'Pre-Diabetes Diabetes Rising Among US Teens [STUDY]
May 22 2012 9:38 AM EDT
The percentage of U.S. teenagers with pre-diabetes or full-blown type 2 diabetes has more than doubled in recent years -- though obesity and other heart risk factors have held steady, government researchers reported Monday.
Blasting Music Tied To Drinking And Drugs [STUDY]
May 21 2012 9:07 AM EDT
Doctors know that drinking, drugs and risky sex go together in young people -- and a new study suggests loud music should be added to that list.
Aimee Copeland: Georgia Woman With Flesh Eating Bacteria Disease In Critical Condition
May 21 2012 9:00 AM EDT
Aimee Copeland, a Georgia woman fighting a flesh-eating bacterial infection was in critical condition at Augusta Hospital on Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman said. She may need to amputate her hands and foot, after surgeons already amputated the 24-year-old's left leg at the hip.
Hope For Alzheimer?s Cure, But Researchers Still Have ?Many Rivers To Cross?
May 17 2012 5:28 PM EDT
A new $100 million drug trial aimed at preventing early-onset Alzheimer's is at the forefront of efforts to treat and cure this disease, which is expected to weigh heavily on the U.S. as Baby Boomers grow older.
Obama Administration Sets Deadline For Proposals On State Healthcare Exchanges
May 17 2012 9:40 AM EDT
The Obama administration forged ahead with healthcare reforms on Wednesday, announcing a November 16 deadline for state governments to submit proposals showing how they intend to operate health insurance exchanges in 2014.
Cloud Applications: IBM Sets New Products, Services For Enterprises
May 17 2012 8:05 AM EDT
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) announced a series of initiatives for cloud, or Internet-based computing, to lower costs as well as lure more customers.
Insecticide Resistance Threatens Malaria Fight
May 16 2012 9:29 AM EDT
Malaria-carrying mosquitoes in Africa and India are becoming resistant to insecticides, putting millions of lives at greater risk and threatening eradication efforts, health experts said on Tuesday.
PEPFAR: US HIV Aid Prevented 741,000 Deaths [STUDY]
May 16 2012 9:26 AM EDT
The United States foreign aid program that sends billions of dollars to African countries for HIV treatment and prevention has cut the number of people dying for any reason in those nations, a new study suggests.
Alzheimer's Disease: US Launches Ambitious Plan With Research Push
May 15 2012 10:44 AM EDT
The U.S. government launched an ambitious push to develop new treatments for Alzheimer's on Tuesday with a first prevention study of high-risk patients and tests on an insulin nasal spray that has shown promise in earlier studies.
Marijuana May Ease Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms [STUDY]
May 15 2012 10:42 AM EDT
People with multiple sclerosis have long said that smoking marijuana helps ease their painful muscle cramping. And a new clinical trial suggests they are not just blowing smoke. The study, published Monday, found that for 30 MS patients with muscle spasticity, a few days of marijuana smoking brought some relief.
7-Eleven's Slurpee Lite Targets Health-Conscious Women: New Treat To Have 20 Calories
May 14 2012 2:49 PM EDT
The Slurpee is getting a slimdown.
More Batteries to Blame For Kids' ER Visits [STUDY]
May 14 2012 10:16 AM EDT
The number of kids treated in emergency rooms after swallowing batteries -- or lodging them in their noses and ears -- has almost doubled over the past 20 years, a new study suggests.
'Pink Slime': Beleaguered Beef Purveyors Carve Out Stain
May 14 2012 10:13 AM EDT
Behind the glass meat counter at Casey's Market in a Chicago suburb, the butchers pick up their blades and carry on a generations-old tradition. Piece by piece, the men use knives to cut meat and fat off beef carcasses, and grind them into mounds of hamburger.
Birth Defects Linked To Childhood Cancer [STUDY]
May 11 2012 10:32 AM EDT
A new study suggests children born with a range of birth defects are at an increased risk of developing certain childhood cancers, especially during their first year of life.
The Global Fund Gets $1.6 Billion Shot In Arm
May 10 2012 10:48 AM EDT
The Global Fund, a leading financier in the struggle against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, expects to have an additional $1.6 billion to fund projects in 2012-2014, its new chief said on Wednesday, a turnaround from a funding freeze last year.
Collusion Discovered Between Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), Pharma Firms
May 10 2012 10:39 AM EDT
Officials of India's drug regulator have been colluding with pharmaceutical firms to speed up approval procedures, allowing some drugs that are not permitted in other countries to go on sale, according to an 18-month investigation by lawmakers.
GlaxoSmithKline Launches Hostile Takeover Bid for Human Genome Sciences
May 09 2012 11:17 AM EDT
GlaxoSmithKline Plc (NYSE: GSK) will begin a $2.6 billion hostile takeover bid for Human Genome Sciences (NASDAQ: HGSI), the company announced Wednesday.
Oyster Recall: 14 Get Sick, Louisiana Oyster Harvest Site Closed For At Least 3 Weeks
May 09 2012 10:13 AM EDT
Louisiana health officials are recalling oysters and closing an oyster harvesting area in Terrebonne Parish after 14 people became ill eating oysters at a New Orleans restaurant.
Bipolar Disorder Symptoms May Begin in Teen Years [STUDY]
May 09 2012 8:52 AM EDT
The number of teenagers who have experienced mania -- a hallmark of bipolar disorder -- is close to the number of adults estimated to have the mood disorder, suggesting that for many the condition begins during adolescence, according to a new study.
'Breakthrough Drugs': FDA May Speed Approval Process
May 09 2012 8:44 AM EDT
Experimental drugs that show a big effect early in development for treating serious or life-threatening diseases would get a faster and cheaper path to U.S. approval, under a proposal likely to become law this year. U.S. drug regulators would be able to label such treatments breakthrough therapies, and work with companies to speed up clinical trials, for example by testing the drugs for a shorter time or enrolling fewer patients.