Health & Medicine

  • Women CEOs: Two Yahoo CEOs Faced Separate Health Issues

    July 17 2012 11:15 AM EDT

    After the formal announcement Monday that Marissa Mayer had been elected the new CEO of Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO), the No. 3 search engine, the new executive announced she was pregnant.

  • Public Favors Posthumous Reproduction, With Consent: Survey

    July 17 2012 9:21 AM EDT

    In recent years, it's become possible to do emergency retrieval of sperm or eggs when somebody suddenly dies or becomes terminally ill.

  • Gilead Wins First Approval Of Drug To Prevent HIV

    July 17 2012 9:17 AM EDT

    Gilead Sciences Inc's Truvada was approved for people who are not yet infected but may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners, a concept known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

  • Malaria Parasite Taken Out By Genetically Engineered Bacteria

    July 16 2012 4:42 PM EDT

    Researchers have taken a plant pest and programmed it to target the parasite that causes malaria.

  • A Womb With Two Very Different Views

    July 16 2012 3:25 PM EDT

    Genetic research examining the placenta, umbilical cord tissue and cord blood of newborn fraternal and identical twins found that even the closest siblings start growing apart very early.

  • Scientists See AIDS Vaccine Within Reach After Decades

    July 16 2012 9:41 AM EDT

    A 2009 clinical trial in Thailand was the first to show it was possible to prevent HIV infection in humans. Since then, discoveries have pointed to even more powerful vaccines using HIV-fighting antibodies. Now scientists believe a licensed vaccine is within reach.

  • Tooth Fillings Made With BPA Tied To Behavior Issues

    July 16 2012 9:38 AM EDT

    Researchers found kids who had multiple fillings made using BPA - and who'd had those fillings for a long time - consistently scored two to six points worse on 100-point behavior measures than those who had none of the fillings or who'd only had one for a short time.

  • Alzheimer's Disease
    Faltering Gait Can Help Diagnose Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

    July 16 2012 7:47 AM EDT

    The Alzheimer's Association Annual International Conference held in Vancouver tabled findings of three studies on Sunday that linked uneven gait among people to Alzheimer's disease.

  • Junior Seau died today at age 43.
    Brain Tissue From Former NFL Star Seau To Be Studied For Damage

    July 13 2012 9:36 AM EDT

    The brain sample was sent to the NIH, the U.S. government's primary biomedical research institution, at the request of Seau's family members, said a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office.

  • Obesity
    Heavy People More Likely To Have Colon Polyps

    July 13 2012 9:25 AM EDT

    Previous studies have made the connection between obesity and colon cancer, but a new study is the first to point to a higher risk of adenomas in heavy people.

  • Pills
    California County Wants Drug Makers To Pay For Pill Disposal

    July 12 2012 9:47 AM EDT

    A new measure in Northern California is designed to force pharmaceutical companies to bear the cost of collecting and safely discarding unused prescription drugs that might otherwise foul waterways or fall into the hands of substance abusers.

  • Alzheimer's
    Scientists Trace Timeline Of Alzheimer's Slow, Deadly Path

    July 12 2012 9:31 AM EDT

    A new study offers a timeline of changes in spinal fluid, brain size, the appearance of brain plaques and other factors that precede the onset of Alzheimer's in people who are genetically predestined to develop the brain-wasting disease.

  • OxyContin
    [EMBARGO 5PM] Many OxyContin Addicts Switching To Heroin After Formula Change: Study

    July 11 2012 4:58 PM EDT

    [EMBARGO 5PM] The company that makes OxyContin altered the formula for the painkiller back in 2010 to deter people from abusing the drug. But many users are just changing their habit instead of kicking it, according to new data.

  • Sleep Less, Gain Weight, Science Shows

    July 11 2012 3:00 PM EDT

    Scientists have been examining the link between sleep deprivation and weight gain -- and it appears that a full night's rest may be just as important as diet and exercise in maintaining a healthy weight.

  • Animal Testing In UK Increases, Draws Yowls From PETA

    July 11 2012 12:46 PM EDT

    More animals were used in scientific procedures in Britain in 2011 than 2010, with particular increases in the use of cats, pigs, birds and fish as testing subjects, according to new numbers from the UK government.

  • Colorado Firefighters
    Obama Orders Health Insurance For Government's Seasonal Firefighters

    July 11 2012 10:02 AM EDT

    The president has instructed the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Interior Department and the Agriculture Department -- parent agency of the Forest Service -- to ensure that temporary federal firefighters have access to health insurance.

  • 2. William Bill Gates
    Gates Foundation To Pledge Funds For Contraception

    July 11 2012 9:59 AM EDT

    According to United Nations figures, about 220 million women in the developing world who do not want to get pregnant, cannot get reliable access to contraception.

  • Scientists Dispute NASA's Arsenic-Based Life Discovery

    July 10 2012 11:35 AM EDT

    Two science papers published July 8, 2012, disprove a major claim made by NASA-funded scientists that a new form of bacterial life that thrives on arsenic was discovered.

  • Optic Nerve Tumors Traced Back To Stem Cells In Young Brains

    July 09 2012 4:02 PM EDT

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 can cause tumors called optic glioma, but until now, scientists didn't know exactly where these tumors came from. Now researchers working with mice have tracked the tumors back to a specific region in the embryonic brain.

  • Robotic Legs To Make Amputees? Steps Natural

    July 07 2012 8:59 AM EDT

    Researchers at the University of Arizona claim to have invented a pair of robotic legs that mimic the human gait better than any other artificial leg.