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Sewage Reveals Patterns of Illicit Drug Use

Is your neighborhood using? Researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Washington have devised technology that analyzes what’s been flushed down the toilet to measure how many speed freaks and coke heads you’ve got living down the street...

December 12, 2008 — Gary Stix

Can brain scans read our minds?

Researchers at ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan,  say they've developed new analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person's brain and display them on a computer screen, according to Pink Tentacle , an English-language blog that covers news from Japan...

December 12, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Diabetes and celiac disease: A genetic connection

Patients with type 1 diabetes have been known to be more prone to another autoimmune disorder, celiac disease, in which gluten in wheat, rye and barley triggers an immune response that damages the small intestine or gut...

December 11, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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

Death on Mount Everest: The perils of the descent

As difficult as it is to scale Mount Everest, coming back down from the world’s tallest peak is far more deadly, a new study shows.

Some 192 of the 212 deaths on the Himalayan mountain that occurred between 1921 and 2006 were above base camp, according to research in this week’s online edition of the British Medical Journal ...

December 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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

E-prescribing leads to more, cheaper generic Rx fills

Even as some states have required pharmacists to dole out generic drugs when they're available and insurers have offered financial incentives to doctors to prescribe them, the cost of prescription medications has continued to climb...

December 9, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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