June 09, 2010
Some Brain Cells Seem to Multitask
Certain types of
"multitasking" brain cells (neurons) can correctly identify a wide
variety of objects, ranging from cars to cats, a new study
1 in 4 Americans Under 65 Lacks Dental
About three-quarters (73
percent) of Americans under the age of 65 years had some type of
dental coverage in 2008, but about 45 million had no coverage,
according to a new report from the U.S. National Center for Health
Health Plan Reports Major Drop in Heart
In the war against heart
disease, here's some good news from the front lines: A large study
reports a 24 percent decline in heart attacks and a significant
reduction in deaths since 1999 in one northern California
Epilepsy Drug Linked to Serious Birth Defects
The offspring of women who
took the epilepsy drug valproic acid during the first trimester of
pregnancy are much more likely to have serious births defects
affecting the brain, heart and limbs, a new study finds.
Genes May Be a Source of Vitamin D Deficiency
Nutrition and sun exposure
are both prime influences on an individual's vitamin D level, but a
new study suggests that genetics could help determine a person's
risk for vitamin D deficiency.
Is It Safe to Go in the Gulf Coast's Water?
Now that oil and tar balls
from the massive Gulf oil spill have begun washing up on the
beaches of four states, many are wondering: What, if any, are the
health risks to beachgoers and residents of the region?