Need to balance guides development of limb-body coordination

The need to feel balanced drives the development of coordination between body and limbs as zebrafish larvae learn to swim, a new study finds. Published online October 8 in eLife, the study found that the developing fish rely on their vestibular organs—the equivalent of the human inner ear—as their sense of balance oversees improvements in […]

What’s your sense of purpose? The answer may affect your health

When you fill out a medical form listing your health history, vital statistics and test results, there probably isn’t a space for “sense of purpose.” Perhaps there should be. The term may be hard to quantify or define, but it can be a big factor in overall well-being, physical condition and even life expectancy. “In […]

Primary care appointment time impacts prescribing of opioids

(HealthDay)—Even within an individual physician’s schedule, physician behavior for opioid prescribing varies by the appointment timing, according to a study recently published online in JAMA Network Open. Hannah T. Neprash, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and Michael L. Barnett, M.D., from Harvard University in Boston, used data from electronic health record systems […]