- Researchers slowly homing in on risk of Zika birth defect Updated: May-25-16 5:15 pm
NEW YORK - As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects?
- Biden to host national cancer research summit in Washington Updated: May-24-16 6:18 pm
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden will bring together scientists, oncologists, donors and patients for a national conference on cancer research in Washington, the White House said Tuesday.
- Consider obesity surgery more often for diabetes: Guidelines Updated: May-24-16 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON - New guidelines say weight-loss surgery should become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are mildly obese.
- Report: NFL sought to influence study on brain injuries Updated: May-23-16 5:38 pm
WASHINGTON - National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.
- Sanford Burnham takes withdrawal proposal to governor Updated: May-23-16 4:48 pm
ORLANDO, Florida - Leaders of a research organization that has been key to the growth of a medical research community in central Florida say the firm is now in talks with the governor's office about having the University of Florida take over its Orlando facility.
- France to tighten up drug trial rules after fatal incident Updated: May-23-16 8:28 am
PARIS - France's health minister presented a plan on Monday to tighten the rules regarding human drug trials following an experimental test that killed a volunteer in January.
- Scientists get money to study astronaut memory Updated: May-23-16 3:33 am
ORLANDO, Florida - Two University of Central Florida professors have been awarded $900,000 to study how astronauts' memory and attention spans change during long missions in space.
- Bone cement company accused of experimenting on humans Updated: May-21-16 5:38 pm
SEATTLE - Reba Golden hurt her back after falling two floors while building an addition to her house in Honduras. But when she returned to Seattle for a routine spinal surgery, she suffered blood clots, severe bleeding and died in 2007 on the operating table.
- Lyme disease conference taking place in Worcester Updated: May-21-16 9:23 am
WORCESTER, Massachusetts - The Central Massachusetts Lyme Foundation is holding its second-annual conference this weekend.
- Auditor praises University of Minnesota changes in research Updated: May-20-16 6:40 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's legislative auditor has positive words for changes in research on human subjects at the University of Minnesota.
- Study: West Virginia had greatest drop in uninsured Updated: May-19-16 1:07 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Federal data shows West Virginia had the greatest percentage drop among the states over a two-year period for adults without health insurance.
- Database launched to gather, study DNA from Midwestern twins Updated: May-18-16 6:24 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Researchers who study how genes and the environment influence people's health are hoping that twins who live in the Midwest will contribute DNA to a new database that might provide insight about traits and diseases specific to the region.
- Immune drug for deadly skin cancer shows long-term survival Updated: May-18-16 6:22 pm
CHICAGO - A new kind of drug for the deadliest form of skin cancer helped some patients survive for at least three years, a study shows. It's a remarkable advance for patients who until recently faced dismal chances of living for more than a few months.
- Groundbreaking for cancer research center in Greer Updated: May-18-16 6:35 am
GREER, South Carolina - Officials with the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System say a new $65 million cancer research and treatment center will open near Greer in about two years.
- Judge: East Greenwich man can resume clinical cancer trial Updated: May-18-16 3:14 am
EAST GREENWICH, Rhode Island - A federal judge has ruled in favor of a terminally ill college student from East Greenwich seeking to resume a recently discontinued clinical cancer trial.
- Almost half of heart attacks are silent; they're still risky Updated: May-17-16 5:17 pm
CHICAGO - Almost half of all heart attacks cause no obvious symptoms, yet they can still be life-threatening, according to research on more than 9,000 middle-aged men and women.
- As many as 4 in 10 gay men have HIV in some Southern cities Updated: May-17-16 4:04 pm
NEW YORK - Three out of every 10 gay or bisexual men in several cities in the U.S. South have been diagnosed with the AIDS virus, three times the national rate, according to a study about how common HIV infections are in metro areas.
- UW researchers test drug to see if it extends a dog's life Updated: May-17-16 12:28 pm
SEATTLE - Researchers at the University of Washington are testing a drug to see if it would extend a dog's life. The drug, rapamycin, has lengthened the lives of laboratory mice. The long-term aim of the research is to find ways to treat illnesses that come with age in humans.
- Loneliness hurts: Senior health about more than disease Updated: May-16-16 3:21 pm
WASHINGTON - Grandma's cholesterol is OK, but maybe the doctor should be asking about her social life, too.
- Study finds toxic metals in Los Angeles homes near gas leak Updated: May-13-16 10:05 pm
LOS ANGELES - Homes located near a gas well blowout that spewed the nation's largest-known release of methane had higher levels of toxic metals that could have caused symptoms Los Angeles residents have suffered from for months, public health officials said Friday.
- Dick Vitale is giving his all in fight for research money Updated: May-13-16 2:33 am
Imagine what it would be like to exchange text messages with Dick Vitale.
- Billionaire gives $200 million to USC for cancer research Updated: May-12-16 3:40 am
LOS ANGELES - Oracle founder Larry Ellison has donated $200 million to the University of Southern California to fund a cancer research center, matching the largest single donation ever received by the school.
- A study asks: Too much folic acid a cause of autism? Updated: May-11-16 12:56 pm
NEW YORK - For decades, pregnant women and women who may become pregnant have been advised to take folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects.
- Suicides rarer in some ex-NFL players but questions remain Updated: May-11-16 11:06 am
CHICAGO - Government research on more than 3,000 retired NFL players says suicides were less common among men in this group than in the general population.
- Study: Costs for most long-term care keep climbing Updated: May-10-16 1:18 pm
Long-term care grew more expensive again this year, with the cost of the priciest option, a private nursing home room, edging closer to $100,000 annually, according to a survey from Genworth Financial.