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Filed Under:Health
Posts on Regator:7236
Posts / Week:22.1
Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Study finds no evidence that ADHD drugs stunt children’s growth

last weekHealth : The Checkup

THE QUESTION Though stimulants are often prescribed for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, some worry that the drugs stunt the patients’ growth. Are those concerns valid? THIS STUDY analyzed data on 1,020 people, charting their growth patterns over more than two decades. Show More Summary

Federal order provides more coverage for low-income children with autism

last weekHealth : The Checkup

When Yuri Maldonado’s 6-year-old son was diagnosed with autism four years ago, she learned that getting him the therapy he needed from California’s Medicaid plan for low-income children was going to be tough. Read full article >>

Obama: U.S. military to provide equipment, resources to battle Ebola epidemic in Africa

last weekHealth : The Checkup

President Obama said Sunday that the U.S. military will begin aiding what has been a chaotic and ineffective response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, arguing that it represents a serious national security concern. Read full article >>

SpaceX rocket successfully blasts off, Asian satellite in tow

last weekHealth : The Checkup

After delaying the mission because of an explosive (but unrelated) launch in August, commercial spaceflight company SpaceX has launched its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit carrying a new telecommunications satellite for Asia. Read full article >>

The stunning accuracy of archerfish spit

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Archerfish? More like sniperfish. Toxotes jaculatrix is quite the aquatic sharpshooter. The fish, native to southern and southeast Asia, use precise jets of water to knock prey like spiders, insects and small lizards into their reach. According to a new study in Current Biology, that spit propulsion is the result of some impeccable bodily control. Read full article >>

Six more deadly pathogens found improperly stored in NIH and FDA labs

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Workers searching government laboratories in the wake of the July discovery of smallpox have found six more improperly stored, dangerous pathogens -- including ricin, the neurotoxin botulism and the bacteria that causes plague. Read full article >>

California blue whales bounce back from whaling

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Good news! According to a study published in the journal Marine Mammal Science, the endangered California blue whale population has probably returned to near pre-whaling levels. Bad news: They're the first set of blue whales to do so, and we still keep hitting them with ships. Read full article >>

How Ebola — ‘the Kardashian of diseases’ — is stealing attention from illnesses that kill more people

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Ebola virus has killed more than 1,900 people in four West African nations, and it has left the international community scrambling to contain it. But as deadly diseases go, Ebola isn't nearly as contagious as tuberculosis, which can be spread through the air. And it isn't as deadly as HIV/AIDS. Read full article >>

Once and for all, bras don’t cause breast cancer

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

It seems almost preposterous that a study like this one had to be conducted and a blog post like this one has to be written. But apparently the belief that wearing a bra for long periods of time can cause breast cancer persists, and it turns out the issue hadn't really been studied in scientific fashion. Show More Summary

Latest American doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska for treatment

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The latest American doctor to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus is being flown to the U.S. for treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center in Ohama. Richard Sacra, a missionary doctor with SIM, is expected to arrive Friday, according to a statement from SIM USA. Read full article >>

When your surgeon accidentally leaves something inside you

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Other than removing the wrong kidney or something like that, one of the more harmful things a surgeon can do is leave material inside you that doesn't belong there. While rare, "retained surgical items" can cause quite a bit of harm,...Show More Summary

Older women can reduce stroke risk with potassium-rich diets, study shows

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A new study shows that aging women whose diets are rich in potassium are less likely to suffer strokes and die than women who have less of the mineral in their diets. For more than a decade, research has shown that potassium can lower blood pressure. Show More Summary

NASA hurls insults at Curiosity, the world’s favorite rover

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

On Wednesday, NASA released reports reviewing the seven major planetary exploration missions. All seven were given renewed funding (yay!), but although it's arguably the most popular among the general public (for proof, just look to the star-studded video above), the Mars Curiosity mission got a stern talking to. Read full article >>

These deep sea ‘mushrooms’ don’t fit into any known category of life

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

They look like gummy little fungi, but these newly reported critters are actually deep-sea invertebrates. Nearly three decades after their collection, researchers have reported on 14 specimens representing two new species in the open-source...Show More Summary

Female Alzheimer’s researchers unite to push for equality, sex-specific studies

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Women arguably have been hit hardest by Alzheimer’s disease: Two-thirds of those with the dementia-causing disease are women, and women serve more often than men as their caregivers. Yet despite inroads by female researchers, Alzheimer’s study has been dominated by men. Show More Summary

New York is the nation’s best city for bicyclists?!? Fuhgeddaboudit!

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

No one who bicycles would immediately pick New York City over, say Boulder, Colo., as a two-wheeled heaven — at least not without extensive preparations to defend that argument. But that's exactly what Bicycling Magazine did Wednesday,...Show More Summary

For the first time, our region of the universe has a map and a name

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Scientists have redrawn the cosmic map of our corner of the universe, using new tools to define which galaxies interact with our own. The so-called supercluster of galaxies that contains the Milky Way has been named "Laniakea," which means "immense heaven" in Hawaiian. Read full article >>

You’re reminiscing wrong

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Nostalgia is a funny thing, and you may be missing out on some of your best opportunities for reminiscing. While you're likely to expect notable events - like holidays and unusual activities - to be more fun to think back on in the future, it turns out that the most mundane experiences can give you just as much pleasure. Read full article >>

U.S. missionary doctor with Ebola said to be in good spirits

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Rick Sacra, the American missionary doctor who tested positive for Ebola on Monday in Liberia, is in good spirits and talking on the telephone and emailing with his wife in Boston regularly, SIM USA officials said Wednesday. But they cautioned that the disease is unpredictable. Read full article >>

Global health officials warn that window for bringing Ebola under control is closing fast

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Leading international health officials said Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is accelerating and the window for getting it under control is closing. “Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing...Show More Summary

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