| Aug 19, 2013
| 4:17 PM
William McMurray's friends and family took note of the many nonhuman attendees — whales, dolphins and deer — at his celebration of life last week.
It was fitting for a boy who loved animals so much.
William, 12, died Aug. 7 from the...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Jackie Fox and Peggy MacDonald share a diagnosis. Both were told by doctors they had a cluster of abnormal cells in one of their breasts that may turn into cancer. Each reacted in a vastly different way to the bad news.
Fox, 57, diagnosed five years...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
But new research offers reassurance that dense breasts don't raise risk of cancer death.
Dense breast tissue can make it harder to see breast cancer on a mammogram. Dense breasts have more glandular and fibrous tissue and less fatty tissue. Past research...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The tip-off may be swelling near, but not in, the joints.
Joint pain is a common complaint as we age, but the cause isn't always arthritis. Sometimes another condition can result in pain, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness around the joints. It's called...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 12:44 PM
CHELMSFORD, Mass. — It's hard work being one of Dr. Damian Folch's diabetic patients.
If a lab test shows high cholesterol, Folch is quick to call or email. No patient can leave the office without scheduling an annual eye exam, a key preventive...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 4:05 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people living with multiple sclerosis around the world has increased by 10 percent in the past five years to 2.3 million, according to the most extensive survey of the disease to date.
The debilitating neurological...
| 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...
| 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 29, 2013
| 4:58 PM
Thursday's $765-million settlement between the National Football League and 4,500 retired NFL players underscores two key facts about traumatic brain injury: that it is difficult to prove and measure -- especially many years after the fact -- and that its...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 11:55 AM
A few “still-primitive” cultures inexplicably celebrate such female adornments as the stacking of metal neck rings and the inserting of saucer-size disks into pierced earlobes. For “civilized” society, there is the annual Paris...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Huff. Miller. Marshall.
No, not Sam Huff, Dennis Miller and Jim Marshall.
David Huff. Jim Miller. Brett Marshall.
Clinging desperately to the shreds known as their wild-card hopes, the Yankees and Joe Girardi did only what Phil Hughes, Joba...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:21 AM
Ouch! Yeoww! Sizzle ... Yikes! Eeeck! Whiff … Dang! Why did I ever think I wanted that tat there forever?
Tattoo removal is a sort of oxymoron, an expression of opposite concepts. Taking the plunge into inking one's skin has something in common...