health & medicine
Spain's new conservative government is making time from its efforts to rescue the country's moribund economy and instead work on rolling back laws changed under the last, Socialist government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced a bill to re-criminalize abortion.
Before you light that cigarette, men, you might think about whether you want to have a child some day. That's the message in new research that shows the life choices both women and men make long before they conceive a child may have a permanent, genetic impact on any future offspring.
Farmers in Sri Lanka are dying. Not because the work is hard, though it is. And not because the cities are pulling people in, with promises of an easier standard of living, though they are. No, farmers in Sri Lanka are dying from Chronic Kidney Disease, and while scientists have linked the explosion in cases to use of agricultural chemicals, but so far nothing is being done.
As the American population ages, more Americans are in need of some degree of in-home care and assistance. Many of those willing to do the hard work an unpleasant tasks are immigrants. But for all of these caregivers, there's a big hole in their compensation. Whether they're sick or in need of medical care, they can't take time off — not only endangering themselves but those they care for as well.
Doctors have been aware of the importance of Vitamin D for a few years now. The vitamin, which is more like a hormone that other vitamin, is partly responsible for a whole host of bodily functions, including regulating just how happy you are. But it turns out that it's a lot harder for black Americans to generate Vitamin D.
A German doctor filed a criminal complaint against a Jewish mohel for performing ritual circumcisions in that country — a practice one court found to be illegal. Meanwhile, in the United States Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics revised its position and recommended circumcision as a beneficial practice for infant boys.
Dallas took an unprecedented step Thursday of launching an aerial spraying campaign to try and stop the spread of potentially deadly West Nile virus. Across the country, West Nile is extremely common this year, but especially in the south.
After sleepwalking into a wall, journalist David Randall was left unsatisfied with his doctor's recommendation to "take it easy." The incident left him determined to uncover the mystery of sleep, a subject he explores in his new book, "Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep."
The emergency response team in Oak Creek, Wis., has received high praise for its timely and response to Sunday's shooting. But an emergency medical expert says a response like that is the exception, not the rule. He calls the ambulance system in the United States a public policy disaster.
This year's winner of the Google Science Fair is Brittany Wenger, a 17-year-old high school student from Florida. For her award-winning project, Wenger used her knowledge of computer science and biology to design an app to help doctors diagnose breast cancer.