Rachel Zimmerman worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for 10 years, most recently at the Boston bureau covering health and medicine. She’s also written for The New York Times, the (now-defunct) Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the alternative paper, Willamette Week, in Portland, Oregon, among other publications. She is the co-author of The Doula Guide To Birth (2009), published by Bantam/Random House. In 2008, she spent the year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Rachel lives in Cambridge with her two daughters.
Among the states where Lyme disease is most common [New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts], on average, these five states now report 50 to 90 more cases per 100,000 people than they did in 1991.
A Massachusetts bankruptcy judge gave verbal approval for a $200 million settlement plan for victims of a national meningitis outbreak linked to the New England Compounding Center.
The study authors conclude that to mitigate this risk of stroke, depression should be identified and treated early.
This ongoing victimization can have short-term consequences, of course, but can also lead to problems down the road: from anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress and negative school performance, researchers report.
The apparently accidental death of Sheryl Sandberg’s husband has led to predictable follow-up stories on the dangers of exercising on treadmills.
“Inadvertently, Nidetch also did real harm with her eating system and the conditional support that goes with it,” says a therapist who specializes in eating disorders.
“It’s important not to expect that you will explain everything perfectly all at once or that your child will understand perfectly. It requires being comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
According to the National Institute of Mental Health women are 60% more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder over their lifetime.
The Institute of Medicine’s number one recommendation to help mitigate the impacts of cognitive aging: be physically active.
A provocative new paper introducing the concept of a “placebome” — that is, the complex interplay between genetics and an individual’s response to placebos — raises questions that might ultimately lead to changes in how clinical studies of drugs are evaluated.
New research says most women under 50 don’t need routine mammograms. That’s confusing news to a 45-year-old woman whose recent mammogram turned up a calcification.