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The disparities in how black and white men die in gun violence, state by state

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:35:40 GMT

America's gun violence problem is evident nationwide, but a new study reveals that how different groups of people across the country experience such violence can vary dramatically, depending upon who they are and where they live.

Marijuana-derived drug for epilepsy gets FDA recommendation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:46:02 GMT

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of an epilepsy drug that would be the first plant-derived cannabidiol medicine for prescription use in the United States.

A growing number of universities teach Weed 101

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:59:26 GMT

There's no weed major yet, nor are there textbooks, but a growing number of creative professors have come up with some clever ways to teach about marijuana.

FDA re-examines safety of controversial new drug

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:01:32 GMT

The Food and Drug Administration says it is re-examining the safety of a medication that was approved despite concerns that not enough was known about the drug's risks.

Synthetic cannabinoids tied to fourth death in Illinois

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:04:49 GMT

More than 150 hospitalizations, including four deaths, are related to synthetic cannabinoids laced with rat poison in the Illinois area, according to health officials.

One concussion could increase risk of Parkinson's disease, study says

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:17:37 GMT

A diagnosis of traumatic brain injury -- whether mild, moderate or severe -- is associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease as well as a two years younger age at diagnosis, new research in veterans says.

Pioneering physician Asperger sent children to their deaths, study claims

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:07:39 GMT

Hans Asperger has been recognized for decades for his groundbreaking studies on child psychiatry and pediatrics.

FDA investigating unauthorized herpes vaccine research

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:34:19 GMT

William Halford had spent two decades researching and developing a vaccine that he believed could bring relief to the millions of people afflicted with herpes.

How many hours it takes to turn an acquaintance into a friend

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:51:19 GMT

Here's an unfortunate little truism, taken from a study recently published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships: "It is not possible to have friends without first making friends."

British toddler Alfie Evans' fate to be decided by UK High Court

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:06:05 GMT

The fate of 23-month-old Alfie Evans will be decided Wednesday by judges at the UK Court of Appeal where his parents are appealing a ruling made by the High Court on Tuesday to prevent the child from leaving the country for medical treatment.

Man's second face transplant is a world first

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:13:34 GMT

A man in Paris with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis has become the world's first to successfully receive two facial transplants. He is now debuting his third face.

Drinkers have more bad mouth bacteria, study finds

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:11:11 GMT

Your mouth naturally contains about 700 types of bacteria, some good but others not so much. The mouths of people who routinely drank one or more alcoholic beverages each day contained an overabundance of bad bacteria and a smaller amount of good bacteria than those of nondrinkers, new research has found.

FDA 'blitz' aimed at reducing youths' use of Juul, other e-cigarettes

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:36:01 GMT

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, announced Tuesday a "blitz" on retailers for violations related to sales of Juul and other e-cigarettes to minors.

Can artificial sweeteners cause weight gain?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:32:24 GMT

Could the no-calorie sweetener you rely on to replace sugar in your diet actually cause weight gain instead of the weight loss you were expecting?

EPA gives $1.9 million to researcher to find lead in water

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:14:21 GMT

The EPA has awarded the Virginia Tech researcher who first identified lead in water systems in Flint, Michigan, and Washington, DC, with a $1.9 million grant to study other American cities where lead-tainted water is suspected -- but where residents are struggling to get help from their governments.

Plastic surgery game apps sending wrong message to kids, critics say

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:41:11 GMT

Plastic surgery isn't a game, but some apps have turned it into one for kids.

E. coli warning expanded to all romaine lettuce

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:34:28 GMT

The CDC warns that an outbreak of E. coli is now connected to all types of romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts of romaine, as well as chopped romaine in salads and salad mixes.

The costs of child care around the world

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:42:50 GMT

What does child care look like in other countries? Here is just a sampling of the child care options available to families around the world and how much such options cost.

Here's how much kids should be exercising

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:03:14 GMT

How can you get your kid or teen excited about exercise, and how much physical activity is ideal for growing bodies? Experts weigh in with answers, exercising tips and new research efforts.

Every man's nightmare: A 'Broken Bananah'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:14:10 GMT

What may be every man's worst medical nightmare happened to 32-year-old Ross Asdourian.

Ice swim racing is not for the faint of heart -- literally

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:35:58 GMT

Plunge into water at near-freezing temperatures, and your body goes into extreme distress. Your skin screams signals of pain. You can't breathe, because your chest is cramping up. Talking is nearly impossible. Your heart is pounding. Fear mounts -- as it should. Without any protection, you may lose consciousness in under 15 minutes. You'll be dead within an hour.

Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana will save many addicted to opioids

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:25:02 GMT

Research suggests that if safe and regulated medicinal marijuana were made available nationally, up to 10,000 lives could be saved every year.

Japan's 'Bosai Girls' bring fashion to disaster relief

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:23:12 GMT

It took a devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami to transform Misaki Tanaka's view of disaster relief and inspire her inner social entrepreneur.

Doctors announce first successful penis and scrotum transplant

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:32:26 GMT

The world's first successful total penis and scrotum transplant was completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital on March 26, according to a news release issued Monday.

Why does smoking pot give you the munchies?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:29:35 GMT

If you smoke or eat pot, you might have encountered the "marijuana munchies," or the desire for salty, sweet or fatty carbohydrate-rich foods when using the drug.

Caffeine in pregnancy linked to childhood weight gain

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:30:48 GMT

Most pregnant women know to avoid certain foods and drinks, such as raw meat and alcohol. But a new study lends weight to the notion that a high intake of caffeinated substances may also be detrimental to a baby's health.

'Re-gifted' kidney gives new life to a 70-year-old woman

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:07:02 GMT

Vertis Boyce is a 70-year-old African-American woman. But her new kidney used to belong to a 24-year-old Hispanic man.

The humble mushroom, the newest superfood

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:53:05 GMT

Mushrooms are often praised because of what they don't contribute to the diet, but that was selling them short. They are very healthy foods and could have medicinal properties.

Woman loses two sons in one night to opioids

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:05:12 GMT

In one night, the Savage family lost two sons to opioid overdoses. Now they are working to prevent other families from experiencing the same pain.