Health & Medicine
Todd Akin's Remarks On Rape-Pregnancy Rates Only True For Some Nonhuman Animals
August 20 2012 12:52 PM EDT
A Missouri congressman is drawing fire for suggesting that women's bodies can shut down pregnancy after being raped. There's no evidence to show that humans can do this, but some animals actually do have methods to avoid pregnancy from rape.
Oxford Professor Calls For Genetically Engineered 'Ethical Babies' As Moral Obligation
August 20 2012 8:16 AM EDT
Medical ethicist Julian Savulescu has called for creating genetically engineered ethical babies as a "moral obligation," for parents. Savulescu presents his case, citing the attempt as "responsible parenting."
One Man's Waste Is Another's Golden Opportunity: Gates Foundation Awards Next-Gen Toilet Designers
August 17 2012 5:27 PM EDT
The Gates Foundation is aiming to address a prevalent problem for the urban poor and the developing world: the lack of a hygienic place to poop.
Breast Milk Ingredient May Guard Against HIV
August 16 2012 5:21 PM EDT
Researchers say that higher concentrations of human milk oligosaccharides, or HMO -- a kind of complex carbohydrate that's the third-most abundant ingredient in breast milk -- were associated with protection against HIV transmission to infants.
Bill Gates And The Toilet Of The Future: Why The World Needs A Revolution In Better Sanitation
August 15 2012 10:32 AM EDT
Bill Gates, the man responsible for bringing software to the masses with Microsoft and Windows, has plans to reinvent another industry: Sanitation. Gates, whose philanthropic efforts have helped bring clean water and resources to developing countries via the foundation founded by he and his wife Melinda, said on Wednesday that he plans to build a toilet that's better suited to developing countries in an effort to cut down on disease and death in those regions.
Cancer Death Risk Cut By Daily Aspirin, Study Finds
August 10 2012 5:22 PM EDT
Researchers estimated that the relative risk of dying from cancer among people that took aspirin every day for five years or more was about 16% less than the risk for those that did not take aspirin.
‘Medical’ Marijuana: 10 Health Benefits That Legitimize Legalization
August 08 2012 3:35 PM EDT
Prescription drugs kill between about 100,000 people in the world each year, but marijuana, medical or not, has caused absolutely zero deaths. Weed, pot, ganja, or whatever you want to call it, cannabis has actually been a favorable treatment in the treatment of about 200 different medical conditions. Here are 10 ways marijuana can improve your health.
Natural Birth Kickstarts Key Brain Protein Production In Mice, C-Section Does Not: Study
August 07 2012 5:02 PM EDT
Researchers looking at the brains of mice saw a clear difference in UCP2 levels between those delivered vaginally and those delivered via Cesarean section.
Chemotherapy Boosts Tumor Growth In Some Cancers: STUDY
August 06 2012 4:12 PM EDT
Chemotherapy treatment for certain types of cancer might actually make tumors grow, a study revealed on Sunday.
Muscular Dystrophy Symptoms Reversed In Mice By 'Antisense' Drugs
August 01 2012 1:13 PM EDT
Mice that were given antisense compounds twice a week for four weeks had reduced symptoms for up to one year, according to the paper. The researchers say it's still unclear whether the drug will work in humans, but are cautiously optimistic.
Baby Born With Brain Outside Head, Sibusiso Mokoena, Dies In South Africa
July 31 2012 5:18 PM EDT
A South African child, Sibusiso Mokoena, who was born with his brain outside of his dead has died, according to the Associated Press.
Baby Seal Deaths Attributed To New Bird Flu Strain
July 31 2012 3:03 PM EDT
A virus that jumped from birds to seals turns out to have adaptations that could make it transmissible to humans as well.
France Declares War On California: The Battle Over Foie Gras
July 30 2012 2:02 PM EDT
France produces more than 16 million tons of foie gras every year, principally by force-feeding corn to ducks and geese in order to enlarge their livers.
London Olympics Drug Testing Aims To Cast Widest Net Of Any Games
July 30 2012 1:04 PM EDT
More than 5,000 blood and urine samples will be tested for banned substances at this year's Olympics, more than any previous games.
Curry Compound May Curb Diabetes Risk: Study
July 30 2012 10:00 AM EDT
Researchers found that over nine months, a daily dose of curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of diabetes among people with so-called "prediabetes."
Runners Going Barefoot For Injury Prevention, Many Without Coaching, Survey Finds
July 27 2012 2:28 PM EDT
Even though the jury's still out on the health benefits of barefoot or minimalist shoe running, a new survey found that runners are primarily interested in barefoot running because they think it will help them avoid future injury.
New Hampshire Hepatitis C Outbreak Triggers Fears
July 27 2012 10:41 AM EDT
Authorities say a Michigan man stole drugs and contaminated needles while working at a New Hampshire medical facility, leading to a rash of hepatitis C cases in the state.
Lung Spots Less Dangerous Than Patients Think
July 27 2012 10:36 AM EDT
A spot on the lung is often nothing to worry about, but patients will leap morbid conclusions, according to a new study.
Widespread Use Of Prescription Steroids Draws Worry
July 26 2012 10:23 AM EDT
Based on a decade's worth of national surveys, researchers found more than 2.5 million adults in the U.S. take oral steroids - a rate that trumps all existing estimates from other countries.
CPSC Bans Sale Of Buckyballs Magnetic Toys, Cites Hazard
July 26 2012 10:12 AM EDT
Federal regulators ordered the distributor of a brand of small magnetic toys to halt sales because injuries to children who had swallowed them had continued to rise.