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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Suffering from pain — and getting no sympathy

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

It’s bad enough that Shenelle Gabriel, a woman of 30 who lives in New York, has lupus. What makes her situation worse — at least sometimes — is that she basically looks healthy. So, people wonder, why is she always tired? Why doesn’t she give up her seat to the old lady on the subway? Isn’t she exaggerating her problems? Read full article >>

Psychologist David Niven sees Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ shark in problem-solving terms

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Psychologist David Niven begins his new book with a very funny retelling of a Hollywood legend. When Steven Spielberg was filming “Jaws” in 1974, his phenomenally complicated mechanical great white shark was a failure. It didn’t work, or when it did work it was ridiculously slow. Show More Summary

#Shirtgate inspires a Kickstarter for shirts covered in (science) ladies

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Want to support women in science? Put them all over your torso. A recently-launched Kickstarter aims to make T-shirts covered in the faces of the greatest women in science history. The idea is to remind the public who these women are,...Show More Summary

DNA evidence proves that King Richard III’s remains really did end up in a parking lot

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Scientists are 99.999 percent sure, in their most conservative estimate, that remains found in 2012 really do belong to King Richard III. These results, published Tuesday in Nature Communications, put a 529-year-old cold case to rest -- all thanks to some intense genetic detective work. Read full article >>

City ants are garbage eating, rat-fighting machines

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Urban ants might be more helpful thank you'd think. According to a study published Tuesday in Global Change Biology, tiny arthropods in New York City do massive amounts of garbage clean-up -- and by chowing down on your trash, they may help keep rats and other (bigger) pests at bay. Read full article >>

U.S. designates 35 hospitals to treat Ebola patients

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

U.S. officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country to care for Ebola patients, part of the Obama administration’s effort in the past two months to improve domestic preparedness to cope with the deadly virus that has ravaged West Africa. Read full article >>

Diplomats confront stark divide as climate talks begin

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Obama administration is hoping for fresh momentum toward a climate treaty during international talks this week in the Peruvian capital, but the immediate challenge may be to simply keep the negotiations from breaking down. Read full article >>

West African countries not likely to meet Jan. 1 targets on Ebola, WHO official says

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The three West African countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic aren’t likely to reach a Jan. 1 target to treat everyone with the virus in isolation and safely bury those who have died, a top official of the World Health Organization said Monday. Read full article >>

This cancer patient wrote his own obituary. ‘Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man,’ it reads.

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Before he died, Aaron Purmort sat down with his wife, Nora. Together — she later wrote on her blog — they penned ­Purmort's obituary. "Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive...Show More Summary

Faster cognitive decline may be among the effects of diabetes

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

THE QUESTION Diabetes can lead to nerve damage, kidney failure, vision problems and heart disease. Should cognitive decline be added to that list? THIS STUDY analyzed data on 13,351 middle-aged and older adults (average age 57 at the start of the study), including 1,779 people (13.3 percent) with diabetes. Show More Summary

Hurricane season ends quietly on Atlantic shores

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The mellow 2014 Atlantic hurricane season ended Sunday, marking another year without major hurricanes hitting the Eastern United States. It has been a record-breaking nine years since a Category 3 or stronger hurricane made landfall along U.S. coastlines. The last was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. (Sandy was not a hurricane when it hit the Northeast in 2012.) Read full article >>

Inermittent fasting, the weight-losing alternative to three meals a day

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Instead of eating three square meals a day, intermittent fasting might help fight not just obesity but also such ailments as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, researchers say. The advice given on fighting obesity usually focuses on consuming fewer calories and exercising more. Show More Summary

I had hepatitis C and didn’t know it. You may have it, too.

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

In the fall of 1999, I woke up with a strong metallic taste in my mouth. It didn’t matter what I ate — sweet, spicy foods or plain white rice — the aggravating sensation of iron filings wouldn’t leave. Internet searches proved pointless. Doctors told me they hadn’t heard of metal mouth, my nickname for it, and told me to get an upper-GI endoscopy. Read full article >>

Misophonia is a newly identified condition for people hypersensitive to sound

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

For many of us, a giant holiday dinner is a bonding experience where family and friends break bread and share stories while stuffing ourselves silly with special food and drink. It’s the one time where sheer gluttony is more or less expected. Read full article >>

In his next life, late Buddhist leader said, he hoped to help animals

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

We tend to struggle with how to think about dying: What really happens? How will it feel? Is there something beyond? Shamar Rinpoche was officially the 14th Shamarpa, or Red Hat Lama, of Tibet, on a par with the Dalai Lama. The Red Hat school of Buddhism is one of the oldest, dating from the 13th century. Show More Summary

Drugstores offer online pharmacists, customized pills, expedited refills and more

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Drugstores have online pharmacists, customized pills and more. Here’s what Consumer Reports thinks is worth trying: Private consultations In a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers, a third of chain-pharmacy and big-box-store shoppers said they were reluctant to discuss medical issues with pharmacists because they seemed too busy. Show More Summary

Aspirin can help prevent a second heart attack, but what about a first?

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Aspirin is one of the oldest drugs out there. And yet researchers are still learning what it can — and cannot — do. It’s clear that daily aspirin can be beneficial for people who have had a heart attack or an ischemic stroke. Scores of studies have shown that this simple treatment reduces the chance of having a repeat heart attack or stroke. Read full article >>

The father of DNA is selling his Nobel prize because everyone thinks he’s racist

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

James Watson, known to many as one of the "fathers of DNA" for his scientific discoveries, is putting his Nobel prize on the auction block this Thursday with a reserve price of $2.5 million. Why part with the prestigious award now, over 50 years after winning it? After all, no living recipient of the award has ever sold it before. Read full article >>

Gulls have a habit of flaying whales alive, but the whales are fighting back

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Today in horrific things you might not know about the natural world: In the 1970s, researchers observed that Argentinian kelp gulls had begun to rip at the skin of living whales in order to feed on them. Read full article >>

HealthCare.gov’s insurance marketplace for small businesses gets off to a slow start

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A year after the Obama administration temporarily shelved an unfinished part of HealthCare.gov intended for small businesses, it has opened with reports of only modest technical flaws — but with doubts that it will soon benefit the millions of workers at little companies with inadequate health insurance or none at all. Read full article >>

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