New studies could lead to a treatment for cachexia

Little is known about cachexia, which causes weight loss in some patients with chronic illnesses.

In practice

Farewell to the routine pelvic exam?

A doctor feels a growing melancholy about the decline in regard for the physical exam in general.

Upcoming outdoor fitness events

As the hottest days of summer approach, what better time to participate in an open water swim?

Daily Dose

FDA warns against dangers of caffeine powder

Symptoms of caffeine powder overdose include rapid heartbeat, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, and disorientation.

Daily Dose

Should infertility treatments for fertile gay or single women be covered?

A proposal to do just that was published in a well-respected medical journal, pitched by a doctoral student in theological ethics at Boston College.

Daily Dose

Can running for 5 minutes a day really help you live longer?

Who really runs for 5 minutes at a time? Actually, likely very few people, if any at all, in a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Be Well

Shift work may increase risk for type 2 diabetes

Shift workers, especially those who work rotating shifts, are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Should you take probiotics to lower high blood pressure?

Here are some caveats to a new review of nine clinical trials published in the journal Hypertension.

Health Answers

Health Answers: What is ‘Little League shoulder’?

Little League shoulder is a type of injury seen almost exclusively in young baseball players.

Daily Dose

Doctors still hesitant to urge HPV vaccine for teenagers

The percentage of teens receiving the vaccine remains “unacceptably low,” CDC officials said.

Tests suggest limits to Vertex’s cystic fibrosis treatment

Two teams of scientists showed that the medications in the two-drug regimen interfere with each other.

Daily Dose with Deborah Kotz

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Kotz reports on the latest consumer health news and advice including fitness, new treatments, nutrition, and more.

Continuing Globe coverage

Coverage

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Globe coverage of the national outbreak linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy.

Special section: Mass. health care law

Massachusetts health care law

Here you will find coverage of the law’s provisions, the debate that led to its enactment, Romney’s role in its passage, and what’s happened in Massachusetts since the law passed.

Magazine

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