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See Jesus in toast? Science explains the mind trick

November 15, 2012 - 13:05

People have claimed to see Jesus in their burnt toast. Others have spotted the Virgin Mary in a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich, or seen a vague resemblance to Elvis in an oddly shaped potato chip.

Report reveals our boozy diet-busting calories

November 15, 2012 - 13:02

You’re counting calories at every meal, but you’re still not losing weight. What’s up? You might be missing a big diet buster: that nightly glass of wine. As it turns out, on average Americans are consuming 100 calories a day in alcoholic beverages, according to a new report.

Computer issues may hinder health exchanges

November 14, 2012 - 23:09
New online insurance markets set to begin selling health coverage to consumers next October may be hampered by delays in launching a key computer program, according to state consultants and insurance regulators.

Alzheimer gene discovery points to possible cause

November 14, 2012 - 22:35
Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer's disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder.

Pharmacy owner won't testify about outbreak

November 14, 2012 - 17:14

The owner of a pharmacy at the center of an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 32 people and made 438 people sick refused to testify at a hearing on Wednesday, and managed to avoid facing the family of his first victim.

87-year-old doctor still charges $5 a visit

November 14, 2012 - 17:07

Patients line up early outside his office just off the town square, waiting quietly for the doctor to arrive, as he has done for nearly 60 years. Dr. Russell Dohner is, after all, a man of routine, a steady force to be counted on in uncertain times.

You may have diabetes and not know it

November 14, 2012 - 14:43
Diabetes is running at record levels worldwide and half the people estimated to have the disease are, as yet, undiagnosed, according to a report on Wednesday.

Too tough to get sick: Why men won't see the doc

November 14, 2012 - 13:20

Many American men, such as 28-year-old James Chisum, simply refuse to go to the doctor, ever, either out of male pride, out of white-coat fear or simply out of lifestyle habit.  That mindset could be genetic, experts suggest.

Fruit on food labels — are you being misled?

November 14, 2012 - 12:44
Are some healthy-looking foods really misleading you? TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen exposes some colorful marketing tactics that experts say may leave you feeling blue.

Genome sequencing halts superbug outbreak

November 14, 2012 - 00:42
Researchers have used DNA sequencing for the first time to identify, analyze and put a halt to an infectious disease outbreak in a hospital.

Oxytocin keeps attached men away from hot women

November 13, 2012 - 23:09
The "love hormone" oxytocin may help maintain romantic relationships by prompting men to keep their distance from attractive women, a new study from Germany suggests.

US preterm birth rate lowest in a decade

November 13, 2012 - 19:14
The percentage of babies born early in the United States in 2011 was the lowest in a decade, according to a new report from the non-profit March of Dimes. The rate fell to 11.7 percent.

Fat-blocking Pepsi not a diet fix, nutritionist says

November 13, 2012 - 19:06

A soda that claims to prevent the absorption of fat in your body is launching in Japan this week. What’s next, cavity-reducing candy?

FDA wanted to shut Mass. pharmacy in 2002

November 13, 2012 - 18:16
More than a decade ago, federal health inspectors wanted to shut down the pharmacy linked to a recent deadly meningitis outbreak until it cleaned up its operations, according to congressional investigators.

9 ways to act now, be awesome at 80

November 13, 2012 - 17:07

Not only do you want to avoid your kids putting you in a home at 70, but you’ll also you want to kick their butts at a game of HORSE like you do now. It’s not that hard to be so kickass when you’re old, says a new British study.

Fungal victim to Congress: 'It's torturous'

November 13, 2012 - 12:55

Margaret Snopkowski, 51, of Michigan, missed the birth of her first grandchild Oct. 24. Instead, she was hospitalized 300 miles away as fungal meningitis from tainted back pain drugs ravaged her system. Congressional committees this week are probing the outbreak that has killed 32.

FDA finds bird, bugs, filth at Ameridose plant

November 12, 2012 - 22:43
From a bird flying through a room where sterile drugs are packed to basic problems with contamination and failures to investigate patient harm, the sister firm of the pharmacy behind the fungal meningitis outbreak had serious flaws in its drug-making process.