December 2013

The year 2013 was one for the books — for the good books, that is, as publishers surprised and often delighted us with new offerings worth sinking our teeth into (or chewing over in book clubs and online). In nonfiction, for example,Sheryl Sandberg rekindled the national conversation about women and work...

Fear of harmful side effects leads far too many patients to avoid taking their medications. In fact, it's a key reason half of all prescription drugs aren't taken as prescribed, says Lars Osterberg, M.D., a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University. But consider this: Some...

En español l Thirty-five years ago, cardiologist Dean Ornish, M.D., made headlines with his claim that yoga and meditation, when combined with improvements in diet and exercise habits, could reverseheart disease. Since then, research into the health benefits of yoga, especially its effect on adults 50-plus, has exploded. Here, a brief guide...

Across the state, four out of 10 people who come to hospital emergency rooms with nonfatal gunshot wounds were shot by accident, according to the Orlando Sentinel (paywall alert). The rate is even higher in Orange County, with accidents accounting for more than half of firearm-related...

Studies show that during the two-month holiday season that starts with Halloween candy and ends with Christmas pudding, most of us will gain about a pound. "No big deal," you say. "That's easy to take off." In theory, yes, but in reality, most of us never bother to...