April 23, 2007 |
As boys grow up and become sexually active, they cut back on regular visits to the doctor, sometimes for reasons of cost and lack of health insurance. But a new study cites another factor: boys' beliefs about what it means to be a man. The study of 15- to 19-year-olds, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, suggests that young men view visits to a healthcare provider as a sign of weakness.
May 27, 2002 |
Hang around with 10,000 microbiologists for a spell and you'll learn a whole bunch of things about bacteria that cause disease--and bacteria that make cheese, whiffy bacteria that grow in marshes and clever ones that chomp up pollution and plastics. Among the reports from the American Society for Microbiology's annual meet (this year in Salt Lake City): Putting iron in deodorants might help control body odor, because iron inhibits the microbes that turn sweat acrid.
May 13, 2002 |
The high cost of health care is keeping a "significant minority" of American women from getting the medical care they need, according to a new national survey. About one in four U.S. women skipped or delayed needed health care in the course of a year, while more than one in five couldn't afford to fill at least one prescription during that time. Fewer men reported the same barriers: 16% of men skipped or delayed care and 13% didn't fill a prescription.
February 25, 2002 |
In this age of managed care, many of us no longer have easy access to the best and brightest in medicine. Unless, of course, money is no object--or someone else is picking up the tab. If that's the case, you might get to experience something called the "executive physical." For $2,000 and up, you can spend two days getting poked and prodded, undergoing a battery of tests and talking at length to a top-notch doctor about your eating habits, family medical history and exercise routine.
February 11, 2002 |
The 47-year-old construction worker says his wife left him because his doctor told her a certain body part of his is "too small." How does the doctor know, and why is it relevant? Because you can't get married in China without a physical exam. Its purpose, among other things, is to determine whether couples are not only willing but also able to carry out the healthy pursuit of pleasure and procreation.
August 12, 2001 |
Inside the musty confines of the Oxnard Channel Islands High football office, two doctors and their assistants examine players in assembly-line fashion. The athletes shuffle from station to station getting their height and weight and blood pressure checked before moving on to an exam room, where the doctors listen to their hearts and conduct cursory checks for other ailments.