About 90% of us over the age of 12 fail to get as much exercise as we should. This is almost certainly not because we don’t believe in those benefits. Instead, it looks like at least part of the reason may be that some of us are genetically programmed to hate exercise.
Stanford researchers have developed a new way to use fruit flies to sort through the complicated genetics of Type 2 diabetes.
For two generations, psychiatrists have treated schizophrenia by medicating its most obvious symptoms: delusions and hallucinations. Were they wrong?
A psychotic break can lead to social isolation, hospitalization or medications with sometimes disabling side effects. Now some clinics are taking a controversial approach and trying to intervene earlier.
(Getty Images) By David Gorn, California Healthline State officials on Friday said they have not determined whether or not to offer applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy) as a Medi-Cal benefit to children with autism. Federal officials earlier this month issued guidance on the subject, saying it is covered for ...Read More
UC Berkeley researchers have discovered that administering oxytocin may help maintain healthy muscles during aging.
It's been a little over a month since California declared a whooping cough epidemic, and according to the most recent data from the state, three neighboring Bay Area counties have the highest rates of the disease statewide: ...Read More
NPR is reporting today about a fascinating survey that found that women who work full time “reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who part time.” ...Read More
A stress system gone awry can quite literally make people sick. (Getty Images) By Richard Harris, NPR Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll ...Read More
Misplace your car keys? Forget to buy milk at the store? For those coping with a memory-impairing disease or injury, memory loss can be debilitating. New therapeutic brain implants could help patients overcome memory deficits.
Most of us have heard about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. But it's not the cholesterol that causes harm, it's the particles that carry it. And routine blood tests don't measure them.
(Getty Images) By David Gorn, California Healthline CMS officials released federal guidance for states on Medicaid coverage of autism therapy on Monday, and that guidance indicates it is covered for beneficiaries under age 21. “ABA therapy must be covered (by Medi-Cal). It's very, very clear.” “It's a good day. ...Read More
(Getty Images) New research from Stanford shows that physical activity — or lack thereof — may be a bigger driver of the obesity epidemic than diet is. The rate of Americans reporting inactivity has skyrocketed. The researchers looked at national survey results of people's health habits — including diet and exercise — from ...Read More
(Getty Images) By Charles Siler, Berkeleyside Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to include a proposal that would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages on the November ballot. Voters will decide on penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.The measure, which proposes a one-cent-per-ounce charge at the distributor level, would ...Read More
In the U.S. 95 percent of mammography machine are now digital.(Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images) By Kara Manke, NPR Medicare spending on breast cancer screening for women age 65 and older has jumped nearly 50 percent in recent years. But the rise in price was not associated with an improvement in the ...Read More
Pelvic exam has no benefits, lots of harms, for healthy, asymptomatic women. ...Read More
An online service called Promethease allows you to convert your genetic ancestry data into health data. If you do, keep in mind that you may miss key health data because your ancestry test might not have been designed to find important health markers.
If a woman's reproductive system is aging more slowly, it could mean the rest of her is aging more slowly, too. ...Read More
Vaccines are key, and pregnant women should be vaccinated in their 3rd trimester to protect their babies. ...Read More