• Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Chronic stress is hazardous to health and can lead to early death from heart disease, cancer and of other health problems, reports NPR on research from a new study. But it turns out it doesn't matter whether the stress comes from major events in life or minor problems. Both can be deadly. And it may be that it's not the stress from major life events like divorce, illness and job loss trickled down to everyday life that get you; it's how you react to the smaller, everyday stress. And the most stressed-out people have the highest risk of premature death, according to one study that followed 1,293 men for years.

  • This Might Explain Why Diet Soda Drinkers Are Often Overweight

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    People who drink diet sodas over regular sodas are more likely to be overweight or obese, but scientists weren't sure why. The theories fell into two camps: one, something inherent to artificial sweeteners causes weight gain or two, diet sodas imply a diet and heavy people are more likely to be on one. While we can't discount either quite yet, put down one more point for the first theory. A new study from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel reveals that artificial sweeteners may have a deleterious effect on our gut bacteria.

  • Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    The country’s system for handling end-of-life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded in a report released on Wednesday, the New York Times reports. “The bottom line is the health care system is poorly designed to meet the needs of patients near the end of life,” said David M. Walker, a Republican and a former United States comptroller general, who was a chairman of the panel. “The current system is geared towards doing more, more, more, and that system by definition is not necessarily consistent with what patients want, and is also more costly.”

  • Blood test for clinical depression may be on the horizon

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Depression is not just difficult to treat, it can also be difficult to diagnose in the first place, reports CBS News. Now a new study suggests that a simple blood test could soon allow doctors to diagnose clinical depression as easily as they check cholesterol. Researchers at Northwestern University have developed the first blood test that analyzes levels of nine blood biomarkers associated with adult clinical depression. The results of their study were published Tuesday in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

  • Schizophrenia is eight different diseases, not one

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms, according to USA TODAY. The finding sets the stage for scientists to develop better ways to diagnose and treat schizophrenia, a mental illness that can be devastating when not adequately managed, says C. Robert Cloninger, co-author of the study published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. "We are really opening a new era of psychiatric diagnosis," says Cloninger, professor of psychiatry and genetics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Cloninger says he hopes his work will "allow for the development of a personalized diagnosis, opening the door to treating the cause, rather than just the symptoms, of schizophrenia."

  • Some Cancer Experts See 'Overdiagnosis,' Question Emphasis on Early Detection

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Some of the nation's top cancer experts say zealous screening and advanced diagnostic tools are turning up ever-smaller abnormalities, many of which are being labeled cancer and treated aggressively, even though they might never have been life-threatening. While it's clear that early-stage cancers are more treatable than late-stage ones, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening and advanced diagnostic tools are finding ever-smaller abnormalities in prostate, breast, thyroid and other tissues. Many are being labeled cancer or precancer and treated aggressively, even though they may never have caused harm. "We're not finding enough of the really lethal cancers, and we're finding too many of the slow-moving ones that probably don't need to be found," says Laura Esserman, a breast-cancer surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco.

  • Woman in her twenties discovers that she was born without a cerebellum

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    A woman living in China’s Shandong Province got a bit of a surprise recently when doctors at the Chinese PLA General Hospital told her that her brain was missing one of the most important centers for motor control: the cerebellum. She had initially checked herself into the hospital because of a bad case of dizziness and nausea, New Scientist reports.

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admitted To Hospital With Tumor

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was admitted to a hospital Wednesday after being diagnosed with a tumor, hospital officials said. BuzzFeed reports Humber River Hospital head Dr. Rueben Devlin said over the next week Ford will undergo a biopsy of the growth in his abdomen. Those results will determine next steps, Devlin said. Ford was admitted Wednesday after going to an emergency room complaining of severe pain. An initial CT scan was “very definitive for the tumor,” Devlin added.

  • Stephen Hawking shows off Intel's connected wheelchair

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    While Apple was announcing its latest iPhones, Intel was showing off a wheelchair, The Verge reports. The chipset maker revealed its connected wheelchair on Tuesday,  complete with endorsement from one of the world's greatest living scientists , Dr. Stephen Hawking. The wheelchair is being created by Intel's internet of things department, and is designed to take biometric information from the user and display it on touch screens. The device is capable of measuring the health of the user, including body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, in addition to the status of the wheelchair itself. It also allows people to quickly judge the wheelchair accessibility of places they visit.

