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Secret Cold War Tests In St. Louis Raise Concerns

Paige Lavender | October 3, 2012 | Politics
ST. LOUIS -- Doris Spates was a baby when her father died inexplicably in 1955. She has watched four siblings die of cancer, and she survived cervical cancer. After learning that the Army conducted secret chemical testing in her impoverished St. Louis neighborhood at the height of the Cold War,...

Bipolar Disorder: Lark Voorhies, 'Saved By The Bell' Actress, Diagnosed With Condition, Her Mom Says

Amanda L. Chan | October 4, 2012 | Healthy Living
"Saved By The Bell" actress Lark Voorhies has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her mom told People magazine. "There are things that have traumatized her," Voorhies's mom, Tricia, told the publication (Tricia and Lark live in the same home together). "I care deeply about my daughter...

Gene-Mapping For Newborns? 2-Day Test Can Spot Diseases In Babies

Amanda L. Chan | December 3, 2012 | Healthy Living
WASHINGTON — Too often, newborns die of genetic diseases before doctors even know what's to blame. Now scientists have found a way to decode those babies' DNA in just days instead of weeks, moving gene-mapping closer to routine medical care. The idea: Combine faster gene-analyzing machinery with new computer software...

Meningitis Outbreak: 26 Sickened, 4 Dead After Receiving Steroid Injections

Amanda L. Chan | December 3, 2012 | Healthy Living
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, health officials said Wednesday. Four people have died, and more cases are expected. Eighteen of the cases of fungal meningitis are...

Mambalgins, Compound From Super-Toxic Black Mamba Snake Venom, Could Yield New Painkillers

Amanda L. Chan | December 3, 2012 | Healthy Living
By Katherine Harmon (Click here for the original article) A bite from the black mamba snake (Dendroaspis polylepis) can kill an adult human within 20 minutes. But mixed in with that toxic venom is a new natural class of compound that could be used to...

Peeking at Doctors' Notes Helps Patients

Amanda L. Chan | December 3, 2012 | Healthy Living
By Katherine Harmon (Click here for the original article and podcast) Ever wonder just what your doctor is furiously scribbling down in her notes as she examines you? Patients often still lack access to the notes their doctors take about their care. Now what's called the...

High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy Can Lower Kids' IQs Years Later: Study

Catherine Pearson | October 3, 2012 | Parents
High blood pressure during pregnancy can cause a slew of problems for mom and for baby, including low birth weight and early delivery. According to new research, it can also have long-term effects on children's thinking skills -- effects that can persist into old age. In a...

Budeprion XL 300 Pulled Off Market: Generic Version Of Wellbutrin Antidepressant Is Ineffective, FDA Says

Amanda L. Chan | December 3, 2012 | Healthy Living
WASHINGTON — Teva Pharmaceuticals has stopped shipping its generic version of a popular antidepressant after a federal analysis showed the pill does not work properly. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it asked Teva to withdraw Budeprion XL 300 after new testing showed the drug releases its key ingredient...

Genes Predict Women's Desire To Be Thin, Study Says

Catherine Pearson | October 3, 2012 | Women
If you're a woman living in the U.S., you can hardly turn a corner without walking smack into an image idealizing thinness, whether it's a model on a billboard or a magazine cover splashed with another probably photoshopped celeb who's likely a size zero anyway. But why is it that...

Blind People Picture Reality With Help Of Perceptual & Cognitive Cues, Scientist Says

Jacqueline Howard | October 3, 2012 | Science
By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 10/03/2012 12:31 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries Paul Gabias has never seen a table. He was born prematurely and went blind shortly thereafter, most likely because of overexposure to oxygen in his incubator. And yet, Gabias, 60, has no trouble perceiving...

West Nile Outbreak This Year Likely To Be Second-Worst On Record: CDC

Reuters | December 3, 2012 | Healthy Living
Oct 3 (Reuters) - The outbreak of West Nile virus that has hit Texas and other states remains on pace to make 2012 the second-worst year on record for the disease in the United States, with another 424 cases and 16 deaths reported last week, government figures showed on Wednesday....

Dietary Supplements Illegally Labeled: Dozens Make False Claims, Report Says

Amanda L. Chan | December 3, 2012 | Healthy Living
SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended scientific evidence to back up their purported health claims, government investigators warn in a new review of the $20 billion supplement industry. The report, being released Wednesday by the...

Noisy Bars May Threaten Workers' Hearing

Amanda L. Chan | December 3, 2012 | Healthy Living
Nightclub employees could be exposed to dangerously high noise levels, putting them at greater risk for hearing loss, according to a new study.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt Refuses To Ringfence NHS Budget

Ted Thornhill | October 3, 2012 | UK Politics
Former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley promised that the health budget would rise indefinitely over the coming years – but his successor, Jeremy Hunt, refuses to make any such promise. Given how unpopular Mr Lansley was with great swathes of the health service over his controversial Health and Social Care Act,...

Patrick Soon-Shiong, LA's Richest Man, Ups The Ante On Cancer Research, City Life

Reuters | December 3, 2012 | Los Angeles
By Ronald Grover LOS ANGELES, Oct 3 (Reuters) - As owner of 5 percent of the Los Angeles Lakers, Patrick Soon-Shiong could walk into the locker room of the storied basketball franchise any time for a chat with stars like Kobe Bryant. But the richest man in Los Angeles chooses...

Romney's Health Care Plan Leaves 45 Million More People Uninsured Than Obamacare

Harry Bradford | October 3, 2012 | Business
Mitt Romney's health care plan would cost families more and cover fewer people than Obamacare, according to a pair of recent studies. The health plan proposed by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would leave 72 million Americans uninsured by 2022, compared to just 27 million under President...

Snake Venom Could 'Aid Pain Relief'

Sarah O'Meara | October 3, 2012 | UK Lifestyle
Pain relieving compounds as strong as morphine have been extracted from the venom of the black mamba, one of the world's deadliest snakes. Injecting the chemicals, called mambalgins, into mice produced powerful pain relief without serious side effects. The protein building blocks, or peptides, act on acid-sensing ion channels (Asics)...

Beauty And Happiness: Can Keeping Up Appearances Make You Happy? (INFOGRAPHIC)

Sarah Kelsey | March 11, 2013 | Canada Style
According to estimates, the beauty market is worth some $59.8 billion in the U.S., with the average woman spending roughly $12,000 annually on grooming. (Which, it should be said, is a far cry from celebrities like Kate Middleton and Jennifer Aniston who reportedly...

Ancient Fake Toes May Be World's Oldest Prosthesis, Study Shows

Jacqueline Howard | October 3, 2012 | Science
By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 10/03/2012 10:37 AM EDT on LiveScience Researchers have suspected two Egyptian artificial toes are the world's oldest known prosthetic body parts. A new study suggests that is the case: Volunteers without a big toe showed the prosthetics would have made walking...

Swedish Doctor Allowed 15-Year-Old Girl To Help Perform Caesarian Section In Operating Room

Ryan Grenoble | October 4, 2012 | Parents
Officials at Malmö University Hospital in Sweden have apologized to a new mother after learning that a 15-year-old girl helped deliver her baby via caesarean section. The woman gave birth last May, reports Swedish newspaper The Sydsvenskan, yet only learned of the girl's involvement in her surgery after...
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