| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 1, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Since 2008, when a group of physicians drew a hypothetical link between Lyme disease and autism, a growing number of patient activists have embraced the belief that the hallmark neuropsychiatric symptoms of autism may spring from the body's immune...
| 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 --...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Americans are exercising more, but that has not done much to slim their waistlines, underscoring the immense challenge confronting health advocates fighting the nation’s obesity crisis.
In more than two-thirds of the nation&...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 9:54 AM
The recent disclosure by actress Angelina Jolie that she had undergone elective bilateral mastectomies to reduce her risk of breast cancer provides an opportunity to understand the science behind the BRCA gene mutation she carries. Jolie's mother died...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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-...