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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

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Kraft recalls 242,000 cases of macaroni and cheese because they may contain metal

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Kraft is voluntarily recalling cases of its original-flavored macaroni and cheese due to a concern that some boxes may contain pieces of metal, the company announced Tuesday.According to the company, eight consumer complaints have been...Show More Summary

You might as well jump — everyone else does these days

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Two years ago, when I was still co-writing the Post's fitness column, I decided, in honor of the NCAA Tournament, to see if I could improve my jumping ability — despite being overweight, in my mid-50s and generally earthbound. It didn't...Show More Summary

This scientist rates and describes insect stings as if they were fine wines

last monthHealth : The Checkup

"Light, ephemeral, almost fruity," isn't the description of a nice champagne -- it's a bee sting. That tantalizing description comes from entomologist Justin Schmidt's pain index, which is surely one of the most delightfully absurd scientific endeavors in the bug world.Read full article >>

‘Basically, they just fell out of the sky’: 2,000 snow geese found dead in Idaho

last monthHealth : The Checkup

About 2,000 snow geese migrating from Mexico to their Alaskan nesting grounds were found dead in Idaho, the state's Department of Fish and Game announced Monday. Although testing is still in progress, officials believe that the deaths are consistent with avian cholera.Read full article >>

This mind blowing new 3D printing technique is inspired by Terminator 2?

last monthHealth : The Checkup

In an iconic scene in the movie "Terminator 2," the robotic villain T-1000 rises fully formed from a puddle of metallic goo. The newest innovation in 3D printing looks pretty similar, and that's no mistake: Its creators were inspired by that very scene.Read full article >>

A local government in Wash. state tries to corner the market on marijuana

last monthHealth : The Checkup

NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash. — Deep in the Columbia River Gorge, a short drive from the Bridge of the Gods, the nation’s only government-run marijuana shop was running low on weed.The store had been open for just a few days. Inside, manager Robyn Legun was frantically trying to restock. Show More Summary

New U.S. rule allows same-sex couples leave to care for sick spouses

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Starting March 27, individuals legally married to people of the same sex will be able to take unpaid time off to care for a sick spouse or other family member even if they live in a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage.Read full article >>

He slipped as he got out of the shower, and the Segway was born

last monthHealth : The Checkup

What makes an inventor? And does that creative spark change or diminish with age?Dean Kamen invented the first drug infusion pump as a college undergraduate, then an all-terrain, self-balancing wheelchair that goes up and down stairs and can rise to eye level of a standing person. But he is best known for a more recent invention, the Segway.Read full article >>

Keeping the ‘care’ in ‘health care’

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Teaching doctors about empathyI would like to commend The Post for “Teaching doctors how to engage more and lecture less” and “How I discovered an important question a doctor should ask a patient” [March 10]. As a health communications...Show More Summary

Strategies for preventing falls, which are especially risky for older people

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Marvin M. Lipman, Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser, leaves almost every older patient he sees with these parting words: “Remember, don’t fall.” He usually adds, “Look where you’re going, keep a nightlight on, lift your feet and...Show More Summary

Examining the effect of stress on pregnant women

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Moises Velasquez-Manoff is a freelance science journalist and, as he puts it, “what I earn.?.?. resembles an allowance.” His wife is a mid-level manager at an advertising agency, and it’s her salary that pays the big bills. So when she...Show More Summary

Can you become addicted to exercise?

last monthHealth : The Checkup

In a society that worships a stick-thin body image, a culture obsessed with diet and weight loss and a nation facing ever-rising obesity rates, the idea of exercise addiction as a serious health problem seems almost funny.Read full article >>

Bigfoot: still imaginary, probably not an undiscovered species of bear

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Sorry, yeti fans: On Monday, researchers published further confirmation that yetis are not, in fact, some unknown and ancient species of bear that's running around the Himalayas.What?In case you missed it (as I did, apparently), in 2013,...Show More Summary

Ebola patient at NIH worsens, now in critical condition

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Doctors treating an American health-care worker who was transported to the National Institutes of Health last week after being infected with Ebola have downgraded the patient’s condition from serious to critical.Read full article >>

Record numbers of starving baby sea lions continue to wash ashore in California

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Get ready to have your heart broken.Since the beginning of 2015, reports out of California have looked bad for the sea lion: A seemingly endless stream of sick and starving pups were washing up on shore without their mothers. It's normal for this to happen in moderation. Show More Summary

This massive stingray might be the largest freshwater fish ever caught

last monthHealth : The Checkup

The catch took about five hours, and the fishermen had to rotate in shifts to give respites from the back-breaking work. Using a classic rod-and-reel set-up and aboard a simple, long boat, the scientists and fishermen managed to capture the giant freshwater stingray in Thailand’s Mae Klong River last week.Read full article >>

Affordable Care Act adds 16.4 million to health insurance rolls

last monthHealth : The Checkup

About 16.4 million adults have been added to health insurance rolls under the Affordable Care Act, which provided especially robust gains in coverage for minorities and states that expanded their Medicaid programs, administration officials announced Monday.Read full article >>

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s the chemistry that makes your beer taste good (or bad)

last monthHealth : The Checkup

St. Patrick's Day is imminent, and that means the world is about to consume a lot of beer: 13 million pints of Guinness alone are expected to be consumed.Obviously you will be thinking about science when you down those holiday libations,...Show More Summary

Sea hunt: Officials plan to track seafood ‘bait to plate’ to end fraud

last monthHealth : The Checkup

For crimes committed on the high seas, Arnold Bengis is going to pay.He’s already served a five-year federal prison sentence for stealing massive amounts of rock lobster from South African waters and importing it to the United States. Show More Summary

Three dead in listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream

last monthHealth : The Checkup

The Federal Food and Drug Administration has launched an investigation into an ice cream-linked listeria outbreak that has left three dead in Kansas.Blue Bell Creameries announced it recalled the affected products and had them removed from store shelves. Show More Summary

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