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Slew of caffeinated food products has FDA jittery

Who needs coffee for breakfast when you can pour Wired Wyatt’s caffeinated maple syrup over your Wired Waffles? Remember Cracker Jack? This year saw the advent of Cracker Jack’d Power Bites, with as much caffeine per serving as a cup of coffee.<p>Americans, it turns out, are willing to gobble up …

Children's cancer center leverages superheroes to help patients through chemotherapy

The A.C.Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo is recruiting superheroes in an attempt to help young patients better understand and cope with chemotherapy — a complex, daunting medical treatment irrespective of age. With the help of ad agency JWT, the medical facility is touting chemo to a …

A Boston Family's Struggle With TB Reveals A Stubborn Foe

Thanks to gold-standard tuberculosis treatment and prevention programs, cases of TB in the United States have declined every year for the past two decades — to the lowest level ever.<p>But TB's course through the Williams family in Boston shows that no nation can afford to relax its efforts to find, …

More Children Poisoned By Parents' Prescription Drugs

Dad takes a cholesterol-lowering statin so he'll be around to see the kids grow up. But statins, like Lipitor and Zocor, as well as some other common adult prescription drugs are causing a rise in poisonings among children, a study says.<p>The big surprise is that children are at risk not just from …

Are humans getting smarter?

As our capacity for abstract thinking grows, so too have our IQ scores<p>Claude S. Fischer<p>June 3, 2013 9:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Boston Review.<p>Psychologists often use puzzles to test intelligence. So, puzzle this: on the one hand, many psychologists tell us that intelligence is …

Obama Administration Seeks To Ease Approvals For Antibiotics

Every day in hospitals all over America, thousands of patients die of infections that <i>used</i> to be curable. But the antibiotics used to treat them aren't working anymore.<p>It's called drug resistance, and it's largely a consequence of antibiotics overuse. The more germs are exposed to antibiotics, the …

HPV vaccine awareness returns to focus after Michael Douglas cancer claim

Michael Douglas's revelation that HPV caused his throat cancer brought the virus into the spotlight this week. But in the US, overall public …

Can Going Vegetarian Help You Live Longer? Maybe

If you're looking for the definitive study that might persuade meat lovers to become vegetarians, this may not be it.<p>New research published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that vegetarian diets are linked to a slightly lower risk of early death — about 12 percent lower over a period of about six …

Major employers sued for sex discrimination in maternity coverage

The complaint, filed under a sex discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, may be the first of its kind<p>The National Women's Law Center filed on Tuesday what may be the first complaint under a new provision of President Obama's Affordable Care Act requiring employers to cover maternity …

WHO expert team, including Canadian, in Saudi investigating MERS outbreak

TORONTO — A World Health Organization-led group of experts is in Saudi Arabia trying to get to the bottom of what is happening there with the new MERS coronavirus.<p>Canadian SARS expert Dr. Allison McGeer of Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital is part of the team, which began its work Tuesday.<p>McGeer was …

DNA data to be shared worldwide in medical research project

Leading medical and research centres around the world are launching an ambitious project that will allow them to share vast amounts of patients' …