- US Cases Of West Nile Virus Set Record, Deaths Rise: CDC
August 30 2012 10:37 AM
Through last week, 1,118 cases of West Nile virus and 41 deaths had been reported. The updated figures represent a 40 percent increase in the number of cases and a 61 percent spike in the number of deaths, but are short of the all-time record for a full year: 9,862 cases and 264 deaths in 2003.
- Alarming Levels Of Drug-Resistant TB Found Worldwide
August 30 2012 9:56 AM
In a large international study published in the Lancet medical journal on Thursday, researchers found rates of both multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) were higher than previously thought and were threatening global efforts to curb the spread of the disease.
- More Signs MRI Is Safe For People With Pacemakers
August 29 2012 11:11 AM
Manufacturers currently warn against putting pacemakers into MRI scanners, whose strong magnetic field might in principle cause the metal wires from the devices to heat up and burn the heart tissue.
- Big Bets Aim To Jolt Heart Drug Sales Back To Life
August 29 2012 10:48 AM
Patent expiries mean annual sales of 15 different categories of heart drugs are set to fall by more than a quarter by 2017, from $83 billion in 2011 to $60 billion, according to consensus analyst forecasts compiled by Thomson Reuters Pharma.
- Desmoid Tumors: About The Condition Affecting Rosie O'Donnell's Wife, Michelle Rounds
August 27 2012 4:41 PM
Desmoid tumors are rare, with only 900 people in the United States diagnosed with the sometimes fatal growths. The condition has gained notoriety in recent days because Rosie O'Donnell's wife, Michelle Rounds, had surgery to treat desmoid tumors just before getting hitched to the comedian in June.
- Pig Parasite May Help Treat Autoimmune Disorders
August 27 2012 10:36 AM
One company is developing what it hopes will be the first in a new class of treatments for autoimmune conditions. Each dose of the drug consists of thousands of microscopic parasite eggs, culled from pig feces, suspended in a tablespoon of saline solution to be swallowed.
- Exercise May Temporarily Ease Cigarette Cravings: Study
August 27 2012 10:31 AM
Researchers looked at data from 19 previous clinical trials and found that a bout of exercise generally helped hopeful quitters reduce their nicotine cravings - though whether that translated into a greater chance of quitting was unclear.
- Ayurvedic Pills Linked To Lead Poisoning In Pregnant Women: Study
August 24 2012 7:40 AM
Lead poisoning has been detected in several women who took Ayurvedic medicines during their pregnancy, according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Sardinia's Secret To Longevity: Genetics, Diet and Lifestyle
August 23 2012 1:55 PM
Sardinia has the world's highest concentration of centenarians and super-centenarians because of good genetics, healthy diet and active lifestyle.
- Majority of Swing State Voters Oppose Changes To Medicare, But Florida Seniors Still Love Paul Ryan
August 23 2012 11:24 AM
In Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, most voters do not want to see the kind of changes to Medicare proposed by the Romney-Ryan ticket.
- Tattoo Infections Linked To Manufacturers' Ink
August 23 2012 10:29 AM
In New York, there were several cases of infection with a bug called Mycobacterium chelonae, which caused reddish or purple raised bumps in the areas tattooed with gray. The infection can mimic an allergic reaction and be difficult to treat.
- U.S. West Nile Cases, Deaths Jump In Latest Week
August 23 2012 10:02 AM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said on Wednesday that 1,118 cases of West Nile virus infections and 41 deaths had been reported so far this year, up from fewer than 700 cases and 26 deaths just one week ago.
- Obese Americans: The Most Neglected And Despised ‘Minority Group’
August 23 2012 6:53 AM
All told, the number of ‘fat’ Americans far surpasses those of any racial, ethnic or religious minority.
- Fight Against Brown Bananas With Crab Shell Compound
August 22 2012 3:24 PM
A spritz of "hydrogel" coating turns out to keep bananas fresher longer, scientists claim.
- Tasmania Seeks To Create Tobacco-Free Generation By Banning Cigarette Sales To Anyone Born After 2000
August 22 2012 2:42 PM
Tasmania, which has one of the highest rates of smoking among youth in Australia, would be the first place in the world to impose such an age-based ban.
- Republicans Hope To Adopt ‘Most Conservative Platform’ In Modern History
August 22 2012 1:30 PM
The RNC's 2012 platform calls for annual audits of the Federal Reserve, bans all legal recognition of same-sex couples, and prohibits abortion in cases of rape and incest.
- Do Athletes Make Better Doctors?
August 22 2012 9:47 AM
Researchers from one head and neck specialty program found that a resident having excelled in team sports was a more accurate predictor of success in the program than any of those other factors.
- Cartoon Stickers May Sway Kids' Food Choices
August 22 2012 9:33 AM
Researchers found that when elementary school students were offered apples and cookies with lunch, kids were more likely to opt for an apple when it was branded with an Elmo sticker.
- Obesity Makes You Dumber Sooner: Study
August 21 2012 12:21 PM
Obesity, high blood pressure and other metabolic problems fuel a faster loss of cognitive ability than normal weight people, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. The results add a new layer to the already ubiquitous risks involved with being overweight, and dispels the belief being overweight sans metabolic risk factors is the same as being normal weight.
- Is Binge-Drinking The Key To Happiness? The Answer May Surprise You
August 20 2012 1:03 PM
Binge drinking may not be so bad after all, according to a recent study that found that binge drinkers are happier than those who do not binge drink