Melissa Healy

Writer

Melissa Healy is a health and science reporter with the Los Angeles Times writing from the Washington, D.C., area. She covers prescription drugs, obesity, nutrition and exercise, and neuroscience, mental health and human behavior. She's been at The Times for more than 30 years, and has covered national security, environment, domestic social policy, Congress and the White House. As a baby boomer, she keenly follows trends in midlife weight gain, memory loss and the health benefits of red wine.

Recent Articles

  • Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health
    Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health

    Maybe those of us who sit for long hours in meetings, on phone calls, and tapping away at keyboards should be getting hazard pay. New research that distills the findings of 47 studies concludes that those of us who sit for long hours raise our average risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease,...

  • Sedentary behavior trumps fat as a killer
    Sedentary behavior trumps fat as a killer

    If you had but one New Year's resolution to keep, maybe it should be to get up and move a little more.

  • FDA approves a device for weight loss
    FDA approves a device for weight loss

    In a bid to increase treatments for the nation's 79 million obese adults, the Food and Drug Administration has approved U.S. marketing of an implantable device that stimulates weight loss by manipulating key appetite signals passing between the brain and the gut.

  • An ADHD drug may tame binge eating disorder
    An ADHD drug may tame binge eating disorder

    Binge eating disorder, a newly recognized condition in which bouts of voracious eating lead to guilt, shame and often obesity, may yield to lisdexamfetamine (marketed as Vyvanse), a medication that has been used for several years to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in children...

  • Napping helps infants form memories, study shows
    Napping helps infants form memories, study shows

    Babies are champion learners: Born with just a few basic reflexes, they quickly teach themselves to navigate their world by observing, remembering and making sense of their surroundings, the language spoken around them and the nature of such elusive notions as time, space and permanence.

  • BPA and 'BPA-free' alternative linked to fetal brain changes
    BPA and 'BPA-free' alternative linked to fetal brain changes

    Fetal exposure to Bisphenol A, as well as to the widely marketed alternative Bisphenol S, may cause "real and measurable" changes in the development of a brain region that plays a key role in fear, impulse-control, obesity and early puberty.

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