| Jun 19, 2013
| 6:20 AM
Does it really matter if the medical establishment calls obesity a “disease” instead of a chronic health condition or a disorder?
It’s a question doctors and public health experts are considering in the wake of Tuesday’s vote...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 11:00 AM
Good luck to Jessica Weiderholdt in keeping her 70 pounds off ("Teacher adopts new diet, lifestyle," June 20). However, the article looks like an advertisement for Beachbody exercise and Shakeology drinks.
The American Medical Association has agreed...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates voted this week to declare obesity a disease. The vote effectively diagnoses a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children with a medical condition that needs treatment. The designation makes...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:01 AM
I hate needles, and I've always deferred to doctors and scientists when it comes to questions of medical importance.
Suffice it to say I've been ambivalent since I was a teen about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ban on gay men donating blood....
| Jun 24, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Last week's decision by the American Medical Association to categorize obesity as a disease brought out the expected reaction — cheers from advocates who believe this growing health threat has been neglected and a collective shrug from others who...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 3:31 PM
There's a growing list of things that clearly do NOT work in helping someone who's carrying too much weight trim down. Shaming, teasing and hectoring stand a good chance of backfiring, and it remains to be seen whether treating obesity as a disease --...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 4:55 PM
New research from Canada has found that roughly 1 in 5 adolescents has probably suffered a traumatic brain injury--a figure that suggests severe concussion among children and adolescents may be far more common than has been estimated. The new study...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 4:09 PM
After a decade of rancorous debate over the risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, experts from more than a dozen top medical organizations worldwide have finally come to something resembling a consensus. What did they decide, and why are women...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 9:21 AM
Abortion rights supporters may as well put away those champagne glasses.
Jubilation probably came a bit prematurely for those celebrating the demise of the Texas measure that would turn back the clock on reproductive rights.
While many thought...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 1:19 PM
Public schoolchildren have exactly one more school year to buy high-calorie sandwich cookies and sugary energy drinks from vending machines and snack bars at school.
Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, public schools across the country will have to...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Nearly 10 years ago, I reacted with horror and disdain as President George W. Bush gleefully took credit for extra-judicial killings and indefinite detention of suspected terrorists. I thought: "How could a president throw away the basic principle of...