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Aging, Longevity and Health in the News

NHS acting as 'barrier to families'
The NHS in England is told to stop being a barrier to infertile couples having children, according to the funding watchdog.

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City Room: Ebola Live Blog: New York?s First Reported Case
Coverage of the decision to quarantine people returning from Ebola-stricken countries, and the doctor who became sick in New York.

Well: Can You Get Ebola From a Bowling Ball?
There is no evidence that Ebola has been passed, as colds or flu sometimes are, by touching surfaces that someone else touched after sneezing into their hand.

Studies Link Mental Issues and the Rigor of the Military
Though new soldiers report about the same rate of mental problems as their civilian peers, new research suggests those disorders can persist for longer amid the demands of service.

The New Old Age Blog: When Death Approaches Again
Survivors of the Holocaust pose special challenges for caregivers at the end of life.

Well: Living With Schizophrenia: Coffee and Friends
Getting to trust people well enough to call them a friend takes a lot of work. It?s especially hard when you are living with schizophrenia and think everyone is making fun of you.

Amid Ebola scare, New Yorkers on edge about subways
Fear lingers even though officials say the risk of catching the virus on rapid transit is "close to nil"

NY-area airports quarantining passengers at high risk for Ebola
New York, New Jersey governors announce mandatory 21-day quarantine for people at highest risk returning from West African Ebola zone

Something in the air could raise autism risk
Two toxins found in air pollution may be linked to developmental disorder

"60 Minutes" preview: How gene sequencing can change a child's destiny
A new study shows how DNA can predict a child's risk of disease before he or she is even born or conceived. Norah O'Donnell interviewed one of the pioneers of reproductive genetics and gives a preview of her "60 Minutes" piece.

Ebola survivor Dr. Sacra on recovery and returning to Liberia
Ebola survivor Dr. Richard Sacra says he wants to return to Liberia. Also, from one doctor to another, Sacra sends a message to the latest American physician to get infected with Ebola. Chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook sat down with Sacra in an interview you'll see only on "CBS This Morning."

"Honey, this is not my favorite case of Ebola"
American missionary who survived disease opens up about the strain of isolation, but offers a message of hope to doctor diagnosed in New York

New risk for pregnant women with gestational diabetes
According to researchers in California, the daughters of pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes have a higher risk of becoming obese later in childhood. Also, another reason to spend time outside in the sun. Eboni Williams reports on the day's top health stories.

California Digs Deep for Water, But Is It Safe?
Contamination is a major concern as the state turns to groundwater after three years of drought.

Did You Hear? Gossip Can Be Good for You, Study Says
The age-old habit of sharing juicy tidbits with buddies has gotten a bad rap, researchers say.

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Managers of discredited STAP stem cell study refund salary
Embattled RIKEN officials voluntarily return 1 to 3 months of pay over fiasco

Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk
But other experts doubt that a herpes infection could cause the brain disease

Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight Later
Girls' risk of being overweight may be more than tripled, study finds

Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Progression in the Other
Study focuses on macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older Americans

Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches, Scientists Report
But experts find the study too small, problem too rare to be of concern

Research Shows No Link Between Vaccinations, Risk for Multiple Sclerosis
Large study finds no association, although certain shots might speed onset of existing illness

Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant
Reduced lung function seen in children at age 4, study says

Living With a Smoker Like Living in a Polluted City: Study
Air-particle levels in smoking households almost 10 times higher than nonsmoking homes

For Infertility Treatment, Should He Drink Less Coffee, More Booze?
Study suggests male beverage consumption affects in vitro fertilization results

Designer 'barrel' proteins created
Designer proteins that expand on nature's own repertoire, created by a team of chemists and biochemists, are described in a new paper. Proteins are long linear molecules that fold up to form well-defined 3D shapes. These 3D molecular architectures are essential for biological functions such as the elasticity of skin, the digestion of food, and the transport of oxygen in blood.

Molecular structure of water at gold electrodes revealed
Researchers have recorded the first observations of the molecular structure of liquid water at a gold electrode under different battery charging conditions.

Highest altitude archaeological sites in the world explored in the Peruvian A...
Research conducted at the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites yet identified in the world sheds new light on the capacity of humans to survive in extreme environments. The findings were taken from sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes.

Significant increase in type 1 diabetes rates among non-Hispanic white youth
The rate of non-Hispanic white youth diagnosed with type 1 diabetes increased significantly from 2002 to 2009 in all but the youngest age group of children, according to a new study.

Helping sweet cherries survive the long haul
Research into the effectiveness of hydrocooling of sweet cherries at commercial packing houses determined the need for post-packing cooling. Analyses determined that core temperatures achieved by in-line hydrocoolers during packing did not reduce temperatures sufficiently to ensure good quality retention over the longer periods of time required for container shipping to export markets. The study recommends forced-air cooling to further reduce sweet cherry temperatures in the box before shipping.

Sleep difficulties common among toddlers with psychiatric disorders
Sleep difficulties -- particularly problems with falling asleep -- were very common among toddlers and preschool-aged children who were receiving clinical treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders, a study has found. "This study is a great reminder that it's critical for mental health providers working with young children and their families to ask about children's sleep," said one expert.

YEATS protein potential therapeutic target for cancer
Federal Express and UPS are no match for the human body when it comes to distribution. There exists in cancer biology an impressive packaging and delivery system that influences whether your body will develop cancer or not, scientists say. Researchers have announced findings indicating a possible new way of manipulating chromatin and its histones through a protein reader known as the YEATS domain protein, providing new hope for cancer treatment.

