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Many seek acute care within month of hospital release, study says

Nearly 20% of patients who are discharged from hospitals return for acute care within 30 days, researchers reported Tuesday.

Study finds chronic brain damage in retired football players

Doctors have discovered a way for professional football players to see how much damage their brains have suffered through a bruising career before it’s too late, according to a new study.

When does your brain tell you to 'take five'?

Just in case you were wondering, even while you're lifting weights at the gym, your brain is still in charge. It's the three-pound organ between your ears -- not the depletion of ATP in your muscles or a servomechanism in your heart -- that tells you to take a break before doing one more rep. Show More Summary

Researchers: Get some sleep, and your partner will thank you

It's no secret that poor sleep gets in the way of all kinds of good things in life. 

Traces of melamine from dinnerware can seep into food, study says

Serving hot food on melamine tableware could increase your exposure to melamine, a study released Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine suggests.

Geneticist on DNA privacy: Make it so people don't care

Worried that your genetic information could be revealed?  You should be, says Harvard geneticist George Church. 

Crack FDA team deployed to make sure food at inauguration is safe

With the presidential inauguration days away, the Food and Drug Administration wants to assure us that the food to be eaten amidst all the pomp and circumstance won’t give anyone a nasty case of food poisoning.

'Immunize, immunize!': Doctors counter doubts about flu vaccines

As waiting rooms in other parts of the U.S. have been clogged with sniffling, feverish hordes, California has seemed to avoid the worst of this year’s flu — so far.

Gender differences in autoimmune diseases: Blame them on bacteria?

Why are women more prone to autoimmune diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis? A new study in mice points to a possible contributor: different types of bacteria that populate our guts.

National cancer forecast: 1.66 million new cases in 2013

More than  1.66 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013, while more than 580,000 Americans are expected to die of the disease, according to the annual statistics report of the American Cancer Society.

New Lyme disease-like infection is on the map in U.S.

Paging Dr. House: There a new tick-transmitted spirochete in town, and this wily relative of the organism that causes Lyme disease is probably sickening more than 4,300 Americans a year with relapsing fevers and flu-like symptoms, according to a new report. The good news: A round of common antibiotics appears capable of vanquishing the newly discovered threat.

California ranks low in providing special-needs care to children

California children with special healthcare needs receive worse care than those in most other states, according to an analysis by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

Scientists seek clues in kids who outgrow autism symptoms

It’s the dream of any parent whose child is diagnosed with autism: The symptoms will fade away over time.

Facebook entries more memorable than polished prose or human faces

They may be caring, angry, provocative, bawdy or just plain inane. But even when read by strangers, the brief entries we write on Facebook are more memorable than the polished prose of writing professionals. And these online quips have more staying power with readers than do the faces of people we encounter on our daily rounds, a new study finds.

Advocacy group slams 'Xtreme' high-calorie restaurant dishes

Let’s be real here. Anyone who orders a meal with three pieces of breaded chicken, a buttery sauce, and mashed potatoes can’t be much surprised that it’s high in calories. Or that a piece of cake that weighs close to a pound might, as they say, be applied “directly to the hips.”

U.S. tobacco control efforts lagging, American Lung Assn. says

Every year since 2002, the American Lung Assn. has issued a report on the state of tobacco control in the U.S. and its member states. The report looks at what the federal government, states and cities are doing to prevent tobacco use, help people quit and protect the public from secondhand smoke.

Cutting back on sugar leads to small weight loss, study says

People who cut down on added sugars in their diets lost an average of about 1.7 pounds – a result researchers called small but significant.

Young children should have hearing tested more frequently: study

Parul Bhatia, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, remembers the patient well.  The girl was 3 years old and profoundly deaf. Even though she had failed a hearing test at birth, she hadn’t been treated for hearing loss...

Teen pot smoking lowers adult IQ? A second look says maybe not

In late August, baby boomers (and others whose teen years were spent in a haze of marijuana smoke) seemed to get the comeuppance they had long feared: A study suggested that early and frequent pot smoking resulted in depressed intelligence scores well into adulthood. Show More Summary

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