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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Scientists say smallpox virus shouldn’t be destroyed

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


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


“Drastic, unnecessary and irreversible medical interventions” imposed upon some female athletes

Four female athletes were required to undergo “partial clitorectomies” and gonadectomies (removal of gonads) as a result of the current gender-policing polices of major sports governing bodies.


It’s time to stop ignoring the bad air we breathe

According to a new report from the American Lung Association (ALA), nearly 148 million Americans live in areas where smog and soot particles have led to unhealthy levels of pollution. That means that for almost half of all Americans, simply breathing can be dangerous.


Criminalizing harmful substance abuse during pregnancy: Is there a problem with that?

Tennessee this week became the first state to explicitly criminalize substance abuse during pregnancy, if it harmfully affects the child.


Panel Says No to Medicare Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening

After a day’s deliberation, an advisory panel voted last night against recommending national Medicare coverage for annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (CT) in high-risk individuals.


Graduate Student Creates a Nanowire Just Three Atoms Wide Using an Electron Beam

Vanderbilt Ph.D. graduate student Junhao Lin’s three-atom nanoscale wire could be used to craft paper-thin electronic components that could in turn lead to much smaller and thinner mobile electronics.


International Stem Cell Corporation Announces Positive Parkinson’s Disease Data

a California-based biotechnology company announced today that some behavioral improvements have been observed after six months in the pre-clinical non-human primate (NHP) study of Parkinson’s disease .


Cloning used to make stem cells from adult humans

For the first time, cloning technologies have been used to generate stem cells that are genetically matched to adult patients.


Watch a 20-Mile Long Iceberg Drift Into the Southern Ocean

Ever since a massive crack was discovered in Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier in 2011, NASA researchers and other scientists have kept a close watch on this area.


Higher Education Associated With Better Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

Better-educated people appear to be significantly more likely to recover from a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), suggesting that a brain’s “cognitive reserve” may play a role in helping people get back to their previous lives, new Johns Hopkins research shows.


The Perfect 46: The Future is Near

Visit, and it looks like any business web page. The Perfect 46 purports to be a company that uses the power of genomics, the information stored in the entirety of your DNA–your genome–to determine if you are with “the one” for you.


Would you share your DNA info to advance medicine?

The provocative question of how “big data” will affect medicine and patient privacy is getting a lot of attention at the National Institutes of Health.