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Study: Forget a Word? Make a Fist

Clenching a hand increases focal brain activity. Make sure to do it correctly, though.<p>moonwaves / flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> Sometimes a word is on the tip of your tongue, and it's so close a slight breeze would blow it out. But it doesn't come. Why? Maybe because you were sitting there with your hands just …

No shit: can fecal transplants save 14,000 lives a year?

FDA cracks down on promising treatment for deadly intestinal bacteria<p>For Rhiannon Maher, the suffering began last August. Maher, then a 20-year-old college student, had recently been hospitalized for colitis after experiencing a bout of vomiting and diarrhea, but her doctors soon diagnosed her with …

Brain’s Own ‘Valium’ Discovered

We’ve known the brain produces its own heroin-like substances since the 1970s. But what about Valium? Although researchers have searched for such …

Portions Are Increasing: By Just How Much Has Our Food Been Super-Sized? (PHOTOS)

<i>By YouBeauty.com Editors</i><p>To say that we are a Supersized nation is an understatement. We all know that most things food-related -- from our serving sizes to our farm animals -- have grown over the years. It turns out everything from houses, to dinnerware, to wine glasses seem to be part of the idea …

Semen Health Benefits: It Really Does Have All The Nutrients Of A Protein Shake

How's this for your protein shake: fructose sugar, water, ascorbic acid, citric acid, enzymes, protein, zinc and more. Those are nutrients found in human male ejaculate.<p>New research found that numerous species consume semen for its health benefits, and human seed might as well be viable as a …

Patch Sewn onto the Tongue Makes Solid Food Intolerable for Dieters

How far would you go to lose weight? In Venezuela, beauty-conscious women who don’t have the willpower to go on a diet have plastic patches the size …

The Curious Tale of Narcolepsy and Dementia: Discovering the Cause

<i>By Dr. Emmanuel Mignot</i><p><i>Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrating ADCA-DN in severely affected (A), mildly affected (B), and normal (C) brains.</i><p>Previously, I introduced you to a rare familial disorder baptized Autosomal Dominant Cerebellar Ataxia, Deafness and Narcolepsy or ADCA-DN, first …

Anorexia and the 'Too Fat to Fit Through the Door' Experiment

Unconscious body image misperception<p>StitcherScribbler/Flickr<p>In the interest of optimizing treatment for people with anorexia nervosa, Anouk Keizer and a team of psychologists at Utrecht University in The Netherlands are working to understand how patients perceive themselves in relation to the …

Cancer Metastasis: Researchers Find 'Chase And Run' Mechanism In Cancer Spread

Scientists have identified the mechanism by which cancer is able to spread throughout the body, after discovering a cell movement process called "chase and run."<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, detail how neural crest cells, which are similar to cancer cells, "chase" …

No More Chemo: Doctors Say It’s Not So Far-Fetched

There’s a revolution occurring in cancer treatment, and it could mean the end of chemotherapy.<p>When it comes to taming tumors, the strategy has always …

Painkiller increases chance of heart attack, health officials advise

Health officials have advised patients with heart problems to avoid an over-the-counter painkiller used by millions after research found that it can …

Tiny stem-cell livers grown in laboratory

<b>Tiny functioning human livers have been grown from stem cells in the laboratory by scientists in Japan.</b><p>They said they were "gobsmacked" when liver buds, the earliest stage of the organ's development, formed spontaneously.<p>The team, reporting their findings in Nature, hope that transplanting …

Nearly half of babies have flat spots, study finds

About half of all 2-month-old babies screened in a study had flat spots on their heads, Canadian researchers reported Monday in one of the first studies aimed at assessing just how common the problem is.<p>The culprit – or culprits – are likely all the devices designed to hold babies safe and still, …

Mexico Is Now A Fatter Country Than America

In 2008, 32.8% of Mexican adults were obese, compared to 31.8% of American adults.<p>(A tiny island in the South Pacific called Nauru still tops the list as the world's fattest country, with an adult obesity rate of 71.1%).<p>The rise in obesity rates is not surprising as more Mexicans move into …

HPV cancers a mystery in men

So far, there's not really any data on how the HPV vaccine affects rates of HPV infection in men, or rates of oropharyngeal cancer. That's both …

Mother’s Antibodies May Explain a Quarter of Autism Cases

A test for six antibodies in an expectant mom’s blood may predict with more than 99% certainty which children are at highest risk of developing …

Alzheimer's Disease And Cancer: Each May Lower Risk Of The Other

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 07/10/2013 04:13 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Alzheimer's disease and cancer are both diseases of aging, but interestingly, having one of these conditions lowers the risk of developing the other, a new study from Italy suggests.<p>In the study, people with …

Fecal Transplants: An Inside Look at the Potential, Progress and Pitfalls

I did my first fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) about five years ago. At the time, I was a clinical gastroenterologist caring for a young woman who had contracted C. difficile (C. diff), a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea, after taking antibiotics for a sinus infection. The antibiotics …

Belly Fat Linked With Higher Heart Disease, Cancer Risks

Here's even more evidence that <i>where</i> fat is located on your body matters when it comes to health risks.<p>Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Laboratory for Metabolic and Population Health found that people who have high amounts of fat in their …