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Star of 'Voicebox' anti-smoking ads dies of cancer

February 28, 2013 - 20:20

The California woman who appeared in the dramatic 1996 anti-smoking television commercial “Voicebox,” has died after a 20-year battle with cancer. Debi Austin was 62. Austin, who was known as California's most well-known anti-smoking advocate, died on Feb.

E-cigarette use doubles in US

February 28, 2013 - 20:01

Man infected with smallpox-like virus through sex

February 28, 2013 - 18:27
A man in San Diego was infected with the vaccinia virus — the virus in the smallpox vaccine — in June, 2012 after having sexual contact with someone who'd recently been vaccinated, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only slight risk of cancer after Japan tsunami, WHO says

February 28, 2013 - 15:58
People exposed to the highest doses of radiation during Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011 may have a slightly higher risk of cancer but so small it probably won't be detectable, the World Health Organization says.

Allure of the ‘cat fight’: Sex, sex ... and maybe more  

February 28, 2013 - 14:53
There are a few primal sounds known to cause the heads of men to whirl and their eyes to alight with interest: the crack of bat on ball, the hiss of meat on flame and the simple, clarion shout of “Girl fight!”

Why straight women and gay men are often so close

February 28, 2013 - 14:45

Will and Grace knew it. Ditto for Stanford and Carrie. Now a new psychology study has provided evidence that gay men and straight women are the perfect friends with benefits – as long as the benefits have to do with trustworthy relationship advice.

Researchers find good germs that may zap zits

February 28, 2013 - 10:54

In a finding that teenagers all over the world will cheer, researchers say they have found a strain of “good” bacteria that may keep acne at bay.

Army withholding findings of Madigan PTSD probe

February 28, 2013 - 09:32
The results of a months-long investigation into the reversal of post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses at Madigan Army Medical Center are being kept confidential.

Smart jocks: Fit kids do better at math, reading

February 28, 2013 - 08:36

Forget the old high school clichés about athletes not doing as well academically as less sporty kids -- a new study shows that children who exercise more do better in math, reading tests.

5 mental illnesses share common DNA roots

February 28, 2013 - 00:08
The biggest study yet into genetics and mental health has come up with a stunning result: The five most common mental illnesses -- autism, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia and major depression -- all have a common genetic root.

Let us study gun violence, physicians beg Congress

February 27, 2013 - 23:42

Dr. William Begg wiped away tears as he pleaded with Congress on Wednesday to help rescind laws that limit medical research into gun deaths and that restrict doctors from asking patients about guns in their homes.

Opinion: Horsemeat furor reveals need for strict labeling

February 27, 2013 - 23:05
Would you eat horsemeat?  A lot of people would not. Should you have the right to know if the meat you are eating contains horsemeat?

Higher humidity may thwart flu virus, study says

February 27, 2013 - 22:19
If all the coughing and sneezing associated with this year’s severe flu season have you worried you’ll catch the bug, consider boosting the humidity in the rooms around you. Higher humidity may actually reduce the ability of the flu virus to infection folks, researchers find.

Study: Pregnancy nausea drug won't harm fetus

February 27, 2013 - 22:13
There's reassuring news for pregnant women miserable with morning sickness: A very large study in Denmark finds no evidence that using a popular anti-nausea drug will harm their babies.

Straight married couples healthier than gays

February 27, 2013 - 21:54
Gay and lesbian couples living together report poorer health than straight married couples, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, speculating that legalizing same-sex marriage could reduce the disparities.

No ruckus about Medicare cuts in sequester

February 27, 2013 - 19:40
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, APWASHINGTON - Hospitals, doctors and other Medicare providers are on the hook for a 2 percent cut under looming government spending reductions. But they're not raising a ruckus. Why not?

IKEA stops selling all minced meat products from main supplier

February 27, 2013 - 19:40
By Reuters staff STOCKHOLM - IKEA stopped selling all minced meat products from its main supplier, two days after taking its trademark meatballs from from the same Swedish supplier off menus over concerns they contained horsemeat. The world's No.

Drug-resistant gonorrhea cases spike in UK

February 27, 2013 - 16:29
Gonorrhea cases have soared by 25 percent in the past year in England as superbug or drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) take hold worldwide, British health officials said on Wednesday.

How to deal with jerks: Give 'em the silent treatment

February 27, 2013 - 14:18
Giving someone the silent treatment may not always be such a bad thing. It may actually be a good way to deal with someone who is acting like a jerk, a new study finds.

Reports of rare superbug jump in US, CDC says

February 27, 2013 - 08:57

A sharp jump in the number of rare but potentially deadly types of a superbug resistant to nearly all last-resort antibiotics has prompted government health officials to renew warnings for U.S. hospitals, nursing homes and other health care settings.