| Feb 26, 2014
| 6:11 PM
It's billed as a faster, safer and more accurate way of screening expectant mothers for fetal abnormalities like Down syndrome, and proponents say it has already become the standard for prenatal care.
But as a handful of California companies market...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 4:17 PM
Yearly mammography screenings for women ages 40 to 59 do not reduce breast cancer deaths, even though they make a diagnosis of illness more likely, according to a long-term study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women.
The research, published Tuesday in the...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:20 PM
Children who are overweight in kindergarten have four times the risk of becoming obese by eighth grade, researchers reported Wednesday – in just one of the ways they said that the risk of becoming overweight or obese could start even before birth....
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:25 PM
Would you fill that 16-ounce cup with sugary soda if it had a red light on the dispenser? Or might you move to the faucet for water and its green light? Researchers tracked food and drink choices in a big Boston hospital and found that those "traffic...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 9:01 PM
Maryland's superintendent of schools has no plans to take down dozens of signs in the windows of her agency's headquarters that proclaim Maryland No. 1 in education. Likewise, Gov. Martin O'Malley is unlikely to stop bragging that Maryland is No. 1 in the...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 7:30 AM
A medical procedure that treats bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract has an unexpected - and, for some patients, quite welcome - side effect: It makes them lose weight. That procedure, called left gastric artery embolization, may just be the...
| Sep 18, 2013
Wednesday's print column "Vocal rest" sounds like a bit of fun, doesn't it? A holiday from the grinding obligations of everyday jibber-jabber. An opportunity for monastic contemplation. A lesson in the neglected art of listening and the truth behind the.....
| Mar 27, 2012
Losing a close friend or family member can be devastating. All the small details of daily life — getting out of bed, making meals, going to appointments, taking care of children, handling responsibilities at work — may seem monumentally hard...
| Sep 13, 2012
Until now, doctors have pretty much called the shots in the doctor-patient relationship. But change is on the way. Patients, say ahhhhh — it's about to be all about you.
The new approach is called patient-centered care, and it's a very good thing,...
| May 11, 2011
Q: My 15-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (left-sided). She was prescribed Asacol to treat the inflammation. She's tolerated the dosage (three times a day) so far. Will she need to be on this drug all the time or only...
| Jul 21, 2012
When it's time to meditate, sit comfortably, focus your attention … and reach for your smartphone?
More and more people are doing just that, ifApple's iPhoneApp Store is any indication — a search for "meditation" results in more than 1,000...