Health

Paralyzed man stands, steps after spine treatment

Lewis Krauskopf Yahoo! News 21.05.2011
Paralyzed man stands, steps after spine treatment

A man left paralyzed after a car accident was able to stand and take steps after electrical stimulation of his spinal cord in what researchers described as a breakthrough in treating such devastating injuries.

Greenpeace Finds Toxic Toys Sold in Hong Kong and China [VIDEO]

Greenpeace urged authorities in Hong Kong and China on Wednesday to ban dangerous chemicals that were detected in children’s toys.


135-Year-Old Piece of Skin Triggers Smallpox Scare At Virginia Museum

An outbreak of smallpox was the furthest thing from historian Dr. Paul Levengood's mind when his staff at the Virginia Historical Society put together an exhibit of "bizarre bits" that were added to the society's collection since its founding in 1...

Meet the woman allergic to electricity

Andy Bloxham Telegraph 20.05.2011
Meet the woman allergic to electricity

A British woman cannot use an electric kettle, keeps her washing machine in a concrete outhouse and cannot have neighbours with wireless internet because she is allergic to electricity.


Circumcision Ban Goes on San Francisco Ballot

The Wall Street Journal 20.05.2011
Circumcision Ban Goes on San Francisco Ballot

A group seeking to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has succeeded in getting their controversial measure on the November ballot, meaning voters will be asked to weigh in on what until now has been a private family matter.

Report: Doctors Refusing to Treat Overweight Patients

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight limits for new patients. Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment...


Apparent Immunity Gene ‘Cures’ Man Of AIDS

A 45-year-old man now living in the Bay Area may be the first person ever cured of the deadly disease AIDS, the result of the discovery of an apparent HIV immunity gene.

Scientists find "master switch" gene for obesity

Scientists have found that a gene linked to diabetes and cholesterol is a "master switch" that controls other genes found in fat in the body, and say it should help in the search for treatments for obesity-related diseases.


Desperate Americans Buy Kidneys From Peru Poor in Fatal Trade

Luis Picado’s mother remembers the day her son thought he had won the lottery. He came home to their tin-roofed cinder-block house in a Managua, Nicaragua, slum and said he’d found a way to escape poverty and start a new life in the United States....

Scientists Discover Bedbugs Carrying MRSA Germ In Study

Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph “superbug.” Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver ...


Texas Passes Bill to Require Sonograms Before Abortions

JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. The New York Times 07.05.2011
Texas Passes Bill to Require Sonograms Before Abortions

In a victory for anti-abortion advocates, Texas will join the ranks of states that require doctors to perform a sonogram before conducting an abortion.

Sex and coffee 'trigger stroke'

Coffee, sex and blowing your nose could increase the risk of a type of stroke, say researchers in the Netherlands.


NY Considers Teen Tanning Ban

Michael Gormley NBC New York 05.05.2011
NY Considers Teen Tanning Ban

Fulfilling the "Jersey Shore" mantra of G.T.L. — gym, tanning, laundry — may soon be a lot harder for teenagers in New York as the state tries to become the first to ban indoor tanning for all minors.

Needle Found in Ex-South Korea President's Lung

Former South Korean president Roh Tae-woo was admitted to hospital with a bad cough and ended up on the operating table to remove an acupuncture needle from his right lung.


US Soldier Gets Full Face Transplant

Surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have given a soldier from Indiana a new face. 30-year-old Army Private Mitch Hunter of Indianapolis was left severely disfigured after saving a woman’s life during a car accident ten years ago. He pushed a ...

Woman Claims Hospital Let Another Woman Breastfeed Her Baby

A New York City mom claimed that her child was breast-fed by another woman after blundering hospital workers accidentally switched her daughter with another baby just after birth.


FDA: Sanitizers don't kill deadly Superbug

HARRY JACKSON JR. STLtoday.com 21.04.2011
FDA: Sanitizers don't kill deadly Superbug

Some hand sanitizer producers are making fraudulent claims and the U.S. Food and Drug Aministration has warned them to stop. The claims violate federal law, the FDA says.

Massachusetts state-funded Web site tells teens abortion 'much easier than it sounds'

A state-funded sex education Web site that tells teens an abortion is “much easier than it sounds” has drawn fire from outraged pro-lifers who say mariatalks.com is glossing over ugly truths, steering teens toward the controversial procedure and c...


Yes, men really can make it longer: study

Some non-surgical methods for increasing the length of the male sex organ do in fact work, while others are likely to result only in soreness and disappointment, a review of medical literature has shown.

All those tweets, apps, updates may drain brain

James Temple San Francisco Chronicle 19.04.2011
All those tweets, apps, updates may drain brain

Human minds evolved to constantly scan for novelty, lest we miss any sign of food, danger or, on a good day, mating opportunities. But the modern world bombards us with stimuli, a nonstop stream of e-mails, chats, texts, tweets, status updates and...



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