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New Psychiatric DNA Testing Is Unproven Ground

John R. Brown had been on medication for depression and bipolar disorder since high school, but with personal crises swirling, he was desperate for help coping. So when his doctor suggested taking an expensive genetic test to find better treatment, he readily agreed.<p>“It was so simple,” said Brown, …

Parents In Poor Countries Worry About Vaccines, Too

Some Western parents worry whether vaccines for their kids are spaced too closely together. The last Republican presidential debate fueled anxiety over the issue.<p>Once again, health experts have been rushing in to reassure parents that the schedule for vaccinating children is not only safe but …

A new study about blood pressure will change the way doctors practice medicine

<i>A single study will change the way I practice medicine, with guidelines from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health soon to follow.</i><p>It's easy to get confused by the overly dramatic daily news about health and medicine. One day coffee is great for you; the next day it …

Medicine

New breed of paramedics treats patients before emergencies occur

Paramedic Jacob Modglin parks on a palm-lined street in Oxnard and jumps out of his ambulance. He is prepared for any kind of emergency.<p>But his patient is standing in the driveway of a one-story house, holding a thermos, and smiling. It's time for his 8 p.m. appointment.<p>Modglin is part of a new …

Los Angeles County

Drug Can Stop Radiation Poisoning Up To 24 Hours After Exposure

A new tool for emergency medicine<p>Even at low levels, radiation can make people sick over time. But brief periods of intense exposure, like after the destruction of the Fukushima reactor in 2011, can cause more immediate health threats, especially on the gastrointestinal tract, or even death. Now …

Biomarkers

Jillian Michaels Workout: 4 Amazing Abs Exercises

This tough workout will give you sculpted abs and killer confidence<p>Pretty much every woman on the planet is more than a little obsessed with flattening out the region between her breasts and pelvis—and it ain't easy!<p>"I did a poll on Facebook asking which area of your body you struggle with most," …

Facts Are Your Friends -- Vaccinate Your Children

I didn't think I was going to vaccinate my children. I've always been earthy, crunchy, whatever. Fair trade? Artisanal? Free range? I love it all. I care about what I put into my body, and when I got pregnant, I became acutely aware that my decisions affected someone else. Someone who I had a duty …

Public Health

Class, Privilege and Wealth at Two Very Different High Schools

University Heights High School is located in one of the poorest congressional district in America, and six miles away, the Ethical Culture Fieldston …

Mummified corpses in Hungarian crypt reveal clues to tuberculosis origins

Hundreds of bodies found in Dominican church help epidemiologists explain how disease spread in the past<p>Samples from mummies in a Hungarian crypt have revealed that multiple tuberculosis strains derived from a single Roman ancestor that circulated in 18th-century Europe, scientists said …

Scientists successfully 'delete' HIV virus from human DNA

Current treatments are effective at keeping the disease at bay, but in so doing, patients are subjected to a lifetime of toxic drugs.<p>Fortunately, …

HIV outbreak in southern Indiana worst in state's history

Throughout the city of Austin in southeastern Indiana, signs advertise free HIV testing at the Scott County Health Department.<p>Boarded-up windows decorate nearby houses; metal cages surround air conditioners to bar people from stealing parts to scrap for change. Austin has no drug rehabilitation …

Promise of deep-brain stimulation for depression encourages research into other mental illnesses

Print<p>Related<p>A procedure that treats depression by using electrodes implanted deep in the brain won’t be available to the public soon, says the …

General Hospital

Could a ‘leaky gut’ be the cause of acne, fatigue and memory fog?

As far as strange medical conditions go, leaky gut syndrome is among the most intriguing— and possibly the most distastefully named.<p>It is also somewhat controversial. Because it’s only recently begun to be studied, leaky gut syndrome is still poorly understood. Some experts are skeptical of the …

A mother’s quest to cure her son

Nashville, Tennessee - At 55-years-old, Terry Jo Bichell is a couple of months away from earning a PHD in neuroscience. She says it puts her one step closer to achieving a goal she set out for herself 16 years ago - to cure her son Louis from a debilitating genetic disorder.<p>A mother of five, Terry …

Autism

Parents Hunt for Answers on Kids' Mysterious Paralysis

In August 2014, a small number of children began turning up at emergency rooms around the country with symptoms of severe respiratory disease.<p>“Our …

A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role In Thought And Emotion

Since his birth 33 years ago, Jonathan Keleher has been living without a cerebellum, a structure that usually contains about half the brain's neurons.<p>This exceedingly rare condition has left Jonathan with a distinctive way of speaking and a walk that is slightly awkward. He also lacks the balance …

Pioneering surgery 'saves bowels' when removing polyps

<b>Pioneering surgeons have developed a technique to preserve the bowels when removing pre-cancerous growths.</b><p>The rectum is prone to the growth of very large polyps. Removing them can cause so much damage it leaves the patient needing a stoma bag.<p>The new method has been performed on 20 people and the …

Cancer

Perception Of Time Is Altered In Depressed Individuals, Study Says

Although it’s difficult to estimate the number of people in the United States who suffer from the disease of depression, it is likely the most …

Depression

Fact or Fiction?: Vaccines Are Dangerous

The world greets newborn babies by bombarding them with everything from dust to disease-causing microbes. Babies can deftly parry exposures to …

Why Doctors Give in on Vaccines

Even in an era defined by profound technological advances, the practice of medicine remains an art as well a science—a fact that often frustrates both physicians and their patients. For many conditions, solutions are not simple and there are rarely easy answers. There are exceptions, of course; …

Two More Hospitals Report 'Superbugs' on Endoscopes

Two more hospitals—one in California and one in Connecticut—reported they’d found drug-resistant “superbugs” on a hard-to-clean type of medical equipment that’s under federal scrutiny.<p>The devices, called duodenoscopes, have been modified in a way that allows germs to stick to them, the Food and …

Psychedelic drugs like LSD could be used to treat depression, study suggests

Researchers warn that patients are missing out on potential benefits due to prohibitive regulations on research into recreational drugs<p>Psychedelic drugs could prove to be highly effective treatments for depression and alcoholism, according to scientists who have obtained the first brain scans of …

Jimmy Kimmel: I won't say sorry for slamming anti-vaccine parents

Jimmy Kimmel has an 8-month-old daughter, and he is sick and tired of all this anti-vaccination chatter lately, so he decided to do something about it.<p>The TV host made a PSA last week about why parents should be vaccinating their children. He preceded the video with a long speech about his …

More Kids Are Eating Fruit at School, Study Finds

The government’s effort to encourage children to eat more fruit is working, a new study finds, and they’re throwing less food away too.<p>The study …

Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.<p>These …

Public Health

Planting false memories fairly easy, psychologists find | The Star

Published in January in the journal Psychological Science by Julia Shaw of Britain’s University of Bedfordshire and Stephen Porter, a forensic …

This Isn't the First Time Measles Vaccines Caused a Controversy

On Monday, the CDC confirmed that there are now more than 100 cases of measles in the United States — which means, an official pointed out, that the …