Why Do the Health Rules Keep Changing?

What to do when health news headlines contradict each other.

Peter Jaret
Photograph: Illustration by Dan Page

Find a doctor you can talk to Most medical recommendations include the suggestion that individuals talk to their doctors. That’s good advice, but only if you have a doctor who listens to you and understands your values. If you’re someone who believes in making lifestyle changes before resorting to medication, for instance, it’s crucial to have a doctor who supports you. If you’re uneasy talking to your doctor, find another.

Stay tuned As researchers refine the evidence, some medical decisions will become grounded in greater certainty. It’s important to make sure you’re aware of new developments.

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