| Jun 23, 2013
| 2:37 PM
As a registered dietitian with the Washington County Health Department, Tammy Thornton has a simple rule at home for her children: No cola allowed.
She also knows that sometimes kids don’t always follow the rules when they’re out of Mom&...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 3:06 PM
When the American Medical Association this week declared obesity a disease — a move that instantly labeled one third of Americans as sick — it launched a controversy not seen since alcoholism received the disease designation.
| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:01 AM
The time in the operating room is perhaps the simplest part of weight loss surgery. That’s one message of a new documentary called “All of Me” that explores the complexity of what it’s like to be morbidly obese in America....
| 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...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Time magazine reports that vegetarians live longer than their meat-chomping friends.
Meanwhile, a six-year study of 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists, published in the current issue of the American Medical Association's Journal of Internal Medicine, found...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 5:35 PM
The American Medical Association announced Wednesday that it will now recognize obesity as a disease, opening up new possibilities for treatment and prevention.
The policy's change in definition also changes the way the medical community will treat...
| 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 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-...