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Rabbit fever strikes two N.C. hunters

February 25, 2013 - 19:34
By Marc Lallanilla, LiveScienceTwo men have been stricken with tularemia, a potentially deadly disease commonly known as rabbit fever.

Faster approval for new cancer drugs saving lives

February 25, 2013 - 17:57

Michael Weitz was out of options. The Californian had endured chemotherapy, radiation and surgery but his lung cancer still spread to his bones and brain.

No horse in IKEA meatballs in the US, store says

February 25, 2013 - 17:51

Shoppers who relish the popular meatballs sold in IKEA furniture stores in the United States don’t have to worry that they’re getting a serving of horse meat in their snacks, store officials said Monday. The pork and beef used in Ikea meatballs in the U.S.

Too many boring meals can wreck your sleep

February 25, 2013 - 15:31

If you're trying to maintain a healthy diet while managing the circus that is your life, then it's typical for those three squares a day to get pretty repetitive: Oatmeal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, a stir-fry for dinner...wake up, and repeat. But even if your daily intake seems nutritious, those monotonous meals might have a surprising downside--messing with your sleep.

Mediterranean diet can cut heart attack risk

February 25, 2013 - 14:29

A Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil and a little wine can cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 30 percent, researchers reported Monday in a study showing the real-life benefits of a diet long encouraged by doctors.

More than half of 3-D movie-goers feel woozy, study finds

February 25, 2013 - 14:23

If you find yourself a little sick watching 3-D movies like "Avatar" or "Tron," you've got company. More than half of people report tired eyes or headaches while watching 3-D movies -- and nearly 11 percent feel like they want to puke, a new study finds.

Asthma drug can ease agony of constant itch

February 24, 2013 - 18:18

In a small but promising study, more than half of patients got relief from unexplained itching when they tried an asthma drug called Xolair.

1 in 4 indulge bizarre late-night food cravings

February 24, 2013 - 14:42

It's 2 a.m., and you've just scarfed down another chicken wing topped with Cheez Whiz. Embarrassed? Don't be. Weird late-night food cravings are common. Here are 3 healthy alternatives.

Horse meat in US? Unlikely, but tests are rare

February 23, 2013 - 17:39

Europe’s scandal over horse meat hidden in beef products -- including recalls of Nestle ravioli and Birds Eye chili con carne -- has renewed questions about whether Americans could unwittingly be eating equine products as well.

Older adults may get a brain boost from using Facebook

February 22, 2013 - 19:19
Older adults may get a mental boost from using Facebook, early results from a small study suggest.

New breast cancer drug helps advanced cases

February 22, 2013 - 17:43
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new "smart bomb" drug on Friday that can help women with one of the most hard-to-cure types of breast cancer.

Flu vaccine barely worked in seniors

February 22, 2013 - 15:33
The flu vaccine barely worked to protect elderly people this year, and it helped prevent illness in just 56 percent of adults and children overall, federal health officials say.

Veterans suffer 'moral injury' from warfare

February 22, 2013 - 15:26
A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, former Marine Capt. Timothy Kudo thinks of himself as a killer — and he carries the guilt every day. "I can't forgive myself," he says. "And the people who can forgive me are dead.

Why a 4-day workweek feels so long

February 22, 2013 - 13:59
Some of us were lucky enough to start the week with a day off (thanks, Presidents!). We came into work on Tuesday, expecting the days to fly by. And instead ... they ... dragged. Why? Evidence suggests it's because humans are easily thrown by disruptions in our routines.

The flu hit American workers hard in January

February 22, 2013 - 12:42

That nasty flu season appears to have taken a toll on our productivity as well as our health. More American workers called in sick in January than during any month in nearly five years.

Study: Don't tell kids about your past drug use

February 22, 2013 - 12:38

OK, so you smoked a few joints, and maybe even tried something stronger. You’re thinking that sharing your experiences with your kids will help drive home the anti-drug message. But new research suggests that strategy may be misguided.

Surprise: New glasses may fix colorblindness

February 22, 2013 - 10:00

People who suffer from a color vision deficiency, commonly known as colorblindness, are snapping up new glasses that were created by a neurobiologist to boost medical vision, but appear to have a surprising side effect of correcting for the genetic condition.

Red state Medicaid expansion no shock

February 22, 2013 - 00:55
Florida governor Rick Scott created a stir this week when he said he’d expand Medicaid as requested by the Obama administration. But health policy experts say it's hard for any governor to say no to billions of dollars in federal subsidies.

Bullies, victims at risk for long-term depression

February 22, 2013 - 00:29
Children who were bullied and those who were bullies themselves are both at higher risk for depression, anxiety and panic disorder years later, according to a U.S. study.

Red state Medicaid expansion no shock

February 21, 2013 - 22:30
Florida governor Rick Scott created a stir this week when he said he’d expand Medicaid as requested by the Obama administration. But health policy experts say it's hard for any governor to say no to billions of dollars in federal subsidies.