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Stem cell therapy for relapsing MS proves effective and safe, study finds

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:19:25 GMT

An experimental stem cell therapy proved effective and safe in patients with a relapsing form of multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, new research finds.

Want to live longer? Eat more fiber, major study finds

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:00:15 GMT

People who eat diets that are high in fiber have lower risk of death and chronic diseases such as stroke or cancer compared with people with low fiber intake, a new analysis found.

Dynamic duos: Why science loves twins

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:01:15 GMT

One of the broadest studies of twins in the United States suggests that our genes tend to influence the diseases that afflict us more than where we live, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature Genetics.

Kentucky teacher fired after video shows her dragging boy with autism

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:22:47 GMT

A Kentucky school district fired a teacher after a video showed her dragging a 9-year-old boy with autism through the halls of a school.

Cruise returning early after hundreds of passengers get sick on Royal Caribbean ship

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 00:57:59 GMT

Two-hundred-seventy-seven passengers and crew members aboard the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas cruise ship became sick with a gastrointestinal illness, according to the cruise line.

Odds of dying from accidental opioid overdose in the US surpass those of dying in car accident

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:06:09 GMT

For the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident.

New tool calculates breast cancer risk with greater precision

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:00:45 GMT

UK scientists have developed an online calculator that could enable doctors to more accurately predict a patient's chance of developing breast cancer.

Flu shot may be more effective than nasal vaccine

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 08:08:05 GMT

When it comes to vaccinating yourself -- or your kids -- against the flu, there are two options in the United States: a traditional shot or a nasal spray.

Why exercise won't make you lose weight

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 19:29:37 GMT

There's no shortage of things people swore to leave behind in 2018: bad jobs, bad relationships, bad habits. But chances are, you're beginning 2019 with something you didn't intend: a few extra pounds.

Unethical experiments' painful contributions to today's medicine

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:17:22 GMT

Chinese scientist He Jiankui sent shockwaves around the world last year with his claim that he had modified twin babies' DNA before their birth. The modification was made with gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, he said, and made the babies resistant to HIV. Scientists from China and around the world spoke out about the experiment, which many say was unethical and not needed to prevent the virus. The scientist had also been warned by peers not to go down this path.

Mass drug overdose in California kills 1 person and sends 14 more to hospitals

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:06:13 GMT

Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien said the substance is believed to be fentanyl -- the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses.

US fertility rate is below level needed to replace population, study says

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:13:54 GMT

The total fertility rate for the United States in 2017 continued to dip below what's needed for the population to replace itself, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

How does someone in a vegetative state have a baby?

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 20:20:07 GMT

News of a woman in a vegetative state for more than a decade giving birth to a boy on December 29 has stirred emotions nationwide.

Are there foods you should avoid during the government shutdown? It depends who you ask

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:14:03 GMT

Should you be worried about the safety of your food during the government shutdown?

Banished from home for menstrual cycle, mother and two children die in Nepali hut

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:44:01 GMT

A Nepali mother and her two children were found dead Wednesday morning, after being exiled from their family home as part of a criminalized practice where women and girls are made to sleep alone during their menstrual cycle.

A new guide could help halt overeating

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:29:26 GMT

The British Nutrition Foundation released this month new portion-size guidelines designed to help people eat the right amounts of each food group -- and possibly help them avoid overeating.

FDA employees think shutdown could be deadly

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 04:03:11 GMT

With about 41% of the US Food and Drug Administration off the job due to the government shutdown, some agency employees worry about the safety and health of the American public.

How to help yourself live longer

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:51:34 GMT

Excessive body fat around the middle linked to smaller brain

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 21:52:22 GMT

Big waist, small brain? If you're too heavy, especially around your middle, you probably have shrunken gray matter volume in your brain, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. Gray matter contains most of your brain's 100 billion nerve cells, while white matter is filled with nerve fibers that connect the brain regions.

Ancient lovers found in Indian burial site mystify and intrigue archaeologists

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:41:34 GMT

Between 4500 and 2500 BC, the bodies of a couple, believed to be married, were placed carefully side by side in an ancient burial site of the Harappans, one of the world's earliest civilizations.

One simple -- but really hard -- solution to stop climate change

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:36:16 GMT

There may actually be a way to keep the worst of climate change at bay, but it's going to take a herculean effort, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

Physical showed no major changes in health of Arizona woman in vegetative state who gave birth about 37 weeks later

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 02:59:23 GMT

A doctor who gave a yearly checkup to a woman in a vegetative state about 37 weeks before she gave birth wrote that there were no major changes in her health, according to medical records sent to an Arizona court.

What we're waiting to learn about President Trump's health one year after his first physical

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 00:24:09 GMT

President Donald Trump, the oldest President elected in US history at the age of 70, underwent his first presidential physical last January. He used it as an opportunity to quiet critics who questioned both his physical health and mental acumen.

Heavy sweating that led to an unexpected diagnosis

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:45:24 GMT

A 60-year-old man struggled with unexplained sweating episodes for three years before doctors diagnosed him with temporal lobe seizures, according to a case study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Banning skin bleaching products won't work as long as fair skin is linked with beauty and success

Several African countries, including as Rwanda and Ghana, recently banned the use of skin bleaching products because they are dangerous.

DNA pioneer stripped of honors over 'reprehensible' race comments

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:00:41 GMT

A Nobel Prize-winning American scientist who co-discovered DNA has been stripped of his honorary titles at the laboratory he once led after repeating racist comments in a documentary.

When your child vapes, what's a parent to do?

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:04:54 GMT

When Sonya Kennedy learned that her 12-year-old son, Ryder, had tried vaping, she was "mortified."

What warmer oceans mean for the planet

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:18:59 GMT

Our oceans are much warmer than we previously thought, according to a new study. But what happens when the oceans get warmer, and what does it mean for us?

Black and Hispanic youth are targeted with junk food ads, research shows

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:28:27 GMT

Click over to TV programming that caters to black and Hispanic youth and the commercials almost exclusively push fast food, sugary drinks, bad-for-you snacks and candy, a new report shows.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak is over, CDC says

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 23:12:23 GMT

"This outbreak appear to be over," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday of the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from some regions of Northern and Central California.