Katherine Hobson

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Illegally Made Fentanyl Seems To Be Fueling A Spike In Overdoses

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fentanyl is showing up in heroin and counterfeit pain pills, and users may not even know they're taking the extremely potent drug.


For Pete's Sake, Don't Sleep Or Swim In Your Contact Lenses

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Contact lenses seem safe and easy, but a CDC analysis shows people can get serious eye infections from them. The usual culprits: wearing them too long and failing to be meticulous about cleaning.


Abuse In Childhood Raises The Risk Of Early Death For Women

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The link isn't definite, but it matches other research that suggests that difficult experiences in childhood affect physical health years down the line. Just how that happens remains a mystery.


How The Placebo Effect Could Boost An Olympic Performance

Sunday, August 14, 2016

One athlete's "psych-up" ritual may psych out an opponent. And even treatments that lack hard evidence of benefit, scientists say, might provide a competitive edge if the athletes believe they work.


How Weight Training Can Help Women Stay Strong

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The government recommends that adults engage in two sessions a week of resistance training to maintain muscle and prevent injury. Most of us aren't getting close to that, but it's easy to catch up.


As Trampoline Parks Jump In Popularity, So Do Injuries

Monday, August 01, 2016

Injuries at the indoor parks are still dwarfed by injuries on home trampolines. But researchers warn that the parks seem to result in more serious injuries that can require admission to the hospital.


What Women Need In A Checkup: Test Less, Talk More

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Some tests that used to be part of an annual physical are no longer recommended. Others can be done less often. Still, seeing your doctor regularly for a face-to-face chat may help your health.


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 ...