| Aug 10, 2010
Doctors often ask patients to list their race—white, Latino, African American, Asian, Native American—to help them provide better healthcare. They do this because loads of medical research shows that the incidence of certain diseases and...
| Jun 8, 2010
I belong to a class of people who might charitably be called overthinkers — who, when confronted with (gasp) making a decision, will kill any semblance of clarity by bludgeoning it with what ifs.
In matters of the heart, and especially when...
| Sep 10, 2010
Signs of heart disease — generally thought to be a disease of middle age — can be seen even in children, cardiologists now know. But risk factors in children and young adults run the risk of being undetected and untreated, largely because of...
| May 6, 2010
It's not unusual for Liza Gross, a writer and editor of a biology journal, to perform several tasks at once.
"I'm thinking about articles that are right in front of me while planning upcoming (story) topics," says Gross, 50, of Kensington, Calif. "Oh,...
| May 6, 2010
Free-range chicken, we can all agree, is a good thing. Free-range parenting? Oy vey.
The movement was launched in 2008 by New York mom Lenore Skenazy, who let her 9-year-old son ride the subway alone and then wrote a column about it in The New York Sun....
| May 31, 2010
Two days after her second son, Dylan, was born in 2005, Mariah Bianchi let out yet another deep-chested cough, this time in the hospital, where she was recovering from the delivery.
She had been coughing for two weeks; she had coughed so badly that her...
| Jun 16, 2010
The biological life span of any species is roughly six times the stretch between birth and maturity. Using this formula, the human life span is about 120 years, which is borne out in the record books. The oldest people who have ever lived all topped out...
| Jul 22, 2010
A highly sensitive blood test may be able to predict whether prostate cancer is cured or is likely to come back, giving doctors an early sign of whether treatments are working, U.S. researchers said.
They said the nanotechnology-based blood test is far...
| Jun 12, 2010
A high-level federal public health committee Friday declined to recommend a change in restrictions on blood donations by gay men, but it proposed research that could eventually allow some currently barred men to give blood.
In voting 9 to 6 against...
| Jun 4, 2010
Heavier men have bigger, more aggressive prostate tumors, according to new research from Henry Ford Hospital presented Wednesday.
The findings, presented in San Francisco at the American Urological Association's annual meeting, were based on a six-year...
| Jul 8, 2010
Medications, laser treatment and surgery can all arrest the growth of an enlarged prostate gland, but only surgery can produce an improvement in symptoms, particularly a reduction in incontinence, researchers said.
The surgery, known as transurethral...
| Aug 18, 2010
| 4:32 PM
My colleagues Dawn Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn have a fascinating Page 1 story in our paper today about the upcoming arrival of Google TV, which would allow viewers to watch movies and TV shows "unshackled" from the networks and cable......