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Sleep scientist Matthew Walker has observed that "human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain." We stay up late to watch our favorite TV … more
Q: Our sons are ages 9, 11 and 14, and like all of the other schoolkids we know, they're hauling around crazy-huge backpacks all day. What does that weight do to a child's back? Can carrying a heavy … more
The United States is experiencing its second-highest number of measles cases in nearly two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the diagnosed cases have climbed to 465. At … more
Though cigarette smoking has reached the lowest level ever recorded among U.S. adults, it still remains the number-one cause of preventable disease and death, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths … more
There's troubling new evidence that the obesity epidemic might start in the delivery room, or even before.Historically, legislators and medical professionals haven't focused attention on precisely … more
Q: I read with interest your column about how sugar likely affects the gut, and I now have questions concerning antibiotic treatment. Are all gut bacteria eliminated? Can they be restored? Do … more
It's four days into one of your worst colds ever, and you've got another one of those piercing headaches that just won't quit. The Dayquil you've been taking has suppressed the coughing and … more
Q: I'm a white man in my mid-40s, and I have significant dark areas under and around my eyes. I feel awkward inquiring about this, but people stare and judge, and I've become self-conscious. What is … more
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday proposed requiring mammogram providers to notify women with dense breasts that the condition can make it harder to interpret … more
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first drug specifically for postpartum depression — a debilitating condition that affects hundreds of thousands of women a year in the … more

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