Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To...05/04/15
It's a deadly combination of infection and inflammation striking more than a million Americans every year. Doctors can treat the symptoms of sepsis, but they still can't treat the underlying problem.
The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit
Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.
Small Plague Outbreak In People Tracked To Pit Bull
A woman who caught pneumonic plague in Colorado last summer likely contracted it from her friend or his dog. Antibiotics limited the outbreak to four people and cured them.
A Rural Police Chief Asks Citizens To Help Pick Up Used...
The rise in heroin use in the town of Turners Falls, Mass., has led to another problem: a proliferation of discarded hypodermic needles. Police can't keep up, so they've asked residents to help.
Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking...
Excess fluoride consumption is leading to tiny white marks on many people's teeth. It's mainly a cosmetic problem, but one that could be solved by lowering the fluoride in drinking water.
Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin
A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.
Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes
As people age, cooking can become difficult or even physically impossible. It's one reason people move to assisted living. One company offers a chef to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.
CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among...
The U.S. epidemic of injected-opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.
Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders
Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.
Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers
A doctor-scientist's long quest to help children with a rare form of brain cancer has led to the discovery that high levels of brain activity can make glioma tumors grow faster.
Why Do Mosquitoes Like To Bite You Best? It's In Your Genes
Researchers set hungry mosquitoes loose on identical and fraternal twins. They found that inherited genes do play a role in making you a mosquito magnet.
Can A Person With Dementia Consent To Sex?
A jury in Iowa acquitted a man who had been criminally charged for having sex with his wife, who had Alzheimer's. Very few care facilities have policies on dementia, sex and consent.
Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'
Doctors, it turns out, often don't follow evidence-based guidelines. One result? Unnecessary tests. Scientists who study this contrariness think they know why.
Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On...
In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the benefits of mammograms for women under 50 were small at best. A firestorm ensued. Now the organization is back with the same message.
Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too
You don't have to be out running marathons to get health benefits from leisure activities. Engaging pastimes like reading, sewing or listening to music improved health markers, a study finds.
FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test
Homeopathy's popularity has exploded in recent years. Now the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether homeopathic remedies should have to be proven safe and effective.
Why Do We Need Sleep?
What do we know about one of our most basic needs: sleep? Not a lot, says circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster. We know we need to do it to stay alive, but much about it remains a mystery.
What Defines A Person's Sense Of Self?
Caroline Casey was 17 years old when she first learned she was visually impaired. Embracing her disability helped nourish her need for self-esteem.
Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too
People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.
Why Knuckles Crack
A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.
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