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The new house call: Your doctor's at the door, er, on your Web cam

The new house call: Your doctor's at the door, er, on your Web cam

Too busy to go to the doctor? Unfortunately, it's the rare one who makes house calls these days. But how about the next best thing? The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) next week is set to begin offering doctor consults via Web cam, an emerging form of telemedicine.

January 6, 2009 — Jordan Lite
Drugs trigger dramatic weight loss in fat mice

Drugs trigger dramatic weight loss in fat mice

Drugs currently on the market but used for other purposes helped plump mice shed pounds by upping their response to the appetite-suppressing hormone leptin, according to a new study.

January 6, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
CNN's Sanjay Gupta to become surgeon general?

CNN's Sanjay Gupta to become surgeon general?

President-elect Barack Obama is paging Dr. Gupta, reportedly tapping CNN's chief medical correspondent to be his surgeon general.

Obama offered Sanjay Gupta, 39, a practicing neurosurgeon who's reported on public health crises from around the world, the position sometime after a November meeting in Chicago, unidentified sources told the Washington Post .

January 6, 2009 — Jordan Lite
<i>Twitter</i> celeb accounts hacked. Could yours be next?

Twitter celeb accounts hacked. Could yours be next?

Twitter has arrived. How do we know? It's been hacked like all the other hot social networks before it. (Read: Facebook and MySpace .) The cyber attacks say as much about the growing popularity of the "microblogging" site (messages can't be longer than 140 characters) as they do about the company's inability to secure its users' information.

January 6, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
A picture is worth a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words

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 sixteenth of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com 's In-Depth Report on the "Future of the Poles."
AGAP SOUTH CAMP, ANTARCTICA—Since we first conceived this project, we have been acutely aware of the limited amount of time we would have in the field.  We wanted 35 days to complete the planned program.

January 6, 2009 — Robin Bell
The Milky Weigh Galaxy

The Milky Weigh Galaxy

LONG BEACH, CALIF.—One of the unnerving aspects of astronomy as a science is how astronomers continue to argue over measurements you’d have thought they settled long ago.

January 5, 2009 — George Musser
<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
Mars exploration rovers just keep going and going...

Mars exploration rovers just keep going and going...

When NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers touched down on Mars, they were each tapped for three-month missions exploring the Red Planet. But five years later, both are still moving, providing a bright spot at a tumultuous time for the space agency.

January 5, 2009 — John Matson

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