The PSA test: What's right for you?

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is the most important issue in men's health and most controversial. PSA believers and doubters have awaited the results of randomized clinical trials to resolve the debate. The USPSTF  based its 2011 recommendation statement on such trials. This article takes a look at the four major trials released between 2009 and 2011. Ultimately, the decision whether or not to have the test depends on an individual's risk factors and overall health. More »

Coffee and your arteries

Coffee has taken the rap for serious illnesses, ranging from heart attacks and strokes to cancer of the pancreas. Careful studies have debunked these fears, but lingering concerns persist, particularly regarding coffee's cardiovascular effects. That's why coffee lovers will welcome this study that makes coffee seem a bit sweeter. (Locked) More »

On call: The buzz about blueberries

My family seems to have shifted from bananas and strawberries to a steady diet of blueberries with breakfast "because they'll keep you healthy." I love blueberries, but I do miss variety. So I want to know if blueberries really are good for our health. (Locked) More »

Flowers for patients

I recently brought a nice bouquet of flowers for my elderly aunt, who was hospitalized for a broken hip. To my surprise, the hospital had a policy against bedside flowers, and I could not deliver my gift. What's behind this policy, and is it reasonable? (Locked) More »

On call: An obesity virus?

I was very interested in your article on how obesity seems to spread through social networks. I understand that it's a new type of research, but I wonder if it might have overlooked the possibility that obesity might also be spread by an actual virus. (Locked) More »