Health & Medicine
US Kids Get More ADHD Drugs, Fewer Antibiotics: Study
June 19 2012 9:06 AM EDT
From 2002 to 2010, the use of ADHD drugs grew by 46 percent, or some 800,000 prescriptions a year, researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say.
Jack Osbourne Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis: What Symptoms And Treatment Await Ozzy's Son?
June 18 2012 2:46 PM EDT
Jack Osbourne, reality TV star and son of rock god Ozzy Osbourne, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the 26-year-old told People. But the long term outlook for Osbourne?s health is not nearly as dire as the news would suggest initially. Treatment for symptoms is available that could allow Osbourne to lead a full life with few complications, despite MS.
Black Death Discovered In Oregon: Man Contracts Bubonic Plague From Cat, Hospitalized In 'Critical Condition'
June 16 2012 12:45 PM EDT
The Black Death, a strain of bubonic plague that destroyed nearly a third of Europe's entire population between 1347 and 1369, has been found in the state of Oregon. Health officials in Portland have confirmed that a man contracted the plague after getting bitten by a cat. The unidentified man, who is currently in his 50s, had tried to pry a dead mouse from a stray cat's mouth on June 2 when the cat attacked him.
'Octomom' 2.0? Woman Gets 'Pregnant In The Mouth' After Eating Squid
June 15 2012 5:01 PM EDT
A 63-year-old South Korean woman was shocked to learn she became pregnant with 12 baby squid after eating a portion of calamari. The story -- definitely giving new meaning to the term Octomom -- was detailed in a scientific paper authored by researchers at the Kwandong University College of Medicine.
India?s Mining Industry Scarred By Corruption, Lack Of Regulation: Report
June 14 2012 2:58 PM EDT
Indian media has feasted on scandals in the mining industry in recent years.
Being Heavy May Help Men With One Type of Cancer [STUDY]
June 13 2012 5:40 PM EDT
Of more than 2,500 U.S. veterans with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, men who were obese at diagnosis had only about two-thirds the risk of dying during the study period that normal-weight men had, after considering other factors like age and overall health.
Fish Oil Supplements May Not Prevent Mental Decline
June 13 2012 5:33 PM EDT
Researchers found there was no difference in changes on learning and memory tests among 4,000 people who took either omega-3 fish oil supplements or sunflower or olive oil as a comparison.
Why You Can't Get AIDS From A Mosquito
June 13 2012 4:58 PM EDT
For a variety of reasons, it's pretty much impossible that you would have to worry about getting AIDS from a mosquito bite.
Human Microbiome Project: Researchers Take A Tiny Census
June 13 2012 3:01 PM EDT
The first results are in from the Human Microbiome Project, which is investigating the bacteria and viruses that outnumber human cells in our bodies 10 to 1. Some of these microbes, it turns out, might be key to our survival.
Spray-On Tan Safety: Why Short-Term Beauty Is A Long-Term Risk
June 13 2012 11:05 AM EDT
According to a panel of medical experts, the active chemical in used in spray-on tans -- dihydroxyacetone (DHA) -- can potentially damage one's DNA and cause genetic alterations. The experts reviewed 10 of the most current, agreeing that while more studies need to be done, what they already know is enough to warrant a warning.
Does The Cocaine Vaccine Work? Monkey Study Shows Promise
June 11 2012 4:30 PM EDT
A new study outlines a way for researchers to use objective measures to ascertain an anti-cocaine vaccine's effectiveness, building a much more conclusive foundation for human tests.
Self-injury May Start Early In Some Kids: Study
June 11 2012 9:32 AM EDT
Researchers found one in 12 of the third-, sixth- and ninth-graders they interviewed had self-injured at least once without the intention of killing themselves.
First CPR Guidelines For Cats And Dogs Released
June 11 2012 9:08 AM EDT
Veterinary medicine researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University have produced the first set of evidence-based guidelines for reviving dogs and cats with stopped hearts.
Bedbug Bombs Are Duds, Yet Still On Shelves
June 08 2012 5:39 PM EDT
Studies show insect foggers don't work on bedbugs, but regulators do not scrutinize efficacy claims for bedbug products with the same rigor that they apply to other insecticides.
Thanks To Obamacare (And Their Parents), 6.6 Million More Young Adults Have Health Insurance Coverage
June 08 2012 1:01 PM EDT
The Commonwealth Fund, a private health care reform advocacy group, surveyed more than 1,800 young adults between ages 19 to 29 and estimated that about 13.7 million young adults across the US joined or stayed on their parents' plans in 2011.
New York City Official Defends Supersize Drink Ban
June 08 2012 9:16 AM EDT
It's not saying 'no' to people. It's saying, 'Are you sure? Do you really want that?' Thomas Farley, New York City's health commissioner, said. It's sending people a message while giving people the freedom to drink as much as they want.
U.S. Administration Ready For Health Ruling: Sebelius
June 08 2012 9:09 AM EDT
Sebelius said the administration remains confident and optimistic that the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be upheld as constitutional -- but if the ruling proves unfavorable, she added that we'll be ready for court contingencies.
More US Hispanics Die Waiting For Heart Transplants: Study
June 08 2012 8:57 AM EDT
Previous studies found that black patients fared poorly after transplants compared to whites, but less was known about how different racial groups do while they are waiting for a donor organ.
Food Meets Pharma As Nestle Fights For Health Claims
June 07 2012 9:28 AM EDT
Regulators are cracking down on functional food health claims, which can be a powerful marketing tool and allow firms to charge more for products with apparent nutritional enhancements.
Is There Such A Thing As Airplane Headache?
June 07 2012 9:21 AM EDT
Italian researchers say that airplane headache should be considered a new subtype of headache and suggest a list of criteria doctors can use to diagnose it.