Longer work hours linked to more risky alcohol use

People who worked 49 or more hours per week were 12 percent to 13 percent more likely to begin risky alcohol use, according to a recent study.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/24/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/rathe_bochjr_workout04.jpg My workout: Ernie Boch Jr., auto dealership magnate

The auto dealership owner details his workout regimen.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/24/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/28eatingkids.jpg Consider a more holistic approach to children’s nutrition

Parents should do what they can to make nutritious foods more palatable for kids.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/28relationship.jpg Emotional support is one of the best ways to reduce stress

A new American Psychological Association survey, Stress in America, confirms that people who feel emotionally supported are better able to cope with stress.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/17/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/maeda_OffseasonTraining_g2.jpg More young athletes work out for sports

A Kentucky organization claims that more than one million children and teenagers now hire a personal trainer each year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/23/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/cavanaugh_medicalmarijuana01_life(1)A.jpg Left in the lurch on medical marijuana

Long state delays in opening medical marijuana dispensaries have left patients unable to get it or forced them to navigate a confusing, shadowy system.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/200_brian_williams_021415.jpg What Brian Williams case may teach about false memories

The NBC News anchor garnered some support — not from fellow journalists, but leading memory researchers.

At Harvard’s Gordon Indoor Track, marathoner Brian Harvey runs with his latest Garmin GPS watch (right) keeping track of his time and mileage — and his pace and his elevation.


Fitness tracking devices can hurt rather than help

Exercise specialists warn that dependence or improper use can render the equipment counterproductive or possibly lead to injury.

Gear up

Listen to your music and check your pulse

Grab a wearable device that will not only keep tabs on your ticker but also incorporates headphones for use with your smartphone.

Christine Wyman Rossi, her son Jack, and her father, Dick Wyman, all have osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle-bone disorder.

Family shows unbroken spirit in battle with brittle-bone disorder

The family has learned to live with OI, or brittle-bone disorder, but they also are fighting back by raising awareness and funds with initiatives.

Social Media

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/21tweet.jpg Twitter is a valuable place to call out injustice

A new paper suggests that when women tweet about sexism, it boosts their sense of well-being and decreases their negative moods.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/13/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/stresspain.jpg Deep breath: Stress can increase sensitivity to pain

Stress can push dopamine levels down, making pain feel worse and harder to ignore, according to a study published in the journal Pain.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/04/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/07hamburger.jpg New cholesterol warning for thirtysomethings

If you’re in your 30s and have high cholesterol, you might want to take steps to get it into a healthier range, new research suggests.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/04/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/07sleep.jpg Getting a handle on work-life balance

Getting consistently bad or short sleep is one of the most stressful things you can do to yourself, physically and emotionally.

Social media

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/04/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/07laptop.jpg Dark side of Facebook

For women who make appearance comparisons more often, spending time on Facebook made them more concerned about their appearance, according to a study.

Daily Dose with Deborah Kotz


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

Continuing Globe coverage


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/2012-10-14T183357Z_01_TOR145_RTRMDNP_3_USA-HEALTH-MENINGITIS-PHARMACY-3134--90x90.jpg The meningitis outbreak

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.