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.
When it comes to breastfeeding, infant sleep position, immunization and pacifier use, many new moms report they get no advice at all from their children’s doctors.
Abortion can be hard for the patient. But it can also cause turmoil for the doctor performing the procedure.
Researchers report they’ve discovered the “missing link” between traumatic brain injuries and certain degenerative brain diseases, like Alzheimer’s, and developed a special antibody that can be used to help prevent the conditions — at least in mice.
But a broad new analysis from the CDC came to a fairly measured conclusion when comparing pregnant women who took SSRIs — a class of antidepressants — to women who did not take those medications during pregnancy.
The little digital breadcrumbs you blithely leave in your wake — from tweets to wearables — are beginning to coalesce into what could ultimately become a critically important portrait of your true physical and mental state.
Researchers report: “She had been wearing ‘skinny jeans’, and recalled that her jeans had felt increasingly tight and uncomfortable during the day. Later…she noticed bilateral foot drop and foot numbness, which caused her to trip and fall. She spent several hours lying on the ground before she was found.”
This co-mingling of religious and non-religious realms may have “tricky implications for mohels performing non-Jewish circumcisions,” and raise thorny legal questions.
The findings, published in Nature, hint at a future in which depression might be treated by manipulating brain cells where memories are stored.
Researchers found nearly a quarter of the children and adolescents in the study reported drinking no plain water at all.
So here, we vent about our personal challenges — how to finally lose that last 10 pounds, escaping from our self-imposed food prisons — and offer some new strategies for relief.
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.