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  • Menthol Smokers Have More Strokes [STUDY]Menthol Smokers Have More Strokes [STUDY]

    April 13 2012 10:13 AM

    Among smokers, people who prefer mentholated cigarettes tend to have more strokes than non-menthol smokers - and this seems to be especially true for women and non-African Americans, according to a North American study.

  • Jan Brewer: Arizona Governor Signs Law Banning Most Late-Term AbortionsJan Brewer: Arizona Governor Signs Law Banning Most Late-Term Abortions

    April 13 2012 10:01 AM

    Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed into law on Thursday a controversial bill that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, giving Republicans a win in ongoing national efforts to impose greater restrictions on abortion.

  • Birth Control Pills Get New FDA WarningBirth Control Pills Get New FDA Warning

    April 12 2012 4:10 PM

    Birth control pills that contain drospirenone, a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone, must contain a warning to consumers stating that they may cause blood clots, the FDA mandated

  • FDA: US Seeks Voluntary Antibiotic Limits In LivestockFDA: US Seeks Voluntary Antibiotic Limits In Livestock

    April 12 2012 9:55 AM

    U.S. regulators on Wednesday urged food producers to voluntarily stop using antibiotics in livestock for non-medical uses as part of a broad effort to prevent the rise of drug-resistant superbugs. The FDA said antibiotics should only be used under the supervision of a veterinarian to prevent or treat illnesses in animals. It asked companies to start phasing out the use of antibiotics for non-medical purposes.

  • The Power of Apple: DMV Uses iPod Video To Encourage Organ DonationThe Power of Apple: DMV Uses iPod Video To Encourage Organ Donation

    April 12 2012 9:51 AM

    An organ donation video people can watch on an iPod while they wait at the Department of Motor Vehicles may encourage more to become donors, a new study suggests. Researchers found that for folks getting a driver's license at the DMV in their county, watching a video on one of Apple's iPods seemed to sway the decision on becoming an organ donor.

  • Graphic Tobacco Ads: Appeals Court Hears CaseGraphic Tobacco Ads: Appeals Court Hears Case

    April 11 2012 11:24 AM

    The government on Tuesday defended graphic tobacco labels and advertising that use pictures of rotting teeth and diseased lungs as accurate and necessary to warn consumers about the risks of smoking.

  • Arizona Lawmakers Vote To Ban Late-Term AbortionsArizona Lawmakers Vote To Ban Late-Term Abortions

    April 11 2012 11:18 AM

    The measure, passed in the state House of Representatives by a 37-22 vote, would bar healthcare professionals from performing abortions after 20 weeks, except in the case of a medical emergency. The bill now goes to the state's Republican governor for approval.

  • Trisomy 18: What Is Condition Affecting Rick Santorum's Daughter, Bella? [PHOTO]Trisomy 18: What Is Condition Affecting Rick Santorum's Daughter, Bella? [PHOTO]

    April 10 2012 2:23 PM

    Trisomy 18 has been in the news lately because it's the chromosome abnormality affecting GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's daughter, Bella. What is it?

  • Meningioma: Dental X-Rays Linked To Common Brain TumorMeningioma: Dental X-Rays Linked To Common Brain Tumor

    April 10 2012 9:55 AM

    A new study suggests people who had certain kinds of dental X-rays in the past may be at an increased risk for meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor in the U.S.

  • Carl Icahn Sues Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Pushes For SaleCarl Icahn Sues Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Pushes For Sale

    April 10 2012 9:52 AM

    Carl Icahn sued Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc to block enforcement of a bylaw that prevents the billionaire investor from launching a proxy fight that could lead to a sale of the maker of diabetes drugs.

  • Mom's Obesity Tied To Kids' Autism, DevelopmentMom's Obesity Tied To Kids' Autism, Development

    April 09 2012 10:05 AM

    A new study of mothers and children in California finds that kids born to obese women are more likely to be diagnosed with autism or related developmental delays than the children of slimmer moms.

  • Eli Lilly: US Approves New Brain Plaque Test For Alzheimer'sEli Lilly: US Approves New Brain Plaque Test For Alzheimer's

    April 09 2012 10:01 AM

    U.S. regulators gave the nod to an imaging test from Eli Lilly and Co. that can for the first time help doctors detect brain plaque tied to Alzheimer's disease, the company said.

  • Homophobes Likely To Be Closet Gays, Study Finds

    April 09 2012 6:33 AM

    Negative attitude towards homosexuality is likely to be more pronounced among individuals who harbor unacknowledged attraction towards the same sex, and who grew up in conservative authoritarian households which forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies have found.

  • Study: Red Wine, Blueberries, Passion Fruit Aid In Weight LossStudy: Red Wine, Blueberries, Passion Fruit Aid In Weight Loss

    April 07 2012 1:49 AM

    A new study from Purdue University has discovered the presence of piceatannoI in red wine that has the potential to interfere with fat cell development in the human body. PiceatannoI is a compound found in grapes, blueberries and passion fruit with a structural property similar to the much known resveratrol. The study is seen as a forerunner for anti-obesity measures

  • Antibiotics for Appendicitis May Save Patients From SurgeryAntibiotics for Appendicitis May Save Patients From Surgery

    April 06 2012 4:39 PM

    It now seems possible that antibiotics could treat some patients with appendicitis better than surgery.

  • Chinese Teenager Sells Kidney To Buy Apple iPhone, iPad; Conspirators Charged With Intentional InjuryChinese Teenager Sells Kidney To Buy Apple iPhone, iPad; Conspirators Charged With Intentional Injury

    April 06 2012 12:28 PM

    On April 28, 2011, a 17-year-old boy traveled to Chenzhou City in the Hunan Province of China to sell his kidney for a new iPad 2. One year later, the boy's health is quickly deteriorating, and five people have been charged with intentional injury.

  • President Obama Hopes To Defuse Healthcare Fight with Appeals CourtPresident Obama Hopes To Defuse Healthcare Fight with Appeals Court

    April 06 2012 10:20 AM

    U.S. courts have authority to decide whether President Barack Obama's healthcare law is valid under the Constitution, his attorney general told a federal court on Thursday in a further bid to defuse a controversy Obama ignited earlier this week.

  • Food Allergy Labels: Why Consumers Often Ignore ThemFood Allergy Labels: Why Consumers Often Ignore Them

    April 06 2012 10:13 AM

    The different allergy labels in common use may be confusing consumers instead of helping them decide whether to buy a food product, a new Canadian study shows.

  • 'Special K': Club Drug Ketamine Tied To Urinary Problems'Special K': Club Drug Ketamine Tied To Urinary Problems

    April 05 2012 9:48 AM

    Many people who use the club drug ketamine - known as special K - may risk abdominal pain, bladder control problems and other urinary tract issues, and the heavier the dose or frequency of use, the more likely the problems, according to a UK study.

  • Eric Abadie: Chairman Of Top EU Drugs Committee Quits SuddenlyEric Abadie: Chairman Of Top EU Drugs Committee Quits Suddenly

    April 05 2012 9:46 AM

    Eric Abadie, the chairman of the European Medicines Agency's main committee for approving new drugs, resigned suddenly on Wednesday in a move a spokesman said was related to his position at the French healthcare regulator, AFSSAPS.