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Grapefruit may turn more drugs deadly

November 27, 2012 - 13:24

If you kick-start your day with a glass of grapefruit juice, be careful. Canadian scientists say the number of common prescription drugs that can interact badly with the tart citrus is climbing, with the potential for dangerous, even deadly, results.

Organ transplant pioneer Joseph Murray dies at 93

November 27, 2012 - 06:28

(Reuters) - Dr. Joseph Murray, the surgeon who carried out the first successful kidney transplant and later won a Nobel Prize for his work in medicine and physiology, died on Monday in Boston at the age of 93.

FDA suspends NM peanut plant registration

November 26, 2012 - 22:45
Federal Food and Drug Administration officials have suspended the food facility registration of a New Mexico peanut producer linked to more than 40 illnesses and the recall of vast quantities of peanuts and peanut butter from retailers such as Trader Joe's.

This is your brain on exercise

November 26, 2012 - 21:38

Seniors who fit in the most daily physical activity – from raking leaves to dancing – can have more gray matter in important brain regions, researchers reported on Monday.

Smiling men can make women act subordinate

November 26, 2012 - 19:57

It doesn't get more harmless than a smile, right? Well, not exactly. A man's smile can actually make a woman more subordinate, according to new research in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Smiling men can make women more subordinate

November 26, 2012 - 19:57
It doesn't get more harmless than a smile, right? Well, not exactly. A man's smile can actually make a woman more subordinate, according to new research in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Pediatricians: Girls should get just-in-case Plan B

November 26, 2012 - 16:16
Pediatricians treating teenaged girls should consider writing just-in-case prescriptions for the morning-after pill, the the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said on Monday.

Men are better at remembering where they parked

November 26, 2012 - 14:14

Men and women rely on different strategies to find their car in a crowded parking lot, like the ones many will be navigating today at Black Friday's crowded shopping malls. 

Nurses boost flu shot rates more than docs

November 26, 2012 - 00:24
More elderly and at-risk adults get their flu and pneumonia vaccinations when the shots are coordinated and given by nurses instead of doctors, according to a North American study.

8 sneaky ways to avoid holiday pounds

November 25, 2012 - 17:49

Trying to lose those pesky 10 pounds you gained on summer vacation or wondering how to prevent packing them on over the holidays? New research shows it can be done, 100 calories at a time.

After Sandy’s deluge, mold and dust pose threats

November 25, 2012 - 09:55

Residents of the tight-knit community of Breezy Point, N.Y., who lost so much to Superstorm Sandy, are navigating new threats to stay healthy.

4 new SARS-like virus cases found, WHO says

November 24, 2012 - 05:25
A new virus from the same family as SARS that sparked a global alert in September has now killed two people in Saudi Arabia, and total cases there and in Qatar have reached six, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Generic Lipitor recalled for glass particles

November 23, 2012 - 23:22
Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has recalled its generic version of Pfizer Inc.'s cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor in the United States after certain batches were found to contain glass particles.

Rapid action needed to stop malaria in Greece

November 23, 2012 - 15:49
Greek authorities must urgently step up control of mosquitoes and surveillance of infected people to stop malaria from re-establishing itself in the crisis-hit country, scientists said on Friday.

Pregnancy books offer some crazy advice

November 23, 2012 - 15:28

If they gave out letter grades for correctly following baby book advice, I would have been an “A” student. The cliché of a nervous, first-time mom, I eagerly read multiple advice books and did my best to follow them all.

Do you hear what I hear? Your brain on Christmas music

November 23, 2012 - 15:13

Shana McGough likes Christmas music, until she hears too much of it. "I think at first Christmas music is nice, it's nostalgic, and it gets me into the holiday spirit," she says. For many others, the endless loop of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and other holiday songs can be very unwelcome.

Fetus yawns in womb, 4D scan shows

November 21, 2012 - 23:34

Growing into a fully formed human being is a long process, and scientists have found that unborn babies not only hiccup, swallow and stretch in the womb, they yawn too.

Study reignites controversy over mammograms

November 21, 2012 - 23:12
As many as a third of cancers detected through routine mammograms may not be life threatening, according to a study published on Wednesday that raises fresh questions about the benefits of breast cancer screening.

Actually, sex doesn't induce labor, study says

November 21, 2012 - 21:35
By Kerry Grens, ReutersNEW YORK - Despite a widespread belief that sex during the later stages of pregnancy can jumpstart labor, a new study from Malaysia found no differences in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstained.

Real men eat meat - or do they?

November 21, 2012 - 20:09

Real men eat meat, right? Psychology professor Hank Rothgerber set out to discover why, and found that eating meat makes men feel, well, manly.