Articles By Matthew Mientka
Nearly One-Quarter Of American Adolescents Gamble, Engage In Riskier Behaviors
Some 49 percent of adolescents at nine primary schools in Baltimore had gambled at least once by the age of 18, with half of those kids developing a gaming habit.
Scientists Can Predict The Flu: What Does This Mean For Vaccines?
Nearly a century after the 1918 influenza pandemic, scientists say improved mathematical modeling is helping to better predict the evolution of the virus, potentially leading to more accurate seasonal vaccines.
This Is The Healthiest Way To Smoke Marijuana
Whether you support legalization of marijuana or not, analysts expect more states to follow Colorado and Washington in allowing the regulated use of the drug for recreational purposes. But is there a safe way to smoke pot?
Parents Spent More On Out-Of-Pocket Health Care For Boys During Recession
Spending on children by private health insurers and parents rose between 2009 and 2012, as job growth remained slow following the official end of the Great Recession.
Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million As March Deadline Approaches
The White House now concedes Obamacare enrollment will not reach 7 million by the March 31 deadline for this year. Still, things are going better...
People Aren't Seeking Mental Health Treatment Because Of Social Stigma
Social stigma against mental health treatment is prevalent around the world, according to a new review of 144 studies in America and Europe, which may explain why those suffering remain reluctant...
You May Soon Be Able To 'Design' Your Own Baby
The dust has yet to settle in the fight over genetically modified fruits and vegetables. Now, researchers in Oregon have asked the Food and Drug Administration for permission to experiment on people.
First Lady Bans Junk Food Ads In Schools: 'Our Classrooms Should Be Healthy Places'
The White House announced a new ban on unhealthy food marketing affecting 100,000 schools across the United States.
Why Smarter People Are More Likely To Be Mentally Ill
Although some studies find no correlation between higher intelligence and mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, evidence for the link continues to grow.
If You Have An Irregular Heartbeat, You Should Probably Take Blood Thinners
In its first policy revision on anticoagulants since 1998, the American Academy of Neurology declared Monday that anyone with an irregular heartbeat should receive blood thinners to prevent stroke,...
Retail Health Clinics Inadequate For Kids’ Care: Has Capitalism Gone Too Far?
The American Academy of Pediatrics now says retail-based health care clinics, such as those operated by Walgreens and CVS, are inherently inadequate for longer-term medical care.
How Lighting Affects Your Decisions
Investigators say lighting may intensify positive and negative emotional states, affecting one's decision-making process. In other words, a nice sunny day may enhance feelings of joy for one, while...