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Terry: Costa proved himself against Chelsea last season

The striker faced his new club when playing for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, with the Blues captain "surprised" by his opposition's talent in attack<p>John Terry has backed Diego Costa to shine at Chelsea after being impressed when coming up against the striker last …

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRIs<p>Jeanene Swanson<p>December 13, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>Depression strikes some 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, contributing to lowered quality of life as well as an …

Kawasaki Disease Wafts to Japan on the Wind

Air from China brings a major cause of childhood heart disease to Japan, study finds.<p>The agent of Kawasaki disease, a potentially fatal illness in children, floats into Japan on seasonal winds from northeastern China, according to a report published today in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy</i> …

Electronic cigarettes help smokers quit in 'real world,' study finds

A new study based on real-world data from England lends support to the idea that electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit using regular cigarettes.<p>Among a sample of 5,963 adults who tried to kick the habit without prescription medications or counseling, those who turned to e-cigarettes were …

Public Health

Bioengineer is working to make E. coli fight obesity, depression

Scientists have made great strides in cataloging the human microbiome, the collection of tiny organisms that live on and in our bodies. Now some researchers want to put those microbes to work.<p>At the forefront of this effort is Jeff Tabor, a synthetic biologist in the Department of Bioengineering …

Suspended-animation trials to begin on humans

Knife- and gunshot-wound victims will be placed in suspended animation as the first human trials begin on this emergency life-saving technique.<p>This month, the world's first attempts at placing humans in suspended animation using a new technique will take place at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in …

Pigs

Better Know a Plague: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is in the news again, in part because you’re more likely to get the illness in the summertime. But what is it?<p>Lyme disease is caused by the bacterial spirochete <i>Borrelia burgdorferi</i>, which is related to the <i>Treponema pallidum</i> bacterium that causes syphilis. Most <i>B. burgdorferi</i> are …

Disease

California declares whooping cough epidemic

California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state's public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone.<p>The agency says that there were 3,458 whooping cough cases reported between January 1 and June 10, well ahead of the number of cases …

Anthrax Scare At The CDC

Potentially exposed CDC workers seem okay and there's little danger to the general public, but the apparent lapse in safety procedures is surprising and serious.<p>In a surprising and scary lapse, around 75 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers may have been exposed to anthrax last …

Pakistan's refugee crisis fuels danger of spreading polio virus

The growing refugee crisis in northwestern Pakistan is fueling the danger of spreading the polio virus among the displaced population, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday.<p>More than 450,000 Pakistanis have fled their homes in the past two weeks as the military tries to root out …

This May Be Why Stress Seems To Trigger Heart Attacks

By Charles Choi, Contributing Writer<p>Published: 06/25/2014 11:37 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>The long-held belief that emotional or physical stress can trigger heart attacks may now have a scientific explanation: In stressed people, heart attacks might be triggered by bacteria dispersing within artery …

'Drastic action is needed' now to stop Ebola

The Ebola epidemic isn't getting any better in Africa.<p>The World Health Organization reports there have been 759 cases, including 467 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since the outbreak began in March, according to a statement the organization released on Tuesday.<p>The World Health …

Here's What It Will Take to Contain the Worst Ebola Outbreak in History

The “perfect storm” analogy is often over-used when it comes to disease outbreaks–all the elements that you don’t want to see converge to make …

CDC recommends testing procedure that can detect HIV four weeks earlier

Today is National HIV testing day, so it’s only fitting that the CDC announced on Thursday that it was recommending a new HIV testing approach that can diagnose HIV three to four weeks earlier than the previous recommended testing procedure.<p>Currently, most tests can only detect HIV about one or two …

Donated Livers Last Three Times Longer When Supercooled

At least rat livers do.<p>To keep a handful of rat livers super-fresh, researchers kept them supercool—that is, stored at temperatures below the freezing point of water.<p>The procedure was part of an experimental new method for treating donated organs. The method is still in its early stages of …

Sexting in middle school linked with real-life sex, study finds

Sexting is not a harmless activity that younger teens see as a substitute for real sex. A new study of Los Angeles middle school students finds that those who sent or received sext messages were significantly more likely than their non-sexting peers to be sexually active.<p>Indeed, the study found …

Middle School

Malaria parasite alters host body odor to entice mosquitoes

The parasite that causes<p>malariatinkers with the body chemistry of its host, causing it to produce odors that attract more mosquitoes during a key phase in the parasite’s reproductive cycle, a new study suggests.<p>The study, published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of …