- Cullman, Alabama


  • You can examine your doctor's record, but don't expect to learn everything

    Recently a reader wrote me to ask how patients can perform background checks on their doctors, to make sure that they're in good standing. He had a reason for asking: A few years ago, he said, he'd agreed to have a spinal fusion performed by an apparently well-regarded surgeon.

    February 25, 2014

  • The science of workout music

    You're bundling up for a chilly morning run. Or about to climb on the elliptical for a high-energy workout. Or warming up before a weightlifting session.

    What's the first thing you reach for?
     Your earbuds, naturally.

    February 19, 2014

  • Football helmets don't protect side of head from blows in tests

    Players using current football helmets aren't adequately protected against hits to the side of the head, which can lead to sometimes-lethal concussions and brain swelling, researchers said.

    February 17, 2014

  • What to read into nutrition labels on raw meat

    When you read a nutrition facts label for raw meat, is the fat content listed for raw or cooked weight? If it's the cooked weight, is the manufacturer assuming the meat is rare or well done?

    February 7, 2014

  • Heroin resurgence seen sparked by cheap cost, easy availability

    Heroin, suspected of killing actor Philip Seymour Hoffman this weekend, has for years been a forgotten drug, overtaken by abuse of prescription painkillers.
    Now it's back, and in a big way.

    February 5, 2014

  • 3 apps to help you get a better night's sleep

    With help from a few smartphone apps, you can look forward to a good night's rest and an even better morning.

    January 31, 2014

  • sunbather-272691-m.jpg Is a wearable bracelet that measures your sun exposure actually useful?

    The June bracelet, announced at the Consumer Electronic Show this month on and out later this year, tracks a user's sun exposure and syncs with an app on iDevices via Bluetooth to monitor UV intensity, recommend appropriate SPF, give skincare advice based on how much time a user spends in the sun, and even give warnings when a user has caught too many rays.

    January 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Poll finds drop in uninsured rate

    The nation's uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday.

    January 23, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-01-09 at 5.22.18 PM.png Apps of the week: 4 apps to help you stick to your healthy New Year's resolutions

    We're ten days into 2014 and the glimmer of a new year is starting to dim. Motivation to achieve those ambitious goals of a healthier lifestyle may be starting to wane, and everyone could use a few apps to support their New Year's resolutions.

    January 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • The 12 months of fitness, starting now

    The holiday parties are over, and now many Americans are setting fitness goals for the new year.

    January 10, 2014