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Personal Health: Lifesaving Procedure With an Image Problem
Though donating bone marrow has become simpler and less painful, more like giving blood, perception has not caught up with reality, scaring off some potential donors.

Study Linking Illness and Salt Leaves Researchers Doubtful
Scientists found declines in heart attack and stroke risk in Britain after salt in processed food was restricted, but their work has several drawbacks.

The New Old Age Blog: For Stone Phillips, a Focus on the Home Front
A broadcaster turns the camera on his parents.

Recipes for Health: Cabbage and Spring Onion Quiche With Caraway
Seasonal onions and a winter stalwart, cabbage, make a deliciously sweet filling.

Well: Pregnancy Weight Gain Predicts Child?s Obesity
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk that your child will be obese as a preschooler, new evidence shows. Gaining too little weight may have the same effect.

FDA will propose e-cigarette regulations
The regulatory agency may issue guidelines for sales and marketing of the products as early as this month

Guys, don't bother trying to sound sexy
Study says trying to adopt a more sensuous sound works for women but backfires for men

Risk of false positives from mammograms
Daily health headlines: New study looks at the consequences of getting a false positive mammogram, a link between dietary fats and colon cancer, plus more top stories.

American homes harbor antibiotic-resistant "superbug"
Long a problem in hospitals, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are now common on household surfaces, study finds

The ultimate pick-me-up: Jenna Wolfe?s 10-minute office workout 
Feeling a little stiff and achy from sitting all day? Loosen up those joints and muscles with a quick workout you can do right at the office.  1. Lift your left leg so that you are standing only on your right leg. Hold for 60 seconds without losing your balance. Switch legs. 2.

Rare Birth Defects Still Spiking in Washington State
Seven cases of a rare fatal birth defect were reported in a remote region of Washington state in 2013, making it the fourth consecutive year that rates have more than tripled the national average, health officials said Tuesday.

How Did He Survive? Teen Stowaway 'Very, Very Lucky'
The 16-year-old boy who stowed away in the landing gear of a 767 flying from California to Hawaii survived with help from an unlikely source: the frigid temperatures that could have killed him.The runaway from Santa Clara, Calif.

What's Wrong With Wyatt? Baby's Disease Baffles Doctors

A 9-month-old baby is baffling doctors with his rare diagnosis -- a condition that prevents him from opening his mouth.

Jedi Mind Trick? How to Feel Full Without Eating

Research says there are ways to fool your stomach into feeling full. Jeff Rossen demonstrates surprising results with a social experiment at a staged buffet dinner.

Car Wash Offers Employment to Autistic Young Adults
At the Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Fla., most of the employees have one thing in common: they've been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.As young adults they began to age out of the school system, with employment options in short supply.

Parents Use Viral Video to Try to Save Their 4-Year-Old's Life

Eliza has a rare disease that kills its victims before they are out of their teens. So her parents are on a mission to get her treatment.

Despite Known Dangers, Docs Still Prescribe Codeine to Kids
Doctors are still widely prescribing codeine for kids with coughs, colds and injuries, despite robust evidence that the ancient narcotic doesn?t work for many children ? and may be fatal to some.

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Size of Fetus May Affect Stillbirth Risk
Study linked abnormally low or high weight to greater odds of fetal death

Majority of Americans Support Obamacare Birth Control Provision: Survey
Nearly 7 of 10 favor universal health plan coverage for contraceptives

Thinking, Memory Problems Tied to Blockages in Neck Artery
Researcher suggests more aggressive treatment might be warranted

Homes Now 'Reservoirs' for Superbug MRSA
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria common on household surfaces, study finds

Language Problems Common for Kids With ADHD, Study Finds
Anxiety often goes hand in hand with attention disorder, too

Neurotics don't just avoid action: They dislike it, study finds
Neurotics don't just avoid taking action. By their very nature they dislike it. A study of nearly 4,000 college students in 19 countries has uncovered new details about why neurotic people may avoid making decisions and moving forward with life. Turns out that when they are asked if action is positive, favorable, good, they just don't like it as much as non-neurotics. Framing communication messages that get around this roadblock is a key to success communication with neurotic folks.

Fat metabolism in animals altered to prevent most common type of heart disease
Working with mice and rabbits, scientists have found a way to block abnormal cholesterol production, transport and breakdown, successfully preventing the development of atherosclerosis, the main cause of heart attacks and strokes and the number-one cause of death among humans. The condition develops when fat builds inside blood vessels over time and renders them stiff, narrowed and hardened, greatly reducing their ability to feed oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle and the brain.

Online retailers have clear advantage by not collecting sales tax
Two independent studies use two very different approaches to reach the same conclusion: some online retailers really do have an advantage over traditional brick-and-mortar stores. The studies find evidence from investors, analysts and consumers themselves that suggest online stores have a competitive edge when they don't have to collect sales tax from shoppers.

Major advances in dye sensitized solar cells
Two groups of researchers have recently advanced the field of solar cells with a cheaper and efficient replacement for platinum and better synthesis of zinc oxide. Working on dye-sensitized solar cells -- researchers in Malaysia have achieved an efficiency of 1.12%, at a fraction of the cost compared to those used by platinum devices.

