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News drug for heavy drinkers

News drug for heavy drinkers

A drug used for epilepsy and migraines may help some heavy drinkers cut back. About a fourth of people twelve and older say they’ve had five or more alcohol drinks on one occasion in the past month, and at least seven percent say they drink that much at least five days a month. Read More »

Radiation-Free Cancer Scans, study finds

Radiation-Free Cancer Scans

As a way to avoid heavy radiation exposure during cancer detection, scientists from Stanford University’s School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital have demonstrated that MRI-based imaging techniques are just as effective as conventional scanning methods, but bring none of the risks. Read More »

Researchers Grow Human Lung (Video)

Researchers Grow Human Lung

With the sheer number of people waiting in the organ donor list for a viable lung, medical researchers have been hard pressed to come up with a method to keep up with the demand. Scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston have finally succeeded in growing a pair of human lungs in a lab. Read More »

Earwax can determine person’s ethnic origin : Study – Report

Earwax can determine person's ethnic origin

Scientists from the Monell Center have used analytical organic chemistry to identify the presence of odor-producing chemical compounds in human earwax. Further, they found that the amounts of these compounds differ between individuals of East Asian origin and Caucasians. The findings suggest that human earwax, an easily obtained bodily secretion, could be an overlooked source of personal information. Read More »

Autism added costs estimated at $17,000 per year : Report

Autism added costs estimated at $17,000 per year

The cost of services for children with autism averages more than $17,000 per child each year — with school systems footing much of the bill, a new U.S. study estimates. Researchers found that compared to kids without autism, those with the disorder had higher costs for doctor visits and prescriptions — an extra $3,000 a year, on average. But the ... Read More »

Teen pregnancy & mental illness link : Study

Teen pregnancy & mental illness link : Study

A first-of-its-kind research examining trends in fertility rates among girls with mental illness finds that young girls with mental illness are three times more likely to become teenage parents than those without a major mental illness. In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers examined live birth rates in Ontario from 1999 to 2009 in 4.5 million ... Read More »

Drug reverses autism brain activity in mice, new study shows

Drug reverses autism brain activity in mice, new study shows

A COMMONLY used blood pressure drug may hold the key to ‘curing’ autism, a French study has found. In a paper published today in the journal Science, researchers in Marseille suggest that a generic diuretic long used to treat fluid retention among sufferers of high blood pressure may help treat the complex neuro-developmental disorder. Read More »

Many US Adults Not Getting Key Vaccines: CDC says

Many US Adults Not Getting Key Vaccines

Millions of American adults are failing to get vaccinated against whooping cough, tetanus, shingles and other diseases, the CDC said Thursday. New immunization rates released this week fall far short of national goals for recommended vaccines, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Just 14 percent of adults 19 and older are vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria ... Read More »

Shivering may help with weight loss : study says

Shivering may help with weight loss

Taking a cold shower may do more than take your mind off sex, say researchers, who found that 15 minutes of shivering may burn as much energy as an hour of moderate exercise. According to a press release from The Telegraph — with headline Shivering Can Help You Stay Slim – they write: Read More »

Richardson High School Illness Believed to be Norovirus

Richardson High School Illness Believed to be Norovirus

Richardson High School officials believe they now know what’s making hundreds of students and staff sick. In a February 4 letter to parents, principal Charles Bruner said that preliminary lab results indicate the norovirus may be present in the school. Norovirus is an acute, highly contagious gastrointestinal infection. Symptoms include stomach ache, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. According to the Centers ... Read More »

US Abortion Rate Decreases to Lowest Level Since 1973 : Study

US Abortion Rate Decreases to Lowest Level Since 1973

The US abortion rate fell by 13 percent from 2008 to 2011, according to a new study. The study, released by the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion-rights think tank, concluded that nearly 1.1 million abortions took place in the United States in 2011, some 700,000 fewer than in 2008. That’s the equivalent of 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women between 15 and ... Read More »

Cancer Rates To Rise : Report warns

Cancer Rates To Rise

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) released its 2014 World Cancer Report on Monday, stating that cancer rates worldwide are expected to increase 57 percent by 2032. In a press release, researchers stated that the battle against cancer won’t be won with treatment alone, preventative measures must play a key role in fighting cancer. The WHO’s International Agency for ... Read More »