Rachel Zimmerman worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for 10 years, most recently at the Boston bureau covering health and medicine. She’s also written for The New York Times, the (now-defunct) Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the alternative paper Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, among other publications. She is the co-author of “The Doula Guide To Birth,” published by Bantam/Random House. In 2008, she spent the year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Rachel lives in Cambridge with her two daughters.
“This year is definitely causing symptoms — like other years in the past,” says Dr. Anna Kovalszki. “But every year I have patients who say, ‘this is the worst year ever.’ ”
If you feel driven to work out daily, and do it even through illness and injury — that could signal a problem. And if you feel guilty, anxious or out of control when you miss a day’s workout, that should be another clue. Also, if your motive in exercising is simply to purge calories, you’ve probably crossed a line.
In a study, more than one third of the midwives and obstetricians surveyed said that they always would feel some sort of guilt when reflecting on a traumatic birth.
Two academics sparked an online backlash recently with a paper on the unintended consequences of public health officials promoting breast-feeding as “natural.”
Researchers report that women with endometriosis — abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside of the uterus that can cause extreme pain and lead to infertility — have a 60 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease.
That’s the good news part of the research. The bad news is that if they continue to gain weight, they may lose ground and still end up with heart disease in the long run.
According to a recent study, there appears to be a robust link between a woman’s weight even before she gets pregnant and her baby’s risk of dying in her first year.
Canadian medical professionals recently came out against colonoscopies for routine screening, preferring two other methods that are less invasive. So why are Americans still subjected to them?
Poor children may have worse underlying health, or a harder time with medication adherence, researchers suggest.
Dr. Johnson is also the first African-American physician from Brigham and Women’s Hospital to be named a Harvard Medical School Professor in the hospital’s 100-year history.
New research says most women under 50 don’t need routine mammograms. That’s confusing news to a 45-year-old woman whose recent mammogram turned up a calcification.