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India marks three years since last polio case

India has marked three years since its last polio case was reported, a major milestone in eradicating the disease.<p>The marker puts the country on course to being formally declared polio-free in March. The World Health Organisation (WHO) still needs to confirm there are no undetected cases before …

Lavishing Kids With Praise Can Make Them Feel Worse About Themselves

The dangers of overdoing the compliments<p>"Hollywood dishes out too much praise for small things," the great actor Jimmy Stewart once said. "I won't let it get me, but too much praise can turn a fellow's head if he doesn't watch his step." He was talking about the sick power compliments can have on a …

The Good-Luck Charm That Solved a Public-Health Problem

Warding off anemia with small iron fish<p>In 2008, Christopher Charles was living in Cambodia and researching anemia. The condition, which is commonly caused by iron deficiency, afflicts roughly half of Cambodia’s children and pregnant women. Untreated, it can lead to lethargy, impaired growth and …

Report: Half of all supermarket chicken harbors drug-resistant bacteria

A Consumer Reports investigation found potentially dangerous pathogens in nearly all of the chicken it tested<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 19, 2013 2:08pm (UTC)<p>Dangerous bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," lurk in nearly all supermarket chicken, an investigation by Consumer Reports …

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 …

A Nasty Fever Called Chikungunya Hits Close To Home

Well, look what showed up on our doorstep.<p>The Western Hemisphere has an unwelcome visitor: a painful tropical illness called chikungunya fever.<p>And it doesn't look like the hard-to-say illness is leaving anytime soon. (You can hear how to pronounce it here.)<p>After being a problem in Africa and …

Scientists Turn To The Crowd In Quest For New Antibiotics

Could you dig up the next antibiotic in your backyard? Two scientists would like you and, if they're lucky, millions of other people to give it a try.<p>The researchers hope that lots of do-it-yourself scientists around the world can come up with the next big idea for much-needed drugs.<p>There are …

Bubonic plague killed 20 villagers in Madagascar, health experts confirm

Once feared as the Black Death – the rodent-borne disease that wiped out a third of the world's population in the Middle Ages – bubonic plague has killed 20 villagers in Madagascar in one of the worst outbreaks globally in recent years, health experts have confirmed.<p>The confirmation that bubonic …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …