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Gene For Skin Cancer Found, Scientists Say

A gene responsible for the most common type of cancer in humans has been found, two international teams of scientists reported Thursday. When the gene is damaged by ultraviolet radiation …


Daily Doses Of Fish Oil Helps Crohn’s Disease

Taking daily doses of fish oil that contains omega-3 fatty acids may help stave off relapses of Crohn’s disease, a painful inflammation of the lining of the intestines. In a …


Sneaky Parasite Evades Scientists Finding Cyclospora On Fruit Like Finding Needle In Haystack

Researchers around the country looking for the diarrheainducing cyclospora parasite on California strawberries and other produce might have a better chance of finding a needle in a haystack. With more …


Making Us Gasp Researchers Find Shocking Number Of Cockroaches, Surprising Link To Childhood Asthma

USDA cockroach expert Rick Brenner. Photo by Associated Press


Drug Use Grows Among Teen Girls One Reason For Increase May Be Desire To Look Like Thin Models

Young American women are closing a deadly gender gap with men, turning to illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol at an alarming rate. Today’s daughters are 15 times likelier than their …


Dramatic Sequences Of Crab Nebula Reveal New Phenomena

A “movie” assembled from still photos of the Crab Nebula is astonishing Hubble Space Telescope astronomers with never-before-seen details of movement and change in one of the most-studied objects in …


Astronomers Find Methane, Ethane In Hyakutake

The composition of Hyakutake, the brightest comet to pass near Earth in 20 years, includes about 2 percent methane and ethane, the first time such hydrocarbons have been detected in …


Search For Adult-Onset Diabetes Gene Narrowed

In a step toward unlocking the secrets of the most common form of diabetes, researchers have found the apparent location of a diabetes gene that affects Mexican-Americans. The finding could …


Out Of Control

Predators The widespread proliferation of small predators throughout duck nesting ranges long has been suspected as a primary cause of declining waterfowl. Now scientists at Delta Waterfowl Foundation think they …


Antibody Helps Fight Crohn’s Disease

Doctors say they have induced remission of the severe bowel ailment Crohn’s disease by giving patients doses of part-mouse, part-human antibodies. About 400,000 to 500,000 Americans suffer from Crohn’s, a …


Estrogen, Alzheimer’s Study To Be Launched

Scientists are launching a huge study of women to see if taking estrogen can delay Alzheimer’s disease. About 8,000 women past menopause will take either estrogen or a dummy pill …


New Heart Drug Holds Promise

A new drug appears to reduce substantially the risk of dying from congestive heart failure, one of the nation’s biggest killers. The drug, carvedilol, worked so well that doctors ended …


Key Cancer Test Often Skipped

Ninety percent of women having surgery for early stage ovarian cancer were not checked thoroughly to see if the disease had spread - a step that can mean the difference …


Blacks More Likely To Get Aids Through Drug Use

AIDS cases contracted through intravenous drug use are 17 times more common among black women than white women, and 14 times more common among black men than white men, the …


Warm Patients Heal Quicker

Keeping the operating room chilly for the comfort of the surgeons raises the patient’s risk of infection dramatically and slows healing, a study found. The simple, highly effective solution: blankets. …


Study Allays Fears That Sex Could Lead To Heart Attacks

At last, the answer to a question that millions of middle-agers and their elders may have been too terrified to ask: What’s the danger of getting a heart attack from …


Stress Linked To Brain Shrinkage Vietnam Vets Who Saw Combat Have Smaller Hippocampus

Yielding a possible clue to what causes post-traumatic stress disorder, a study of Vietnam veterans found that a particular brain structure was smaller in men with more combat exposure. The …


Doctors See More Success In Fighting Breast Cancer

The breast cancer death rate among American women has dropped, apparently reflecting the effects of early detection and treatment, according to new statistics released Tuesday by the National Cancer Institute. …


Fda Approves First Anti-Obesity Drug In 22 Years Controversial Medicine Fools Patients Into Feeling Full So They Lose Weight

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first new anti-obesity drug in 22 years Monday, a controversial medicine that essentially fools patients into feeling full so they lose weight. Dexfenfluramine …


Test Finds Hiv Sooner

U.S. blood banks are beginning to use a new test that shortens the time HIV is not detectable in blood by the standard test. The test looks for a piece …


Scientists Engineer Cancer Bomb Genes Would Destroy Only Cancer Cells, Not Healthy Tissue

Scientists fighting cancer have engineered what they call the first genetic time bomb, set to go off inside tumor cells when they blow their cover by producing telltale proteins. The …


When It Comes To Surviving, Women Have Edge

From some of the early West’s great tragedies -the Donner Party disaster and the deaths of settlers stranded in the Rockies - anthropology professor Donald Grayson is building a sometimes …


Malnourished Can Give Viruses Place To Mutate

Doctors have long known that malnourished people are more vulnerable to viruses, but new research shows malnutrition can actually help those viruses mutate to become dangerous enough to sicken the …


Mammography May Lead To Overtreatment Of Cancer

As a result of mammography, the number of non-invasive breast cancers diagnosed has risen dramatically in the past decade. But in many cases these early tumors are being overtreated, according …


Fda Reviews Laxatives For Cancer Risk

In a move that could affect millions of people who take over-the-counter constipation remedies, the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing reported cancer-causing effects of a common laxative. The review …


5 Years Milestone For Recovering Alcoholics

If an alcoholic man can refrain from drinking for five years, he can count on staying sober. That’s the finding of Dr. George Vaillant, a Harvard psychiatrist who has spearheaded …


Alcoholism Increasing For Women Gap Between Male, Female Drinkers Shrinking

Nearly four million American women under the age of 30 have alcohol problems, and they are less likely than their male counterparts to seek treatment, according to a University of …


Sea Turtles Guided By Magnetic Field

Sea turtles, those crusty old mariners that ply the oceans, may, like their human counterparts, use a kind of global positioning system to perform their navigational feats, scientists say. But …


Shuttle Astronauts Test Smoke Detectors

With their lost satellite slinking toward extinction, space shuttle Columbia’s astronauts turned their attention to more burning issues Thursday. Commander Andrew Allen and his crew spent much of the day …


Lost In Space: $440 Million Satellite’s Tether Breaks A Costly Failure For Nasa And The Italian Space Agency

The satellite, left, trailing the broken tether moves away from the Columbia. Photo by NASA via Associated Press