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Doctor’s Grow New Ear on Cancer Victim’s Arm

Doctor’s Grow New Ear on Cancer Victim’s Arm

Courtesy Johns Hopkins(NEW YORK) — When Sherrie Walter lost her ear to cancer two years ago, she told herself she’d never be one of those survivors attaching a prosthetic ear every day.”The concept of having to tape something to my skin every day didn…

Canadian Government Backs BPA in Food Containers

Canadian Government Backs BPA in Food Containers

David McNew/Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) — The Canadian government Thursday reaffirmed the safety of bisphenol A in food packaging, upholding its 2008 stance on the controversial chemical despite banning it from baby bottles.The chemical, better know…

Progeria: Drug Raises Hope for Rapid-Aging Disease

Progeria: Drug Raises Hope for Rapid-Aging Disease

Courtesy Scott Mundro(BOSTON) — Megan Nighbor turned 12 in June, but a rare disease gives her the bones, blood vessels and look of an 80-year-old.Nighbor has progeria, a disease that speeds up the aging process.  It is thought to affect fewer tha…

Castration May Hold Key to Longevity in Men, Study Finds

Castration May Hold Key to Longevity in Men, Study Finds

Comstock/Thinkstock(INCHON, South Korea) — Call it making the best of a potentially bad situation. Eunuchs — castrated men — live nearly 20 years longer than other men, a new study has found.The study of over 80 eunuchs from the Chosun Dynasty, whic…

MD Anderson Cancer Center Plans ‘Moon Shot’ for Cures

MD Anderson Cancer Center Plans ‘Moon Shot’ for Cures

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston announced Friday it’s mounting a bold “moon shot” to dramatically reduce deaths from eight types of cancer within the next decade. The new effort was likened to the space prog…

Weight and Taste Sensitivity Are Linked, New Study Says

Weight and Taste Sensitivity Are Linked, New Study Says

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The secret to avoiding weight gain may be residing on the top of your tongue. According to a new German study, obese children have less sensitive taste buds than kids of normal weight, and that may drive them to eat more….

MS Patients Might Benefit From New Oral Drug

MS Patients Might Benefit From New Oral Drug

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thousands of Americans who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS) might one day be able to take advantage of a drug that new research suggests is both safe and effective.Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often disab…

New Drug Offers Hope for Autism Patients

New Drug Offers Hope for Autism Patients

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Researchers have found a drug that can help patients with Fragile X syndrome stay calm in social situations by treating their anxiety. Dr. Elizabeth Berry-Kravis and her team found that a drug called Arbaclofen reduce…

Twenty Minutes of Exercise Cuts Kids’ Diabetes Risk

Twenty Minutes of Exercise Cuts Kids’ Diabetes Risk

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Just 20 minutes of exercise a day can protect kids from diabetes, according to a new study.This clinical trial, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, randomly assigned 222 overweig…

AMA Paper Says Fat Taxes, Soda Bans Make Dollars and Sense

AMA Paper Says Fat Taxes, Soda Bans Make Dollars and Sense

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Taxing or limiting the serving sizes of high-calorie junk food may sound like the perfect weapon in the war against obesity, but it seems to have backfired in at least one instance.Last week, the Danish government announc…

Thalidomide May Help Patients with Deadly Lung Disease

Thalidomide May Help Patients with Deadly Lung Disease

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For Diane Gwartney, every waking minute was a battle against the urge to cough.”Just try to imagine coughing all day long until it hurts your ribs,” said Gwartney, a 72-year-old retired English professor. “Trying to co…

CDC: Kids Are Consuming Too Much Salt

CDC: Kids Are Consuming Too Much Salt

Steven Puetzer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long warned about too much salt in adult diets. Now researchers at the CDC say kids consume just as much salt as adults.Findings from a new study, publis…

Rural Areas of U.S. Hit Harder by Obesity than Cities, Study Says

Rural Areas of U.S. Hit Harder by Obesity than Cities, Study Says

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study has found that rural areas of the United States are hit much harder by obesity than cities, Health Day reports. University of Florida researchers said that almost 40 percent of adults in rural communit…

Job Stress Linked to Increased Heart Attack Risk

Job Stress Linked to Increased Heart Attack Risk

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “It’s true, hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?” former President Ronald Reagan quipped at the Gridiron Dinner in 1987.Reagan may have been onto something. A new review of research, publi…

‘Mini Strokes’ Can Lead to Major Disability, Study Finds

‘Mini Strokes’ Can Lead to Major Disability, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A transient ischemic attack, or TIA, occurs when symptoms of a stroke come and then go away within 24 hours. The cause is often a clot in a vessel in the brain that temporarily blocks blood flow.What makes TIAs and m…

Whooping Cough Vaccine Protection Short-Lived, Study Warns

Whooping Cough Vaccine Protection Short-Lived, Study Warns

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Protection against whooping cough declines during the five years after the fifth dose of vaccine is given to 4- to 6-year-old children, a new study suggests — leading some experts to urge teens and adults to …

Sexual Arousal Dampens ‘Ick’ Factor

Sexual Arousal Dampens ‘Ick’ Factor

Eyecandy Images/Thinkstock(GRONINGEN, Netherlands) — If you’re turned on, you’re less likely to be grossed out, at least according to a new study.The small study published Wednesday in the journal PLoS Online asked a total of 90 European women to perf…

Study Questions Need for Daily Asthma Meds

Study Questions Need for Daily Asthma Meds

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Millions of patients with asthma may not need to take their medicine every day after all.Nearly 25 million people in the United States suffer from asthma, and many of them use an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medicine t…

Fish Oil No Lifesaver, Study Finds

Fish Oil No Lifesaver, Study Finds

Paul Tearle/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Fish oil — a supplement taken daily by millions of Americans — may not help you live longer, a new study released Tuesday suggests.The study is the latest piece of research feeding the debate over whether regularly…

Fish Oil No Lifesaver, Study Finds

Fish Oil No Lifesaver, Study Finds

Paul Tearle/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Fish oil — a supplement taken daily by millions of Americans — may not help you live longer, a new study released Tuesday suggests.The study is the latest piece of research feeding the debate over whether regularly…

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