Is it the ‘terrible twos’ or the beginnings of anti-social behavior?


A study identifies behaviors in small children predictive of severe antisocial behavior later in life.


// Taking an active interest in the Shape of the Nation report

US students are not getting enough time in physical education classes, according to a report.

// Tracking the risks and rewards of transcranial magnetic stimulation

Author John Elder Robison talks about a brain treatment that relieved some of his autism symptoms — for better and for worse.


// Polio vaccine ‘switch’ is not without risks

Over the next two weeks, 155 countries must stop using a vaccine that has been protecting children for more than a half-century.

Bombing aftermath

// State seeks to help those with hearing woes from Marathon bombings

Hearing loss and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, continue to plague those who were close to the blasts.


// Drug-price reviewer is often on the hot seat

Even without any official power, a small nonprofit based in Boston is helping to drive new discussion around drug pricing.

// Bill to rein in drug costs spurs controversy

Drug developers said the measure is burdensome, but health care advocates said price relief is needed.


// Pancreas-in-a-blender helps some patients ward off diabetes

The procedure sounds crazy but Brigham and Women’s Hospital, working closely with Mass. General, is starting to see some success.


// Perceiving children’s obesity

If a child is overweight or obese, the vast majority of parents underestimate their child’s weight status, a study shows.


// Psychiatric shock therapy may face fresh restrictions

A rule under consideration by the FDA would reclassify the therapy as safe and effective — and only moderately risky — for adults with severe depression.


// Some medical students still think black patients feel less pain than whites

In a survey of 222 white medical students and residents, about half endorsed false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites.

stat | so tell me

// Heather Greenlee on alternative ways to treat cancer

The past president of the Society for Integrative Oncology talked about approaches that are worthwhile.

Police in Calgary, Alberta, say they have seized fentanyl pills that were produced to look similar to a version of OxyContin. One officer said the origin of the fentanyl was China.

Calgary Police


Chinese suppliers flood US, Canada with lethal fentanyl

Chinese suppliers are providing both raw fentanyl and the machinery necessary for the assembly-line production of the drug.


// Drug prices in Boston far higher than overseas

The median costs of brand-name medicines in were 158 times higher here than the international benchmark, according to an analysis.

stat | gut check

// Are doctors overdiagnosing asthma?

There is strong evidence that a large fraction of people who are diagnosed with asthma do not have it.


// Benefits of standing at work are unclear

A new study on the “sitting epidemic” finds that standing at work doesn’t have a lot of clear health benefits.

Health Book

// Where science and child-rearing meet

Interviews with the authors of “The Informed Parent: A Science Based Resource For Your Child’s First Four Years.”


// New hope for the paralyzed

After decades of work, physiologist Reggie Edgerton has proof that severed spinal cords can be repaired.


// Could the president jump the line for an organ transplant?

In real life, the ploy would be highly illegal and, more to the point, should be impossible.

stat | so tell me

// Hilda Bastian speaks — and draws — truth to scientific power

Bastian is a scientist and editor at the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the National Institutes of Health.


// A man’s desperate quest for a brutal surgery

It took Stephen Phillips five months to arrange the operation in the hope that it would beat back his rare cancer of the appendix.


// Rapid autopsies could speed cancer research

The idea is to obtain tissues from tumors before they start significantly degrading, and then use genetic analysis technology to determine precisely how cancer cells survived every attempt to kill them.

STAT | Gut Check

// A little alcohol may not be good for you after all

The widespread belief that one or two alcoholic drinks per day is associated with living longer rests on flawed research, concludes a recent analysis.

Globe coverage


// The meningitis outbreak

Globe coverage of the national outbreak linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy.

Special section: Mass. health care law

Massachusetts health care law

Here you will find coverage of the law’s provisions, the debate that led to its enactment, Romney’s role in its passage, and what’s happened in Massachusetts since the law passed.