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Diabetes Rx ups bone fracture risk

A new study indicates that drugs called thiazolidinediones used to control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes may do more harm than good. Scientists report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) that women who take the meds have reduced spine and hip bone density and have double the risk of fracturing bones if they're on the pills for more than a year.

December 10, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne

The biggest loser: Buying weight loss

Seems money trumps health when it comes to losing weight. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association today found that people were more likely to stick to weight-loss programs if they were offered cash incentives.

December 10, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne

At last, people moving!

Editor's note: Marine geophysicist Robin Bell is leading an expedition to Antarctica to explore a mysterious mountain range beneath the ice sheet. Following is the tenth of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com 's in-depth report on the "Future of the Poles." McMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- Just 24 hours ago, all the teams were pinned down on Antarctic coasts by weather, equipment and bureaucracy.

December 10, 2008 — Robin Bell

The computer mouse at 40: Remembering history in the making

Forty years ago, Douglas Engelbart gave a 90-minute presentation on a "computer-based, interactive, multiconsole display system" under development at Stanford Research Institute (SRI), according to an official announcement of the event.

December 10, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Name that species--After yourself, Purdue auction suggests

Naming your kid after you is one thing. But imagine if an entire species were named for you. This week, Purdue University is auctioning off the rights to name seven newly discovered bats and two turtles, the Associated Press is reporting.

December 9, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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