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Breathless, but not from asthma - 29 Mar 2011 at 3:06pm -


Fish and seafood recipe recommendations - 22 Mar 2011 at 6:13pm - Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

Inside the new Dietary Guidelines: Fish and other seafood - 22 Mar 2011 at 5:51pm - Jennifer LaRue Huget explains how best to incorporate the new dietary guidelines on seafood into your diet.

Fish and seafood recipes - 22 Mar 2011 at 5:13pm - How much fish and seafood should you eat each week? What are some good recipes?

Type 2 diabetes surges in people younger than 20 - 22 Mar 2011 at 3:48pm - U.S. cases in those under 20 have grown from almost zero to tens of thousands in just over a decade.

Parenting an overweight child can be difficult - 22 Mar 2011 at 5:01am - Should they intervene early and practice a form of benign neglect, hoping that the baby fat will melt away as a child grows?


Surgeon general says obesity crisis should be addressed together - 21 Mar 2011 at 4:06pm - Surgeon general says obesity crisis should be addressed together.

Drums Alive: Feel the beat, feel the burn - 20 Mar 2011 at 11:53am - Could Drums Alive be the next Zumba? Vicky Hallett explores Baltimore's latest exercise craze.


Wisconsin's health-care fight illustrates challenges as states change leadership - 20 Mar 2011 at 11:48am - After President Obama signed the nation's health-care overhaul into law, Wisconsin made more headway than virtually anywhere else in the country at preparing to carry the statute out. Then a Republican governor came to power and changed all that.

Top green vegetables for your health -- and St. Patrick's Day - 17 Mar 2011 at 2:15am - Get in the spirit with these top five green vegetables.

Fear is potent risk of Japanese nuclear crisis - 15 Mar 2011 at 5:31am - The psychological impact of Japanese nuclear crisis could turn out to be significant

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Radiation exposure poses range of potential health problems for Japanese - 12 Mar 2011 at 10:30pm - Among other things, radiation from nuclear power plants could increase cancer rates for decades.


Ranch dressing: How good is it for you? - 11 Mar 2011 at 4:17pm - Is ranch dressing the best way to get kids to eat their vegetables?

Nurses' strike cost Washington Hospital Center $6 million - 10 Mar 2011 at 7:43pm - Washington Hospital Center spent about $6 million to hire 600 temporary nurses, beef up security and cover other costs during last week's nurses' strike and subsequent lockout at the region's largest hospital, hospital officials said.

Report reveals steep increase in war amputations last fall - 9 Mar 2011 at 1:01am - The majority of American soldiers undergoing amputation for war wounds last fall lost more than one limb, according to data presented Tuesday to the Defense Health Board, a committee of experts that advises the Defense Department on medical matters.

Should last remaining known smallpox virus die? - 8 Mar 2011 at 9:41pm - Intense debate rages over whether to destroy the remaining laboratory specimens of the smallpox virus.

More information about ranch dressing - 8 Mar 2011 at 4:09pm - The original, handmade batches of buttermilk dressing were made in the mid-1950s by Steve Henson at his Hidden Valley Ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif. Buttermilk is now the sixth ingredient in the Hidden Valley full-fat dressing, after soybean oil, water, egg yolk, sugar and salt; it's third on t...

March madness? A basketball league that doesn't keep score - 8 Mar 2011 at 12:08pm - I recently spent a couple of hours at the Jewish Community Center in Fairfax watching women in their 40s, 50s and 60s play two games of full-court basketball. These were rec-league ballplayers, but there was nothing casual about the games. They played organized zone defense. A ref in black and wh...


Milestones in the eradication of smallpox - 8 Mar 2011 at 9:41am - With officials debating whether to destroy the remaining specimens of the pathogen, here is a look at notable dates in smallpox history:

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside - 7 Mar 2011 at 7:01pm - Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Vitamin D deficiency may be a factor in development of allergies - 7 Mar 2011 at 6:55pm - Young people low in Vitamin D may be more prone to allergies, according to a new study.

Paperbacks discuss antidepressants and technology's role in marriage - 7 Mar 2011 at 6:52pm - Irving Kirsch's describes "The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth." Spouses Edward M. Hallowell and Sue George Hallowell explain how technology leaves people "Married to Distraction."

