Starship Medicine

If you’ve ever watched the Star Trek TV show, or any of the franchise’s movies, you’ve probably noticed that spaceship medicine is different from what we’re accustomed to. Instead of a physical exam, on the Starship Enterprise, the doctor points a blinking device at the patient and arrives at an instant diagnosis of any health […]

Will Your Morning Cup of Coffee Make You Healthier?

If you drink coffee habitually, you’ll like this. A new study monitored the coffee intake of 208,500 men and women over the course of 30 years, and found that people who drink coffee in moderation (fewer than five cups a day) received a number of significant health benefits. Among them: lower risk of dying from […]

Work Longer, Live Longer

There’s finally an answer to an age-old question: How can you live a longer, more satisfying life?

The answer: work past the traditional retirement age of 65.

A new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health looked at the risk of dying for different age groups of Americans, and compared it to […]

The Deficit Shrinks Again

 

You might remember some years back when the U.S. budget deficit was one of the biggest political issues on the campaign trail. Yet this year, after one Republican debate and a lot of jockeying for political position, the subject seems to have gone away. Why?

The most probable reason is that the U.S. has […]

The Doctor on Your Wrist

 

Chances are you think that medical costs are going to bankrupt America, and if we assume that Medicare and Medicaid costs will rise as they have for the past 20 years (despite the brief interlude these last three years), then there is reason for alarm. But ask yourself: how much of those costs […]