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Osteoporosis drugs up heart risk, study says

Drugs used to slow bone loss from osteoporosis increase the risk of life-threatening irregular heartbeats, according to new research that adds to previous warnings about the medicines.

October 27, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Death by steamed rice bun: Competitive eater dies

A Taiwanese student vying to become the "Big Stomach King" died after scarfing down two rice- and cheese-filled steamed buns, along with some of his teammates' food—a rare but not unheard-of competitive-eating death...

October 24, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Doc calculates McCain's risk of skin-cancer death

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has a 6 percent chance of dying of the skin cancer melanoma in each of the next two years, says a doctor who specializes in the design of medical trials...

October 23, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine "safe," feds say

The huge marketing push around the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil, and anecdotal reports about girls fainting after getting the shots, may have you second-guessing its safety.  New data may ease your mind...

October 23, 2008 — Jordan Lite

On the kids' menu: Food allergies

The number of children with food and digestive allergies has increased by 18 percent over the past decade, a new report shows, underscoring a trend reported by concerned parents and teachers...

October 22, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Fewer prescriptions filled as economy worsens

The tumbling economy may be making Americans queasy, but they're apparently so worried about their pocketbooks that they're skipping their meds. “I’ve seen patients today who said they stopped taking their Lipitor, their cholesterol-lowering medicine, because they can’t afford it,” James King, chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians, tells the New York Times today...

October 22, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Meet my genome: 10 people release their DNA on the Web

Ten people today allowed their genetic maps to be publicly displayed on the Web in the name of research. The effort is part of Harvard Medical School's Personal Genome Project (PGP), which aims to create a large public database of human DNA to aid researchers in their quest to find the causes and cures for genetic maladies.   

The first 10 volunteers, dubbed the PGP-10, include project director and Harvard Medical School geneticist George Church; Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker; technology writer Esther Dyson; Duke University science editor Misha Angrist; Keith Batchelder, CEO of Genomic Healthcare Strategies in Charlestown, Mass.; Rosalynn Gill, founder of personalized health company Sciona in Aurora, Colo.; John Halamka, technology dean at Harvard Medical School; Stanley Lapidus, chairman and CEO of Helicos BioSciences Corp...

October 21, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke

Suicide uptick: U.S. rate climbing

Suicide is on the rise for the first time in a decade, and it has a new face: middle-aged, white adults.

The overall U.S. suicide rate rose by 0.7 percent annually between 1999 and 2005 – from 10.5 suicides per 100,000 people to 11 per 100,000 – but the increase was steeper among white men and women ages 40 to 64...

October 21, 2008 — Jordan Lite

The E-mail from hell: Had fun last night, may have given you an STD

If the Web is such an effective dating vehicle, why not also use it to alert the participants of the consequences of hookups gone bad? That's the idea behind inSPOT, which uses short and not so sweet electronic postcards to quickly spread, so to speak, the news that a partner has a sexually transmitted disease (STD)...

October 20, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

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