March 17, 2011
Shar-Pei Dogs Shed Light on Human Fever
The gene mutation
responsible for the wrinkled skin of Shar-Pei dogs is also linked
to a periodic fever disorder, a finding that could have important
implications for human health, researchers report.
Young Adults May Need 'Safety Net'
It's normal and healthy
for parents to provide their 20-something children with financial
and housing assistance, according to a new study.
Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport
Long-term health dangers
from the type of airport body scanners that emit radiation are
tiny, experts say, but disagreement lingers over the collective
cancer risks because of the sheer mass of travelers who pass
through them every year.
Stem Cell Therapy Shrinks Enlarged Hearts
The promise of stem cell
therapy may have gotten a little closer to reality, with
researchers reporting that they've used the cells to help shrink
hearts that were dangerously swollen after heart attacks.
HIV Infection Passed Via Donated Kidney: U.S.
A recent case in New York
City of HIV transmission between a living kidney donor and a
transplant recipient highlights the need to revise national policy
on the type and timing of HIV tests used to screen living organ
donors, say the authors of a new case study.
Rush to Buy Iodide Pills Unnecessary in U.S., Experts
As people across the
United States rush to buy potassium iodide pills to protect
themselves against any possible radiation exposure from Japan's
nuclear plant crisis, experts stress there's no need for the pills
since there is little danger that Americans are at any risk.
ADHD's Upside: Greater Creativity?
The distractibility and
impulsiveness that is the hallmark of attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a silver lining, according
to a new study that suggests those with the disorder are more
creative than those without.
Menthol Cigarettes Marketed as 'Healthier,' FDA Panel
Marketing messages for
menthol cigarettes disproportionately target youths and blacks and
are crafted to imply that menthols are safer than other cigarettes,
although they are not, according to a newly released draft section
of a long awaited FDA advisory committee's report.
Analysis Confirms Avandia May Harm the Heart
A new analysis confirms
that those who take the diabetes drug Avandia are more likely to
develop heart problems and die than those who take a similar type
of diabetes medication.