Cell phones, driving don't mix
Most people can rather efficiently walk and chew gum at the same time, but when it comes to more complicated "multi-tasking" – like driving and talking on a cell phone – there is a price to pay.
Digestive problems may impede overweight people from exercising
Doctors treating overweight or obese patients often prescribe exercise as part of a regime to take off pounds. However, a new study indicates that some people's ability to exercise may be hampered by a variety of gastrointestinal problems that frequently affect individuals who are overweight. more
Mouse study: New muscle-building agent beats all previous ones
The Johns Hopkins scientists who first created "mighty mice" have developed, with pharmaceutical company Wyeth and the biotechnology firm MetaMorphix, an agent that's more effective at increasing muscle mass in mice than a related potential treatment for muscular dystrophy now in clinical trials. more
New technique puts brain-imaging research on its head
It's a scene football fans will see over and over during the bowl and NFL playoff seasons: a player, often the quarterback, being slammed to the ground and hitting the back of his head on the landing. more
Nurses key to success of modern hospitals: Rise and demise of the hospital - A reappraisal of nursing
Nurses led the transformation of hospitals in the 19th century. So, why after a century of outstanding success, is the future of the large general hospital in question? asks Professor Nick Black of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. more
Pacifiers reduce sudden infant deaths
Use of a pacifier seems to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), finds a study published online by the BMJ today. more
Are US flu death figures more PR than science?
US data on influenza death may be more PR than science, argues a Harvard University graduate student in this week's BMJ. more