Health & Spirit

It's on the Tip of My Subthalamic Nucleus

Health / Scott LaFee /

You know those times when you're just about to say something and -- poof! -- it's gone. Researchers think the phenomenon is linked to your brain's stop-start mechanism, which triggers actions like telling your legs to stop moving just before you blithely step into that unnoticed pothole.

Scientists looked at a cluster of neurons in the brain ...Read more

Mending Through Vending

Health / Scott LaFee /

The city of Las Vegas has set up vending machines to dispense clean hypodermics to IV drug users, the first such effort in the country.

The program is intended to reduce the spread of infections like HIV and hepatitis C through shared needles. It's a collaboration of public health groups and AIDS researchers. Individuals who want to use the ...Read more

Prostate Update

Health / Scott LaFee /

Back in 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force told doctors prostate cancer screenings that use blood tests for prostate-specific antigen or PSA were dubious because the risk of false positives and resulting overtreatment far outweighed any benefits.

Recently, the USPSTF, a panel of independent, volunteer experts that develop evidence-...Read more

Keeping Abreast -- Or Not

Health / Scott LaFee /

More women with early-stage cancer in one breast are deciding to have preventive surgery to remove the other, cancer-free breast, say researchers in a new study published in JAMA Surgery.

The scientists looked at data from more than 1.2 million women age 20 and older who had been diagnosed with invasive cancer in one breast. One-third of ...Read more


Health / Scott LaFee /

In 2015, more than 36,000 Americans were killed by guns (the two top causes: suicides and homicides) or 93 Americans on an average day, with another two injured with every fatality. These numbers are steadily rising.

Gun violence in the U.S. cost an astounding $6.6 billion in initial hospitalization costs over the past decade, according to a ...Read more

Danger Lurks Within

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Roughly 66,000 young children are treated in emergency rooms each year for injuries blamed on nursery products, according to a recent study that looked at 21 years of data involving injuries to kids under age three.

The biggest villain: baby carriers, which accounted for one-fifth of all injuries, followed by cribs, mattresses and strollers. ...Read more

Wake Up, Honey

Health / Scott LaFee /

Every couple with kids knows the drill: A youngster wakes up at night, crying, and the mother turns to the father who turns out to be deep asleep. Or at least he pretends to be.

So it should be no surprise that new research finds that having kids in the house affects the quality of sleep for women much more than for men. Scientists surveyed 5...Read more

Testing Testosterone

Health / Scott LaFee /

If you listen to, say, a lot of sports radio, you will hear ads for treating low testosterone levels in men, which has been associated with ailments ranging from reduced libido and osteoporosis to heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Some of these associations are pretty inconclusive (at least for the moment), but testosterone treatments ...Read more

The Long of the Short of It

Health / Scott LaFee /

The Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits study, more aptly known by its acronym GIANT, has found that up to 83 genetic variants are involved in determining human height. And some of the genes pack a lot of influence, affecting height by up to eight-tenths of an inch.

The Nose Knows

Neurologists have gathered more robust evidence that...Read more

When a Sneeze is No Breeze

Health / Scott LaFee /

Chronic allergy sufferers often resort to a rigorous regimen of allergy shots or oral immunotherapy, basically exposing themselves to small amounts of allergens to build up tolerance over time.

Over time has traditionally translated to three years. Researchers wondered whether that 1,095-day process might be reduced to just two years with the...Read more

Hears to Less Noise

Health / Scott LaFee /

The Centers for Disease Control estimates 22 million American workers are exposed to potentially dangerous noise levels on the job, adding to roughly $242 million in workers' compensation costs for hearing loss problems annually.

The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has created a cell phone app to help ...Read more

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