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  • Spray-On Tan Safety: Why Short-Term Beauty Is A Long-Term Risk

    June 13 2012 11:05 AM

    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.

  • US Commerce Secretary Hospitalized After Links To 2 Hit-And-Run Accidents

    June 11 2012 12:09 PM

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, 68, was hospitalized late Saturday near Los Angeles after allegedly being involved in two hit-and-run accidents, the San Gabriel Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Departments said.

  • The Morning-After Pill Does NOT Cause Abortions: Report

    June 07 2012 7:19 PM

    One of anti-abortion proponents favorite arguments is reportedly based on extremely outdated science.

  • Your Gut Is Good For You: Benevolent Belly Fat Modulates Immune System, Helps Repair Tissue Damage

    June 06 2012 5:19 PM

    Researchers have found that a particular kind of belly fat is involved in regulating the immune system, opening the door for new kinds of drugs for auto-immune diseases like Crohn's disease and lupus.

  • Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Hits Scotland: 1 Dead, Number Of Infected May Increase

    June 06 2012 11:19 AM

    Legionnaires' disease has broken out in Scotland, causing one death and leaving at least 40 other people critically ill. Authorities are searching for the source of the disease, as the number of infected citizens in and around Edinburgh continues to rise since the first case was reported Thursday.

  • Verizon?s Hughes Telematics Buy Gives It Mercedes-Benz AudienceVerizon?s Hughes Telematics Buy Gives It Mercedes-Benz Audience

    June 01 2012 1:07 PM

    Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)?s plans to acquire Hughes Telematics (OTC: HUTC) for $612 million indicates the biggest U.S. phone company is seeking a new market: Mercedes-Benz drivers.

  • Chagas Disease Labeled 'New AIDS Of The Americas' As 'Kissing Bug' Spreads Deadly Virus

    May 31 2012 5:38 PM

    Chagas disease has the potential to become the new AIDS of the Americas after scientists discovered a parasitic infection passed on by so-called kissing bugs, according to a recently-published study.

  • Fake ADHD Drug Adderall Sold Online, Warns FDA

    May 30 2012 9:58 AM

    Some websites are peddling fake versions of Adderall, a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that is currently in short supply in the United States, federal regulators warned.

  • White-Nose Syndrome: 'Devastating' Disease Discovered In Endangered Tennessee BatsWhite-Nose Syndrome: 'Devastating' Disease Discovered In Endangered Tennessee Bats

    May 30 2012 9:51 AM

    White-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of hibernating bats in the United States, has been detected for the first time in endangered gray bats in Tennessee, a finding that government scientists on Tuesday described as devastating.

  • Painkillers Tied To Lower Skin Cancer Risk [STUDY]Painkillers Tied To Lower Skin Cancer Risk [STUDY]

    May 29 2012 10:09 AM

    In a new study from Denmark, people who had taken aspirin, ibuprofen and related painkillers -- especially at high doses and for years at a time -- were less likely to get skin cancer, compared to those who rarely used those medications.

  • Marijuana Fails To Slow Progress Of Multiple Sclerosis In UK StudyMarijuana Fails To Slow Progress Of Multiple Sclerosis In UK Study

    May 29 2012 9:54 AM

    Cannabis capsules failed to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis in a large British study, dealing a blow to hopes that the drug could provide long-term benefits for patients with the debilitating nerve disease.

  • Sensory-Based Therapy: Pediatricians Raise CautionSensory-Based Therapy: Pediatricians Raise Caution

    May 28 2012 8:18 AM

    Occupational therapy for kids who are over- or under-sensitive to sound, touch or other senses could help improve their symptoms -- but parents and doctors should be careful not to miss an underlying disorder in those children, pediatricians said today.

  • California Tobacco Tax Measure Risks Going Up In Smoke

    May 28 2012 8:15 AM

    Health-conscious Californians may mostly oppose smoking for its costs to public health and the economy but an aggressive tobacco industry campaign and general anti-tax sentiment may block a measure to raise taxes on smokers.

  • US Senate Passes Bipartisan FDA Funding BillUS Senate Passes Bipartisan FDA Funding Bill

    May 25 2012 8:54 AM

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday showed near-unanimous support for a bill that helps fund the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a regulatory powerhouse with sweeping influence over the foods Americans eat and the medicines they take. The bill, which passed by a vote of 96 to 1, aims to speed approval of new drugs and devices and ensure food safety.

  • Tafamidis: US Panel Split On Pfizer Rare Disease DrugTafamidis: US Panel Split On Pfizer Rare Disease Drug

    May 25 2012 8:49 AM

    A U.S. health advisory panel on Thursday issued a split vote on data for Pfizer Inc's drug to treat a rare neurodegenerative disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel voted 13 to 4 that the drug did not show that it met the main goal in a study in treating the fatal condition.

  • Child Addicts At Heart Of Indonesia Anti-Smoking LawsuitChild Addicts At Heart Of Indonesia Anti-Smoking Lawsuit

    May 24 2012 9:43 AM

    Anti-tobacco advocates in Indonesia plan to file a class action lawsuit this month using cases of child addicts in the hope of forcing tougher regulations on a society where one in three people smokes.

  • Stevia: Miracle Sweetener May Have A Sour Note

    May 24 2012 9:29 AM

    The meteoric rise of a natural, healthy alternative to sugar - a holy grail for the food industry - might just be a little too good to be true. In two years stevia, a plant used for centuries by Paraguay's Guarani Indians, has shot to prominence in products by Coca-Cola, Danone and Merisant.

  • Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Beating Heart MuscleScientists Turn Skin Cells Into Beating Heart Muscle

    May 23 2012 9:41 AM

    Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition.

  • Monsanto Maize: EU Blocks France Ban On MON 810 YieldgardMonsanto Maize: EU Blocks France Ban On MON 810 Yieldgard

    May 22 2012 11:15 AM

    Days after France attempted to ban a genetically-modified strain of maize created by the controversial agricultural company Monsanto, based in St. Louis, Mo., the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejected France's grounds for banning the maize, even though France believes the corn is harmful to the environment.

  • Olympics 2012: Ramadan Sets Muslim Athletes Extra Test At London GamesOlympics 2012: Ramadan Sets Muslim Athletes Extra Test At London Games

    May 22 2012 9:46 AM

    When Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang opted to postpone his Ramadan fast until after the London Games, the decision was all about going for Olympic gold. Anything that might jeopardize the chance of a medal for the 24-year-old at his second Olympics had to be dealt with sensibly, he says.