OK, still catching up. Today: food, foodborne illness, and antibiotic use and resistance in food — lots of news in a multi-item rundown.
Ebola viruses prevent the body from mounting an immune response against them, but a new study finds that mutating just one gene makes the virus unable to suppress the immune system.
I’ve warned you of the potential dangers of genetically engineered (GE) foods for many years now, pointing out that such crops might have wholly unforeseen consequences. In recent years, such suspicions have increasingly proven correct.
The Postal Service next year will offer healthcare coverage to its temporary employees to comply with the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
Garlic and flavonoid phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, greens, and grains appear to protect against DNA damage induced by mutagenic chemicals found in cooked meat.
The fight against antibiotic resistance has gained an ally in breast milk. An ingredient found in human milk may make surface infections by the resistant bacteria MRSA more sensitive to attack by antibiotics
Health issues are jeopardizing the planet-hunting work of NASA's prolific Kepler space telescope, which has identified more than 2,700 potential alien worlds to date.
Canadian biochemistry professor proposes a deep investigation.
Doctors argue that some drug companies are charging too much for their cancer drugs, to the detriment of patients.
If you’re a music lover, you already know that turning on the tunes can help calm your nerves, make stress disappear, pump up your energy level during a workout
Note to self: stop pigging out on orange juice.
Emerging research on hoarding classifies it as its own distinctive disorder, separate from OCD.
Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.
It's time for the world's public health officials to pay very close attention to the new bird flu outbreak in China first detected in March.
When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago.
A hepatitis C drug combination from Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY) cured all patients in a trial, demonstrating the success of a cocktail that may never be approved.
An article in Family Practice News was titled, “Food, Milk Allergies May Increase Growth-Impairment Risk.” (2.27.13)
In fact, patients injected with the vaccine actually developed HIV more often than those who were given a placebo. Eep.
Looking for a new workout? How about one that was used by Hindu warriors over 2,000 years ago and still used by Pehlwani wrestlers today?
Despite the advances made against many types of cancer, pancreatic cancer remains grimly resistant to treatment. Only about 4% of patients survive for 5 years, mainly because of the disease’s vicious ability to metastasize.
Reading the DNA of fetuses is the next frontier of the genome revolution. Do you really want to know the genetic destiny of your unborn child?
The gases help confirm it really was a nuclear test.
Thirty-four million people in the world are infected with HIV. Only eight million have access to life-saving drugs, and there’s no effective vaccine. Researchers at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard won’t rest until they find one.
Some cancer cell mutations can slow or halt tumor growth
Bullets work way differently in real life than they do in movies.
Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down -- like a radio dial or thermostat -- to correct dysfunction.
The United States is a deeply unhappy place. We are a nation that is absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression.
A startup called Catabasis is developing drugs that hit diseases at multiple targets.
Biomimetic nanoparticles could be an effective treatment against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
In Ayurvedic medicine, plants and extracts are used as herbal remedies for a multitude of health problems, including sexual disorders.