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Smallpox Discovered In Old Storage Room Near D.C.

(MCT) — National Institutes of Health workers preparing to move a lab in Bethesda, Md., found an unwelcome surprise in a storage room this month: vials of smallpox. There is no evidence that any of the vials was breached, and no lab workers or members of the public were exposed to the infectious and potentially […]

Binge Drinking, Other Alcohol Excesses Kill 88,000 A Year, Study Finds

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The death toll from binge drinking and other forms of excessive alcohol use in the United States is just shy of 88,000 per year, according to a new nationwide analysis. Those casualties erased more than 2.5 million years of life that would have been lived each year had victims not been […]

Lab Mice Get Addicted To Sun Exposure

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Does basking in the sun make you feel relaxed and happy, like nothing can bother you? There may be a biological reason for that. Researchers found mice that were regularly exposed to UV light had a higher pain tolerance than mice that were not exposed to UV light. They also experienced […]

UC Davis Study Links Autism To Pesticides

FRESNO, Calif. (MCT) — A new study released Monday suggests that pregnant women who live near agricultural fields where pesticides are sprayed are at increased risk of having a child with autism. The study by the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute found mothers exposed to organophosphates had a two-thirds increased risk of having a […]

New Technique Could Heal Teeth Painlessly, Avoid Cavities

(MCT) — Instead of having to drill and fill cavities, dentists could head them off at the pass with a new technique that accelerates a tooth’s natural healing, King’s College London announced this week. The technique, called electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralization, is being developed by Reminova Ltd., a spinoff of King’s College London. It […]

U.S. Healthcare Ranks Last Among 11 Developed Nations, Report Says

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Despite having the costliest care, the United States ranks last among 11 industrialized countries on healthcare quality and access, according to a new report. The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund published Monday ranked the United Kingdom first overall, even though its per-capita health spending is less than half that of the […]

Suicides Rose During Great Recession. Could Some Have Been Prevented?

(MCT) — The Great Recession that began in late 2007 resulted in about 12,940 suicides in North America and Europe — and many of them could have been prevented, researchers said Wednesday. As far back as 1897, French sociologist Emile Durkheim observed the link between economic hardship and suicide. “It is a well-known fact that […]

Lack Of Residencies Leaves Some Medical Students High And Dry

(MCT) — Hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, and no residency. That’s the situation for 412 medical school graduates this year in the United States. A residency — paid, on-the-job training — is an essential step in becoming a medical doctor. In some cases, students’ failure to obtain a residency has nothing to do […]

Risk Of Depression Is Nearly Twice As High For Unemployed Americans

(MCT) — Unemployment takes a significant toll on the mental health of workers, especially those who have been out of their jobs for at least 27 weeks — what the Bureau of Labor Statistics considers the “long-term unemployed.” The longer a person has been out of work, the greater the chances that he or she […]

When It Comes To Body Fat, Beige Is The New Brown

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Readers perennially on the lookout for the next big thing in weight loss have heard of brown fat: those mitochondria-rich fat cells found plentifully between the shoulder blades of mice, babies and young, thin people. The bodies of people and animals with large stores of brown fat rev higher, burn more […]

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