| Jun 18, 2013
| 3:02 PM
Is smoking a disease? Few of us would think so. It's a terribly unhealthful habit that can cause various fatal and chronic diseases, but it is not an illness unto itself. There are smokers who remain disease-free.
So it's hard for me to jump on board...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 4:16 PM
“Get off your butts,” the nation’s doctors said Tuesday, as the American Medical Assn. adopted a new policy on sitting in the workplace.
Citing mounting evidence that sitting for extended periods of time is really bad for you, the...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 3:00 AM
A critical opportunity to improve U.S. health care finally lies within reach. In 2004, then-President George Bush announced the goal to have a national electronic health records (EHR) system in place in 10 years. Tragically, EHR development had become...
| Apr 29, 2013
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April 29, 2013
Q: My 5-year-old daughter just had her adenoids and tonsils removed because of snoring...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Several dozen activists rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday for a bill that would require labeling of any food made with genetically modified ingredients. The activists say that consumers have a right to know what they’re eating. California...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 4:35 PM
As pointed out by the left-wing news and views site the Daily Kos, the National Rifle Association maintains a list on its website describing its known opponents (in the view of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action) that includes some obvious anti-...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 5:34 PM
A study by a Harvard pediatrician, published in the influential Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that states with more gun laws have lower mortality rates from firearms. But the author acknowledges that he can’t prove that...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 4:34 PM
The upward trend in type 2 diabetes, especially among younger adults, appears to be driving a rise in vision problems at an earlier age, according to a study released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Because of the soaring rate of...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 4:00 PM
More -- and newer -- isn’t always better in medicine.
We imagine it’s a good idea to pay for a whole-body CT scan so that every last defect in our body can be detected and treated promptly, so we subject ourselves to radiation but also to...
| May 5, 2013
You now can go to a Walgreens and get examined by a medical professional. Maybe your blood pressure is a little high, or you've suffered from asthma for years. Walgreens has prescription and over-the-counter medications for you.
And, on your way out...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 4:17 PM
A tan isn't worth teens increasing their risk for skin cancer. The General Assembly should send that unequivocal message by passing a proposed ban on the use of indoor tanning devices for those under the age of 18.
This is hardly a risky position. It...