| Feb 18, 2014
| 2:21 PM
Most anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight probably has wondered about appetite, perhaps wishing it to be less voracious. Scientists are looking at appetite and feelings of fullness as they try to figure out genetic connections to weight and what...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Doctors are fueling the epidemic of prescription drug addiction and overdose and represent the single largest supplier of these drugs to chronic abusers, according to a government study published Monday.
The finding challenges the conventional wisdom...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Join Times staff writer Lisa Girion for an online chat at 12:30 p.m. on how doctors are fueling the nation's prescription drug epidemic.
A new government study found that doctors now represent the primary source of narcotic painkillers for chronic...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 12:00 PM
I'd like to address some of Michelle Minton's comments directed at the bills aimed to ban energy drinks to minors ("No one cards at Starbucks," Feb. 27).
First of all, to say that these bills are "knee jerk legislation based on anecdotal evidence and...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Robert Proctor doesn't think ignorance is bliss. He thinks that what you don't know can hurt you. And that there's more ignorance around than there used to be, and that its purveyors have gotten much better at filling our heads with nonsense.
| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:39 PM
Hepatitis C is a health threat that everyone, particularly those in the baby boom generation, needs to take seriously.
Nonetheless, a bill now before the General Assembly that would require doctors to offer to provide a hepatitis C screening test to...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 6:22 PM
With nearly 3% of American men over 40 boosting their testosterone levels with a prescription supplement, the financial and public health stakes couldn't be higher. But in increasing numbers, physicians are complaining that research on the safety of...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 3:44 PM
Among the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act, few are as controversial as the one requiring health insurance providers to include coverage for contraception. A new survey finds that support for this rule is widespread, with 69% of Americans...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 11:36 AM
The horrifying statistics on rape and sexual assault on college campuses in this country speak for themselves. Studies show that about one in five undergraduate women has experienced such an attack or an attempted attack at some point during their college...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 3:54 PM
Gay rights advocates and the state legislator who introduced legislation this session to ban so-called "gay conversion therapy" in Maryland have withdrawn the bill, saying they will instead pursue regulatory oversight of the controversial practice....
| Feb 5, 2014
| 10:39 AM
During the last decade, local, state and federal governments have sought to make smoking inconvenient by restricting where and when people can light up. They have made it more expensive by increasing taxes — to the point that a pack of cigarettes...