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HPV Vaccine: Is One Dose Enough?

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 11/04/2013 07:32 AM EST on LiveScience<p>A single dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may be enough to protect women against infection with the virus over the long-term, a new study from Costa Rica suggests.<p>In the study, women who received one, …

Scientists believe lasers could help cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Lasers could prove to be the key in eliminating brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. New findings from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Polish Wroclaw University of Technology have raised hopes that doctors may one day be able to cure the ailments without needing …

With Rise Of Painkiller Abuse, A Closer Look At Heroin

Abuse of prescription painkillers is a "growing, deadly epidemic," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>On Oct. 24, the Food and Drug Administration recommended putting new restrictions on hydrocodone, sold as Vicodin and other brand names.<p>Dr. Andrew Kolodny believes the …

Why Doctors Are Fighting Over Blood Pressure Guidelines

How low is too low? That’s what physicians are debating after new advice for treating hypertension was issued in December.<p>High blood pressure is …

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The Ultimate Guide to Vitamins and Minerals

We see cartons of juice and boxes of cereal trumpeting their vitamin and mineral content, but why are these microscopic nutrients so important? From …

Nutrition

Sleep Well At Every Age

<i>By Madeline Vann, MPH</i><p><i>Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, M.D.</i><p>Sleep patterns often change with age, even though little has changed but the increasing number of candles on your cake. You might get tired early, wake up early, and feel like napping in the afternoon -- and worry that you aren't …

Biological Clock: Why You Feel SO Groggy All the Time

<b>Why Your Internal Clock Is Off</b> Electricity has taken internal clocks for a ride, says Wright. You spend lots of time indoors and away from the sunlight—in your home, office, or in dark restaurants or bars. On the flip side, you also spend a bunch of time in well-lit places after the sun has set, …

7 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas

<i>By Melinda Johnson for U.S. News</i><p>Protein tends to be misunderstood. At times, it's flying high on a fad-diet craze, when it seems that half of our population is shunning carbs in favor of a high-protein diet. At other times, protein is forgotten completely, as people order salads with low-fat …

7 Signs of Emotional Wellness

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be emotionally healthy? Have you ever wondered how your psychological well-being compares to others around you?<p>When I meet new people in social settings, the conversational question of, "What do you do for a living?" often leads people to ask me the …

Happiness

Cancer: Researchers Want to Narrow The Definition of the Word "Cancer"

“In the past 30 years, cancer doctors have focused on early detection using sophisticated screening devices that can catch abnormalities in a highly curable stage,” says Schnabel. “But in many cases, we’ve detected and then treated conditions that if left alone may never have progressed to a more …

Fresh fears over PMA being used in ecstasy pills

By Steve Holden<i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p>The government agency responsible for drug prevention has said it is concerned with an apparent rise in the number of ecstasy-related deaths.<p>It is feared some tablets currently being sold as ecstasy actually contain the Class A drug PMA.<p>Hospitals have been sent …

Ecstasy (Drug)

When Your Medicine Makes You Sick

So far this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that drug companies have "voluntarily" recalled more than 30 prescription drugs. I know this because I am a class action lawyer who spends his professional days and nights suing drug companies. But how are average American …

Is the Alkaline Diet Really Healthy or Just a Fad?

So you spent the weekend gorging on burgers and funnel cake (it’s summer, after all) only to find yourself reaching for the antacid on Sunday …

Psoriasis Raises Risk For Diabetes, Heart Disease And Ulcers, Study Finds

<i>By Amir Khan</i><p>The problems of psoriasis affect more than just your skin, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Dermatology, which found that people with the condition are at an increased risk for other diseases, such as diabetes, ulcers and heart disease.<p>Researchers from the …

Marijuana use on the rise among young adults, fiftysomethings

The growing popularity of marijuana has propelled a rise in drug use among Americans, including those in their 50s and 60s, a recently released national survey shows.<p>Marijuana remains the most common drug, and it increased in popularity from 2007 to 2012, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health …

Mers - will it start the next global pandemic?

Our expert assesses the risks of the new virus<p>Since April 2012, 108 cases of a new virus have been reported in humans, resulting in 50 deaths. Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) is in the same family as Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and the common cold (coronaviruses), but is more …

Scientists Discover Brain Activity Beyond A Deep Coma

A new study has found that EEG activity is possible beyond the point normally considered brain death.<p>With the help of one man and 26 cats, scientists from the University of Montreal and the Medical Centre Regina Maria in Romania say they've discovered a new frontier in brain function: activity …

Researcher finds way to calm fears during sleep

Fear may be the most powerful of all human emotions, but according to a study released today in the journal Nature Neuroscience, sleep can be its enemy.<p>In a first-of-its-kind experiment, specific emotional memories of human beings were deliberately altered during sleep. The complicated small study, …

The Brain

Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system, CDC confirms

A rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system, state health regulators said Tuesday.<p>The state Department of Health and Hospitals said in a news release that the federal Centers for Disease Control and …

Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

The federal government is considering whether to allow scientists to take a controversial step: make changes in some of the genetic material in a woman's egg that would be passed down through generations.<p>Mark Sauer of the Columbia University Medical Center, a member of one of two teams of U.S. …

Researcher develops new medicine that attacks HIV before it integrates with human DNA

(Medical Xpress)—Thirty-four million people are living with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, worldwide and each year some 2.5 million more are …

3 Metals That Might Cause Memory Problems

Mutations In A Metabolism Gene Could Predispose Some People To Severe Obesity

It's no secret that some people put on weight faster than others. But for the first time, scientists have identified a gene that is responsible for metabolism, or the rate at which a person's body burns calories. And for some people who have been obese since they were children, that particular gene …

Prostate cancer aggression test 'may avoid needless ops'

<b>A prostate cancer test, which predicts how aggressive a tumour is, could spare men unnecessary operations, researchers suggest.</b><p>Early data, presented at the National Cancer Research Institute conference, suggests a genetic test can tell apart aggressive and slow-growing tumours.<p>A big challenge in …

Cancer