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05/27/2014

New Venture Aims to Understand and Heal Disrupted Brain Circuitry to Treat Mental Illnesses

Scientists and physicians at UC San Francisco are leading a $26 million, multi-institutional research program in which they will employ advanced technology to characterize human brain networks and better understand and treat a range of common, debilitating psychiatric disorders, focusing first on anxiety disorders and major depression.

05/27/2014

Our mental health care system is a joke — even mass murderer Elliot Rodger slipped through the cracks

Rodger’s murderous rampage had nothing to do with guns. Fixing our broken, sorry excuse for a mental health care system in America isn’t rocket science. It could be done in a few years, without huge expense.

05/27/2014

Green billionaire prepares to attack ‘anti-science’ Republicans

An environmental advocacy group backed by hedge fund tycoon Tom Steyer is set to unleash a seven-state, $100 million offensive against Republican “science deniers” this year, a no-holds-barred campaign-style push from the green billionaire that could help decide which party controls the Senate and key statehouses come November.

05/22/2014

Cannabis may Help Prevent Seizures in Children with Severe Epilepsy

For children suffering from severe epilepsy, a recent study shows that cannabis may be able to prevent the onset of seizures.

05/21/2014

‘E-cigarettes help smokers quit,’ new study says

Though some health officials have warned that electronic cigarettes should not be marketed as smoking cessation aids, a new study finds that, among people who are trying to quit without professional help, those who use electronic cigarettes are 60% more likely to succeed, compared with those who use willpower or nicotine replacement therapies.

05/21/2014

High cholesterol levels may make it harder to get pregnant

Couples may have a harder time becoming pregnant if both the man and woman have high cholesterol levels, a new study suggests.

05/20/2014

What Is This Child Doing in Prison?

LAST month a 16-year-old child was placed in solitary confinement at the York Correctional Institution for Women in Niantic, Conn. She has never been charged, tried or convicted. What is her crime? That she has survived.

05/20/2014

Here come the rice-grain-sized brain implants: Stanford discovers way of beaming power to microimplants deep inside your body

Stanford electrical engineer and biological implant mastermind, Ada Poon, has discovered a way of wirelessly transmitting power to tiny, rice-grain-sized implants that are deep within the human body.

05/19/2014

‘Right to Try’ laws spur debate over dying patients’ access to experimental drugs

Colorado, Missouri and Louisiana are poised to become the first states in the nation to give terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs without the blessing of the Food and Drug Administration, setting the stage for what could be a lengthy battle over who should decide whether a drug is too risky to try.

05/19/2014

The Ethics of Erasing Bad Memories

Though the emerging possibility of deleting traumatic memories could provide some people relief, the question remains whether it would fundamentally change who they are.

05/19/2014

How to Succeed in Translational Science

An advisory group today offered the National Institutes of Health (NIH) some suggestions for how to frame metrics for evaluating its vast $475 million consortium of translational research centers—such as the need to define what it takes to be a translational scientist. But it’s leaving the details of those metrics to NIH staff.

05/14/2014

Hurricanes on the Move! Tropical Storms Shift Toward Poles

Hurricanes and typhoons are migrating from the tropics toward the North and South poles, a new study finds.

05/14/2014

N.I.H. Tells Researchers to End Sex Bias in Early Studies

Amid growing evidence that many drugs are not as effective in women as in men, the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday warned scientists that they must take steps to alter longstanding basic research methods.

05/13/2014

West Antarctic glaciers in ‘irreversible’ thaw, raising seas: study

Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said on Monday.

05/13/2014

U.S. FDA approves ‘Star Wars’ robotic arm for amputees

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a robotic arm for amputees that is named for the “Star Wars” character Luke Skywalker and can perform multiple, simultaneous movements, a huge advance over the metal hook currently in use.

05/12/2014

Wine compound not tied to improved health: study

A compound found in wine and chocolate may not be linked to improved health as was once claimed, according to a new study.

05/12/2014

U.S. children read, but not well or often: report

Although American children still spend part of their days reading, they are spending less time doing it for pleasure than decades ago, with significant gaps in proficiency, according to a report released on Monday.

05/12/2014

WHO wants action as alcohol kills 3.3 million people in 2012

More than 3 million people died from using alcohol in 2012, for reasons ranging from cancer to violence, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, as it called on governments to do more to limit the damage.

05/09/2014

For elderly hospital patients, CPR often has poor outcome: study

When older hospitalized patients need revival by CPR, more than half are likely to die before they are discharged, according to a new study.

05/09/2014

Adults who follow exercise guidelines still gain weight

For people who want to avoid packing on extra pounds, a new study suggests going above and beyond commonly cited exercise guidelines.

05/08/2014

Antibiotic-resistant genes are widespread in nature, study finds

From Antarctic lakes to forest soil in Puerto Rico to the guts of mice, scientists are finding antibiotic-resistant genes almost everywhere they look, according to a new study that examined environmental samples from around the globe.

05/08/2014

Yawning alot? It’s just your body trying to regulate your brain temperature

First we were told yawning meant we were tired. Then it was claimed yawning was the body’s mechanism to keep us awake. Now a new study says yawning cools the brain.

05/07/2014

WHO finds Indian cities have dirtiest air; Chinese data foggy

An effort by the World Health Organization to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing’s measurements, like its skies, are far from clear.

05/07/2014

For young athletes, more concussions reported

Between 2005 and 2012, concussions among high school athletes became more common with every passing academic year, according to a new U.S. study.

05/06/2014

UN: Spread of Polio Now a World Health Emergency

For the first time ever, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease.

05/06/2014

Lawmakers propose incentives for end-of-life planning

If you are one of the estimated 70 percent of Americans who have not documented your end-of-life healthcare preferences, Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma hopes a cash incentive will prompt you to do the paperwork.

05/05/2014

Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future

Consumers who want to find out about their genetic health risks without going to the doctor and paying a hefty price may have to wait.

05/05/2014

Deaths fell after Massachusetts healthcare overhaul: study

When Massachusetts blazed the trail of healthcare reform in 2006 by expanding coverage for the poor and requiring all residents to have health insurance, it may have done more than serve as a model for nationwide reform: it also seemed to save lives, according to a study released on Monday.

05/05/2014

Scientists say smallpox virus shouldn’t be destroyed

Over the coming weeks the World Health Organisation must decide whether to execute a mass murderer.

05/02/2014

Neanderthals Are People, Too

Let us focus on such experiments using stem cells — not to create individuals, but to create cells and tissues in the test tube instead of the re-creation of Neanderthals