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As They Dig Deeper Into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:00:20 -0500

More dads are getting involved with parenting, but the resources to help them are much slimmer than those available for moms.

Top Items On This 12-Year-Old's Wish List: 'A Leg, A Bicycle'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:00:19 -0500

The one-legged orphan in Liberia had figured out how to use a crutch as an improvised prosthetic leg. But he wanted the real deal.

A Bit More Vitamin D Might Help Prevent Colds And Flu

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:31:00 -0500

An analysis finds that if you're deficient in vitamin D, taking a supplement might cut your risk of respiratory infections. But there's disagreement on what's considered deficient.

Scientists May Have Solved The Mystery Of Nodding Syndrome

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:03:00 -0500

For decades, scientists suspected that the parasite responsible for river blindness might be causing a rare form of epilepsy. Now they have evidence.

Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:01:00 -0500

The National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences say a long-standing taboo on editing human genes could be lifted — even if the changes can be carried through to future generations.

Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:30:00 -0500

A study tracking depression rates among U.S. teens from 2005 to 2014 finds an increase — especially among girls. A steady diet of harsh judgments from social media may play a role, researchers say.

Think Your Hearing's Great? You Might Want To Check It Out

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:55:00 -0500

About a quarter of adults who think their hearing is fine actually have some hearing loss, according to the CDC. And many of them are in their 20s. Activities of daily living are often to blame.

Australian Catholic Church: 7 Percent Of Priests Sexually Abused Kids Over Decades

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:47:00 -0500

"These numbers are shocking, they are tragic and they are indefensible," says a church representative. More than 4,400 people reported allegations of abuse at more than 1,000 different institutions.

Study: A New Strategy To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:13:00 -0500

Efforts to stop the practice have focused on health risks. And yet it remains widespread. A new study may explain why.

When Old Medicine Goes Bad

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 04:38:00 -0500

With drug prices climbing, you may be tempted to keep unused pills and cough syrups past their expiration date. Don't do it, pharmacists warn. And get all medicine out of the bathroom cabinet now.

Contest For Biz Students Is All About Umbilical Cords

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:59:00 -0500

Students from 11 business programs around the U.S. came together to see who could make the best business plan to address infant mortality in Nigeria.

Which Genes Make You Taller? A Whole Bunch Of Them, It Turns Out

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:12:00 -0500

You'd think it would be a simple matter of looking at a few genes from Mom and Dad. But scientists say they've already found more than 700 variants that affect height and are still counting.

Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That's Not Cancer

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:06:00 -0500

Scanning people at risk for lung cancer finds many nodules that aren't cancerous but prompt more procedures, a study at the VA finds. A small number of people did get their cancer diagnosed early on.

Young Girls Are Less Apt To Think That Women Are Really, Really Smart

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:14:00 -0500

Girls are less likely to identify their own gender as brilliant than boys are, even at age 5. One question is whether it's the girls who need to change their thinking about innate intelligence.

Arizona Children Could Lose Health Coverage Under Obamacare Repeal

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:54:00 -0500

Arizona has one of the highest rates of uninsured kids in the U.S. The federal health law put a dent in those numbers, but child advocates fear any gains will disappear if the law is repealed.