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Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Well, it looks like there really is such as thing as a dog person.

Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists reported Tuesday in the journal eLIFE.

In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have ...


As Bird Flu Spreads In China, The Source Remains A Mystery

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The new bird flu in China has come with a long list of questions.

Are the 82 cases reported so far just the tip of a larger outbreak? Why does the virus cause mild symptoms in some people and severe pneumonia in others?

Perhaps the most critical question is ...


Stunting From Malnutrition Affects 1 In 4 Kids Worldwide

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Babies and toddlers in the poorest parts of the world are getting better fed.

What's the proof? Stunting in kids – a sign of poor nutrition early in life — has dropped by a third in the past two decades, UNICEF reported Monday. But there's a long way to ...


As New Flu Cases Rise In China, U.S. Steps Up Its Response

Friday, April 12, 2013

The toll from a new flu strain is mounting in China.

Forty-three people have been sickened and 11 have died from the virus, the World Health Organization said Friday.

The pace of infections has quickened over the past few days, with three to five cases reported daily.

But there ...


In India, Discrimination Against Women Can Start In The Womb

Friday, March 29, 2013

India has lately become infamous for its epidemic sexual violence and discrimination against women. Sexual harassment there is so rampant that it even has a nickname: Eve-teasing.

But mothers may be practicing discrimination, too, in how they treat their daughters in the womb.

Indian mothers were slightly more likely ...


'Sponge' Drug Shows Promise For Treating Hepatitis C

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

With an estimated 2 million baby boomers infected with hepatitis C, the disease has reached epidemic levels among Americans age 48 to 68.

Doctors can now cure about 70 percent of hepatitis C cases, but the drugs' side effects can be severe. And many Americans are still left with ...


Gates Foundation Says It's Time For A Snazzier Condom

Monday, March 25, 2013

Last summer Bill Gates and his foundation held a competition to reinvent the toilet. Now he's hoping to do the same for condoms.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is putting up $100,000 to the best proposal for a more fun and pleasurable condom.

The competition is part ...


Talk Globally, Go Locally: Cellphones Vs. Clean Toilets

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous across Africa and Asia, but lowly toilets haven't.

Right now, 6 billion people around the world have cellphones. But only 4.5 billion people have access to a clean commode, the United Nations said Thursday.

That leaves more than 2.5 billion people without a safe ...


Tuberculosis Cases In The U.S. Keep Sliding

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The U.S. is slowly but steadily closing in on tuberculosis.

For the first time since the government started tracking the disease in the 1950s, the number of annual TB cases has dropped below 10,000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly ...


Dunking Science: Do Cookies Really Taste Better Dipped In Tea?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Brits and Americans may have split less than amicably a couple of centuries ago, but we can still find cultural common ground when it comes to life's pleasures: The Beatles, Downton Abbey and dunking cookies.

Of course, the Brits call them "biscuits" and dip primarily in tea, while we are ...


Dengue Fever No Longer Just A Visitor To Florida Keys

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

If you're heading down to the Florida Keys for spring break, pack bug spray and long-sleeve shirts.

After a 60-year hiatus, the mosquito-borne illness dengue fever has now officially re-established itself there.

People infected during a recent outbreak in Florida didn't catch the virus abroad but rather got a strain ...


Could A 'Brain Pacemaker' Someday Treat Severe Anorexia?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Many people who get anorexia recover after therapy and counseling. But in about 20 to 30 percent of cases, the disease becomes a chronic condition that gets tougher and tougher to treat.

Right now, doctors have few options for helping these patients, mostly women, whose disease can be crippling or ...


We Like 'Em Big And Juicy: How Our Table Grapes Got So Fat

Friday, March 08, 2013

It's no secret that many Americans have a fetish for big food. Whether it's a triple-decker cheeseburger or a 128-ounce Big Gulp, some portions in the U.S. have gotten freakishly large.

But not all of our supersizing is unhealthy.

Americans also like big fruit — especially grapes. And ...


Scientists Sift For Clues On SARS-Like Virus

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ever since a previously unknown virus killed a Saudi Arabian man last summer, scientists from around the globe have been trying to figure it out.

On Wednesday, two of the researchers who helped identify the virus shared fresh details about recent cases, including some ideas about how people catch it.



U.S. Doctors Head Overseas To Train, Not Just Treat

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A few months ago, we told you about a Peace Corps initiative that sends doctors and nurses abroad to teach and train local health workers — a sort of Peace Corps for Doctors.

They're not alone: Lots of health care professionals are now traveling abroad to help countries build ...


Clinton Reveals Blueprint For An 'AIDS-Free Generation'

Thursday, November 29, 2012

HIV has been declining in many parts of the world over the past decade. Today the U.S. unveiled an ambitious plan to stop most new HIV infections around the world. But some health lea...


HIV Infections Rise Among Young Black Men In U.S.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The number of new HIV infections in the U.S. is relatively stable at about 50,000 people a year. But HIV is on the rise in people under 25, federal data show. The upswing is driven largely by infections among young black men.


Could Nate Silver Predict How Good Your Pumpkin Pie Will Be?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Scientists have come up with an algorithm to guess how many stars a recipe will receive online. By building "social networks" for ingredients, the algorithms also reveal how we mix an...

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New Virus Related To SARS Detected In The Middle East

Monday, September 24, 2012

A virus, which is genetically different than any seen before, has killed one man and hospitalized another. The virus comes from the same family as SARS, but it appears to be less contagious.


As Ebola Cases Rise In Uganda, Health Workers Seek To Contain Virus

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Since the World Health Organization reported an Ebola outbreak in Uganda on Saturday, the number of cases has risen to 36 from 20. The cases remain limited to a small area in western ...