| Oct 11, 2014
| 12:15 PM
Would you swallow frozen poop in a pill? What if you were infected by a stubborn strain of Clostridium difficile and suffering from diarrhea bad enough to send you to a hospital?
It may – OK, probably does – sound gross. But researchers...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Do you take a drug to help you sleep every night? You're not alone. Millions of Americans rely on prescription sleep medications, called sedative hypnotics.
"People believe they can't sleep without them, and they stay on them for years," says sleep...
| Oct 22, 2014
Q: I need to lose weight. I heard about a new drug called Contrave. Does it work? Is it safe?
A: Contrave is a combination of two drugs that were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration many years ago for other conditions. The two drugs are...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 11:35 AM
For Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas, two Republican governors thinking about running for president, the Ebola virus has been a heaven-sent opportunity. It has allowed them to swank around as protectors of public health, distracting their...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 3:42 PM
As health officials fail to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, recent scares at two Baltimore-area hospitals highlight the need for hospitals here and across the United States to prepare space and equipment for what some consider inevitable — the...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Q: I just had a bone density test that shows osteoporosis. I think my doctor will be prescribing a new medicine. How does a doctor choose?
A: The reason for treating osteoporosis is to reduce the chance of having a bone fracture.
The most disabling...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 12:29 PM
The state of our health care system depends, in part, on the state of our health care providers. But research over the last few years has shown that physician burnout is on the rise.
Mark Linzer, director of the division of general internal medicine...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 10:19 AM
The mammogram remains the foundation of breast cancer screening, but variations on this test can improve detection for some women.
The mammogram isn't a perfect test, but it's the best one we have right now for identifying breast cancers early, which is...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 10:33 AM
What it means to have dense breasts — and how they can affect your breast cancer risk.
After a routine mammogram, your radiologist or doctor might have told you that you have dense breasts. But what exactly are dense breasts, and how can they...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 9:00 PM
The Oct. 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine had an article “Rethinking the Social History” that emphasized how important it is for doctors to know and acknowledge the social backgrounds of their patients because establishing a...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: My husband has schizophrenia. We'd like to have children someday, but we're concerned about the risks of passing on mental illness to our children. Are there genetic tests available? If not, what are the risks?
A: Your concerns are well-founded. The...