Should therapists text with patients?

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Mental health professionals are wrestling with the risks and rewards of constant availability in the smartphone age.


// Vibrations aid babies’ breathing, says study

Researchers have shown that a mattress that generates gentle vibrations and reminds the body to keep breathing can head off sleep apnea in babies.

Gut check

// Do we really need eight solid hours of sleep at night?

If you average seven hours, you’re not necessarily falling short; if you’re functional the next day, you got enough sleep.


// Many children not vaccinated in timely manner

The majority of parents are duly vaccinating their children, but few get all those vaccines on time.


// An outsider exposes damaging truth in ‘Concussion’

Journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas believes that Dr. Bennet Omalu’s outsider status helped him pursue a truth the NFL was slow to acknowledge.

Wellesley College student Ciaran Gallagher checks the lead content in an apple tree in Cambridge.

Is it safe to eat apples picked off city trees?

Urban canners and college researchers are testing out fruit grown in urban neighborhoods.

Ingestible device measures heart, breathing rates.


A pill-size diagnostic tool

The best way to monitor vital signs like breathing and heart rate may be with a microphone that listens and transmits data from inside the body.


Junk food may not be fueling obesity

People whose weight is normal, new research found, appear to consume as much junk food as people who are overweight or obese.

Deep breath

Eyeing college stress, sleep patterns

For five semesters, Rosalind Picard and Akane Sano have been tracking stress in one of the largest studies of its kind.


// Another antibiotic casualty?

Chinese and British scientists reported that they have found a strain of E. coli that is resistant to colistin, the antibiotic of last resort for such bacteria.


// Can the right playlist improve a training session?

In a new study by Boston startup Sync Project, athletes will listen to music piped in via headphones while a wrist tracker traces their heart rate.


Mass. earns a ‘B’ in preterm birth rate

Despite a steady decline in premature births since 2006, an estimated 1 in every 10 babies was born too early last year, according to March of Dimes.


Highlighting efforts to preserve biodiversity

Simran Sethi describes how environmental and economic forces have decreased biodiversity and threatened the existence of some of our favorite foods.

New course of treatment brings therapy to the great outdoors

Ecotherapy is where clients and therapists take to the outdoors to mull over issues, citing benefits of sunlight and exercise.

STAT | Gut Check

// Do antioxidants promote health — or fuel cancer?

“There is no credible evidence that antioxidant supplementation positively affects health in general, or cancer risk in particular,” an expert said.


// Using stick-on ‘tattoo’ to track blood flow

The nearly invisible “tattoo,” made of feather-light electronics, could relay information about the health of your heart and blood pressure to doctors.


// Identifying siblings’ food allergy risk

Siblings of children with a food allergy have only a slightly higher risk than the general population, new research shows.

Home Life

// Children of same-sex parents fare as well as others, studies say

A number of child-focused organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have long supported gay and lesbian parenting.

// Survival guide for running and biking in the dark

Adding reflective stripes to your joints is one way to tell drivers you are a moving person, not a stationary object.

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.