Christopher Johnson

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Technology Must Prevent Texting While Driving, Say Doctors

Note: DO NOT read this story on your cellphone while driving.<p>Cellphones are responsible for a quarter of all accidents in the U.S. Texting is particularly bad, since it serves as both a mental and visual distraction. One study found that texting makes an accident up to 23 times more likely. Enough …

Woman throws flash mob dance party before double mastectomy

A San Francisco doctor brought a moment of levity to the day of her own breast cancer operation - by organizing a flash mob dance party just before …

Cancer

Double mastectomy patient throws dance party in OR

For many people, just a minor surgery can be nerve-wracking. But Dr. Deborah Cohan went into her double mastectomy operation with courage and dance moves.<p>On Tuesday, Cohan, an OB-GYN and a mother of two, went into surgery to have her breasts removed. But before the surgery, she and her medical team …

Massive DNA volunteer hunt begins

<b>Scientists are looking for 100,000 volunteers prepared to have their DNA sequenced and published online for anyone to look at.</b><p>The UK Personal Genome Project could provide a massive free tool for scientists to further understanding of disease and human genetics.<p>Participants will get an analysis of …

Genetics

Depression: 'Second biggest cause of disability' in world

<b>Depression is the second most common cause of disability worldwide after back pain, according to a review of research.</b><p>The disease must be treated as a global public health priority, experts report in the journal PLOS Medicine.<p>The study compared clinical depression with more than 200 other diseases …

University of Queensland

Green spaces 'can save NHS billions'

<b>The Woodland Trust's chief executive has said increasing people's access to green spaces could cut billions of pounds from the NHS healthcare bill.</b><p>Sue Holden said it had been calculated that the NHS could save £2.1bn a year if everyone had access to green spaces.<p>She made the comments at an event to …

Ecology

Syria polio outbreak confirmed by WHO

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1023000/1023578_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518547206_a2af6ffdcacbacf131dbb9470d6d9814<p><b>The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 10 cases of polio in war-torn Syria - the first outbreak in the country in 14 years.</b><p>The UN body says …

Disease