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Remains of bread baked 14,400 years ago found in Jordan

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:00:11 GMT

Archeologists have discovered the burnt remains of a flatbread baked 14,400 years ago, more than 4,000 years before the advent of agriculture.


The latest class on the Indian curriculum: Happiness

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:57:48 GMT

"Happiness," spell the large letters on the chalkboard in a classroom in the Government Boys' Senior Secondary School in the southwest of India's capital, Delhi.


FDA approves first drug to treat smallpox

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 23:02:40 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration announced Friday its approval of the first drug to treat smallpox.


McDonald's pulls salads from 3,000 restaurants after parasite sickens dozens

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 05:17:22 GMT

An outbreak of cyclospora linked to McDonald's salads has sickened at least 61 people in seven states, federal health officials said Friday.


FDA joins 22 countries' recall of common heart drug

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:46:16 GMT

A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, a week after 22 other countries recalled it because the drug contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk.


Woman's tingling legs turned out to be parasite in her back

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:50:13 GMT

The woman who came into the emergency room in Dijon, France, said she had been having difficulty riding her horse for three months. Her symptoms had only gotten worse, from weakness to falls to feeling electric shocks in both legs.


ADHD study links teens' symptoms with digital media use

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:19:36 GMT

The more teens check social media and stream video, the more likely they might develop symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a new study suggests.


Grocery chain recalls pasta salad over salmonella risk after 20 people get sick

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 02:15:49 GMT

A Midwestern grocery store chain is recalling pasta salad that might be linked to 20 people getting sick from salmonella, the company said Tuesday.


Indian state takes a step forward for transgender rights

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:46:22 GMT

The southern Indian state of Kerala announced this month that it would reserve places for transgender students in the state's higher education institutions, a move aimed at easing their stigmatization.


Bill Gates jump-starts research on test for Alzheimer's

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:23:04 GMT

Bill Gates joins a coalition of investors giving $30 million to find a "reliable, affordable" diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease.


$4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:33:03 GMT

After 8 hours of deliberations Thursday, a St. Louis jury awarded $4.62 billion to 22 women who sued pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson alleging their ovarian cancer was caused by using its powder as a part of their daily feminine hygiene routine.


Passengers overhear a teacher talking about how her students need school supplies and open up their wallets

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:48:40 GMT

Chicago teacher Kimber Bermudez was on a flight to Florida to visit her parents when a friendly passenger asked her what she does for a living.


EPA rolls back Obama-era coal ash regulations

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:03:22 GMT

As one of his first major acts as acting director of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler signed and finalized new standards overseeing coal ash, the leftover waste created by power plants that burn coal. The new rules are a revision of 2015 regulations that were put into place by the Obama administration after two significant industrial coal ash spills.


Having a working mom has benefits for kids later in life, study says

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:36:05 GMT

Growing up with a working mom may have some benefits for both daughters and sons later in life.


Having 5 or more babies may increase Alzheimer's risk, study finds

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:00:08 GMT

Giving birth to five or more children may increase Alzheimer's risk by 70% in old age, according to a new study of women in Korea and Greece.


What to ask when your child wants to use social media

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:02:16 GMT

After months of asking, you took the plunge, and now your kid has a phone. Inevitably, soon after the smartphone comes social media (insert parental scream). For most parents, social media feels scary when they think about their kids using it. Why is it such a potential pit of despair for parents?


Winds lift beach umbrella, launching it through a tourist's ankle

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:25:49 GMT

Heavy winds uprooted several beach umbrellas along the Jersey Shore on Monday, and a British tourist was impaled by one of the aluminum stakes.


Heat might really be getting to your brain

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:54:42 GMT

We might be able to blame the heat for our bad decisions: A small study published this week found that college students who lived in dorms without air conditioning during a heat wave did worse on cognitive assessments than students who had air conditioning.


Are 'breakthrough' drugs as safe as other FDA-approved medicines?

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:08:04 GMT

New research questions the quality of drugs given the "breakthrough therapy" designation by the US Food and Drug Administration. In late 2012, the FDA created this designation to speed the process for reviewing not-yet-approved experimental medicines intended to treat serious or life-threatening conditions.


An earlier dinner may lower your risk of some cancers

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:01:29 GMT

People who eat dinner before 9 p.m. -- or at least two hours before going to sleep -- have a 20% lower risk of breast and prostate cancer than those who eat after 10 p.m. or go to bed shortly after supper, researchers found.


Drug users on probation can be required to remain drug-free, court rules

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:12:09 GMT

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that it was not cruel and unusual punishment to put a person who is on probation in jail after one positive test for drugs.


Lebanon preparing to legalize growing cannabis, says House speaker

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:26:39 GMT

Lebanon's parliament is preparing to legalize cannabis cultivation and its production for medicinal use, House Speaker Nabih Berri told US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard on Tuesday according to Lebanon's official news agency.


More than 500 Tennessee zipline visitors sick in outbreak

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 20:55:18 GMT

An investigation continues into what has caused hundreds of visitors to a Tennessee zipline destination to suddenly develop gastrointestinal illness.


Mysterious burns on teen's face caused by brush with toxic plant

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 14:57:35 GMT

Alex Childress went to his parents for help with what he thought was a severe sunburn after working outside at his summer landscaping job.


Experimental blood test could detect skin cancer early

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:02:19 GMT

Australian researchers have developed an experimental blood test they say is the first blood test capable of detecting melanoma -- an aggressive form of skin cancer -- in its early stages with a high degree of accuracy.


Liver cancer death rate in US surged 43% in 16 years

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:26:04 GMT

Death rates from liver cancer increased 43% for American adults from 2000 to 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. The increase comes even as mortality for all cancers combined has declined.


Simple radio message saved thousands of children

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:55:17 GMT

A mass radio campaign in Burkina Faso encouraging parents to seek prompt treatment for sick children has saved thousands of lives, according to a new study.


What would you write to your younger self?

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:38:10 GMT

How often do you think how different your life would be if you knew, when you were a teenager, what you know now?


Government shuts down website for doctors searching for treatment guidelines

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:31:26 GMT

After Monday, the website for the National Guideline Clearinghouse, which provides access to guidelines for practicing medicine, will no longer be available to its users -- mostly doctors -- due to a lack of funding, according to an announcement posted on the site in April.


Spider bite led to leg being amputated, woman says

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:38:52 GMT

A mother of three in West Memphis, Arkansas, says a spider bite ended up costing her a leg.