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'Amazing' results for diabetes patients after surgery

February 26, 2013 - 22:58
A type of stomach surgery appears not only to have helped patients lose weight, but seems to have reversed the causes of their diabetes, doctors report.

Why some people love the burn of hot chili peppers

February 26, 2013 - 21:09
By Tia Ghose, LiveScience Pain isn't always a pain. Sometimes it can actually feel good. People experience pleasure during a painful stimulus if the stimulus turns out to be less bad than they were expecting, new research suggests.

Advanced breast cancer rising in young women

February 26, 2013 - 21:05

More young women are being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, doctors reported on Tuesday. It is a very small increase in a group of people who only rarely develop cancer, but it’s significant enough to have experts asking why.

FDA halts Amgen study after teen patient death

February 26, 2013 - 19:55
By AP staff WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators say they have halted Amgen's studies of its thyroid drug Sensipar after the death of a 14-year-old patient in a company trial.

Alcohol counseling may aid domestic abuse therapy

February 26, 2013 - 19:55
By Kathryn Doyle, ReutersNEW YORK - For heavy drinkers in treatment for domestic violence problems, an extra therapy session targeting alcohol abuse may help to speed overall improvement in violent behavior, according to a new study.

FDA approves drug for painful sex in women

February 26, 2013 - 19:33

Doctor says people can come back from 'death'

February 26, 2013 - 17:08

Many scientists believe near-death tales of white light are hallucinations brought on by lack of oxygen. But one critical care doctor believes they are proof that consciousness does not end when the heart stops beating – and what we call death may be reversible.

Big sig? What your handwriting may reveal

February 26, 2013 - 14:21
Large signatures are common among narcissists, new research finds. The study examined the signatures of more than 600 CEOs and found that the most outsized signers were among the highest paid, but were also more likely to run their companies into the ground.

Stressed? Do someone else (not yourself) a favor

February 26, 2013 - 13:10

People who help others are less likely to die after stressful events, according to a study recently published in American Journal of Public Health.

Sequester cuts would hit elderly meals, childcare

February 26, 2013 - 09:47
The budget sequester due to take effect on Friday would hit virtually every health program, from childhood vaccinations to Meals on Wheels, according to the Obama administration.

FDA expands approval of Bayer cancer drug

February 26, 2013 - 01:03
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday expanded approval of a Bayer cancer pill to treat tumors of the intestinal tract that don't respond to other treatments.

What parents need to know about earaches

February 25, 2013 - 23:42
Every parent worries about ear infections, often turning to the first line of defense: antibiotics. But according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued on Monday, doctors now say to hold off on the antibiotics for children older than six months.

Vitamin D may not protect older women's bones

February 25, 2013 - 23:29
By Andrew M. Seaman, ReutersNEW YORK - Older women shouldn't take vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent broken bones, and there's not enough evidence to say whether it would help anyone else either, says a U.S. government-backed panel.

FDA flexes mandatory recall muscles over pet treats

February 25, 2013 - 23:03
Federal health regulators quietly flexed new food safety muscles last week when they threatened a Denver pet treat maker with the Food and Drug Administration’s first mandatory recall of potentially tainted products.

Doc office misdiagnoses may put thousands at risk

February 25, 2013 - 22:22
Missed or wrong diagnoses in primary care may put thousands of patients at risk of complications each year, a new study suggests. Although mistakes during surgery and in medication prescribing have been at the center of patient safety efforts, researchers said less attention has been paid to missed diagnoses in the doctor's office.

C. Everett Koop, ex-surgeon general, dies

February 25, 2013 - 22:22
Charles Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking, was 96.

Jury awards $3.35 million in vaginal mesh case

February 25, 2013 - 21:07
A jury on Monday said Johnson & Johnson should pay a South Dakota woman $3.

New Mexico has highest teen pregnancy rate

February 25, 2013 - 20:33
By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Teen pregnancy rates are highest in New Mexico and lowest in New Hampshire, according to a new report on the most current state-level data on pregnancy, birthrates and abortions among 15- to 19-year-olds.

Majority of Missouri tanning salons allow preteens

February 25, 2013 - 19:44
By Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience Missouri. Call it the artificial sunshine state … at least for preteens allowed to enter tanning booths and beds there.

Study: Mysterious muscle disorder rooted in brain

February 25, 2013 - 19:43
By Tanya Lewis, LiveScienceA mysterious illness in which people experience painful muscle cramps or paralysis with no apparent physical explanation may be rooted in the brain. New research suggests the brains of such people do in fact function differently from normal brains.