RNA shows potential as boiling-resistant anionic polymer material for nanoarc...
Nanotechnology researchers have discovered new methods to build boiling-resistant nanostructures and arrays using a new RNA triangle scaffold. These new RNA nanoarchitechtures can be used to form arrays with a controllable repeat number of the scaffold, resembling monomer units in a polymerization reaction. Their enhanced structural stability and controllability at the nano scale offer key advantages over traditional chemical polymers.

Child's autism risk accelerates with mother's age over 30
Older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder than are younger parents. A recent study provides more insight into how the risk associated with parental age varies between mothers' and fathers' ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability is larger for older parents.

Superconducting quantum interference devices: Grasp of SQUIDs dynamics facili...
A superconducting quantum interference device is a highly sensitive magnetometer used to measure extremely subtle magnetic fields. It is made of two thin regions of insulating material that separate two superconductors placed in parallel into a ring of superconducting material. Scientists have focused on finding an analytical approximation to the theoretical equations that govern the dynamics of an array of SQUIDs.

Increasing diversity of America's youth: Hispanics leading the way
Diversity is increasing among America?s youth because of unprecedented population increases of minority children, particularly Hispanic, as well as a significant decline in the number of non-Hispanic white children, according to research. Most of the growth in the minority child population between 2000 and 2012 was attributable to Hispanic births; more than 95% of Hispanic children under the age of 5 were U.S. born. Indeed, three-fourths of the entire Hispanic population gain between July 2011 a...

New way to enhance nerve growth following injury discovered
A mechanism to promote growth in damaged nerve cells as a means to restore connections after injury has been uncovered by scientists who have discovered a key molecule that directly regulates nerve cell growth in the damaged nervous system. "We made the surprising discovery that a protein called Retinoblastoma (Rb) is present in adult neurons," explains the lead researcher. "This protein appears to normally act as a brake -- preventing nerve growth."

First brain images of African infants enable research into cognitive effects ...
Brain activity of babies in developing countries could be monitored from birth to reveal the first signs of cognitive dysfunction, researchers say. The cognitive function of infants can be visualized and tracked more quickly, more accurately and more cheaply using the method, called functional near infra-red spectroscopy (fNIRS), compared to the behavioral assessments Western regions have relied upon for decades.

How are we different and what gave us the advantage over extinct types of hum...
In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered  Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What was it in our genetic makeup that gave us the advantage?

'Blood lab' inside a mobile phone could detect cancer
Scientists are in the early stages of an 'e-health technology' project aimed at developing a mobile phone app that can examine blood sample images and diagnose cancer. It would work by taking a magnified image of a blood slide via a microscopic lens attached to the smart phone, which the app would then be able to screen for evidence of leukemia -- a blood cancer.

Jacket works like a mobile phone
A fire is raging in a large building and the fire leader is sending a message to all firefighters at the scene. But they don't need a mobile phone -- they simply check their jacket sleeves and read the message there.

Red stars and big bulges: How black holes shape galaxies
The universe we can see is made up of thousands of millions of galaxies, each containing anywhere from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of billions of stars. Large numbers of galaxies are elliptical in shape, red and mostly made up of old stars. Another (more familiar) type is the spiral, where arms wind out in a blue thin disk from a central red bulge. On average stars in spiral galaxies tend to be much younger than those in ellipticals. Now a group of astronomers has found a (relatively) simp...

Today's Antarctic region once as hot as California, Florida
Parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today's California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century Florida heat, according to scientists using a new way to measure past temperatures.

Krypton used to accurately date ancient Antarctic ice
Scientists have successfully identified the age of 120,000-year-old Antarctic ice using radiometric krypton dating -- a new technique that may allow them to locate and date ice that is more than a million years old. This will allow them to reconstruct the climate much farther back into Earth's history and potentially understand the mechanisms that have triggered the planet to shift into and out of ice ages.

Physicists push new Parkinson's treatment toward clinical trials
The most effective way to tackle debilitating diseases is to punch them at the start and keep them from growing. Research shows that a small 'molecular tweezer' keeps proteins from clumping, or aggregating, the first step of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease.

Girl Mauled by Raccoon Leaves Hospital With Ear on Arm
An 11-year-old girl who was mauled by a pet raccoon as a baby is back home today after a seven-hour surgery to embed a makeshift ear in her arm.

Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better, Study Finds
Ever have trouble remembering where you just left your keys? Laugh it off! New research suggests that humor can improve short-term memory in older adults.

Top 3 Foods for a Longer Life
Here are three foods that could help you live longer.

Illinois Among Best States For Addressing Infertility
Some good news for women who are having difficulty becoming pregnant: Illinois is one of only five states in the country to get high marks for assisting couples with infertility.

Chicago Family Makes Difference For Autism Awareness
For Michelle and Peter Doyle, a trip to the doctor's office with their daughter Calen in 2006 changed their lives forever.

Study Linking Illness and Salt Leaves Researchers Doubtful
Scientists found declines in heart attack and stroke risk in Britain after salt in processed food was restricted, but their work has several drawbacks.

Observatory: The Trail of Tears, and of Damaged Skulls
The forced marches of Native Americans in the 19th century left evidence that the stress interfered with the normal growth of their skulls.

U.N. Struggles to Stem Haiti Cholera Epidemic
The United Nations, facing a shortage of supplies to handle the epidemic, refuses to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of the disease into the country.

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