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Filed Under:Health
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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

How did ‘the Berlin patient’ become cured of HIV?

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Researchers are closer to unraveling the mystery of how Timothy Ray Brown, the only human cured of HIV, defeated the virus, according to a new study. Although the work doesn’t provide a definitive answer, it rules out one possible explanation. Read full article >>

Chief engineer for Mars rover Curiosity takes his charge’s mission personally

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Curiosity, the robot crawling around the surface of Mars for the past two years, isn’t just a piece of machinery to Rob Manning. Waiting at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to get word of the Mars landing on Aug. 5, 2012, he writes:...Show More Summary

Scientists to discuss antibiotic resistance at D.C. restaurant

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Are we on our way to a “post-antibiotic era”? Many thoughtful scientists predict a time when we have so overused the life-saving drugs that none of them work. In that future, the bacteria connected with such ills as wound infections, strep throat and syphilis will have evolved and adapted to beat the antibiotics — and kill millions of people. Read full article >>

How exercise may protect the brain against stress-induced depression

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

First came end orphins, those home-grown opioids or painkillers that produce a “runner’s high.” Then came the endocannabinoids, the pleasure-inducing molecules released during hard workouts that turn exercise nuts into gym rats. Now,...Show More Summary

When to get a second doctor’s opinion

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Many people find it hard to challenge their doctors. Physicians have a lot of training, they are accustomed to wielding authority and we tend to see them when they’re respectably dressed but we’re without some or all of our clothing. Read full article >>

A guide to Bubba Kush, Purple Urkle and the rest of the marijuana pharmacopeia

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

“Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana” doesn’t read like your standard medical self-help book. Take, for example, Part 3, “Varieties of Medical Cannabis.” It begins in a traditional manner, by explaining why different varieties of weed might help different conditions. Read full article >>

Some common foods offer uncommonly good health benefits

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Coconut water, chia seeds, acai berry: There seems to be a new exotic or hard-to-find “superfood” every month. So you might be surprised to hear that some items you keep stocked in your refrigerator or kitchen pantry also pack some phenomenal health benefits. Here are seven examples, plus tips on how to incorporate them into your diet deliciously. Read full article >>

Teens taught that personality traits change in high school cope with depression better

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

THE QUESTION Research has shown that teens who have trouble with peer relationships, who feel excluded socially or who have low self-esteem are more likely than other teens to become depressed. If they were to learn that such situations, and the personality traits that drive them, could change, might this stem the onset of depression? Read full article >>

Diagnosing stomach problems is tricky

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

I wish “Medical Mysteries: What was causing a woman’s chronic digestive distress?” [Sept. 28] had been written eight years ago. For years, I had stomach issues and severe pain. Six different gastroenterologists treated me for acid reflux. Show More Summary

Here’s what the Ebola epidemic (still) looks like in West Africa

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Last week, health officials announced that Thomas Eric Duncan had been admitted to a Texas hospital, marking the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States. Since that time, an American freelance journalist has been flown from Liberia to Nebraska for treatment. Show More Summary

Dallas Ebola patient receives experimental treatment

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Ebola patient struggling to survive in a Dallas hospital has begun receiving an experimental treatment for the deadly disease. Thomas Eric Duncan, who traveled to Dallas from Liberia more than a week ago after having close contact...Show More Summary

Spanish health-care worker contracts Ebola in first transmission case outside of Africa

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

In the first known case of Ebola transmission outside of Africa, a nurse's assistant in Spain has contracted the deadly virus after caring for a sick priest who had been flown back from West Africa for treatment, the Associated Press reported. Read full article >>

No gloves, no masks: Dallas officials send a message of calm amid Ebola fears

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

DALLAS — Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins pulled into the Ivy Apartments community late in the evening Friday wearing suit pants and a lavender dress shirt. There were hazardous materials trucks all around, as cleaning crews had arrived...Show More Summary

Dallas homeless man, who may have been exposed to Ebola, is in the clear

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A homeless man who rode in an ambulance after Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is out of the hospital and being monitored twice a day, a spokeswoman for the City of Dallas said Monday. The homeless man, who officials had searched for after he was identified as being in the ambulance after Duncan, had gone missing. Show More Summary

Lab-grown penises are on the horizon, scientists say

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Men who need penile reconstruction could soon be given organs grown from their own cells in the lab, according to a team of scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The research is led by Anthony Atala, director of the institute. Show More Summary

As Ebola patient in Texas fights for his life, his family copes with stigma and isolation

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

DALLAS — As a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola was fighting to survive Sunday in a Texas hospital, his worried family members and others who were in contact with him said they are being ostracized by the local Liberian community, which is struggling to cope with fear, isolation and the stigma associated with the deadly disease. Read full article >>

Nobel prize in medicine awarded for discovery of brain’s ‘GPS’

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

John O'Keefe, a U.S.-British neuroscientist, and the Norwegian husband-and-wife team Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser have won the 2014 The Nobel Prize in medicine for work that the award committee described as an “inner GPS” for the brain. Read full article >>

Cats, take notice: Brain study uses trivia to look at how curiosity works

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Why are you reading this story? Probably no one is paying you or forcing you to read it against your will. Chances are, you are curious. Curiosity, that thirst for information, is largely a scientific mystery. How and why it gets triggered...Show More Summary

VA contracting official misused her position to help company, inspector general finds

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The fast-growing Northern Virginia contractor on its way to becoming a multibillion-dollar company had inked yet another important deal with a federal agency. But then a bureaucrat at the Department of Veterans Affairs stepped in, raising troubling questions about the contract and suddenly halted all work. Read full article >>

Ebola in America: Nothing to fear but fear itself?

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

This is how to get Ebola: Come into direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is infected with the virus and already symptomatic. Ebola doesn't travel through the air. A person in Washington, D.C., can't catch Ebola from an Ebola-infected person in Dallas without going there and coming into direct contact with the patient's bodily fluids. Read full article >>

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