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Read consumer news and advice about health and wellness, including diet and nutrition, fitness, alternative medicine, and medical innovation.

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Thousands lose right to vote under states’ ‘incompetence’ laws

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:09:11 -0700

Laws in 39 states and Washington, D.C., allow judges to strip voting rights from people with mental disabilities ranging from schizophrenia to Down syndrome who are deemed “incapacitated” or “incompetent.”

Trying to reduce sugar? Start the day savory

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:36:26 -0700

If you're avoiding sugars, ditch that morning muffin and opt for a savory breakfast instead. Here are eight ideas for where to start.

Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:01:51 -0700

WASHINGTON  — Packing on pounds seems to dull people’s sense of taste, and puzzled researchers turned to mice to figure out why: Obesity, they found, can rob the tongue of taste buds. If Tuesday’s findings pan out, “this could be a whole new kind of target in treating obesity,” said Cornell University food scientist Robin […]

Early studies of male birth-control pill show promise

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

“Finally!” writes columnist Nicole Brodeur upon news of the positive signs coming out of a study on a male birth-control pill. Now, she wonders, how will legislators consider it?

Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:46:57 -0700

The intrepid travelers in the Boeing-funded study encountered surprisingly few germs and germy people but also made interesting observations about the in-cabin movements of airplane passengers. And about that one coughing person on your plane: Find out where you don't want to be.

Watch: Time-lapse video of every Seattle sunset, created by engineer’s Twitter bot

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:57:12 -0700

From the 19th floor of the Smith Tower, Alan Hussey's Twitter bot is capturing Seattle sunsets. Now you'll never miss another sunset again.

Austria’s far right wants freedom to smoke

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:24:17 -0700

Buoyed by recent electoral success, the far-right Freedom Party’s leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, himself an avid smoker, wants to give Austrians the choice to continue to puff away with a coffee or meal.

What’s good for the body is good for the brain: Tips for better brain health

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

“Science is showing for the first time in 30 years that our brain is the most modifiable part of our body and easiest to strengthen, more than our heart or teeth,” says Sandra Bond Chapman, founder of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas, Dallas.

The United States falls in World Happiness rankings — again

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:36:19 -0700

For the second consecutive year, the United States has taken a tumble in the World Happiness Report’s annual ranking of more than 150 countries, published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a United Nations initiative. The 2018 report was released Wednesday, ahead of the U.N.’s International Day of Happiness, and it has the United States […]

T. Berry Brazelton, pediatrician who soothed generations of parents, dies at 99

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:50:32 -0700

T. Berry Brazelton, a pediatrician whose best-selling guides to child-rearing soothed generations of parents, assuring them that they need not seek perfection and that the answers to many of their questions lay before them in their children’s behavior, died Tuesday, March 13, at his home in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He was 99. His daughter-in-law, Jennifer Brazelton, […]

It’s time for wellness for all, regardless of weight

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:07:03 -0700

Why Weight Watchers’ plan to offer free memberships to teens could be so damaging, and what we should be doing instead.

Do antidepressants work? Settling the question is harder than you might think

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:32:40 -0700

The take-home message from several scientific efforts to answer that question: The effectiveness of antidepressants has been overstated, and the benefit might be limited to far fewer patients than were actually using the drugs. But that may not be the final answer.

What is an authorized generic drug?

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ questions. This week: why is it so hard to obtain “authorized generic” drugs; new medications and tuberculosis warnings; the side effects of Lyrica.

What you need to know about vitamin B12

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:00:14 -0800

The common wisdom is that nutritional deficiency is extremely rare because the human body stores several years’ worth of vitamin B12. However, current research suggests that depletion and deficiency are more common than previously thought.

As U.S. surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:32:38 -0800

Surgery centers, which began appearing in the U.S. nearly 50 years ago and now number 5,600-plus, started as low-cost alternatives for minor surgeries, but now outnumber hospitals. They call 911 thousands of times a year as patients experience complications ranging from minor to fatal.

Can ride-hailing companies cure medical transportation woes?

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:36:39 -0800

Lyft and Uber are attempting to cure a major medical problem for poor people and the elderly: Getting a ride to the doctor. The ride-hailing services are expanding their offer to take patients around the country to and from non-emergency health care appointments, and they have a huge market to target. More than 7 million […]

FDA’s Imodium crackdown dismays patients with IBS-D

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ questions. This week: dealing with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea; antifungal medication and asthma; an alternative to Viagra.

Lawsuit alleges Trident fish oil pills sold by Costco don’t deliver what’s promised

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:00:01 -0800

A lawsuit claims a fish oil supplement sold by Costco and made by Seattle-based Trident Seafoods contains less omega fatty acids than the label says it does. The New York plaintiff is seeking class action status.

Low-fat vs. low-carb diet? New evidence in the debate

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:25:10 -0800

Some dieters firmly believe in avoiding fat, others avoiding carbs. Does it matter? New research says yes and no.

Black pepper is rich in benefits

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Q: I often hear about the medicinal benefits of various herbs and spices. However, I don’t typically hear about pepper, a widely available spice. Has there been any research to suggest what benefits it may have? A: Black pepper (Piper nigrum) has been prized for millennia. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt were mummified with peppercorns […]