Health & Medicine
Now, A Cancer Drug That Helps Identify Dormant HIV
July 26 2012 8:44 AM EDT
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, National Cancer Institute, Merck and the University of California have identified a drug employed in treating certain types of lymphoma that help dislodge a hidden virus in patients receiving treatment for HIV.
Vision Restored To Blind Mice By New Chemical: Study
July 25 2012 5:16 PM EDT
Researchers say a chemical called AAQ could prove to be a flexible, less invasive treatment for certain types of blindness.
CBO: Healthcare Ruling Could Save $84 Billion
July 25 2012 10:49 AM EDT
The healthcare law's revenue increases and spending cuts total more than the cost of expanding coverage to the uninsured, the CBO said.
NYC's Proposed Ban On Big Sugary Sodas Draws Heated Debate
July 25 2012 10:35 AM EDT
Opponents of the proposed large soda ban view the measure as unwelcome government intervention -- a further incursion of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's nanny state -- while supporters call it crucial to fighting obesity.
Hip, Knee Replacements Tied To Heart Attack Risk: Study
July 24 2012 10:59 AM EDT
New research found that people having joint surgery had up to 31 times higher risk of a heart attack shortly afterward.
FDA Staff Questions Dosing Of Roche Eye Drug
July 24 2012 10:50 AM EDT
FDA staff are reviewing the eye drug Lucentis ahead of an advisory panel of outside experts, which meets on Thursday to vote on whether to recommend approval of expanded use of the drug, which is administered monthly by injection.
Close Relationships Tied To Ovarian Cancer Survival
July 23 2012 6:08 PM EDT
Researchers found that cancer patients deemed to have high social attachment - meaning they had relationships that made them feel emotionally secure and closely connected to at least one other person - are more likely to survive than patients with lesser emotional bonds.
Ob-gyns Say No To Routine Lead Testing In Pregnancy
July 23 2012 5:55 PM EDT
New recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say doctors should ask women a series of questions to see if they might be at risk for high lead exposure before conducting a blood test for the heavy metal.
Artificial Jellyfish Made Of Rat Cells May Facilitate Better Understanding Of Human Heart
July 23 2012 8:37 AM EDT
Scientists from the Harvard University and California Institute of Technology have created free-swimming artificial jellyfish made of silicone that closely resembles human heart in movement.
Poverty, Not Mental Illness, Is Source Of Many Poor Mothers' Anxiety: Study
July 20 2012 4:03 PM EDT
A team of Rutgers University researchers thinks some poor women might be getting misdiagnosed as mentally ill when their anxiety stems from the stress of poverty.
U.S. Whooping Cough Outbreak Could Be Worst In Half Century
July 20 2012 10:02 AM EDT
A spike in whooping cough cases among 10-year-olds and adolescents who are 13 and 14 was a concern, perhaps an indicator that the pertussis vaccine may be wearing off earlier than anticipated, Washington Health Secretary Mary Selecky said.
Older U.S. Women More Likely To Drink While Pregnant, Study Shows
July 20 2012 9:58 AM EDT
The CDC found that about 14 percent of pregnant women ages 35 to 44 reported having at least one drink in the previous 30 days, compared to 7.6 percent for all pregnant women and just 4.5 percent for those ages 18 to 24.
US Whooping Cough Outbreak Claims 10 Lives, Affects Nearly 18,000
July 20 2012 8:58 AM EDT
Whooping cough, which has claimed the lives of ten people and left close to 18,000 infected so far, seems to have gained a stranglehold that is much bigger than the economic turbulences rocking the U.S.
Provigil: Narcolepsy Drug Becomes New Brain Boost For Professionals
July 19 2012 11:42 AM EDT
Narcolepsy drug Provigil has gained popular use among many who lack the sleep disorder needed to be prescribed the drug. The medication for adults has been referred to as “Viagra for the mind” by users who have fallen in love with its grey matter-boosting properties.
New State Laws Make Getting Abortions Tougher In U.S.: Report
July 19 2012 9:50 AM EDT
A New York-based advocacy group found that nearly 40 laws enacted across 15 states this year have the potential to restrict women's access to reproductive health care, nearly 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade made the controversial procedure legal.
Egg Allergy Treatment Is No Yolk: Study Find Success With Egg-White Powder
July 18 2012 5:28 PM EDT
Scientists were able to reduce and in some cases eliminate egg allergies in a small study of children -- but don't try this at home!
Black Gay Men, Southern States Bear Heaviest AIDS Burden In U.S.
July 18 2012 12:46 PM EDT
While there's increasing hopes for an end to the AIDS epidemic, African-American gay men are still the most disproportionately affected subsection of the population.
Alzheimer Drug Gives Down Syndrome Patients Slight Memory Boost: Study
July 17 2012 5:11 PM EDT
Memantine, a drug given to Alzheimer's disease patients, improved verbal episodic memory function in a small trial of Down syndrome patients.
Milk Thistle Extract Doesn't Help Liver Patients, Trial Finds
July 17 2012 4:25 PM EDT
Silymarin, a botanical extract from milk thistle, performed no better than placebo in a trial of hepatitis C patients.
Fukushima Radiation's Effects Estimated In New Study
July 17 2012 4:06 PM EDT
Scientists modeled the spread of radioactive material from the site of a nuclear accident in Japan and predict that health effects will be higher than some officials have acknowledged.