Have kids, live longer?

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File this one under “Interesting… but so what?”

A new research study finds that people who have had at least one child are more likely to live a bit longer than people who are childless. Some of the news coverage I’ve seen on this story might be making more of …

Will Cracking Your Knuckles Lead to Arthritis?

Q: Does cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis?

A: You’ve probably heard that cracking your knuckles will enlarge them or cause arthritis in your joints.

But that is an old wives’ tale. Habitual knuckle-cracking won’t cause osteoarthritis or joint enlargement.

Cracking your knuckles releases gas, in the form of nitrogen bubbles, from the …

Is There a Treatment That Cures a Stomach Ulcer?

Q: Can an ulcer be completely cured?

A: If you have peptic ulcer disease, which can involve stomach ulcers and/or duodenal ulcers of the small intestine, the answer is yes! These ulcers can be completely healed.

The development of H2 blockers (Zantac®, Pepcid®, Tagamet®, Axid®) and then Proton Pump Inhibitors (Prilosec®, Prevacid®, Nexium®, Aciphex®, …

Recipe: Chile Verde Chicken

This warm, spicy dish is filled with flavor and comforting nourishment. Not only are the spices in this dish tasty. They’re also filled with phytochemicals and antioxidants. Enjoy!


For the verde sauce:

3 cups low-sodium, organic chicken broth
16 small tomatillos, husked
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and halved
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 large …

Safety net doesn’t protect patients from low-value care

During my residency training and for parts of my career, I practiced in several “safety net” clinics, defined as clinics that serve a patient population where at least 25% have no health insurance or are insured with Medicaid. As family physicians who work in these settings well know, resources are often limited, and arranging for …

On the intolerance of ideas, and liberty …

I like thinking and learning.

Birthdays surely make one slower on the bike, but birthdays, it seems, do not have the same drag on the brain.

For me, birthdays have increased my appreciation of liberty. In the Constitution of Liberty, Hayek defines it as the absence of coercion. Such is a beautiful definition. Don’t …

Recipe: Make-Ahead Quiche Cups

If you’re on the run in the morning, welcome to your next breakfast! High in protein and low in carbohydrates, quiche cups can keep you satisfied and fueled throughout your morning. Any combination of acceptable vegetables may be used for this recipe. This recipe can be frozen and reheated in the microwave.


1 10-ounce …

Road Rage and Other Meltdowns: 4 Ways to Manage Stress

Your boss is being a jerk. A financial emergency has totaled your budget. You’re not seeing eye-to-eye with your spouse. And then that bozo cuts you off on the freeway!

Your anger has been simmering. Now it’s come to a full boil. How do you do cope with it?

We talked to psychologist Adam Borland,

Misophonia: When sounds really do make you “crazy”

You hear your spouse breathing nearby and you instantly get angry. Your 6-year-old yawns and it triggers a fight-or-flight reaction in you. You avoid restaurants because you can’t stand the sound of chewing. Sounds other people don’t even seem to notice, drive you up a wall. You might have misophonia.

What is misophonia?

People with …

Trust and Medical Science

Concerned citizens will march this weekend to defend science.

Standing up for science is a worthy cause. Look at what medical science has accomplished in recent times: serious diseases, HIV, heart attack, many forms of cancer, have been tamed by the advance of science.

We need more not less science. It’s nuts to cut funding …