August 3, 2012 Athletes train for years to get their bodies in top shape for the Olympics, and muscle definition is an attractive benefit. But for some people, chiseled abs just might not be in the cards.
August 2, 2012 Psychologists are learning why we rely on rituals when there's something we want but don't know how to get. In a new paper, they say we're more likely to believe a ritual will work if it involves repetition and lots of steps.
July 24, 2012 Scientists have long studied why some requests seem to be met with a yes while others get a no. Now, there's a new development: A study finds that asking for unusual favors can be very effective in getting people to comply.
July 24, 2012 How do you get women to rethink condoms made for them? Advocates are trying a fashion show and the world's longest chain of paper dolls at the international AIDS meeting in Washington. Female condoms are the only contraceptive initiated by woman that protects against HIV infection.
July 19, 2012 HIV is like a jack-in-the-box. When the viruses bump into particular cells in the immune system, the viruses' shells pop open and their genes enter the cells. Experimental therapies for HIV could stop the virus from getting in.
July 10, 2012 The public health gurus are using weddings as teachable moments for disaster preparedness. Plan ahead, prepare an emergency kit, and stay informed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. But that's just the beginning.
July 6, 2012 Under an agreement between the drugmaker and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Pfizer won't make claims about "breast health" or "colon health" for Centrum products. In return, the consumer group agreed not to take legal action.
July 3, 2012 The government released a slew of documents in the Glaxo settlement that serve as a one-stop guide to sales practices that allegedly ran rampant for years.
July 2, 2012 A study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark finds an association between suicide attempts and infection with a common parasite. The findings don't prove the parasite is the cause, but they add more evidence to a hypothesis that's been gaining momentum.
June 29, 2012 Journalists raced to get copies of the Supreme Court decision on the federal health law out of the courthouse as fast as humanly possible. Photographers were there to document their colleagues' athletic prowess.
June 28, 2012 Chief Justice John Roberts said the requirement that individuals have health coverage or pay a penalty falls within Congress' power to impose taxes. On the issue of Medicaid expansion, a majority of the court said Congress can expand Medicaid, but can't strip states of all their Medicaid funds if they fail to participate in that expansion.
June 27, 2012 A piece of fruit can be a terrific stand-in for a patient during doctors' surgical training. And while there are high-tech simulators on the market, one researcher believes skills crucial to minimally invasive surgery might be better taught with something as simple as a clementine.