Google-funded 23andMe offers $999 DNA test
November 19, 2007 08:32 PM - Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 23andMe, a Google-funded online company selling a $999 DNA test, launched on Monday as a kind of genetics-based MySpace or Facebook that also has the more serious aim of allowing medicine someday to target Americans' ills more precisely.
Heart disease death rates no longer dropping
November 19, 2007 07:38 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After decades of decline, deaths due to heart disease appear to have leveled off among young men and may be trending upward in young women, according to research released Monday. This is likely due to poor health habits and the growing number of young Americans who are overweight or obese, researchers say.
Brain differences detected in migraine sufferers
November 19, 2007 04:11 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who get migraines have structural differences in their brains notably in the cortex area that processes pain and other sensory information from the body, scientists said on Monday.
Vitamin D may curb type 2 diabetes risk
November 19, 2007 12:11 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - During a 17-year follow-up of roughly 4,000 men and women, researchers found that individuals with higher blood levels of vitamin D had a 40 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with lower levels of this vitamin.
Immune system can drive cancers into dormant state
November 19, 2007 08:32 AM - Washington University School of Medicine
A multinational team of researchers has shown for the first time that the immune system can stop the growth of a cancerous tumor without actually killing it.
Scientists have been working for years to use the immune system to eradicate cancers, a technique known as immunotherapy. The new findings prove an alternate to this approach exists: When the cancer can't be killed with immune attacks, it may be possible to find ways to use the immune system to contain it. The results also may help explain why some tumors seem to suddenly stop growing and go into a lasting period of dormancy.
Medical School study links lack of sleep to weight gain for new moms
November 19, 2007 08:31 AM - Edelman Public Relations
First study ever finds moms who sleep only 5 hours have tripled risk of excessive weight at 1 year after baby's birth
Health coverage shrinks as costs up again: study
November 19, 2007 12:25 AM - Reuters
Costs rose by 6.1 percent, about the same pace as last year but lower than the double-digit rates of prior years.
U.S. seizes discontinued eyelash product
November 16, 2007 11:48 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. marshals on Friday seized 12,682 applicator tubes of a discontinued cosmetic called Age Intervention Eyelash, which the Food and Drug Administration said could harm some users' vision.
Healing touch therapy thrives despite skeptics
November 16, 2007 04:26 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's not traditional medicine but patients love it: an unconventional therapy called the healing touch that is gaining acceptance in some U.S. hospitals.
Virulent form of cold virus worries experts
November 16, 2007 08:42 AM - Will Dunham -Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new and virulent strain of adenovirus, which frequently causes the common cold, killed 10 people in parts of the United States earlier this year and put dozens into hospitals, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report detailed cases of people ill in May of 2006 and from March to June of 2007 with a strain of the virus called adenovirus 14 in New York, Oregon, Washington state and Texas.