the car. It is the place where most of our cooling occurs. Read more >

The Response to Stress
Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., and Dean Krahn, M.D

What do we mean when we say we are "stressed out"? We may just be having a bad day, or feeling pressured by too many things to do and too little time to do them. Read more >

Emerging Issues: The Privacy of Medical Records
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Within the past two years, a substantial amount of attention has been paid to the issue of the privacy of patient records. Read more >

What's New About Gout
Peter Barland, M.D.

Gout is a disease produced by excess uric acid, a nitrogen breakdown product, in the blood (hyperuricemia). Read more >

Emerging Treatments: Viscosupplementation for Osteoarthritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

Osteoarthritis should no longer be considered an inevitable accompaniment of aging but rather a dynamic and largely treatable disease. Read more >

How Best to Manage Your Asthma
E. Neil Schachter, M.D.

Though asthma medicine is not generally recommended for pregnant women, the greatest risk to the fetus is a mother's uncontrolled asthma. Read more >

Treating Parkinson's Disease: Appendix

Treatment of PD with levodopa was begun in 1960. Read more >

PVD: A Practical Approach to Promoting Healing
Caroline Fife, M.D.

Cold feet? Or are your legs often pale when elevated or red while hanging down?You may have the inadequate blood flow associated with peripheral vascular disease. Read more >

Acute and Chronic Colitis: Changing Causes and Therapies
Gary M. Gray, M.D.

Colitis is the irritation or inflammation of the colon. Read more >

Current Treatment for Sickle Cell Anemia
Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

For the past eight years, I've been treating a patient, I'll call him Rod. Read more >

The Human Genome Project: What It Means for You
James R. Lupski, M.D., Ph.D.

A mutation can be caused by a change in a whole chromosome or involve just one base pair of a specific gene. Read more >

Taking Osteoporosis Out of Your Future — A Major Challenge for Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Balance exercise, like Tai Chi, can lessen the risk of falls. Read more >

Treating Parkinson's Disease
Ahmed S. Ali, M.D., and John E. Morley, M.D.

Dietary protein reduces the absorption of levadopa, a medication for Parkinson's, so the timing of mealsand medication should be different. Read more >

Urinary Incontinence
John E. Morley, M.D.

Incontinence, the inability to restrain the discharge of urine, is an extremely common and highly treatable disorder. Read more >

DHEA — The Fountain of Youth?
John E. Morley, M.D.

For reasons that are not totally clear, DHEA (dehyrdoepiandrosterone) has captured the public and scientific imagination as an anti-aging hormone. Read more >

Constipation in the Elderly
Ariba Khan, M.B.B.S., and John E. Morley, M.D.

Where's the Fat?
Eli Ipp, M.D.

We are constantly reminded to watch our weight. Read more >

How Much Protein Do You Need?
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Carmen Castanada Sceppa, M.D., Ph.D.

Amino acid supplements are not digested and absorbed into the body as readily as amino acidscoming directly from food sources. Read more >

Folate: New and Exciting Clinical Implications of an Old Vitamin
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel Mason, M.D.

The B vitamin, folate, has certainly come a long way in the 50 years since it was first identified and synthesized in the 1940s. Read more >

Lowering Your Cholesterol: Diet or Drugs?
Ernst John Schaefer, M.D., and< Robert M. Russell, M.D.

Smoking, hypertension and diabetes are the key culprits in hardening of the arteries. Read more >

Exercise, Nutrition and Health
Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., and Joel Mason, M.D.

Obesity: State-of-the-Art Update
Joel Mason, M.D., and Edward Saltzman, M.D.

Diet and Heart Disease
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Alice H. Lichtenstein, D. Sc.

Alice H. Read more >

Current Treatments for Heart Attacks
Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.

The most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain; but sometimes,the pain starts in the arm, neck or back. Read more >

Emerging Treatments: Unstable Angina
Brian M. Go, M.D., and H. Vernon Anderson, M.D.

Calcium antagonists have been found to be very beneficial in preventing heart attacks inpatients with unstable angina who are unable to use beta blockers. Read more >

Why Doctors Use Echocardiography
Eddy Barasch, M.D.

Echocardiography is so sensitive that it can detect mild murmurs not otherwise heard, alerting your doctor to potential problems. Read more >

Can Bacteria Be Trained to Do the Kidney's Work?
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

In industrialized countries, peritoneal- and hemo-dialysis sustain the lives of more than a quarter of a million patients whose kidneys don't work effectively (renal insufficiency). Read more >

When Kidneys Fail in Diabetes: Therapy Options
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

Diabetes is a complicated and chronic disease that eventually destroys the kidneys. Read more >

Testicular Cancer
Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Testicular cancer is the most common malignancy in young adult males. Read more >

Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Women: Not Just a Man's Disease
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

There is an odd perception that colorectal cancer (CRC) is a man's disease. Read more >

The Genetics of Breast Cancer
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Everyone of us has had a friend or relative concerned about their family history of breast cancer. Read more >

The Privacy of Genetic Information
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Our ability to test individuals for genetic disorders is increasing dramatically. Read more >

Viagra® and Other Dilemmas of Enhancement Medicine
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Lately, a number of my friends have told me that they are considering getting some Viagra®. Read more >

Informed Consent
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

In the modern field of health law and bioethics, the doctrine of informed consent is about as classic a doctrine as we have. Read more >

Rewards and Addictions
Dean D. Krahn, M.D.

Drug abusers, alcoholics and overeaters may appear to be out of control but, actually, it's the opposite. Their brain chemistry, thrown out of balanceby substance abuse, is strongly dictating their behavior. Read more >

What We Know about Unhealthy Behaviors and How You Can Change Them
Dean D. Krahn, M.D.

We pride ourselves on our intelligence but we still engage in many unhealthy behaviors — eating and drinking to excess, smoking, abusing drugs. Read more >

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