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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Development of Ebola vaccine placed on fast track amid West African outbreak

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Federal officials are working to fast-track the development of an Ebola vaccine and hope to begin human trials in September, said a top National Institutes of Health official Thursday, as the outbreak of the deadly disease worsened in West Africa. Read full article >>

FDA to begin regulating laboratory test devices

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday plans to begin regulating certain diagnostic tests developed by laboratories, which have both proliferated and grown more sophisticated in recent years, spurring increased concerns about their safety and reliability. Read full article >>

Ebola crisis prompts CDC to warn against nonessential travel to West Africa

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to raise its travel health alert to Level 3, its highest level, warning people to avoid nonessential travel to the three countries experiencing the current outbreak. Read full article >>

Study suggests blood tests could determine risk of suicide

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Embargoed for 30-JUL 00.15 ET A simple blood test could determine a person’s risk of suicide and provide a future tool of prevention to stem suicide rates, researchers at Johns Hopkins suggest. The new study published online Wednesday...Show More Summary

Ebola virus leads to Peace Corps evacuating volunteers from three West African nations

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The spread of the deadly Ebola virus has prompted the Peace Corps to evacuate volunteers from three West African countries, the organization announced Wednesday. Two Peace Corps volunteers have been placed in isolation after being exposed to someone who later died of the highly contagious virus, according to an agency spokeswoman. Show More Summary

A gym for dogs: The latest addition to the canine industrial complex

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A dog’s life used to be easier: Take a six-hour nap, terrify a squirrel, have a little can of something for dinner. But these days, a dog needs a day planner, what with the yappy hours, the dog-park play dates and now — yes, it’s come to this — working out down at the dog gym. Read full article >>

Poor planning and oversight led to HealthCare.gov flaws

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Federal health officials were responsible for the trouble-ridden start of HealthCare.gov last year because of poor planning and lax oversight of outside contractors, according to government investigators, who warn that “significant risks remain” that Americans could again have trouble buying coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace this fall. Read full article >>

Peace Corps removing volunteers as Ebola virus spreads in W. Africa

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

View Photo Gallery —Africa struggles to contain Ebola outbreak: The virus that has killed more than 600 people in West Africa. The spread of the deadly Ebola virus has prompted the Peace Corps to evacuate volunteers from three West African countries, the organization announced today. Read full article >>

Blood test could predict risk of suicide

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A simple blood test could determine a person’s risk of suicide and provide a future tool of prevention to stem suicide rates. In a study published online Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers say they have discovered...Show More Summary

New cricket discovered in long-neglected amber collection

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Researchers at the Illinois Natural History Survey have reported a fascinating new species of cricket — one that lived in the Dominican Republic some 20 million years ago. But for half a century, the bug sat undiscovered and ignored in the lab, buried in a pile of amber in a 5-gallon drum. Read full article >>

A new study says that some female worm species can die after fertilization

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

When two different species try to mate, they’ll almost always fail. Some, like horses and donkeys, will get lucky and produce hybrid offspring — but those mules usually are sterile. But for some worms, a new study published in PLOS Biology reports, the price of inter-species breeding is no less than a painful death. Read full article >>

Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor is dead from Ebola

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A Sierra Leone doctor who treated more than 100 Ebola patients has died from the virus, the country’s chief medical officer Brima Kargbo confirmed to the media on Tuesday. Sheik Umar Khan has been hailed as a “national hero” for his work treating Ebola. Show More Summary

CDC urges U.S. health workers to be vigilant as Ebola virus’s toll grows in Africa

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the risk of Ebola spreading to the United States was low, but it nevertheless issued a Level 2 health alert, advising U.S. health workers to be vigilant. Read full article >>

Think you’re too young to treat bad joints with hip replacement surgery? Read this.

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

I first felt it while walking with my wife in downtown Bethesda a few years ago. A throb in my right hip that never seemed to go away, causing a limp, which triggered other problems (trouble sleeping, lower back pain). After years of cycling, skiing and other sports, I shrugged off the pain as an old pulled groin muscle reawakening itself just to be ornery. Read full article >>

Vint Cerf, father of the Internet, looks forward — and back

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

When Vint Cerf was 15 years old, he abandoned his cello and bow for a keyboard and computer. That was in the late 1950s. By 1997, when President Bill Clinton awarded him the U.S. National Medal of Technology, Cerf was being called the “Father of the Internet.” Along with Robert E. Show More Summary

Study finds that runners tend to live longer and have fewer strokes and heart problems

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

THE QUESTION Regular running can be a big boost to cardiovascular fitness. But do you need to run long distances at a fast pace to reap the benefits? THIS STUDY analyzed data on 55,137 adults, mostly men, who averaged 44 years old at the start of the study. Show More Summary

Pollution from shuttered arsenic mines and plants continues to affect Chinese villagers

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Above: A villager washes clothes in a river in Heshan, a village with a population of about 1,500 in China’s Hunan province. Beginning in the 1950s, mines and chemical plants mushroomed in the area, which is rich in realgar, or arsenic disulphide. Read full article >>

A mom fights cancer. Hodgkin’s is curable, but what do I need to know and do?

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

When I got most of my hair cut off recently, friends, co-workers and neighbors commented and complimented, but no one asked why. I’m not sure why I thought they would. The question has a whiff of judgment. But I wanted them to, because then I wouldn’t need to find a way to introduce the topic: I was just diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Show More Summary

‘Blue Mind’ explores the calming effect that water has on people

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Wallace J. Nichols spent nearly two decades as a marine biologist studying Pacific Ocean sea turtles and working with fishermen in Baja California, Mexico, to protect the turtles from poachers. But in the past five years, he has turned a new page, delving into neuroscience, human behavior and what he calls the “blue mind.” Read full article >>

Body language that conveys power

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Verbal language is perceived by the cerebral cortex, the most highly developed part of the brain. But body language is perceived by the limbic system, a more primitive set of structures that govern emotions, mood, pain and pleasure.Show More Summary

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