Swine Flu Cases Rising With New H3N2 Strain, Now Transmissible From Human To Human
August 09 2012 5:18 PM
Swine flu is making a comeback as a new strain of the virus has begun spreading, with more than 100 cases reported this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The surprising culprit? State and county fairs. And doctors warn its now much easier to transmit among humans.
'Zombie Apocalypse' In Russia: Krokodil Drug Turns People Into 'Zombies'
August 09 2012 4:34 PM
A horrific drug known as krokodil has nearly become an epidemic in Russia -- it rots the flesh off its abusers turning them into real-life zombies. The world is getting a look at a substance that transforms healthy individuals into the "walking dead."
Pakistan: Half-Million Hard Core Heroin Addicts And Counting...
August 09 2012 11:23 AM
Pakistanis consume heroin valued at $1.2 billion every year.
Louisiana School That Forced Girls To Take Pregnancy Tests Will Change Policy
August 09 2012 10:31 AM
The chairman of the Delhi Charter School claims school officials did not realize it was illegal to force pregnancy tests on female students.
Indiana Says Swine Flu Cases Rise Ten-fold, Now At 113
August 09 2012 9:32 AM
The total confirmed cases of the Influenza A variant virus that has been transmissible from swine to humans in Indiana jumped from just 11 last week. The cases, which show symptoms of a mild seasonal flu, have been found in 18 counties across the state, state health official said.
Massachusetts Takes Fresh Steps Against Dangerous Mosquitoes
August 09 2012 9:21 AM
State officials said a mild winter in the Northeast United States contributed to higher mosquito populations this summer in Massachusetts and potentially neighboring states, and is also why mosquitoes carrying EEE were found earlier than normal.
Better Late Than Never: U.S. Starts Agent Orange Cleanup In Vietnam
August 08 2012 4:29 PM
Forty years after dousing Vietnam's vegetation with the toxic defoliant Agent Orange, the U.S. will finally attempt to clean up the mess.
Older Americans Upbeat About Aging, Future: Survey
August 08 2012 11:07 AM
Americans are living healthier and longer that ever before. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts boomers will turn 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day for the next decade, making them, along with centenarians, the fastest-growing segment of the population.
High Pollen Counts Tied To ER Visits For Asthma
August 08 2012 10:35 AM
The main pollen culprits tied to the increase in hospital visits came from oaks and grasses, whose levels spike in the spring.
Grapefruit Juices Up Cancer Treatment Doses
August 07 2012 1:59 PM
[EMBARGO 1PM] Grapefruit juice blocks the breakdown of the drug sirolimus, which is why patients are advised not to take the two together -- but now researchers say they can exploit that ability to give cancer patients more bang for their buck.
ACLU Threatens To Sue Louisiana School That Forces Pregnancy Tests On Girls, Kicks Them Out Of School
August 07 2012 12:09 PM
The school's official policy, which has been in place for years, requires female students suspected of being pregnant to submit to a pregnancy test.
Performance Enhancing Dope: Should Sport Ban Cannabis?
August 07 2012 8:44 AM
Where to draw the line between performance enhancing drugs - which many experts agree should be prohibited in sport because they make the contest unfair - and recreational drugs like marijuana, which is unlikely to boost performance but could give sport a bad image?
Fewer Students Buy Sodas, But Sports Drinks Still A Problem: Study
August 07 2012 8:40 AM
Fruit drinks, sports drinks and other beverages with added sugar and calories that could lead to obesity over time can still be bought easily in schools, a new study showed.
Physician Advises Against Bikini Waxing, Calls To End 'War Against Pubic Hair'
August 06 2012 7:18 PM
Bikini waxing, "vajazzling" or jeweled decoration of the genitals, waxing, shaving and removal of pubic hair are all becoming increasingly popular among young people. But some doctors are opposing the "war against pubic hair" and are trying to highlight the possible dangers of these activities.
Spanish Health Workers Protest Law That Cuts Care To Illegal Immigrants
August 06 2012 4:25 PM
Hundreds of Spanish health care professionals are protesting a new law that will require them to deny treatment to illegal immigrants.
Chemotherapy Boosts Tumor Growth In Some Cancers: STUDY
August 06 2012 4:12 PM
Chemotherapy treatment for certain types of cancer might actually make tumors grow, a study revealed on Sunday.
Pluristem Stem Cells Save Second Patient With Bone Marrow Failure
August 06 2012 9:47 AM
This is the second time in three months that a patient suffering from bone marrow failure was successfully treated with its PLX cells, Israeli company Pluristem Therapeutics said on Monday.
Honey May Ease Nighttime Coughing In Kids
August 06 2012 9:29 AM
Parents reported that after giving honey to kids, their coughing was less frequent and less severe.
Spray-on Skin: Doctors’ Possible New Treatment For Skin Ulcers
August 05 2012 3:42 PM
A “spray-on skin” could become the new treatment du jour for open wounds and ulcers, adding a layer of skin cells which could promote healing, according to U.S. and Canadian researchers.
More U.S. Women Choosing IUDs For Birth Control: Study
August 03 2012 9:16 AM
Despite a recent uptick in use, intrauterine devices (IUDs) are still far from popular, with use by American women lagging well behind birth control pills and condoms.