| Jul 23, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Among mammals, socially dominant individuals often make decisions for the whole group. (Think of your overbearing friend on a road trip who demands a stop at In-N-Out because he’s craving an animal style burger.) But among pigeons, it’s the...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 11:45 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Certain school-based programs that aim to keep kids from smoking cigarettes seem to work, according to a fresh look at some past research.
After examining over a hundred "gold standard" studies, researchers found that school-...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 4:13 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - Austerity is having a devastating effect on health in Europe and North America, driving suicide, depression and infectious diseases and reducing access to medicines and care, researchers said on Monday.
Detailing a decade of research,...
| May 30, 2013
| 4:16 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Popular smoking cessation treatments - such as nicotine replacements and antidepressants - improve people's chances of kicking the habit without much risk, according to a review of past research.
"It seems very clear that...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 6:15 PM
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The finalists for the 33rd L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Thursday morning -- the complete list is below. In addition to the 50 books in 10 categories that are in the running for the awards,...
| Dec 15, 2012
The bronze figure of Thomas Jefferson rises 19 feet in his Pantheon-style memorial in Washington, D.C. It suits the third president's oversize life. And it underscores the ongoing debate about his stature, examined in five new books about him.
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:20 AM
The front table in Hyde Park's Seminary Co-op Bookstore has been a must stop for book browsers for book lovers since the early 1970s. It is always brimming with more than 100 newly published scholarly works vying for readers' attention. Most of the titles...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 12:30 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A device that plays a melody in an attempt to slow people's breathing didn't lower the blood pressure of people with diabetes, according to a new study.
"Given the results and the studies available, you can conclude that there...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 11:58 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There's no evidence that checking kids' and teens' blood pressure - and treating them if it's high - can reduce their heart risks in adulthood, according to a new analysis.
What's more, researchers found blood pressure tests...
| Oct 21, 2012
By the time the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought an end to World War II in 1945, an estimated 65 million to 75 million civilians and soldiers were dead. To prevent such a catastrophe from happening again, the Allied powers had already begun to...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 12:58 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vegetarians are one-third less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than meat and fish eaters, according to a new UK study.
Earlier research has also suggested that non-meat eaters have fewer heart problems,...