Bacteria might be means to overcome malnutrition

WASHINGTON – Manipulating what kinds of bacteria live in the gut might lead to a new way to treat millions of children suffering chronic malnutrition, says new research that suggests the right microbes can help get the most out of a poor diet.

  • Effort fulfills breast milk need

    ANDERSON, Ind. – 
When Ashley Nevin had her third child, she was set on breast feeding her baby.

  • Mental Health Court offers more than justice

    DECATUR, Ill. – The series of events that sent Jeff Lingle spiraling into depression began with the premature birth of his son in 2008.

  • Controversial gene research gets OK

    LONDON – Britain’s fertility regulator has approved a scientist’s request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to better understand how embryos develop – but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries.

  • Sisters show screening’s value

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. – It takes more than one hand to count the number of women in the Hansen family who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.Joan Willenbring.

  • Top age for mammogram remains unknown

    WASHINGTON – 
Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they’ll all eventually face: when to stop.

Smoking study yields a surprise

Dear Dr. Komaroff: I’ve decided to quit smoking. Do you think low-nicotine cigarettes could be a good stepping-stone to kicking the habit completely?

  • Treatment eases cycle disorder

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I always assumed my premenstrual mood swings were normal. But then I talked to some friends whose emotional symptoms are much less severe.

  • Hypnotherapy leads body's response

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I am in near-constant pain because of arthritis. My doctor suggested that I try hypnotherapy.

  • Booster shot gives wide protection

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My son says if I get a booster shot for pertussis, it will help protect his kids from getting whooping cough. That seems far-fetched to me.

  • Value of tDCS therapy is unproven

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I saw an ad for something called a “tDCS brain-stimulating device.” It supposedly helps improve memory and thinking. Is it worth a try?

  • Breathing technique provides relief

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: A friend recommended a technique called “breath focus” to help me deal with stress. Does this help?