Articles by Trevor Stokes
- Rude to Point, but for Preschoolers, the Gesture Overrides Perception
March 01 2012 12:42 PM
Finger pointing is considered rude - but new research shows that the gesture helps preschoolers figure out the world around them.
- 3G Communication to Arrive for U.S. Military
February 29 2012 2:48 PM
An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday carrying the first satellite in a new military network designed to give cellphone-like 3G communications to troops on the move.
- Self-Prescribing Doctors on the Decline, Study
February 29 2012 2:17 PM
Far fewer doctors-in-training are prescribing themselves medication than in the past, suggests a new study.
- Taking Statins? FDA Adds Diabetes, Memory Loss Warnings
February 28 2012 4:34 PM
U.S. health regulators will add warnings to the labels of widely used cholesterol lowering drugs, such as Lipitor, saying they may raise levels of blood sugar and could cause memory loss.
- Who Wants to Live Forever? Flatworms, Turns Out.
February 27 2012 3:40 PM
British scientists have found that a species of flatworm can overcome the process of ageing to become potentially immortal and say their work sheds light on possibilities of alleviating ageing and age-related characteristics in human cells.
- Active Video Games for Kids May Not Mean More Exercise
February 27 2012 9:35 AM
All that virtual boxing, bowling and dancing along with video game systems might not be helping kids meet their daily exercise requirements, a new study suggests.
- Dutch Prince May Never Come out of Coma, Doctor Says
February 24 2012 4:39 PM
The Dutch royal may never regain consciousness from a coma, Austrian doctors said Friday, caused after a massive avalanche buried Friso, choked off oxygen for 15 minutes and left him severely brain damaged, The Associated Press reported.
- 'Save Our Seas' Plea Issued by World Bank
February 24 2012 10:44 AM
The World Bank announced on Friday a global alliance to better manage and protect the world's oceans, which are under threat from over-fishing, pollution and climate change.
- Allergy Forecast 2012: Expect Longer Season from Milder Winter
February 23 2012 2:20 PM
Allergy sufferers - hope you enjoyed the mild winter, because experts anticipate the spring allergy season will hit earlier than usual.
- Qnexa FDA Approval of First Weight-Loss Pill in 13 Years
February 23 2012 12:53 PM
Experimental obesity drug Qnexa won the backing of U.S. health advisors on Wednesday, raising hopes for approval of the first prescription weight-loss pill in 13 years.
- Faster than Light Neutrino Caused by Faulty Wiring, Report
February 22 2012 5:10 PM
A mistake caused physicists to conclude erroneously that neutrinos could travel faster than the speed of light, according to a Wednesday report in ScienceInsider.
- World's Fastest Supercomputer will be part of Telescope Slated for 2016
February 22 2012 4:59 PM
The world's largest supercomputer won't be a room-sized processor, but a $2 billion telescope, if building starts as planned by 2016.
- Smokeless Tobacco: Used by More Troops after Deployment
February 22 2012 1:29 PM
U.S. troops sent to Iraq or Afghanistan are more likely to start a smokeless tobacco habit than their comrades who stay home -- especially if they see combat, a new study finds.
- Staff Expected to Shrink at National Nuclear Lab
February 22 2012 10:47 AM
A shrunken budget caused a national nuclear safety lab to announce a plan to reduce its staff by up to 800 employees, officials announced Wednesday.
- Cancer Drug Shortage: FDA Steps in to Get Drugs to Patients
February 21 2012 11:07 AM
The Food and Drug Administration is addressing the shortage of critical cancer medications by importing one drug from abroad and rushing the approval of another.
- Diet Soda and Heart Attacks: Study Finds Daily Diet Soda Increases Risk
February 21 2012 11:03 AM
Drinking the bubbly zero calorie daily may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by 44 percent, according to new research of 2,600 older adults over a 10-year span.
- First U.K Male Mother Speaks to Media for First Time
February 21 2012 10:29 AM
Bob is a 27-year-old single father living in northern England raising his 11-month girl. But daddy has a secret: He was born a woman.
- Deadly H5N1 Flu Studies Put on Hold Until Risks Known
February 17 2012 3:09 PM
Two studies showing how scientists mutated the H5N1 bird flu virus into a form that could cause a deadly human pandemic will be published only after experts fully assess the risks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
- Baby Tylenol Recall 2012: Drug Maker Pulls Entire U.S. Supply
February 17 2012 11:23 AM
Johnson & Johnson said it was recalling its entire U.S. supply of infant Tylenol after parents complained about problems with a new dosing system, the latest in a string of recalls for the healthcare giant.
- E. coli Outbreak 2012: Raw Spouts 'Perfect Vehicle for Pathogens'
February 17 2012 10:24 AM
E. coli-infected raw clover sprouts sickened at least a dozen people across at least five states, officials announced Wednesday, the first reported food-borne E. coli outbreak of 2012.