health & medicine
The harder and longer someone works, the more tasks get completed. Or so logic would seem to say. Now, critics are saying productivity actually increases as workers slow their pace.
Parkinson's disease effects millions of people worldwide and includes symptoms like tremors, slow movement, and muscle stiffness. But though the disease is often difficult to detect, a group of researchers are optimistic about the success of developing a test, based on people's voice.
Thousands of former professional football players and their wives have filed a class action lawsuit against the National Football League. Now, the NFL is faced with ameliorating the problem, as well as, perhaps, a legal battle that the organization could lose.
Vaccination and prevention will play a vital role in battling the 2013 influenza outbreak in the United States. But the CDC says determining the severity of the outbreak and forecasting how long it will last will be difficult.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez hasn't been seen publicly since Dec. 10, when he left for Cuba and his fourth cancer surgery. Reports are he is gravely ill -- so much so that he missed his scheduled inauguration on Thursday, fueling a bit of a constitutional crisis.
The process of becoming a doctor typically takes four or more years for students to complete. But now some universities are looking into shortening the process by one year -- in part to minimize the burden of student debt.
Ethiopia has struggled with a shortage of qualified doctors for years. In an effort to resolve that, it's vastly increased the sizes of existing classes and opened 13 new schools. But critics say Ethiopia is training a generation of woefully unqualified doctors.
Alcohol is forbidden for practicing Muslims. But like all prohibitions, for some they prove too tempting. But because of the prohibition, often alcoholics in the Muslim community aren't able to get the treatment they need. Fortunately, that's starting to change.
It's easy to think cancer's a result of bad habits — or bad luck. And in a way, the bad luck part is true. But it goes beyond that. Infectious diseases, things prevented or quickly treated in the developing world, are a major cause of cancers, and cancer deaths, in the developing world.
Thousands of women die of cervical cancer each year in the developing world. In large part, it's because they don't have access to tests like the Pap smear. But a new test, one that merely involves conventional vinegar, is changing everything.