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

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?