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  • Supplements for depression: What the research reveals

    Supplements for depression: What the research reveals
    Struggling with the black dog of depression? The supplement aisle abounds with options for people seeking a non-medicinal remedy — but figuring out what works and what doesn't can be a challenge for consumers and experts alike. That's because...
  • What it looks like inside a migraine

    It can be hard to explain how your world looks to someone whose reality is very different. That's especially true for people with epilepsy and aura-filled migraines. Increasingly, instead of struggling to explain with words, people with these illnesses...
  • Potatoes can add plenty to waistline

    Potatoes can add plenty to waistline
    Public Enemy No. 1 in America's battle of the bulge isn't cupcakes, soda or double bacon cheeseburgers. It's the simple potato, according to Harvard University researchers. Daily consumption of an extra serving of spuds — French fries, crispy...
  • A patient's social history isn't just checked-off answers

    A patient's social history isn't just checked-off answers
    Ms. R., a retired nurse, lives with her husband in Dorchester. She has two adult children living nearby whom she sees regularly. By the time I get to a patient's social history — almost always elicited last after an exhaustive 25-minute interview...
  • Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments growing in popularity

    Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments growing in popularity
    Dr. W. Grant Stevens calls it his fire and ice room. Stocked with lasers, skin-tightening devices, fat-zapping machines and, on a recent Wednesday, a 65-year-old woman named Helen, the brightly lighted corner of the Marina del Rey medical facility is a...
  • Drug may be near for cancer's companion condition cachexia

    Drug may be near for cancer's companion condition cachexia
    Bonnie Addario didn't even know there was a word for what was happening to her. As if lung cancer weren't bad enough, the 54-year-old had lost 30 pounds off her normally 130-pound frame. Her life was limited to her husband's Barcalounger, where she had to...
  • 'America America' by Ethan Canin

    'America America' by Ethan Canin
    America America A Novel Ethan Canin Random House: 466 pp., $27 It's refreshing -- and almost quaint -- to see someone try to write a Great American Novel in the 21st century. These days, writers are more apt to pursue the Great American Screenplay...
  • Dr. David A. Kessler

    Born: 1951 Birthplace: New York Career Highlights * Dean, UC San Francisco School of Medicine, September 2003 to December 2007 * Dean, Yale University School of Medicine, July 1997 to June 2003 * Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration,...
  • The danger of DNA: It isn't perfect

    In 2004, a New Jersey prosecutor announced that DNA had solved the mystery of who killed Jane Durrua, an eighth-grader who was raped, beaten and strangled 36 years earlier. "Through DNA, we put a face to the killer of Jane Durrua, and that face belongs...
  • The withdrawal of drug-company money

    The withdrawal of drug-company money
    In recent years, the pharmaceutical industry has been repeatedly (and rightly) excoriated for its shameless efforts to promote its products: Freebies handed out to doctors as inducements to prescribe particular drugs. Studies underwritten by drug...
  • George W. Comstock, 92; epidemiologist was influential in the treatment of tuberculosis

    George W. Comstock, 92; epidemiologist was influential in the treatment of tuberculosis
    Dr. George W. Comstock, a pioneering epidemiologist who almost single-handedly blocked the use of the flawed BCG tuberculosis vaccine in the United States and who played a key role in the development of other prevention strategies against the disease,...