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<i>MySpace</i>: All about sex, drugs and violence for teens, study says

MySpace: All about sex, drugs and violence for teens, study says

More than half of teens on MySpace discuss or post images on their profiles of sex, drugs and violence, new research shows. But another study finds that reminding kids the info is public may tame the content they publish on the social-networking site.

January 5, 2009 — Jordan Lite
New study says preventive antibiotics may stave off deaths

New study says preventive antibiotics may stave off deaths

Giving antibiotics to patients in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) to prevent—rather than fight—bacterial infections may reduce the number of patient deaths, Dutch scientists report today in The New England Journal of Medicine .

December 31, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne
Health reporters should have 'higher standards,' commentary says

Health reporters should have 'higher standards,' commentary says

Health journalists are getting scolded by one of their own. Susan Dentzer, a correspondent for PBS's the NewsHour , argues in a commentary in today's New England Journal of Medicine that medical reporters too often get the facts wrong, fail to provide context about new research, and hype treatments that don’t deserve the coverage.

December 31, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Food additive may up lung cancer risk, study says

Food additive may up lung cancer risk, study says

Foods containing a widely used additive may increase the growth of lung cancers or cause new tumors to develop, new research suggests.

Tumors were more plentiful in mice with lung cancer fed a diet containing 0.5 to 1 percent inorganic phosphates (equivalent to the 40 mg.

December 30, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Did the CIA trade Viagra for intel?

Did the CIA trade Viagra for intel?

CIA operatives in Afghanistan may be buying favors from local leaders using the erection-boosting drug Viagra, the  Washington Post reports. A tribal patriarch described in the Post story was happy to provide info about Taliban trade routes to intel officers in exchange for the little blue pills.

December 29, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne

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