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Associated Press News

18 North Carolina hospital patients potentially exposed to rare brain disease

Nearly 20 patients at a North Carolina hospital may have been exposed to a rare and fatal neurological disease while undergoing surgery with surgical equipment that had not been properly sterilized, officials at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center said Monday.<p>Jeff Lindsay, president of the …

Kabul records first polio case since 2001

Concern over case that is the first in the capital since the Taliban's fall in 2001<p>A three-year-old has been diagnosed with the first case of polio in the Afghan capital Kabul since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, according to the country’s Ministry of Public Health.<p>Officials have responded with …

Public Health

Belgian Proposal: Terminally Ill Kids Could Choose Euthanasia

This week Belgium is expected to become the first country in the world to allow terminally ill children to choose euthanasia.<p>Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002 for those 18 and over, and the number of adults choosing a doctor-assisted death has been rising annually, reaching 1,432 in 2012.<p>But a …

Cantaloupe farmers get no prison time in disease outbreak

Cantaloupe farmers Eric and Ryan Jensen get no prison time in listeria outbreak that killed 33 people nationwide.<p>Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers will not go to prison but were sentenced Tuesday to probation and home detention for their role in a listeria outbreak that killed 33 people in 2011. The …

Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

Scientists have reconstructed the genetic code of a strain of bacteria that caused one of the most deadly pandemics in history nearly 1,500 years ago.<p>They did it by finding the skeletons of people killed by the plague and extracting DNA from traces of blood inside their teeth.<p>This plague struck in …

Researchers Exhume 55 Bodies at Notorious Reform School

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Researchers in Florida exhumed 55 bodies from the campus of the Dozier School for Boys, a reform …

Natural plant compound prevents Alzheimer's disease in mice

Natural plant compound prevents Alzheimer’s disease in mice<p><b>A daily dose of the antioxidant fisetin keeps mice—even those with genetic mutations</b> …

Neuroscience

Forget Prozac, Psychobiotics Are the Future of Psychiatry

For millennia, the human race has sought to combat psychological disorders through the intervention of natural – and eventually synthetic – chemicals. Originally, the sources for these psychoactive substances were the various fruits and flowers, including the Areca tree (betel nut), the poppy …

Listening to Soft Voices Can Cause "Brain Orgasms"

For 20 minutes, soft-spoken Maria instructs YouTube viewers on the art of folding towels. Only her hands, a glossy black table, and a towel are …

University of Maryland

A year later, fungal meningitis victims still suffering, but rebuilding

A year after a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak tied to tainted pain shots, victims like Margaret Snopkowski say they remain devastated by the ordeal — but determined to rebuild their lives.<p>“I go to work every day, I do my job, my numbers are up,” said Snopkowski, 52, who is a sales person for an …