Most Overweight Kids Believe They Are Right Weight
A child stands on a scale.
July 23rd, 2014
Most children and teens who are overweight think that they are actually the right weight, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.
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Philanthropist Donates $650 Million for Psychiatric Research
An artist's image shows a stormy human mind.
July 22nd, 2014
A Los Angeles philanthropist is donating $650 million to improve understanding of the genetic and molecular causes of schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses.
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When is Sleepiness Due to Narcolepsy?
Narcoleptic patient sleeping, narcolepsy, sleep study
July 22nd, 2014
Narcolepsy is real, and serious — one of many sleep disorders that afflict Americans.
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'Family That Walks on All Fours' Not Evolutionary Throwbacks
A person with Uner Tan Syndrome walks on all fours.
July 22nd, 2014
A Turkish family affected by a rare genetic disorder does not represent "backward evolution," as one researcher claims. The family's gait is not reminiscent of primate ancestors, and is in fact, all human.
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High-Salt Diet May Double Diabetics' Heart Disease Risk
A salt shaker lies on table, with salt spilling out.
July 22nd, 2014
It's not only sugar that raises alarms in diabetes. Having a high-salt diet may double the risk of developing heart disease in people with diabetes, according to a new study from Japan.
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New Schizophrenia Gene Links Uncovered
An artist's image shows a stormy human mind.
July 21st, 2014
Researchers have identified 83 new gene variants that are linked with the risk of schizophrenia, according to a new study. Many of the gene variations are common, and are found in healthy people, the researchers said.
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Doctors Can Help Identify Child Sex Trafficking in US
Isolated teen
July 21st, 2014
Child sex trafficking crimes occur each day in the United States, and doctors can play a role in identifying victims, getting them care, and ultimately preventing such crimes, researchers say.
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Chinese Officials Seal Off 'Plague' City, Puzzling US Experts
A scanning electron micrograph of a flea.
July 22nd, 2014
Officials in China have sealed off the city of Yumen after one resident died from bubonic plague, reports say. But this action is puzzling to U.S. infectious disease experts, who say the response seems extreme.
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Antioxidant Supplements Don't Fight Cancer, Research Suggests
Miniature fresh fruits and vegetables are depicted as spilling out of a vitamin bottle.
July 22nd, 2014
Although antioxidant have been thought to fight cancer, emerging research shows they don't have this effect. Now, scientists are trying to explain why antioxidants may not lower people's cancer risk.
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Malaysia Airlines Disaster Could Be Setback for AIDS Research
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, in green), infecting a cell. Image taken with an electron scanning microscope.
July 21st, 2014
The HIV/AIDS community expressed sadness today over the loss of prominent AIDS researchers and activists who were aboard flight MH17, saying that the tragedy could also be a setback for research in the field.
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