Medical Journals

Gossiping might actually be good for you

Gossip can be toxic for relationships. When we share negative information about others, we risk hurting our peers’ feelings, eroding trust, and destroying friendships. But, counterintuitively, research suggests that this social behavior may not be entirely negative.<p>Tantalizing talk is nothing new. …

Psychology

Will Legalizing Marijuana Exacerbate America’s Opioid Epidemic?

Policies that legalize recreational marijuana exacerbate America’s opioid addiction epidemic.<p>Unproven<p>On 23 February 2017, White House Press Secretary …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Medical expenses rise along with life expectancy

A study published in the renowned British medical journal The Lancet, in October 2015, brought some very good news about improved health and …

Diabetes

10 Surprising Things That Are Tanking Your Heart

Even if you hit the gym regularly and stub out the smokes, your ticker still might be a time bomb<p>You don’t smoke. You hit the gym regularly, and even eat a vegetable or two at most meals. But even if you’re generally in good health, you still could be doing some seemingly innocent things every day …

Wellness

What's Easy and Hard About Changing the ACA to Trumpcare

On the Affordable Care Act road map to repeal, some quick options are available, but comprehensive replacement will take time and political …

Health Care

9 research studies to silence the vape haters

Change minds: 9 studies that challenge common beliefs<p>Is secondhand vapor a concern for bystanders?<p>Drexel University’s Igor Burstyn, a toxicology …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Full-scale 'intervention' makes long-term weight loss even more successful

When you're dedicated to changing how you eat and how you exercise, dropping pounds isn't actually all that difficult for most people, especially …

Weight Loss

Owning a Cat Does Not Lead to Mental Illness…and Other Positive Negatives

Kitten lovers got a reprieve yesterday. A research team led by Francesca Solmi at University College London analyzed thousands of records from the …

Medicine

Pediatric Drug Formulations — Unintended Consequences of Legislation — NEJM

To the Editor:<p>The media have been replete with reports of ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has been able to increase revenue from …

Addiction

​Here’s Why So Many Medical Treatments Don’t Bring the Benefits You Think

​The procedures and drugs you think are helping may actually be doing squat<p>We trust doctors to offer us the most effective treatments possible, but in some cases, what they offer may not be the best options for us. In fact, many of the medications and procedures they recommend actually have little …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Depression Screening: Has the USPSTF Lost its Voice of Caution?

There is an interesting public spat taking place over clinical guidelines for depression screening. A special report recently published by the BMJ …

Depression

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.<p>First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Online treatment reduces chronic knee pain from arthritis

(Reuters Health) - A web-based program of exercise and coping skills training improves both function and pain in arthritic knees, a new study suggests.<p>This kind of online therapy can greatly improve access to effective, nonsurgical and non-drug relief for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, …

Chronic Pain

Researchers finally pinpoint how a single doctor's prescribing habits could impact long-term drug use — and the results are stark

How did the opioid epidemic start? More importantly, given that we now know how risky they are, how do more and more people keep getting trapped in patterns of long-term use and addiction?<p>It's a question that's puzzled doctors, policy-makers, and researchers for years. And scientists may finally be …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Neurological syndromes which can be mistaken for psychiatric conditions | Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

UNUSUAL NEUROLOGICAL SYNDROMES THAT MAY PRESENT AS PSYCHIATRIC<p>In the second part of this article, we highlight a number of neurological syndromes …

The Brain

Eat to lose: The 7 best foods to help you shed pounds

Diets are all about cutting calories, right?<p>Well, maybe not.<p>If you’ve ever tried following a commercial diet, you know counting calories and weighing yourself can derail your goals completely. And while it may seem like restricting your intake of food is the best way to shed pounds, consuming …

Nutrition

Richard Lehman: Advance decisions—unthinkable thoughts and evidence

How would you not wish to die? Richard Lehman discusses how research evidence might help inform advance decisionsDoctors see people die, often in …

Medicine

7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism When You Sit at a Desk All Day

It's hard to find the time (and energy) to work out. And there's something about sitting at a desk day in and day out that makes me feel even less …

Workouts

This chair wants you to wobble to help stop your midsection from jiggling

Why it matters to you<p>Sitting can be a dangerous activity, especially when done as long as most of us do it. The MÜV wants to help address that.<p>Who …

Gear & Gadgets

Why Are We Still Paying for Quantity—Not Quality?

<i>This essay appears in today's edition of the</i> Fortune <i>Brainstorm Health Daily. Get it delivered straight to your inbox.</i><p>In 2009, the surgeon-journalist …

The New England Journal of Medicine

FDA urged to let abortion pill be sold at pharmacies

Health<p>N<p>EW YORK — The so-called abortion pill — now dispensed only in clinics, hospitals, and doctors’ offices — should be made available by …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Health Experts Urge FDA To Lift Restriction On Abortion Pill

Women in the United States are often unable to get ready, affordable access to mifepristone, a drug used to induce abortion, because of burdensome …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Flash - First drug-resistant malaria parasite detected in Africa - France 24

MIAMI (AFP) -<p>For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year.<p>The discovery …

The New England Journal of Medicine

California nurses rally for bill on first state-run single payer health plan

Hundreds of California nurses and other community activists are rallying today in favor of a bill that could make the state the first to successfully …

The New England Journal of Medicine

No publication without confirmation

Jeffrey S. Mogil and Malcolm R. Macleod propose a new kind of paper that combines the flexibility of basic research with the rigour of clinical …

Research

Exercise linked to better breast cancer outcomes

(Reuters Health) - Several lifestyle changes can improve outcomes after a breast cancer diagnosis, but exercise is far and away the best habit to …

Cancer

Rural Voters Elected President Trump. Is He About To Ruin Their Local Hospitals?

It’s not an easy time to be a small, rural hospital. Insurance companies aren’t willing to pay generously for your services, given your measly market share. You are increasingly forced to compete against large integrated healthcare systems–conglomerations of urban, suburban and rural providers …

The New England Journal of Medicine

New technology offers hope for apnea patients

Al Pierce snored so loudly that his wife would move to another room during the night. Even worse, said the 67-year-old owner of a wholesale plumbing …

The New England Journal of Medicine

How your body shape may influence your disease risk

Could the shape of your body influence your risk of disease? Many doctors think so, and a recent study published in the <i>Journal of the American Medical Association</i> found that those with a genetic predisposition toward one particular body type actually had a higher risk of conditions like Type 2 …

Exercise

Tattoo artist beautifully explains why women cover their mastectomy scars

Every mastectomy scar is unique.<p>The way it feels and looks depends on the woman who is wearing it, and what her body endured before and after the removal of one or both breasts.<p>Tattoo artist David Allen has spent the past few years learning these complex intricacies. In that time, he's adorned …

Cancer