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  • Md. board still weighing doctor background check policy
    Md. board still weighing doctor background check policy

    Maryland doctors may have to be fingerprinted and entered into a national background check system under a forthcoming state Board of Physicians legislative proposal, but the board still hasn't released details of its plans.

  • Doctor thinks people should be able to die as well as they live
    Doctor thinks people should be able to die as well as they live

    Our lives are ours, but what about our deaths? In his latest book, "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" (Metropolitan Books, $26), surgeon and author Atul Gawande reveals the negative consequences of allowing our fates to be dictated "by the imperatives of...

  • The vicious cycle: Sleep loss can lead to diabetes and vice versa
    The vicious cycle: Sleep loss can lead to diabetes and vice versa

    David Lombrozo was never a good sleeper. "Then I started my own company, and it got worse," said the Marietta, Ga., owner of an information-technology management company. "I got to bed later, got up earlier, wasn't eating well. I gained 15 pounds, which made me snore and...

  • A dose of websites for wellness seekers
    A dose of websites for wellness seekers

    If you like coconut-kale smoothies and hot yoga, but without the breathless, too-good-to-be-true promises that often accompany such things, there's a website for you: Well + Good Los Angeles. It's a spinoff of the 4-year-old Well + Good NYC.

  • Chocolate compound restores age-related memory loss
    Chocolate compound restores age-related memory loss

    The good stuff in chocolate brings not only good cheer and improved blood flow: A new study suggests it may have the power to turn back the clock on age-related memory loss. In research that will need to be replicated by larger trials, a concentrated daily dose of epicatechin, a...

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