Health & Medicine
Health Care Supreme Court Decision: Chief Justice Roberts Is Person Of The Day
June 28 2012 11:49 AM
While Republicans and most conservatives might well be disappointed by Thursday?s Supreme Court decision to uphold President Barack Obama?s Affordable Health Act, one of their own is the person of the day: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Health Reform Supreme Court Decision: Technology Industry Impact
June 28 2012 10:26 AM
The Supreme Court?s ruling to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act will likely benefit the technology industry, from computer services providers like Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) to medical electronics makers like Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A).
Injectable Oxygen Could Help Breathe Life Into ER Patients
June 27 2012 3:07 PM
Researchers have concocted a new way to deliver the breath of life to patients with incapacitated lungs: an injectable oxygen foam made up of tiny pockets of gas surrounded by a thin layer of fat.
Diabetes Reversed In Mice Thanks To Stem Cell Transplant
June 27 2012 11:33 AM
Diabetic mice were able to go off insulin after receiving a pancreatic stem cell transplant, which restarted the cycle in which insulin production rises or falls based on blood sugar levels.
Nora Ephron's Death Caused By Rare Blood Disorder: What Is Myelodysplasia?
June 27 2012 10:29 AM
The condition that claimed When Harry Met Sally screenwriter Nora Ephron's life occurs when a person's bone marrow malfunctions and does not produce enough normal blood cells.
Safety Of All-Metal Hip Implants Under US Scrutiny
June 27 2012 9:25 AM
All-metal artificial hips were developed to be more durable than traditional implants, which combine a ceramic or metal ball with a plastic socket. But after a large recall from a major manufacturer, the FDA is asking experts for guidance on how to monitor patients.
Women's Lung Cancer Deaths Up In Parts Of US: Study
June 27 2012 9:06 AM
In Alabama deaths from lung cancer per 100,000 women increased from 6.9 to 10.7 among the 40 to 44 age group while deaths fell from 6.1 to 2.8 per 100,000 for the same cohort in California.
Developing World Rapidly Consuming More Unhealthy Food: Study
June 26 2012 5:22 PM
Market data shows the developing world is set to match the First World's rate of consumption of soda and processed food within three decades, a new study says.
BPA Exposure Alters Genetic Patterns In Pubescent Mice: Study
June 26 2012 11:15 AM
Exposure to plastic ingredient bisphenol A in the womb appears to have later effects on estrogen sensitivity in female mice, according to new research.
Promoting Health? It's All In The Game
June 26 2012 9:33 AM
Gamification - turning boring, unpleasant but necessary tasks into an online game - is a new way of thinking that is gaining momentum among drugmakers and health campaigners.
2009 Swine Flu Outbreak Was 15 Times Deadlier: Study
June 26 2012 9:25 AM
A new study says the swine flu pandemic of 2009 might have killed as many as 579,000 people. The original count, compiled by the World Health Organization, put the number at 18,500.
Most Americans Oppose Health Law But Like Provisions
June 25 2012 10:08 AM
A new survey suggests that Republicans are convincing voters to reject Obama's reform even when they like much of what is in it, such as allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26.
School's End Clears Up New York Students' Mystery Twitching
June 25 2012 9:58 AM
Doctors say most of the 20 girls that suffered a mysterious ailment shed their Tourette-like symptoms and returned to a normal life in time for high school graduation on Sunday.
Drunk Drivers Show Risky Lifetime Drinking Habits: Study
June 22 2012 9:10 AM
In interviews with 700 adults with a drunk-driving conviction, researchers found that nearly half had either been drinking heavily for the long haul, or had fallen back into heavy drinking after trying to cut down for a time.
Hot Water, Not Urine, Eases Jellyfish Stings: Study
June 22 2012 9:04 AM
Popularly promoted remedies for jellyfish stings range from vinegar to meat tenderizer to urine. But less outlandish methods are more broadly effective, researchers found.
Psoriasis Tied To Higher Risk Of Diabetes - Study
June 20 2012 10:07 AM
People with severe psoriasis were 46 percent more likely to get a diabetes diagnosis than people without the condition, after weight and other health measures were taken into account, according to a new study.
U.S. Women In 20s Less Likely To Get Pregnant Or Have Abortion
June 20 2012 9:58 AM
A report found that in 2008, the pregnancy rate for the 20 to 24 age group was 163 per 1,000 women. By comparison, in 1990 that demographic had a pregnancy rate of 198.5 per 1,000, which was nearly 18 percent higher than in 2008.
Medical Journal Calls For Investigation Of 'Big Food,' Claiming PR Tactics Obscure Responsibility For Obesity Epidemic
June 20 2012 9:19 AM
Editors of the journal PLoS Medicine said their publication and other medical journals have failed to shine a strong enough light on the influence of food companies on national and global health, and are aiming to correct that with a new series.
Reefer Madness -- Or Sanity? Legalizing Pot In UK Could Curb Alcohol Abuse, Says Controversial Psychologist
June 19 2012 12:20 PM
A former UK government drug adviser says emulating Dutch attitudes towards marijuana could reduce alcohol consumption rates.
More Oregon Kids On Alternative Vaccine Schedules
June 19 2012 9:11 AM
Researchers found that the number of babies on alternative vaccination schedules grew from 2.5 percent in 2006 to 9.5 percent in 2009. And despite going to the doctor's office more, those babies got fewer shots overall compared with those whose parents stuck to the recommended schedule.