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Ask the doctors: Oral immunotherapy shows promise in treating peanut allergies

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.


The power of building bonds while building muscle

The therapists and exercisers I interviewed for this article say that group workouts tend to build stronger bonds than, for example, adjoining cubicles, while enriching men’s lives by introducing them …


People’s Pharmacy: Naltrexone helps overcome compulsion to pull out hair

People’s Pharmacy advice column for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.


Is alcohol sabotaging your diet?

A new study from Penn Nursing suggests that, if you want to lose weight and keep it off in the new year, you might want to think about cutting back …


World’s first device for premature babies with heart defect gains FDA approval

The device, which is smaller than a pea and made by Abbott Laboratories, can be implanted in babies weighing as little as 2 pounds. It’s designed to treat babies with …


How your at-home DNA test results could solve cold cases

For the past few decades, forensic DNA matching techniques have been used to make direct matches between a sample taken at a crime scene and a suspect who has been …


Pills by post: The pros and cons of mail-order pharmacies

With nearly 3 in 5 American adults taking at least one prescription drug, odds are your health insurer has steered you toward a mail-order pharmacy. And, if they haven’t, they …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Dairy isn’t just not bad, it’s good for you

Not only is dairy not bad for us, but this study shows it’s


Ask the doctors: Runner’s asthma triggered by noticeable exertion

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Washington, 12 other states

A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 …


Ask the doctors: E. coli outbreaks can be caused by contaminated irrigation water

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

It’s early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said.


Ammi Midstokke: What we seek and find in the Great Outdoors

“I’m leaving,” I say. My person is staring at me with a face that looks something like a hybrid of a sad Labrador puppy and a lumberjack who lost his …


Ask the doctors: Chickenpox Study reveals link between herpes virus and Alzheimer’s

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019.


House Call: Is it a cold or the flu?

Influenza and common cold symptoms are similar and can be difficult to distinguish from each other. They are both caused by viruses, cause many respiratory symptoms and leave you feeling …


Concussion-detection device developed by Minnesota doctor gets FDA OK

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new medical device invented by a Twin Cities neurosurgeon to detect signs of concussion by tracking a patient’s eye movements.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

Mushrooming CBD industry has hemp explosion behind it

CBD ads pop up everywhere these days on social media, radio and street signs. They hawk pain relief and other remedies from cannabidiol, known as CBD, a cannabis extract that …


Why patients routinely deceive their health care providers

The new medical study, published in November’s JAMA Network Open, sheds new light on this question, illuminated by the perspectives of 4,510 adult patients in the United States. From online …


Up to a third of knee replacements pack pain and regret

Research suggests that up to one-third of those who have knees replaced continue to experience chronic pain, while 1 in 5 are dissatisfied with the results. A 2017 study published …


U.S. officials declare end to outbreak from romaine lettuce

The food poisoning outbreak blamed on romaine lettuce is over. U.S. health officials said Wednesday there haven’t been any new illnesses reported for a month. Investigators concluded that romaine lettuce …


Experimental app might spot drug overdoses in time to help

Too often people die of an opioid overdose because no one’s around to notice they’re in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure …


Startups can lead kids to water but it’s harder to make them drink

Most kids don’t drink enough water, according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Public Health. But they’re so accustomed to sugary drinks that they find clear, unsweetened …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 4 p.m.

‘World’s oldest woman’ was 122 when she died, but researcher says she was lying about age

Jeanne Calment died in 1997 in the southern French town in which she was born, and her death drew a flurry of attention.


New hearts forge new friendship for transplant recipients

A suburban Detroit woman and South Side Chicago man are recovering in a Chicago hospital following rare triple transplant surgeries that gave them the healthy heart, liver and kidney each …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Dem-led House moves to join health care law case

The new Democratic-controlled House has moved toward defending former President Barack Obama’s health care law against a federal court ruling that the statute is unconstitutional, part of the party’s effort …


How to reboot your eating without resorting to a fad diet

That culturally ingrained notion that we need to repent after indulging is one reason the diet industry booms in January.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Shift workers more susceptible to diabetes

Working the night shift often means not eating right with fewer selections at the hospital cafeteria and less exercise. When your circadian rhythm is disturbed, everything goes out the window.


Ask the doctors: Restrictive eating plan based on when you eat

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2018.


House Call: Seven things to do for your health in the new year

The prospect of the new year inspires many of us make resolutions about things to start (or stop) during the coming year. I recently had a friend ask me if …


Providing comfort and a connection as the end draws near

The growing interest in the topic is seen in death cafes, death doulas, the “death positive” movement, hospice work and even the End-of-Life University. There are special decks of cards …