Smart food choices can cut excess sugar and empty calories from your diet - 7 Mar 2011 at 6:41pm - The average U.S. adult consumes about a half-cup of added sugar a day, which amounts to roughly 355 nutritionally empty calories.


Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare benefici... - 7 Mar 2011 at 6:32pm - One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer - 7 Mar 2011 at 6:30pm - With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Hospital, union brace for nurses' strike - 2 Mar 2011 at 8:04pm - Managers at Washington Hospital Center and the nurses union are bracing for a planned strike Friday at the region's largest hospital, with managers flying in replacement nurses from all across the country and nurses seeking support from city officials.

Republicans shift focus to Medicaid complaints - 1 Mar 2011 at 11:39pm - A day after President Obama said he would support amending the health-care law so states can opt out of key provisions sooner, Republicans sought to shift the rhetorical battle back to an issue that would be largely unaffected by the president's proposal: the impact of the law's Medicaid requirem...

Can't judge an exercise book by its cover - 1 Mar 2011 at 3:55pm - Crack open a copy of "The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!" and you'll find a compilation of 619 moves designed to work every muscle in your body. If you thought you'd see anything all that different inside "The Women's Health Big Book of Ex...


How men and women exercise differently - 1 Mar 2011 at 11:59am - No one wants to think she's a cliche. But it's time for me to recognize that when it comes to my gym behavior, that's exactly what I am: a cardio-loving woman who has to be forced to hoist a dumbbell.

The Checklist: Fitness and nutrition advice for March - 1 Mar 2011 at 11:50am - March is my pudgiest month. Winter has made it challenging to get to the gym or outside for regular runs. But now spring is nigh (it officially starts March 20!), and shorts-wearing weather can't be far behind. So now's the time to start getting in shape for the warm months ahead. I will if you w...

Children seem to gain extra weight after having their tonsils removed - 28 Feb 2011 at 11:55pm - A study analyzes data from nine studies, involving 795 children who had a tonsillectomy, with or without adenoid removal, before they turned 18.

Health insurers offer patients the option of paying extra for higher-priced care - 28 Feb 2011 at 11:39pm - When consumers and employers pick health plans, some increasingly are being offered a trade-off these days: They can get a hefty break on their premiums if they agree to pay more out-of-pocket when they use certain high-cost providers in their network or if they cut those providers out of their n...

D.C. Health Department issues measles alert - 28 Feb 2011 at 9:41pm - A woman infected with measles, a contagious and potentially dangerous disease, traveled through the District and Maryland after flying into Dulles International Airport, it was disclosed Monday.


Doctor-owned centers spark criticism, scrutiny - 28 Feb 2011 at 8:59pm - When Kenneth Baker found out he had prostate cancer, his urologist detailed his options: The 84-year-old was too old for surgery, but he could pick from two forms of radiation or simply wait to see if he really needed treatment.


Many Americans have poor health literacy - 28 Feb 2011 at 8:37pm - An elderly woman sent home from the hospital develops a life-threatening infection because she doesn't understand the warning signs listed in the discharge instructions. A man flummoxed by an intake form in a doctor's office reflexively writes "no" to every question because he doesn't understand ...

Obama says he will support letting states opt out of health-care law earlier - 28 Feb 2011 at 8:35pm - President Obama told a group of governors Monday that he would support moving up the timetable in which states can opt out of the federal health care law, making a major concession to critics of the law.

Patients find plenty of health information on line, but not all of it is reli... - 21 Feb 2011 at 11:29am - The Internet has no equal as an information storehouse. The trick is to know how to get right to a source of useful information and not waste time on Web sites that are biased, trying to sell you something or just plain wrong.

Medical Mysteries: A Teen's Swollen Ankle - 21 Feb 2011 at 10:55am - Shortly after Thanksgiving 2009, 14-year-old old Abby Picard began complaining that her right ankle hurt. Her parents brushed it off, believing her discomfort was the result of her fondness for fashionable thin-soled sneakers and an extremely heavy backpack. "We thought nothing of it," recalled h...

Mobile dental clinic brings care to poor children in Prince George's County - 21 Feb 2011 at 9:43am - At last, dentist Belinda Carver-Taylor was sitting in the new mobile dental clinic with a child before her. She had hoped for this day so long that now she could only shake her head.