health & medicine
Late last year, the FDA said it would no longer seek to formally regulate the use of the most common antibiotics in farm animals. A month later, though, the FDA said it would regulate the use of cephalosporins, which represent less than 1 percent of the antibiotics used on farms.
In December, Facebook rolled out new tools it said should help with suicide prevention. One psychiatrist, however, while lauding the effort, says the initiative needs some tweaks.
A panel of scientists are urging the U.S. government to cut dramatically the level of lead exposure that's believed to be safe, after continued research suggested that even at levels considered safe, neurological damage was occurring.
New research shows that kids who eat school lunches are more likely to be obese than kids who bring lunch from home. The battle to cut back childhood obesity is expected to be of increasing importance in the next few years.
Despite its position as a leading cause of death and debilitating disease afflicting many Americans, funding for research on Alzheimer's is sparse. Critics say that's hurting efforts to find a cure.
The French company PIP is accused of using industrial grade silicone, rather than medical grade material, in its breast implants, and now the implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer.
Scientists in Wisconsin and the Netherlands have successfully mutated the bird flu virus so that it can more easily spread among humans. The idea isn't bioterror, but rather to give us more information to use in the event of a natural or inflicted pandemic flu.
Canadian scientists are beaming as the country's first attempt at an HIV vaccine moves out of the lab and into early clinical trials. But it will be years before they know if the vaccine will be effective.
Over the weekend, the last U.S. troops left Iraq. They rode in a convoy to Kuwait. But for most of the soldier who went before them, Iraq will be a part of their lives forever — some moreso than others, like Colby Buzzell, who's battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Christopher Hitchens, a man who wasn't afraid to take on anyone, died on Thursday of esophageal cancer. He was famous for his biting criticism of, well, everyone, from Henry Kissinger, "a war criminal," to Mother Theresa, "a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud,"