| Sep 2, 2013
Are the ideas on offer to reform America's schools really the best we can come up with?
Texas has embraced reforms, for example, that call for increasing the number of charter schools and eliminating some of the exams required to graduate from high...
| Oct 10, 2013
The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her abdominal pain had already...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:41 PM
Depression can look very different in men and women. And many of its hallmarks — rage, risk-taking, substance abuse and even workaholism — can hide in plain sight.
Now researchers say that when these symptoms are factored into a diagnosis,...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Doctors have increasingly ignored clinical guidelines for the treatment of routine back pain by prescribing powerful and addictive narcotics instead of other recommended painkillers and by recommending unwarranted diagnostic imagery, according to a new...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:46 PM
"All of this would be funny if it weren't so crazy."
That was President Obama commenting the other day about some of the irresponsible, outlandish and just plain idiotic things critics have been saying about the Affordable Care Act.
| Oct 23, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Q: What would cause a swollen tongue? Can this be a side effect of medicine?
A: There are many reasons for a swollen tongue. Indeed, a reaction to a medication is one of the more common causes. This is especially true when the swelling occurs rather...
| Jul 28, 2013
The dietary supplement Rock-It Man was touted as a potent, all-natural solution for the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, one that promised results in just 25 minutes.
But when it was tested in a federal lab earlier this year, Rock-It Man turned out...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 12:58 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One in five high schoolers has permanent ringing in the ears, and few take measures to protect their ears from loud music, according to a new study.
Those numbers are surprisingly similar to results of a study of college-...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Q: Is there any evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin can prevent arthritis?
A: This is an excellent question, and it raises an issue of great interest to people who already have arthritis or are worried they may someday develop the disease....
| Oct 30, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Certain health screenings, such as colonoscopies and cholesterol checks, are wise preventive measures, but other common tests may be unnecessary.
"I think we're doing too much over-screening," says geriatrician Dr. Suzanne Salamon, an instructor at...
| Nov 13, 2013
Q: How soon can I resume sexual intercourse after a miscarriage and D and C? Can I get pregnant right away?
A: All of the tissue that develops in an early pregnancy may not be passed from the uterus after a miscarriage. A procedure known as a D and C may...