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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-checkup/
Filed Under:Health
Posts on Regator:7676
Posts / Week:22.8
Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Woman ‘spontaneously’ revives after 45 minutes without a pulse

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

They are calling it "a miracle." Doctors at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida have no way to explain how 40-year-old Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro survived after spending 45 minutes without a pulse and enduring three hours of attempts to bring her back from near-death on Sept. 23. Read full article >>

Obama officials work on health site contingency plans as enrollment nears

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

With the next time to buy health plans under the Affordable Care Act starting in less than a week, the Obama administration is expressing confidence that HealthCare.gov is no longer the rickety online insurance marketplace that exasperated consumers a year ago. Read full article >>

Expert says claims that war games will harm thousands of animals are ‘overblown’

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

No humans will be harmed in the war games the Navy is conducting in the Pacific Ocean near California and Hawaii for the next four years. The same cannot be said for marine mammals that gather there. Dozens of blue whales, bottlenose...Show More Summary

Window-shopping for insurance on HealthCare.gov to start Monday

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Consumers will be able to go to HealthCare.gov starting Monday to explore the benefits and prices of health plans that will be sold for 2015 through the federal health insurance exchange, officials said Sunday. Read full article >>

Study links compulsive craving for ice to iron deficiency

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Patients suffering from pagophagia compulsively crave and chomp on ice, even scraping buildup off freezer walls for a fix. The disorder appears to be caused by an iron deficiency, and supplements of the mineral tend to ease the cravings. But what is it about ice that makes it so irresistible? Read full article >>

A rare hormonal condition caused her breasts to balloon. Surgery was the answer.

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Sometimes the pain would shoot through her chest without warning — a sharp, debilitating burn so excruciating that Kerisha Mark was convinced she was having a heart attack. Other times, it started in her shoulders before crawling upShow More Summary

Sleep patterns study lends new support to proposals for later school start times for teens

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Numerous studies have looked at how the amount of sleep children get changes as they age, but there has been little research into when they get that sleep and how that evolves over time. A team of researchers from Brown University and...Show More Summary

As Ebola infections drop, Liberian capital reawakens

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

MONROVIA, Liberia — On a dirt field between two tall plum trees, barefoot young women played a surprisingly ferocious game of kickball one evening this week. Sweating in the heat and humidity despite the approach of dusk, they battled with the pent-up energy of teens who have been stuck at home too long. Read full article >>

Cyborg cockroaches can hear you call and scurry to the rescue

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Researchers at North Carolina State University have figured out how to make cyborg cockroaches -- or biobots, as they call them -- pick up sound and seek out its source. So one day, the first responders to a rubble-filled disaster scene might be rescue roaches. Read full article >>

New hope for Parkinson’s patients in stem cell treatment

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

For more than 30 years, stem cells have been the great hope of medical science. Given their remarkable ability to turn into any type of cell in the body, researchers have theorized that they could be used to treat and perhaps even cure all sorts of diseases and conditions from spinal cord injury to baldness. Read full article >>

Gene for HDL cholesterol linked to longer life, study finds

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A new study lends additional evidence to the likelihood that genes associated with high levels of the so-called good cholesterol appear to contribute to exceptionally long life expectancy and resistance to age-related disease. Read full article >>

Aquarium rescues orphaned otter pup, teaches it to how to be an otter

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Oh my goodness, it's a baby otter. An orphaned baby otter. This little pup was found abandoned on a beach in California when someone walking along the shore heard her crying. She was only a week old and weighed just over two pounds. Read full article >>

Half the stars in the universe could be stuck between galaxies

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

It's possible that galaxies just aren't all they're cracked up to be: According to a study published in Science, as many as half the stars in the sky have actually gone rogue. Scientists observing the diffused light glow of our universe...Show More Summary

Ex-SEAL Robert O’Neill reveals himself as shooter who killed Osama bin Laden

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Navy SEAL who fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden is a highly decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who agonized for months over whether to publicly reveal his role in one of the most storied commando operations in U.S. history. Read full article >>

This robot makes you feel like there’s a ghost behind you

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A newly designed robot creates the illusion of a "presence" in the room -- but it wasn't created for some big budget haunted house. This device is actually a tool for neurological research, and could help scientists better understand conditions like schizophrenia. Read full article >>

Beyond antibiotics: A new weapon against superbugs shows promise

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Over the past decade, the problem of deadly, drug-resistant superbugs has become a global crisis, outpacing new countermeasures and threatening to bring patient care back to beginning of the 20th century. These bugs are now responsible for 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses a year in the United States alone. Show More Summary

Tricky take-offs may have limited pterodactyl size

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

According to a new computer model, pterosaurs (more commonly known as pterodactyls) had no trouble flying despite their massive size. Taking off, however, posed a big problem — and it probably kept these ancient reptiles from growing any bigger. Read full article >>

Planetary birth revealed in best image yet from world’s most powerful telescope

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Protoplanetary disks are the source of planet formation, but until now we've only seen them as fuzzy blobs, or in artistic renderings. But in a new image from ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array), we see the disk left behind after a star birth in stunning new clarity. Read full article >>

Link found between mothers’ exposure to air pollution and ADHD

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

More than 10 percent of school-age children in the United States have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a rate markedly higher than a decade ago. Could air pollution be a cause? Read full article >>

Alarming finding: Rise in colon cancer cases in young adults

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Colon cancer, like many other cancers, was thought to be a disease of the old. The nation's leading physician groups don't even recommend screening for colon cancer if you are at average risk unless you are 50 or above. But a new study,...Show More Summary

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