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Why Kids Get Autism: New Genetic Clues

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:57:20 EDT

Scientists say that roughly 20% of autism cases can be linked to known genetic abnormalities. A growing number of tests are helping to identify them.

Fending Off a Food Craving

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:20:43 EDT

What the siren call of that cupcake really means—and how to ignore it.

Fictional Stars, Real Problems

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 13:14:07 EDT

In medical schools, professors are using fictional characters in literature, TV and film to teach students to diagnose mental illness.

A Silent STD That Can Cause Infertility

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 18:50:43 EDT

Though it has become easier to test for and treat, Chlamydia is still common, and efforts to screen for the STD have run into obstacles.

Seeking Past Lessons to Fight Flu

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:31:47 EDT

As the number of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases continues to rise, a host of questions have arisen about the lessons to be gleaned from two historical outbreaks, as well as how experts and the public should react.

Sparing the Cervix in Hysterectomies

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 21:52:20 EST

For decades, surgeons performing hysterectomies cut out the cervix because it could develop cancer. Now, more gynecologists argue for sparing the cervix.

Face It: You're Addicted to Success

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:12:15 EST

The recession is exacting punishment for a psychological vice: the unmitigated identification of self with occupation, accomplishment and professional status.

A Speedier Radiation Treatment

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:52:00 EDT

For patients getting daily radiation treatments, new technology provides faster, more comfortable and more accurate treatment.

Early Education Eases Breast Cancer Fears

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 13:13:00 EDT

Dr. Marisa Weiss has witnessed a growing fear of breast cancer among young girls. So she and her teen daughter co-wrote the new book "Taking Care of Your 'Girls.'" Written for teen girls, it spotlights breast health and development.

When a Co-Worker Is Stressed Out

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 09:35:00 EDT

Feeling particularly stressed at work? Look around you. As the economy falters and layoffs sweep certain industries, people are more worried than ever about job security. Here's what do you do when you think a co-worker can't handle the strain.

How Much Water Should You Drink?

Mon, 30 Jun 2008 23:20:00 EDT

Lately it has been in vogue to dismiss the advice to drink eight glasses of water a day as a "medical myth," but it's really more a dispute over whether the glass is half-empty or half-full.

Defibrillators Can Save Lives

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 20:07:00 EDT

If you go into sudden cardiac arrest in a Chicago airport, where automatic external defibrillators are plentiful, your chance of survival is greater than 50%. Statistics like that are helping fuel the drive to put more AEDs in public places.

Visceral Fear of Unexpected Heart Attacks

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 23:36:00 EDT

Scores of theories were offered on what might have been done to save NBC's Tim Russert from his sudden, fatal heart attack, but the heart still has many mysteries. The best lesson that can be learned from Russert's tragedy is to take responsibility for our health.

How Surgery May Affect Mental Acuity

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 23:46:00 EDT

Mild cognitive damage from bypass surgery has long been recognized by doctors, even if they seldom warn patients about it. Symptoms include short-term memory loss, slowed responses, trouble concentrating and emotional instability.

'Neurobics' and Other Brain Boosters

Mon, 02 Jun 2008 23:04:00 EDT

"Neuro-aerobics," a term for engaging different parts of the brain to do familiar tasks, may well lower your risk for Alzheimer's disease and shore up your defenses against all kinds of cognitive decline.

The Science Behind 'Senior Moments'

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:01:00 EDT

A "senior moment" is an unscientific term for various mental glitches. While experts believe that the majority of these memory lapses are part of normal aging, "senior moments" can also be a sign of early Alzheimer's disease.

Esophageal Therapy You Can Stomach

Mon, 19 May 2008 23:10:00 EDT

Doctors can sometimes see esophageal cancer coming in a condition called Barrett's esophagus. A new outpatient procedure that lets doctors zap Barrett's tissue with radiofrequency ablation is showing promise. Video

Putting an End to Mindless Munching

Thu, 22 May 2008 16:01:00 EDT

Eating mindfully means paying attention to what you eat and stopping just before you're full. Eating just a few mouthfuls, and savoring the experience, can be far more satisfying than eating an entire cake mindlessly.

Nightmares Still Haunt Sleep Aids

Mon, 05 May 2008 21:07:00 EDT

An analysis of adverse-event reports filed with WHO suggests that the current generation of sleep medications may be nearly as problematic as the older generation.

From Defeat, Rejection to Success

Tue, 29 Apr 2008 07:05:00 EDT

What makes some people rebound from defeats and go on to greatness while others throw in the towel? Psychologists call it "self-efficacy," the unshakable belief some people have that they have what it takes to succeed.