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Even the words themselves — heart failure — sound frightening and hopeless, as if the end is near and nothing can be done. But nothing could be further from the truth. Millions of Americans are learning that heart failure, while it's a … more
Ah, processed foods. The term has become a sweeping generalization for anything that comes in a bag or a box. Even my nutrition advice usually includes the general statement "eat less processed food and choose fresh food instead." But that sentence … more
Luck may play a role in determining who ends up taking prescription opioids long-term, according to a study released Wednesday that found a link between the prescribing habits of hospital emergency room doctors and extended use of narcotic … more
Q: Do hospitalized patients really get better care from female doctors compared to men, as a new study — and now many headlines — claim? A: My initial reaction when I saw this study was one of denial. As a man, I viewed the study — … more
Forty million adults have lost some hearing because of noise, and half of them suffered the damage outside the workplace, from everyday exposure to leaf blowers, rock concerts and other loud sounds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … more
Q: Is walking or running on a treadmill as good as walking or running on concrete streets or sidewalks? A: This is an interesting question, because the definition of "as good as" is quite ambiguous. Good can be defined as having cardiovascular, or … more
The human body is beautifully designed, through our ancient DNA, to adapt to changes in our environment. Our species has evolved and survived largely because of our genetic ability to adjust. more
Chemicals that have been associated with cancer and other health problems have been found in some fast-food packaging, according to a new study. Researchers found the substances, which can leach into food, in sandwich and dessert wrappers and … more
Q: I just read your column about a daily aspirin regimen, which raised these questions for me: If someone appears to be in the middle of a heart attack, should you try to give them an aspirin? Also, does it pay to keep aspirin in the house just for … more
Many people have expressed to me their desire for a dignified death for themselves and their loved ones. This is a challenge in a death-phobic culture where life at all costs (physically, emotionally and financially) is the norm. Too many of us know … more
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