January 08, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
  • Comments Off on Let them eat more fat? Researcher argues that a balance of types of fat is the key

Let them eat more fat? Researcher argues that a balance of types of fat is the key

A mix of fats, such as those found in nuts, avocados, salmon and olives, could be healthy and more satisfying. Craevschii Family/Shutterstock.com Public health guidelines, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, have long emphasized reducing dietary fat intake, but nutritionists and other health scientists now have more recent evidence

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January 08, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
  • Comments Off on When it comes to brain tumors, a patient’s sex matters

When it comes to brain tumors, a patient’s sex matters

Different genes drive cancer growth in males and females. Imagentle/Shutterstock.com Have you ever wondered why, in most species, males are larger and more ornamented than females? It’s an evolutionarily determined aspect of biology, but what does it mean for human health and disease? What are the implications of needing one

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January 08, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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How childbearing varies across US women in 3 charts

Women’s education levels affect when they have children. o_shumilova/shutterstock.com Falling U.S. fertility rates have been making headlines. These reports tend to focus on a single measure: the average number of children that women have, nationally. However, this one number masks large and interesting variation in people’s childbearing behavior. The National

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January 07, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
  • Comments Off on How the medical profession can help heal divisions as well as diseases

How the medical profession can help heal divisions as well as diseases

Doctors can play a role not only in the treatment of their patients but also broader issues michaeljung/Shutterstock.com Medicine need not be confined to the role of cultural bellwether, a sheep with a bell on its neck that reveals where the whole flock is headed. Along with other professions such

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January 03, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
  • Comments Off on Health insurers want you to try cheaper drugs first, but that can hurt you

Health insurers want you to try cheaper drugs first, but that can hurt you

Physicians often have reasons for prescribing a specific drug. Burlingham/Shutterstock.com Few people are familiar with the term “step therapy,” but most Americans have health insurance policies that adopt it. Step therapy programs, also known as “fail first policies,” require patients to try less expensive treatments before insurers agree to pay

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January 02, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
  • Comments Off on An app that nudges people to eat their veggies only works when it’s introduced with a human touch

An app that nudges people to eat their veggies only works when it’s introduced with a human touch

Eating right is good for families. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com Paula, a 59-year-old mother of two in Southern California, is getting out of a cooking rut with VeggieBook, a free mobile app we created that users can view in English or Spanish. It gives her customized recipes and food tips. A

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