The conventional wisdom says that Americans are facing a crisis in medical care and medical insurance. The conventional wisdom couldn’t be more wrong.
Although most identity theft cases in the US involve credit cards and bank accounts, ID thieves are now engaging in medical fraud -- falsely obtaining medical care using someone's stolen identity -- according to today's Los Angeles Times.
The young woman went to doctors to have them probe her brain, to root out where her seizures came from. Unexpectedly the procedure led her to experience the creepy illusion of a person standing behind her, where nobody was actually present.
Use of echinacea before the onset of full-blown symptoms of the common cold reduces the incidence by more than a half and the duration by almost 2 full days, researchers reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.
80% of medical spending takes place in the last 20 years of life. Unless people save throughout their lives for the infirmities of old age, they will not have the means to obtain medical care when they need it the most.
A new, deadly strain of tuberculosis had killed 52 of 53 people infected in the past year in South Africa, the World Health Organization(WHO) said, calling for improved measures to treat and diagnose the bacteria. The strain was discoverd
The findings are based on medical exams conducted between July 2002 and April 2004 on 9,500 ground zero workers, including construction workers, law enforcers, firefighters, transit workers, volunteers and others.
Master illusionist David Copperfield says he has found the "Fountain of Youth" in the southern Bahamas, amid a cluster of four tiny islands he recently bought for $50 million. I've discovered a true phenomenon," he told Reuters in
Garrett's medical care may save the company $50,000. Instead of winding up $20,000 in debt to have the operations in the US, he may now get up to $10,000 back as a share of the savings. He'll get to see the Taj Mahal as part of a 2-day tour b
The researchers found that when they gave rats a vaccine against a "hunger hormone" called ghrelin, the animals were able to live the dream of eating what they wanted without packing on body fat. The findings, published online by the
The U.S. Department of Agriculture — invoking an obscure 1913 law intended to thwart con artists from peddling bogus hog cholera serum to pig farmers — is blocking companies from selling [mad cow] testing kits to Creekstone.
Mast cells release a wide range of biological compounds that promote inflammation and other changes to tissue when triggered by parasites, bacteria or foreign substances such as venom. In some people, they can be activated by irritants such as pollen
They flew off the shelves. They flew over the water. Now tube-kites, or inflatable flying watercraft, are also flying headlong into controversy, as deaths and injuries mount and the Army Corps of Engineers bans them from federally managed waters.
If you're a cell phone-using, goose liver-eating, cigarette-smoking, fast food-loving person, Chicago might not be your kind of town. In this city that once winked at Prohibition, members of the City Council are trying to crack down on things
Surveyors will wear yellow vests and carry photo identification. Officials are NOT seeking volunteers; participants are being CHOSEN to represent the diverse population of the state.
The US Agriculture Department will announce plans to scale back its mad cow surveillance program. The enhanced program, which was to run for 18 months, was responsible for finding 2 of the 3 cases of the brain-wasting cattle ailment in the United Sta
The FDA approved Implanon, a progestin-only contraceptive that is effective for three years after it is implanted in a woman's arm.
With the help of 20 contributors, Allison and Keith put together a list of 10 alternate explanations for obesity - Here are 5 of them.
A Paralyzed man using a new brain sensor has been able to move a computer cursor, open e-mail and control a robotic device simply by thinking about doing it.
Some sexual enhancement products sold on the Internet contain the same ingredients as prescription drugs such as Viagra and are not only illegal but dangerous, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned.
[This is sure to go over big.] Circumcising men routinely across Africa could prevent millions of deaths from AIDS, World Health Organization researchers and colleagues reported on Monday. They analyzed data from trials that showed men who had bee
The work readies the ground for tentative attempts to grow fully functioning human sperm from scratch, a technique that - if proved safe - has the potential to help treat male infertility.
America's appetite for organic food is so strong that supply just can't keep up with demand. Organic means food is grown without bug killer, fertilizer, hormones, antibiotics or biotechnology. Organic products still have only a tiny slice, ab
[Because their power knows no limits.] On the eve of the nation's noisiest holiday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission responded to growing fireworks injuries by quietly reopening the question of how it should police explosives for backyard e
The operator of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. unveiled a jumbo-sized cheeseburger smothered in sliced steak. "I think the health craze is happening mostly among journalists." Give people what they want, not what they think is good for the
[Just before global warming does.] Non-smoking sections and ventilation in bars, restaurants and offices do not protect people from secondhand smoke, which poses a health hazard at any level, a report from the U.S. surgeon general said Tuesday. Th
A magnetic pulse technique originally developed to treat psychological disorders like depression has been modified to zap away migraines before they can fully form. In a recent study on a small group of 43 migraine sufferers 75% had fast improvement
In a move that recognizes the modern world's twin obsessions — indulgence and guilt — chocolate maker Nestle said it would purchase weight loss product maker Jenny Craig Inc. for $600 million.
Starbucks Corp. may be next on the target list of a consumer-health group that this week sued the operator of the KFC fried chicken restaurant chain for frying foods in oils high in harmful trans fat. The Center for Science in the Public Interest sa
The world may be unprepared for a bird flu pandemic, but U.S. researchers said on Wednesday they had come up with one low-tech answer to widespread shortages of medical equipment -- a mask made out of a T-shirt.