Katherine Hobson

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Got Dense Breasts? That Can Depend On Who Is Reading The Mammogram

Monday, July 18, 2016

A big study suggests that radiologists vary widely in their assessment of density, a risk factor for breast cancer. And density is just one component of breast cancer risk, the researchers underscore.


It's Tough To Make Good Health Choices, But Science Can Help

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Good intentions are great, but they'll only take you so far. There are some research-backed techniques you can use to increase your odds of following through on living better, however.


Girls And Older Adults Are Missing Out On Parks For Recreation

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A survey of parks in 25 major cities find that they're used mostly by young children and teenage boys. Walking loops and other options that would appeal to women are in short supply.


Some Fat-Burning Supplements Contain Banned Stimulant Drug

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Some supplements sold to improve workouts contain a stimulant that's been banned and may pose health risks, according to tests. The Food and Drug Administration has warned seven manufacturers.


Parents Sleeping Badly? They May Think Their Children Are, Too

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Having a child who won't sleep can drive parents to distraction. But a study suggests that a parent's sleep issues play a role, too.


U.S. Lags Behind Other Countries In Reducing Stillbirths

Friday, January 22, 2016

Stillbirth remains largely hidden from society, and the tragic loss of a fetus late in pregnancy remains far too common.

A collection of research published Monday in The Lancet pulls back the curtain on the often-ignored subject and gives a global snapshot of the countries making the most progress ...


Federal Panel Finalizes Mammogram Advice That Stirred Controversy

Monday, January 11, 2016

The mammography debate heated up once again in April 2015, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft of its latest breast cancer screening recommendations.

Now, after the public had a chance to comment, the influential task force has finalized the advice, reiterating that women ages ...


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

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Pregnant women worry about all kinds of things. Can I drink alcohol? (No.) Can I take antidepressants? (Maybe.) Can I do the downward dog? (Yes.)

Now there's one less thing to fret about: harm to the baby when the mother takes birth control pills right before conceiving, ...


Illegal Trade In Tiny Pet Turtles Keeps Spreading Salmonella

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Forty years ago, the U.S. outlawed the sale of small turtles as pets because they harbor salmonella, a bacterium that causes a highly unpleasant and occasionally deadly illness in humans.

Now salmonella infections tied to the tiny critters are back, public health officials reported Wednesday in the journal Pediatrics. From ...


With Winter Here, Many Kids Could Use Vitamin D Supplements

Monday, December 21, 2015

My 3-year-old drinks milk, but not very much of it, and that could be a problem for her.

We live in the Northeast, where the sun's rays are weaker. And now that the days are shorter, my kid arrives at day care a few hours after sunrise and leaves when ...


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

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Expert groups differ on when and how often women should have mammograms. So many groups now say that a woman in her 40s should talk to her doctor about the pros and cons of mammography as well as her individual risk in order to make the decision that's right for ...


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

Thursday, October 15, 2015

When I left my first mammogram appointment a few weeks ago, I felt fine.

Everything had gone smoothly, the technologist hadn't made a concerned face when she looked at the screen, and I was convinced I'd get the all-clear from my primary care doctor in a week or so.

Then ...


Can You Really Roll Those Aches And Knots Away?

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

When my husband has a particularly tough workout (or workday), he comes home and says, "I have to roll."

He's talking about using a foam roller on body parts including the hips, quads and calves, using his own body weight to supply the force. You've probably seen people rolling in ...


Scientists Create Vomiting Machine To Learn How Norovirus Spreads

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Norovirus is a huge public health problem, sickening as many as 21 million people a year in the U.S. But for all the gastric distress it causes, there are still some basic, unanswered questions about the virus.

One biggie: When an ill person vomits, does norovirus become aerosolized? That ...


Titanium Rings Tough To Crack In Emergencies

Thursday, August 13, 2015

When the patient showed up in the emergency department, he was hurting. He'd taken a nice long soak in a warm tub, and a few hours later his fingers swelled enough to trap his ring. Now that finger was painful and swollen. The ring needed to come off, since restricted ...


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

Monday, July 13, 2015

Some parents pick out a name for their child as soon as the pregnancy test turns positive. For others, the choice of a name is a game-time decision, taking minutes, hours or even a day or two after birth.

My own baby went unnamed for about 20 minutes as my ...


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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Young white women like indoor tanning a lot.

Nearly a quarter of them hit a tanning bed in the past year. (The beds are even found on many college campuses.)

That habit is particularly concerning to public health officials because melanoma rates in young women are on ...


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

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

What to do about the non-invasive breast lesions called ductal carcinoma in situ, or "stage zero" cancer, is one of the hottest debates in breast cancer care.

Because of more widespread screening, more and more women are being diagnosed with DCIS. The condition now makes up 20 percent of new ...


People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Can Hurt

Friday, May 08, 2015

Most people think a miscarriage is rare, and many believe that if a woman loses a pregnancy that she brought it upon herself. Neither of those things is true, but the enduring beliefs cause great pain to women and their partners.

In fact, almost half of people who have experienced ...


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.