Health & Wellbeing

Washington (AP) - Zika may stand convicted of causing devastating birth defects but there still are lots of questions about how much of a threat the virus poses to pregnant…

American doctors make new esophagus using stents and skin

Friday, 22 April 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 17 By Maria Cheng
London (AP) - American doctors have made a new esophagus for a young man, using donated skin tissue and metal stents, in the latest example of scientists creating body parts…
Chicago (AP) - The richest Americans live at least 10 years longer on average than the poorest, but that gap isn’t as wide in many communities, especially affluent, highly educated…
Chicago (AP) - A workplace exercise challenge using pedometers and social media in a global competition shows potential to improve health in a study involving almost 70,000 employees in 64…
Chicago (AP) - Heart failure patients with clogged arteries have a better chance of surviving 10 years if they get bypass surgery plus medicine rather than just drugs alone, according…

High-intensity workout injuries spawn cottage industry

Monday, 11 April 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 15 By Kelli Kennedy
Miami (AP) - After a few weeks of working out at CrossFit, Charles Banfield says his back hurt constantly and his joints felt terrible.  The 47-year-old’s aches and pains were…
Washington (AP) - Forget mosquito bites.  Volunteers let researchers in the U.S. inject them with the dengue virus in the name of science — and an experimental vaccine protected them.…
London (AP) - Sweden’s Karolinska University says it has fired Italian stem cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini, whose work was once considered revolutionary but has since been deemed to have breached…
Washington (AP) - The nation’s first uterus transplant has failed, the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday, March 9, saying doctors had removed the organ.
Washington (AP) - Nearly 1 in 3 patients who needs a kidney transplant is especially hard to match, and new research suggests a painstaking treatment to help those patients tolerate…
Washington (AP) - Whether it’s a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to…
Chicago (AP) - Two blood-building drugs injected soon after birth may give tiny preemies a lasting long-term edge, boosting brain development and IQ by age 4, a first-of-its-kind study found.…

Study: 1st evidence that Zika may cause temporary paralysis

Friday, 11 March 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 11 By Maria Cheng
London (AP) - Scientists may have the first evidence that Zika can cause temporary paralysis, according to a new study of patients who developed the rare condition during an outbreak…
Washington (AP) - A mysterious brain disorder can be confused with early Alzheimer’s disease although it isn’t robbing patients of their memories but of the words to talk about them.…
Washington (AP) - From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child’s brain than an adult’s, and new…

Britain approves controversial gene-editing experiments

Friday, 19 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 8 By Maria Cheng
London (AP) - In a landmark decision that some ethicists warned is a step down the path toward “designer babies,” Britain gave scientists approval to conduct gene-editing experiments on human…

Study questions link between teen pot smoking and IQ decline

Friday, 12 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 7 By Malcolm Ritter
New York (AP) - A new analysis is challenging the idea that smoking marijuana during adolescence can lead to declines in intelligence. Instead, the new study says, pot smoking may…

CDC expands tropical virus alert; 22 destinations on list

Friday, 12 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 7 By Lindsey Tanner
Health authorities have added eight tropical destinations to a travel alert about an illness linked with a severe birth defect and spread by mosquitoes. The updated alert issued Friday by…
Washington (AP) - Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they’ll all eventually face: when…

Study: Even the normal-weight should watch that apple shape

Friday, 27 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 48 By Lauran Neergaard
Washington (AP) - A pot belly can be a bad thing - even if a person is not considered overweight. New research suggests normal-weight Americans who carry their fat at…
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