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.
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.
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“We are concerned by the findings outlined in the study published yesterday,” said a statement from The Vitamin Shoppe. “If these findings are confirmed by the FDA, these products should not be sold as dietary supplements.”
There are more cyclists on the road, and more of them are getting hurt in accidents, some fatal. How do we make the bike environment safer? One study is looking at police crash reports.
The study found that men who ate a range of fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residue had a lower sperm count and a lower percentage of normally-shaped sperm compared to men who ate produce with less pesticide residue.
One of the primary reasons that many high risk women do not move ahead with the same recommendation to remove their ovaries is fear of menopause and worry about quality of life.
According to the WHO: Dementia currently affects more than 47 million people worldwide, with more than 75 million people estimated to be living with dementia by 2030. The number is expected to triple by 2050.
In a recent post on her blog, Food Politics, Marion Nestle makes a clear case that food and nutrition ‘research’ is riddled with conflicts of interests.
The brain is on our brains in the latest episode of The Checkup, our recently relaunched health news podcast, a joint venture between WBUR and Slate.
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.