  • Facebook rejects photo of sick infant in need of heart transplant in ad

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Hudson Bond was born on July 18. A week later his parents found out he needed a new heart. They turned to Facebook to raise awareness and money for medical costs, but the social media giant said a picture of the infant was too graphic, according to ABC11.com. Facebook said the ad with Hudson's picture was rejected because it was scary, gory or sensational, and evokes a negative response.

  • DHS not prepared to handle killer pandemic, IG says

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Department of Homeland Security officials aren't ready to deal with a pandemic disease sweeping across the United States, the Washington Examiner reports from a government watchdog. The problem is that DHS was given $47 million in 2006 to prepare for the rapid spread of a deadly disease such as Ebola , according to the DHS inspector general . But eight years later, DHS cannot ensure it "has sufficient personal protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures for a pandemic response," the IG said in a report completed in August but made public Monday.

  • 8-limbed boy progresses well after successful operation

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Boy born with multiple limbs is progressing well after operation to remove "parasitic twin"

  • US Air Marshal in 'Quarantine' After Syringe Attack in Nigeria

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    A federal air marshal is in quarantine in Houston today after being attacked last night by an unknown assailant at the Lagos , Nigeria airport wielding a syringe. U.S. law enforcement officials told ABC News they were alarmed by the bizarre, unprovoked attack because the assailant was apparently able to inject an unknown substance into the back of one of the air marshal’s arms. The air marshal was traveling with a team of other marshals when the attack took place in an unsecured area of the airport terminal in Lagos, the officials said. He was able to board the United Airlines flight to Houston he was scheduled to work and was met early this morning in Houston by FBI agents and health workers from the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ).

  • What is the respiratory disease Enterovirus EV-D68?

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri is causing alarm across the Midwest and beyond, CNN reports. The bug that appears to be causing most of the concern has a typically arcane name -- Enterovirus EV-D68 -- but many of its symptoms are very common. The 10 states that have reached out to the CDC for assistance are Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.

  • A Few Ebola Cases Likely In U.S., Air Traffic Analysis Predicts

    Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    It's only a matter of time, some researchers are warning, before isolated cases of Ebola start turning up in developed nations, as well as hitherto-unaffected African countries. The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more people than all previous outbreaks combined, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The official count includes about 3,600 cases and 1,800 deaths across four countries.

  • How standing might be the best anti-ageing technique

    Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    The best anti-ageing technique could be standing up, scientists believe, after discovering that spending more time on two feet protects DNA. A study found that too much sitting down shortens telomeres, the protective caps which sit at the end of chromosomes.

  • EXPLAINED: How Coffee Just May Make That Power Nap Better

    Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Tired? Maybe it's time for a " coffee nap ." Though it sounds paradoxical, scientific evidence suggests that consuming caffeine just before taking a short siesta does a better job of restoring your alertness than does simply having a cup of coffee or tea or taking a nap without a caffeine appetizer.

  • CVS Stops Tobacco Sales Sooner Than Planned, Changes Name

    Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned, reports NBC News. CVS Caremark will now be known as CVS Health. The signs on its roughly 7,700 drugstores won't change, so the tweak may not register with shoppers. However, those customers will see a big change when they check out. The cigars and cigarettes that used to fill the shelves behind store cash registers have been replaced with nicotine gum and other products that help people kick the tobacco habit.

  • Action Movies Make You Eat More, New Study Suggests

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Are thrillers making us fat? One thing's for certain, says the Huffington Post -- new research shows that the snack bowl sees a lot more action when TV viewers watch action movies than when they watch other kinds of programming. For a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine, researchers at Cornell University had 94 undergraduates munch on M&Ms, cookies, carrots, and grapes while watching 20 minutes of TV. One-third of the students watched the Michael Bay thriller "The Island," one-third watched the talk show "Charlie Rose" , and one-third third watched " The Island " without sound.

  • News 9: Kingfisher Cheerleader Falls Violently Ill After High School Football Game

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    An Oklahoma teenager is diagnosed with not one but several rare diseases, says News 9. Sunday night 17-year-old Tysen Hendricks got home from a trip to the Mayo Clinic, but just a few hours later ended up back ...