Mary Carpenter

It’s Not Willpower, It’s Science

CREATING GOOD habits, such as eating fresh fruit for dessert instead of ice cream and cookies, can build new neuronal pathways in the brain that eventually make new resolutions easier to keep.  Firmly establishing new habitual behaviors, however, requires motivation, attention and time—at least several months. The word “habit” encompasses everything from unhealthy sugar consumption [...]

January 20, 2020

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A Nose Job in Costa Rica, Root Canal in Mexico

In search of less expensive health care, more Americans have become medical tourists.

January 13, 2020

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The Poop on Fecal Transplants

Yes, it sounds icky, but it could save lives.

January 6, 2020

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Resolved?

We’re ambivalent about resolutions. We make them anyway, or vow not to.

January 5, 2020

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It’s Electric: Brain and Body Stimulators

Non-invasive stimulators are popping up everywhere. What to know about them.

December 16, 2019

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Protein Redux

Getting older means we need more protein in our diet.

December 2, 2019

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Solutions for Soothing Itchy, Dry Skin

Advice for dry-skin sufferers: shorter showers and moisturizers with the fewest ingredients are your best bets.

November 25, 2019

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What’s Wrong? Diagnosing Diagnoses

There’s a fine line between healthy and ill, especially when the symptoms seem to be mental.

November 18, 2019

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A Guide to Tinted Lenses

Color them . . . confusing.

November 11, 2019

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Mindfulness and Meditation

The evidence mounts for the health benefits of meditation. Our resident skeptic lets down her resistance.

November 4, 2019

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Hormone Therapy Got a Bad Rap

A flawed 2002 study denied women the benefits of hormone replacement therapy.

October 28, 2019

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New Hope for Hard-to-Treat Breast Cancers

Nobel prize-winning research on low oxygen levels in cancer cells may lead to more targeted treatment.

October 21, 2019

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Cooking With Oils

If you’ve been avoiding cooking with olive oil, some facts you should know.

October 14, 2019

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Warning: Cipro and Cousins’ Side Effects

The commonly used antibiotic may be unnecessary and wrongly prescribed.

October 7, 2019

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Botox or PRP?

Botox can plump wrinkles but some prefer the more “natural” PRP.

September 30, 2019

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Mouth Sores: A Diagnosis

Come summertime and vacation, a woman’s sore mouth comes calling.

September 23, 2019

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Night Owls and Early Birds

What you need to know about sleep and sleep disorders.

September 16, 2019

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Our Sixth Sense

Bet you don’t know what proprioception means.

September 9, 2019

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