Katherine Hobson

Katherine Hobson appears in the following:

U.S. Lags Behind Other Countries In Reducing Stillbirths

Friday, January 22, 2016

When a fetus dies late in pregnancy, doctors often don't investigate. And the U.S. isn't making much progress in reducing the risk of these tragic losses.


Federal Panel Finalizes Mammogram Advice That Stirred Controversy

Monday, January 11, 2016

Mammograms should start at age 50 and be performed every two years until age 74, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says. For some women in their 40s, the benefits may exceed the risks.


Study Finds Birth Control Pill Use Isn't Associated With Birth Defects

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Even women who continued to use the pill during the first few months of pregnancy saw no increase in major birth defects, according to data gleaned from Danish registries.


Illegal Trade In Tiny Pet Turtles Keeps Spreading Salmonella

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Selling little turtles as pets has been illegal for decades because they harbor salmonella and make children sick. But a resurgence of cases shows that the reptiles are still on the market.


With Winter Here, Many Kids Could Use Vitamin D Supplements

Monday, December 21, 2015

You can get vitamin D through diet alone, but it may not be easy. A significant percentage of young kids are falling short. Blame the weak sun of winter, and sunscreen in summer.


Women In Their 40s Get Some Help With The Mammogram Decision

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

An online tool asks the right questions to put a woman's breast cancer risk in perspective. It also addresses the emotions that surround cancer screening.


Called Back After A Mammogram? Doctors Are Trying To Make It Less Scary

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mammograms often find spots that turn out to be nothing serious. But cancer worries can start with the phone call about a follow-up test. Letting women know how common callbacks are could help.


Can You Really Roll Those Aches And Knots Away?

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Scientists say you'll get better range of motion and less post-workout pain when using foam rollers to loosen tight muscles. But the details aren't all smoothed out.


Scientists Create Vomiting Machine To Learn How Norovirus Spreads

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To investigate whether norovirus particles might form an infectious aerosol spray when a sick person vomits, researchers built a simulator that uses Jell-O instant pudding in explosive experiments.


Titanium Rings Tough To Crack In Emergencies

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A patient's ring was stuck, his finger dangerously swollen. Doctors tried everything to remove the ring โ€” and finally hit upon a solution they hope will help other people.


Waiting To Pick Your Baby's Name Raises The Risk For Medical Mistakes

Monday, July 13, 2015

If parents don't have a name teed up, hospitals often give babies temporary ones, like Babygirl. But those generic names can be dangerously confusing, especially in the neonatal intensive care unit.


Should Tanning Bed Warnings Take A Cue From Graphic Cigarette Labels?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Graphic images showing the effects of melanoma, combined with photos promoting the positives of avoiding indoor tanning, were more persuasive than standard text warnings.


Surgery Doesn't Help Women With Early-Stage Breast Carcinoma

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Only women with more advanced cases of ductal carcinoma in situ benefited from surgery, a study found. Most women do have surgery for DCIS, although it's a controversial diagnosis.


People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Can Hurt

Friday, May 08, 2015

Miscarriages are common โ€” but people think they're rare, a survey finds. And they often blame the woman. Readers tell us that those mistaken beliefs make the experience even more painful.


Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

Monday, April 20, 2015

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the benefits of mammograms for women under 50 were small at best. A firestorm ensued. Now the organization is back with the same message.


What's My Chance Of Having A Baby? A Better Predictor Of IVF Success

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Achieving pregnancy with in vitro fertilization depends largely on your age. But other factors contribute, too. A study compares two online tools aimed at giving couples a realistic sense of the odds.


Walk A Little Faster To Get The Most Out of Your Exercise Time

Monday, March 02, 2015

People who walked briskly for 40 minutes five days a week saw more health improvements than those who walked for an hour a day but were more leisurely about it. Both groups lost weight.


How A Group Of Lung Cancer Survivors Got Doctors To Listen

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Lung cancer survivors who met online banded together to get an option they credited with helping them added to treatment guidelines used by cancer specialists.


To Stay Energy Efficient As You Age, Keep On Running

Friday, November 21, 2014

People in their 60s who run for exercise use energy as efficiently as much younger people. That wasn't true for older people who walked instead.


Patients Do Better After Surgery If They Do 'Prehab' First

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Patients are often sent for rehabilitation after surgery. But starting those exercise and healthy eating programs before the surgery might help even more. It's not rehab, it's "prehab."