A good life and good death: What is palliative care?
Few people would say they want to die while undergoing painful last-minute resuscitation or while hooked up to machines in a hospital. Yet it’s the death many Americans end up with. Now a palliative care doctor at the University of Southern California, Sunita Puri is fighting for an alternative. Read more
Why do physicians overtreat?
Excessive medical tests and treatments can have financial and personal costs. They contribute to this country’s rising health care spending and subject patients to anxiety and the risks of extraneous procedures Read more
How well do workplace wellness programs work?
Workplace wellness programs — efforts to get workers to lose weight, eat better, stress less and sleep more — are an $8 billion industry in the U.S. Most large employers offer some type of wellness program, with growth fueled by incentives in the federal Affordable Care Act.  But no one... Read more
Can brain stimulation help sharpen aging memory?
A study demonstrates a link between mismatched brain rhythms and declines in working memory in older adults and shows that a precise form of electrical stimulation applied to the scalp can coax these brain areas back into sync. Read more
Short, brisk walk daily may help curb arthritis
Less than 10 minutes a day of brisk walking can help prevent disability in people with arthritis pain in their knee, hip, ankle or foot, researchers report. Read more

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