Paper-based synthetic gene networks could enable rapid detection of ebola and...
Synthetic gene networks hold great potential for broad biotechnology and medical applications, but so far they have been limited to the lab. A study reveals a new method for using engineered gene circuits beyond the lab, allowing researchers to safely activate the cell-free, paper-based system by simply adding water. The low-cost, easy-to-use platform could enable the rapid detection of different strains of deadly viruses such as Ebola.

Gene that once aided survival in Arctic found to have negative impact on heal...
In individuals living in the Arctic, researchers have discovered a genetic variant that arose thousands of years ago and likely provided an evolutionary advantage for processing high-fat diets or for surviving in a cold environment; however, the variant also seems to increase the risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, and infant mortality in today's northern populations. The findings provide an example of how an initially beneficial genetic change could be detrimental to future generations.

California's tobacco control efforts losing steam, finds report
California?s position as a leader in tobacco control is under threat, according to a new report. Once a highly successful program and international model, the state's anti-tobacco efforts now appear to be waning due to the decreased spending power of the California Tobacco Control Program, a resurgence of the tobacco industry in state politics, and the emergence of new unregulated tobacco products.

Reminiscing can help boost mental performance
Engaging brain areas linked to so-called 'off-task' mental activities (such as mind-wandering and reminiscing) can actually boost performance on some challenging mental tasks, a new research led by a neuroscientist shows for the first.

Lucky star escapes black hole with minor damage: Closest near-miss event to b...
Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star?and the star lives to tell the tale.

New window of opportunity to prevent cardiovascular, diseases
Future prevention and treatment strategies for vascular diseases may lie in the evaluation of early brain imaging tests long before heart attacks or strokes occur, according to a systematic review conducted by a team of cardiologists, neuroscientists, and psychiatrists.

Babies' interest in faces linked to callous, unemotional traits
An infant's preference for a person's face, rather than an object, is associated with lower levels of callous and unemotional behaviors in toddlerhood, scientists have found. Callous and unemotional behaviours include a lack of guilt and empathy, reduced concern for other's distress and difficulties with understanding emotions. In older children and adults, callous unemotional traits have been associated with reduced attention to important social features such as other people's faces and eyes.

'Watch' cites concern about flexible reamer breakage during anatomic ACL reco...
Experts have issued a 'Watch' regarding concerns over flexible reamer breakage during anatomic single-bundle ACL reconstruction. Flexible reamers help surgeons achieve optimal femoral-tunnel parameters, but they are prone to breakage in certain situations, as the 'Watch' article explains.

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, stud...
No-till farming appears to hold promise for boosting crop yields only in dry regions, not in the cool, moist areas of the world, this study found. As the core principle of conservation agriculture, no-till has been promoted worldwide in an effort to sustainably meet global food demand.

A new tune: There is intonation in sign language too
Intonation is an integral part of communication for all speakers. But can sign languages have intonation? A new study shows that signers use their faces to create intonational ?melodies? just as speakers use their voices, and that the melodies of the face can differ from one sign language to another.

Mature forests store nitrogen in soil: May help protect waterways from excess...
Ecologists working in central Pennsylvania forests have found that forest top soils capture and stabilize the powerful fertilizer nitrogen quickly, within days, but release it slowly, over years to decades. The discrepancy in rates means that nitrogen can build up in soils. Forests may be providing an unappreciated service by storing excess nitrogen emitted by modern agriculture, industry, and transport before it can cause problems for our waterways.

If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory
For people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late life is associated with higher episodic memory -- the ability to recall memories of events -- researchers report.

Two days later: Adolescents' conflicts with family spill over to school, vice...
Family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. A new study has found that these problems spill over in both directions for up to two days after. The study found that teens with more pronounced mental health symptoms, anxiety and depression, for example, are at risk for intensified spillover. The study followed over a hundred 13 to 17 year olds and their parents over a 14-day period.

Teens whose parents exert more psychological control have trouble with closen...
Teens whose parents exerted psychological control over them at age 13 had problems establishing healthy friendships and romantic relationships both in adolescence and into adulthood, a new longitudinal study has found. The study followed 184 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse teens from age 13 to 21. It found that giving in to 'peer pressure' was more common among teens whose parents used guilt, withdrawing love, fostering anxiety, or other psychologically manipulative tactics.

The perfume of the comet
How does a comet smell? Since early August the Rosetta Orbiter Sensor for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) is sniffing the fumes of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko with its two mass spectrometers. The detected chemistry in the coma of the comet is surprisingly rich already at more than 400 million kilometers from the Sun. 

Can You Catch Ebola on the Subway?
Ebola FAQ to help you navigate the barrage of news reports on the virus.

Man Pleads Guilty After Faking 2 Year Coma to Avoid Court
A man plead guilty this week after allegedly stealing 40,000 pounds from an elderly neighbor and pretending to be in a coma for two years to avoid charges.

Research On Mice Could Lead To Erasing Bad Memories For Humans
In the ?Men in Black? movies, the characters use a memor- zapping gun. In a California lab, scientists have done it for real. CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez reports.

Sick Child From Liberia Does Not Have Ebola, Illinois Health Officials Say
The child was one of two people traveling from Liberia to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport who were taken to area hospitals and placed in isolation as a precaution.

Thousands Will Die From Flu This Year, Doctors Predict
Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu.

A Billionaire?s $65 Million Gift to Theoretical Physics
Charles T. Munger, a longtime business partner of Warren Buffett, is donating $65 million to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Well: Can You Get Ebola From a Bowling Ball?
There is no evidence that Ebola has been passed, as colds or flu sometimes are, by touching surfaces that someone else touched after sneezing into their hand.

New Research Center Aims to Develop Second Generation of Surgical Robots
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are establishing a center for medical robotics with funding from the National Science Foundation and two private donors.

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