By Zachary Goldfarb, The Washington Post
February 26, 2014 9:36 a.m.
A major new paper appearing in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that childhood obesity — age 2 to 5 — has fallen from 13.9 percent in 2003-04 to 8.4 percent in 2011-12. This age was the only group to see a significant decline, but it's generating headlines because it raises hopes that these children will remain at healthy weights as they get older. It won't surprise anyone to say that the nation's obesity epidemic poses a major public health problem.
By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press
February 25, 2014 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.
By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
February 24, 2014 9:27 a.m.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama's health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds.
By Sarah Kliff, The Washington Post
February 24, 2014 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Across the country right now, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent on an effort to eradicate so-called "food deserts," urban and rural areas where it's difficult, or even impossible, to purchase fresh, healthy food.