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  • Marilyn Tavenner soars through Senate Finance hearing

    April 10, 2013 3:11 AM 82

    The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly lauded President Barack Obama’s nominee to run Medicare, Medicaid and even much of the health reform law. Marilyn Tavenner, who has run the sprawling Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as acting administrator for well over a year, was praised by Republicans and Democrats during her confirmation

  • Physicist Stephen Hawking visits L.A. stem cell lab

    April 10, 2013 1:49 AM 43

    The 71-year-old British physicist, who is almost fully paralyzed due to Lou Gehrig's disease, toured an L.A. facility that is studying ways to slow the disease's progression. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Hawking on Tuesday toured a stem cell laboratory where scientists are studying ways to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurological disorder

  • In Blacks, Alzheimer’s Study Finds Same Variant Genes as in Whites

    April 10, 2013 1:11 AM 28

    African-Americans have a slightly higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease than people of largely European ancestry, but there is no major genetic difference that could account for the slight excess risk, new research shows. The results are from one of the only large studies ever done on Alzheimer’s in African-Americans. Researchers identified the same gene variants

  • Ten retailers urged to pull potentially toxic products

    April 9, 2013 10:53 PM 47

    How safe is your shampoo, sofa or shirt? Campaign launches Thursday to prod 10 major retailers to phase out potentially toxic products. It says industry needs to act because U.S. government isn't. Health and environmental groups will launch a national campaign Thursday to prod 10 major retailers — including Walmart, Target and Costco — to clear store

  • FDA Approves Morning Sickness Drug Once Feared Unsafe

    April 9, 2013 7:25 PM 108

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Monday approved Diclegis, a drug used to treat pregnant women for morning sickness, making it the only FDA-approved drug to treat the pregnancy-related symptoms of nausea and vomiting. That's quite a turnaround for a drug that was yanked off the market 30 years ago after women filed hundreds of lawsuits claiming

  • FDA Probing Spike in Robotic Surgery Problems

    April 9, 2013 7:12 PM 37

    The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier. But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it, and the high cost of using

  • Smaller Dishes Could Cut Childhood Obesity

    April 9, 2013 5:08 PM 88

    Smaller plates, fewer calories? The latest study shows one way to fight childhood obesity may be to shrink the size of the dinner plate. According research published in the journal Pediatrics, first-graders served themselves more and downed more calories when they used a large plate instead of a smaller one. Simply advising parents — and kids — to eat less and exercise

  • Babies’ immune system development influenced by birth month

    April 9, 2013 2:22 PM 40

    Newborn babies’ immune systems and vitamin D levels differ – depending on which month of the year they were born, Medical News Today reported. The study, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, helps explain why a person’s risk of developing the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS) is impacted by their birth month. Multiple sclerosis is a neurological

  • Many skin cancer survivors ignore sun safety advice

    April 8, 2013 5:27 PM 91

    Wear your sunscreen, seek the shade, wear protective clothing and never, ever go to a tanning salon. Despite decades of repetition, many of us fail to follow that skin-saving advice — and a new study shows that's true even for people who have had the most serious form of skin cancer. More than a quarter of people who have had melanoma say they never

  • ICYMI: Tango As Medicine, What Stress Looks Like And Your Brain On 'Food Porn'

    January 1, 1970 12:00 AM 34

    Fox, known for his roles in "Spin City" and the "Back to the Future" trilogy, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at age 30 in 1991, according to his foundation's website. However, he didn't share his condition publicly until 1998, and he officially retired from "Spin City" in 2000. That same year, Fox launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's