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  • When weight is disabling

    When weight is disabling
    Lisa Harrison weighed 527 pounds on the day she was fired from her job at a Louisiana drug addiction treatment center. The 5-foot-2-inch Harrison, who believed her employer considered her "disabled" due to her weight, filed a discrimination charge with...
  • Almost one in 3 Virginians can't understand basic health information

    Almost one in 3 Virginians can't understand basic health information
    psalasky@dailypress.com | 757-247-4784 Low health literacy is costing the health care system more than $300 billion annually, according to the American Medical Association. When almost one third of patients can't understand basic health information, can'...
  • How low health literacy affects care

    How low health literacy affects care
    The AMA Foundation, in its "Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand" publication, outlines the dangers engendered by low health literacy — the inability to use and process health information — in 90 million U.S. adults....
  • Marijuana policy bears no relation to the drug's actual risks or benefits

    The national debate over legalizing marijuana should be guided as much as possible by facts ("Stirring the pot," Nov. 12). Although marijuana is listed by the DEA as a "Schedule 1" drug — the same category as heroin — the notion that...
  • Probiotics: A gut-check on bacterial health

    Probiotics: A gut-check on bacterial health
    A fascinating, if disconcerting, fact: More than 100 trillion so-called good bacteria thrive in or on the human body. A sizable chunk of them maintain residence in the human digestive tract. Probiotics, live microorganisms that benefit their human host,...
  • Mammography benefits questioned

    Mammography benefits questioned
    In recent years many leading health organizations have advised that all women age 40 and up have an annual mammogram or be tested every two years for the presence of breast cancer. Women with a higher risk for the disease may have been told to get bi-...
  • Study: Multivitamins May Prevent Cancer in Men

    Study: Multivitamins May Prevent Cancer in Men
    Taking a multivitamin may help prevent cancer in healthy middle-aged men, according to a new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School...
  • Common fallacies about children of same-sex couples

    I was a little confused by Marie-Alberte Boursiquot's recent letter ("Catholic doctors for traditional marriage," Oct. 20). The headline over it says traditional marriage, but in her letter she uses the term "authentic marriage." I had never heard that...
  • Research shows gay and lesbian couples are good parents

    More than 30 years of scientific research have shown that children do best when raised by two loving, committed parents, regardless of gender. This is the conclusion reached by a comprehensive review of virtually every study on the subject conducted by...
  • Maryland health officials critical of compounding pharmacies in JAMA report

    State health officials in an article in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association criticized the oversight of compounding pharmacies and said the facilities need to take more responsibility in protecting patients from tainted drugs. The...
  • Mold, bacteria found in pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak

    Mold, bacteria found in pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak
    The Massachusetts pharmacy at the heart of a probe into a deadly meningitis outbreak may have violated federal health laws, U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators said Friday, saying mold and bacteria were found in areas where drugs were mixed....