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Gut Microbes Help Keep Starved Flies Fecund

Microbes living in the guts of fruit flies appear to influence the flies' food choice—and promote egg production, even under a nutrient-poor diet. Christopher Intagliata reports.

0 minute ago — Christopher Intagliata

When to Worry about Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is the fifth-most common reason that drives people to the doctor's office. Learn the tips on how to prepare for your doctor's visit

8 hours ago — House Call Doctor Sanaz Majd

Can Anything Stop My Migraine?

After a long drought, neuroscientists are readying a host of new treatments both to knock out the debilitating headaches and prevent them in the first place 

April 20, 2017 — R. Allan Purdy and David W. Dodick

Should You Take Melatonin for Insomnia?

Insomnia is a very common medical condition in today's high-stress world.  Aside from prescription drugs, you may have been curious about over-the-counter melatonin supplements. But do they work?  Are they safe?  

March 29, 2017 — House Call Doctor Sanaz Majd

Pulling the String on Yo-Yo Weight Gain

Mice that lost weight and then gained back more than they lost maintained an obesity-type microbiome that affected biochemicals involved in either burning or adding fat--suggesting interventions. 

March 18, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Early-Life Microbes Ward Off Asthma

Exposure to specific microbes when an infant is less than a year old seems to have a protective effect against the child's eventual acquisition of asthma. 

March 14, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is Around the Corner