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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

How research in space could help treat old age on Earth

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Right now, Millie Hughes-Fulford's experiments are being run more than  200 miles above ground on the International Space Station after being carried there by the latest SpaceX launch. But the University of California San Francisco professor hopes that her work will have applications much closer to home. Show More Summary

Obama administration aims to cut methane leaks

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Obama administration announced plans Wednesday to dramatically reduce the amount of methane seeping from oil and gas installations, taking aim at a pollutant that accounts for nearly 10 percent of the greenhouse gases emitted by U.S. sources each year.Read full article >>

The drug Suboxone could combat the heroin epidemic. So why is it so hard to get?

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Edwin Chapman’s secretary handed him a pile of prescription slips, and the doctor’s pen moved quickly across them: “Buprenorphine/naloxone.” “Buprenorphine/naloxone.” “Buprenorphine/naloxone.”His waiting room was full of heroin-addicted...Show More Summary

White House to reign in methane emissions with new rules restricting gas leaks

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Obama administration will seek to cut down on methane leaks from oil and gas drilling by up to 45 percent under a plan expected to be unveiled this week, officials familiar with the plans said Tuesday.Read full article >>

How to avoid products with toxic bisphenol-s

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Studies of bisphenol-S, the chemical compound sometimes used to replace bisphenol-A in "BPA-free" plastic products, found it is disruptive not only to the body's hormone system, but to brain circuitry in developing animal embryos.Read full article >>

Here’s what the first big solar flare of 2015 looked like

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The sun was relatively quiet at the end of 2014, at least in comparison to some of the powerful solar storms seen earlier in the year. But it only took a couple of weeks of 2015 for the star to send out some crazy streams of radiation. These images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory record the sun's peak activity at 11:24 p.m. Eastern time Monday.Read full article >>

A better way to help people quit smoking?

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

University of Pennsylvania researchers have identified what may be a more effective way to help people quit smoking. About 70 percent of smokers give up the daunting effort during the first week of trying.Read full article >>

Lockheed Martin’s latest health partnership is very personal

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Lockheed Martin made several forays into healthcare last year, buying small, specialized companies.But the defense giant’s latest move in this space is its most personal yet.Lockheed and San Diego company Illumina are teaming up to study...Show More Summary

Chronic pain not only hurts, it also causes isolation and depression. But there’s hope.

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Chronic pain affects more people than cancer, diabetes, heart attack and stroke combined. The Institute of Medicineestimates there are more than 100 million sufferers in the United States, costing the nation as much as $635 billion a year in medical treatment and lost productivity.Read full article >>

There’s some gross stuff in the food we eat, from spray cheese to beef jerky

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Patrick Di Justo has written a lively coffee-table book for the modern consumer. We could describe it here, but you’ll get the point from its mouthful of a title: “This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth? From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What’s Inside Everyday Products.”Read full article >>

Eight ways to deal with chronic pain

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

These steps, distilled from research and experience, can help manage chronic pain.Embrace physical therapy.The more you move, the better you feel. Strategically strengthening and stretching the body, especially parts that are affected by chronic pain, can increase mobility, decrease pain and improve overall mood. Show More Summary

BPA alternative disrupts normal brain-cell growth, is tied to hyperactivity, study says

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers have shown why a chemical once thought to be a safe alternative to bisphenol-A, which was banned by the government for baby bottles and sippy cups, might itself be more harmful than BPA.Read full article >>

‘Brain zapping’: Veterans say experimental PTSD treatment has changed their lives

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — The headquarters of Oakley, a maker of recreational and military gear, looks as if it belongs in a war zone. It’s a massive bunker with exposed-steel pipes, girders and blast walls. Even the dais in the auditorium is armored.Read full article >>

The paleo diet: Should you eat like a caveman?

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The problem with modern diets is that they rely too heavily on modern, processed foods. If only we emulated the eating habits of our paleolithic predecessors, we’d be healthier and less obese. That’s the premise of popular “paleo” diets.Read full article >>

Eyeglasses can be expensive. Discounters and online merchants may be a good option

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The cost of a new pair of glasses can leave you seeing double. Fancy frames, special lenses and protective coatings can add $500 or more, even with insurance. And though you can get cheaper pairs online or in discount stores, can you trust them to correct your vision and look good, too? Here’s what you need to know:Read full article >>

Eating avocado every day may help reduce cholesterol

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

THE QUESTION Avocados contain what’s considered to be a good type of fat — monounsaturated fatty acids. For people trying to control their cholesterol levels, might adding avocado to their diet be of benefit?Read full article >>

2-state Gulf Coast manatee-sighting network expanding west

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

NEW ORLEANS — As manatees recover in Florida, their U.S. home base, more and more seem to be showing up farther west along the Gulf of Mexico.Seven stranded manatees had been reported along the Alabama coast before 2007, when a network to report them was created. Show More Summary

SpaceX fails to land rocket on barge at sea

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Elon Musk’s daring and unprecedented attempt to land a rocket upright on a barge in the ocean was unsuccessful Saturday, but SpaceX, his startup space company, vowed to try again and said that the attempt “bodes well for the future.”Read full article >>

Two Ebola vaccines headed for clinical trials in West Africa

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The World Health Organization said Friday that two Ebola vaccines under development have been deemed safe and will be administered soon in clinical trials in West Africa, where more than 8,000 people have died from the deadly virus.Read full article >>

Measles and the anti-vaccination movement meet at Disneyland

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Read this terrific column by the Los Angeles Times' Michael Hiltzik from the heart of the anti-vaccination movement. It's not Disneyland's fault, of  course, but it does show what can happen in a place where many visitors come from all over the world.Read full article >>

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