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This Quiz Leaves No Room for Error Feb. 13, 2019

The Word Guy

"Roominate" on the choices posed by this usage quiz as it races from the classroom to the emergency ... Read More

Extra Credit Feb. 13, 2019

Wellnews

Researchers at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands wanted to better understand the p... Read More

Medicine Goes to the Dogs, Precisely Feb. 06, 2019

Wellnews

Precision or personalized medicine is the mantra these days. It's the idea that medical science can ... Read More

Nothing to Sneeze At Jan. 30, 2019

Wellnews

Millions of people think they have a food allergy, and millions of people actually do — but ma... Read More

Don't Be Judgy about 'Backflash' Jan. 23, 2019

The Word Guy

Some random dispatches from the Word Front, including one from the War Front: Flashback to "Backflas... Read More

Clean Up Before Listening Up Jan. 23, 2019

Wellnews

Next time you see a doctor and watch him wash his hands before the exam, maybe ask if he'll give his... Read More

Short Takes on Blindfold Challenges and Blinder Bigotry Jan. 21, 2019

Daily Editorials

The Darwin Challenge In the Netflix film "Bird Box," a mysterious force overtakes Earth, causing mas... Read More

Illiteracy in the Old Jan. 16, 2019

Wellnews

Roughly 90 percent of Americans age 65 and older use prescription drugs, with an average 20 prescrip... Read More

What 'Caws'es Us To Say 'Crowbar'? Jan. 16, 2019

The Word Guy

Q. What's the origin of "crowbar"? — Al Cohen, Newington, Connecticut A. A crow, a robin and a... Read More

Poor Response Times Jan. 09, 2019

Wellnews

A national study comparing ambulance response times for cardiac arrest calls found that patients who... Read More

At the Edge of Space, Photos of a Snowman Jan. 08, 2019

Daily Editorials

Let's pause from the chaos of the U.S. federal government — with its breakdowns and shutdowns ... Read More

'The Stranger in My House' Jan. 04, 2019

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: Years ago, Ann Landers published an essay about a woman who sees a stranger in the mirro... Read More

Inside Your Pet's (Literary) Brain Dec. 27, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

This is the time of year when we think back on what we're thankful for — e.g., our beloved pet... Read More

Too Much Attention? Dec. 26, 2018

Wellnews

The rate of diagnosis for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children has nearly doubled ov... Read More

Do You Know Dad's Wishes? Dec. 19, 2018

Wellnews

You've been entrusted with making difficult health care decisions for older loved ones. It's a great... Read More

Most Wasted of All Days: One Without Laughter Dec. 15, 2018

Mark Shields

Most American political leaders would agree with the poet e.e. cummings, who wisely wrote: "The most... Read More

Carols to Wring Out 2018 Dec. 13, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

It's time to sing — or scream. Let's sing. Frosty the Traveler (to the tune of "Frosty the S... Read More

A Look Back at the Words of 2018 Dec. 12, 2018

The Word Guy

My goodness, what a year we had, With mayhem, storms, and fires so bad. Our language seemed to fall ... Read More

Cherry-Picked Nov. 28, 2018

Wellnews

The Food and Drug Administration is charged with defining what is and is not a specific food. Right ... Read More

Short Takes on Not-So-Funny Humor and Not-So-Fun Flights Nov. 20, 2018

Daily Editorials

A little chess humor. Very little. In the world of chess, Fabiano Caruana is like Tiger Woods, Tom B... Read More