New Lyme disease center at Spaulding treats lingering symptoms

Julie Ambrosino (left) worked with therapist Tara Cates at Spaulding Hospital.

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More than 50 have been treated, and the center’s leaders say the patients — not the politics — will remain their focus.

Patrick Kennedy in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington in 2010, when he left his congressional seat.

Patrick Kennedy hopes book draws more attention to mental health issues

“Part of recovery is to tell the story and share the common bond and know we’re not alone in the world,” the former congressman said.

Home Life

Does allowing teens to drink at home cause problems later?

Research suggests that family structure is related to possible later alcohol use and abuse for teens.


Threat of arsenic in wine is low

The health threat from arsenic in wine is low unless one also eats a large amount of other contaminated foods.

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Linking injuries and academic stress

As stress increases, muscles tighten, attention narrows, and it gets harder to achieve “flow” — which can all lead to injury.

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App tracks hepatitis drugs

Doctors in Boston hope tech lovers might be willing to share details about their health, with the goal of contributing to medical research.

Paul Dobbins, president of Ocean Approved, a kelp farming operation in Maine, hauled in his crop.

New England seaweed the next big thing in local food?

The rich nutritional content and low environmental footprint of native seaweeds makes their cultivation a promising venture.

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Disease linked to childhood stress

If you have to endure distress during just one period, childhood is a more vulnerable time, a new Harvard study found.

Accessibility issues persist for disabled

Navigating Boston can still be a challenge, marked by seemingly small barriers that can range from humiliating to insurmountable.


// What doesn’t work against hot flashes

The North American Menopause Society’s report on the effectiveness of nonhormonal treatments for hot flashes said that only a few pass muster.

// Take a step back to ease homework stress

Parents shouldn’t be worrying about their kids’ homework. If children aren’t getting assignments completed, that’s a problem for the teacher and child to solve together.

My Workout

// Joan Wallace-Benjamin, 61, President and CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers

“Three or four days a week I take classes — spin, Zumba, barre strength — at Life Time Athletic or work out independently on my own.”

Deep Breath

// Stress of prejudice may harm long-term health

The participants who reported that they were exposed to prejudice showed a problem with stress hormones in their early 30s.

// Study looks at relation of organs to aging and disease

What aging looks like on a cellular level may depend on what organ you’re talking about, a new study suggests.


// Kids eat healthier when given more time for lunch

During short lunch periods, students were less likely to pick up fruit, and they consumed significantly less of their entrees, milk, and vegetables.

// Taking a flexible approach to what is yoga

From Acro to Broga, niche offshoots have been designed to attract people who might not practice on their own.

// My workout: Dr. Lyle Micheli

The director of Boston Children’s Hospital sports medicine talks about working out and commuting by bicycle at 75.

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// Stress’s ill-effect on mental illness

Animals exposed to trauma were more likely to develop PTSD if they had been stressed first, found MIT professor Ki Ann Goosens.

Gearing Up

Kick it up a notch for soccer season

Soccer, in New England, is a chief extracurricular activity. Here’s what kids might need to stay safe and work hard on the field.

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.