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Psychiatric illnesses share similar gene activity

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:48:40 GMT

At least three neuropsychiatric disorders -- autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder -- appear to share similar patterns of gene activity, a new study suggests.


Time is up for timeouts

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:17:36 GMT

Without meaning to, my wife and I conducted an A-B experiment while disciplining our two children. They are 4 years apart, and somewhere in that gap -- thanks to the suggestions of the progressive, mindful parenting books we regularly consume -- we did away with the popular refuge of nearly all parents (probably since the dawn of time): the "timeout." As some Neanderthal dad probably yelled, "Go to your part of the cave until you've calmed down!"


California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:03 GMT


What happens to your brain when you give up sugar

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:03:35 GMT

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have.


Mixing generations: The key to longevity?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:01:05 GMT

The healing power of 3-year-olds is being harnessed in the UK's largest elderly care home.


Flu now blamed for 84 child deaths this season, CDC says

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:35:23 GMT

The deaths of 22 more children from flu-related causes were reported Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its weekly surveillance report.


Sex and finances are better for married people. Don't worry, singles you win sleep

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:59:35 GMT


Will a signal from the top mean more gun violence research?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:33:14 GMT

After previous mass shootings, Democratic lawmakers and victims' families have called for more restrictive gun laws and more research, but not much has changed. This time, though, the script is different -- leaving experts wondering whether it will matter.


As marijuana use rises, doctors warn pregnant women

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:30:05 GMT

Two-year-old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red, plastic car in his grandmother's living room in the picturesque town of Nevada City, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. His playpal Delilah Smith, a fellow 2-year-old, snacks on hummus and cashews and delights over the sounds of her Princess Peppa Pig stuffie.


Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The epidemic of gun violence is treatable

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:25:21 GMT

As a doctor who works at an international news network, I often see the worst stories of all. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the horrific realities of the battlefield are funneled and concentrated in the medical tents where I have reported for more than a decade. I have seen patients infected with Ebola in West Africa who dehydrate to death, with no treatment in sight. There are other stories I still can't talk about.


Are you susceptible to brainwashing?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:08:10 GMT

"Cults love people who say 'it could never happen to me' because it makes them that much easier to recruit," one cult expert said.


Ultra-processed foods linked to increased cancer risk

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:30:39 GMT


Senate report says patient advocacy groups get kickbacks from opioid manufacturers

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:42:37 GMT

A new report alleges that five of the United States' largest opioid manufacturers paid patient advocacy groups nearly $9 million between 2012 and 2017 to help push an agenda that promoted opioid use.


Is a social life the answer to longevity?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:36:07 GMT

Psychologists in Sardinia explore the power of social networks in an area with extraordinary longevity.


Flu warfare may look different next year

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:44:30 GMT

New ways of preventing and treating the flu are on the horizon.


More than 40 dead in Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:17:03 GMT

At least 43 people have died and 450 people are ill in a Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.


Flu vaccine just 36% effective this season, CDC reports

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:26:34 GMT

Flu season is still raging in the United States, yet already it ranks among the most difficult in recent years. One reason: This year's vaccine has been just 36% effective against both A and B virus strains, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in Thursday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


FDA approves first blood test for concussion

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:54:24 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a blood test to help detect concussion in adults.


Kidney stones on the rise in US, study suggests

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:14:56 GMT

Kidney stones may be increasing among both men and women in the US, a new study says.


US personnel suffered 'symptoms resembling brain injury' in Cuba, study says

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:19:59 GMT


Judge gives grandparents custody of Ohio transgender teen

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:24:15 GMT

A Hamilton County, Ohio, judge on Friday gave custody of a transgender teen to his grandparents rather than his parents, allowing them to make medical decisions regarding his transition.


Aetna inquiry widens over ex-medical director's comments

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:17:08 GMT

Three more states announced this week that they are opening investigations of Aetna after a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath that he never looked at patients' medical records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.


New Dutch law to make all adults organ donors unless they opt out

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:39:46 GMT

A new law would make all adults in the Netherlands organ donors -- unless they opt out of the system.


The centenarians dominating one region of Sardinia

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:59:59 GMT

Antonio Todde was the first man in the world to live to 110, and he resided in Tiana, a village on the Italian island of Sardinia.


Healthiest office snacks, as chosen by nutritionists

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:45:58 GMT

When your stomach starts grumbling during a midmorning meeting or when you're stuck at your desk without a break in sight, what is the most satisfying and healthy snack to grab? To answer this question, I asked 10 nutritionists what their favorite go-to nosh is during a busy workday. Below, their responses.


World's first human case of H7N4 avian flu reported in China

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:18:45 GMT

The first human case of the H7N4 strain of avian influenza has been reported in China, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection announced Wednesday.


Why women in Arizona are sending a state representative pads and tampons

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:04:41 GMT

Women across Arizona are bombarding a Republican representative's office with tampons and pads.


Intergenerational care: Where kids help the elderly live longer

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:05:18 GMT

On the surface, Nightingale House in London looks like any other residential home for the elderly. With almost 200 residents, it's one of the the largest care homes in the country.


Measles tripled in Europe in 2017, European CDC reports

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:14:44 GMT

Thirty European nations reported a total of 14,451 measles cases in 2017 -- more than three times the number reported in 2016, according to a new surveillance update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, an agency of the European Union. There were 4,643 reported cases in 2016.


Eye worm found in woman's eye: "I looked at it and it was moving"

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:25:58 GMT

An rare case of eye worms in an Oregon woman leads to the discovery that a parasite has made the leap from cattle to people.