Scientists are getting ever closer to determining autism's genetic roots. Today on Newswise.com, UCLA researchers announced a new discovery in that quest: a variant of a gene called CACNA1G, which may increase a child's risk of developing autism, particularly in boys.
Mein Liebling: German scientists may have uncovered the first representation of modern woman, and they're pretty sure it's a sex toy. The figure - what the novelist Tom Harris might call "a woman and a half in every direction" - rocks some serious curves, and is thought to have been carved over 35,000 years ago.
In the battle between families and the courts over medical treatment for kids, who has the last word?
A pacemaker helps helps a beating heart - but once that heart stops due to other reasons, what becomes of the pacemaker? Researchers estimate about 45 percent of pacemakers are removed before burial - either due to family request or because of the dangers during creamation (they can explode - who knew?) With an estimate 1.5 million Americans currently using pacemakers, that means there's a whole lot of viable devices being retired before their time.
I am holding in my hot little hands the first issue of the new NEWSWEEK, and dig it before I even start reading. It seems like the trend in most magazines is to get thinner, both in content and page stock. (Times are tough all over.) This issue is thick and heavy and printed on a high quality, glossy paper, which makes the reading that much more pleasurable (and less likely that my thighs turn into an ink-stained mess when I take the magazine to the beach this weekend).
ALS, The FDA, and a Ticking Clock: ALS is a horrible disease: it promises a slow, undignified death with no real treatment options, but lots of false, straggling hopes that don't pan out in the end.
Last night, about 11 minutes into the season finale of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," the Chief surprises Dr. Bailey with a DaVinci Surgical System. In an effort to keep her from decamping from general surgery to pediatric surgery, he tempts her with the chance to perform a cutting-edge procedure. "You know, Doctor Chalikonda at Cleveland Clinic is doing single incision gallbladder removal through the belly button," he says. "Why should Dr.
Yesterday, the gang at Slate launched a new website, Double X, described as, "mostly by women but not just for women." The online magazine-sized version of Slate's incredibly popular XX Blog is already full of thoughtful and entertaining content: discussions on the state of modern feminism (or, conversely, why modern feminism can suck it), astonishment at the mystery that is "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" star Kate Gosselin's hair, and a fantastic essay by blogger Marie Myung-Ok Lee, who writes...
When it comes to the pursuit of a better body, image isn't everything. That's because the shiny, intimidating, powerful-looking machines cluttering up your gym floor aren't nearly as good a workout as the one you can get with some dumbbells, your own body weight and a mat. "Machines are eventually going to be obsolete in major gyms," says Patrick Murphy, an L.A.-based celebrity trainer.
Raina Kelley, who will soon be making her first blog post on the Human Condition, wonders: Are Pizza Hut and Domino's in a race to give the most Americans heart attacks? In a response to Pizza Hut's new pasta bakes, Domino's has come out with baked pasta in bread bowls. A serving of Pizza Hut pasta plus one piece of garlic bread averages about 1000 calories (over 400 calories from fat) while Domino's entry into the pasta market is about 700 calories per serving with an entire bread bowl...
Another Reason to Hate Cigarettes. They're kind of racist. The darker your coloring, the more likely you succeptible to smoking addiction. That's what Penn State researchers found when they studied the connection between melanin, responsible for skin and hair pigmentation, and nicotine dependency in African Americans.
Break out the Kleenex and the cookie dough. Tonight is NBC's weight loss reality show mega-hit The Biggest Loser's seventh season finale, which means three hours of jaw-dropping transformations, tear-inducing montages, and Jenny-O turkey product placement (plus about 90 minutes of filler).
Has anyone else noticed a strange phenomenon on Tuesday nights, right around the time NBC's "The Biggest Loser" airs? It seems like a noticeable amount of my friends and family start running to their computers to post about what it is they're eating-- or planning to eat-- while watching the show.
After years of battling the bulge, conquering cravings, fighting fat, and waging war on weight gain, Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby were tired of the struggle. "Think about the language of dieting," says Kirby. "All of these things set you up as a disconnected being, as an enemy of your physical body." Both Harding, founder of the blog Shapely Prose, and Kirby, who created The Rotund blog know that life's too short to worry about weight (yours or the person sitting next to you on the...
Survive the latest round of layoffs? Congratulations! Unlike your previous co-workers, you have both a job and higher rates of depression, more psychosomatic illnesses like headaches, ulcers and insomnia, and a nasty case of survivor's guilt.
Your morning health highlights from around the Web: Polio Personnel: As polio survivors age, they face new complications - but the doctors who understand the complexities of the disease are aging, too. (NPR)A Malignant Growth: One third of major cancer studies have a conflict of interest; researchers say the ways studies are funded and organized need to be re-evaluated. (MSN)Swine Flu Still Squealing The H1N1 virus hits China.
Global forces are trapping Americans at home this summer, and those who hope to escape in foreign films are out of luck, too. The same reasons that have Americans taking "staycations"—high gas prices and a weak dollar—are also making it difficult to acquire and distribute European movies.
Until recently, the United States was one of just a dozen nations that still barred HIV-positive foreigners from entering the country. The U.S. rule—passed in 1993 when the virus carried a heavy stigma—meant that to get into the States, HIV-positive tourists had to lie about their health and hope Customs didn't find AIDS drugs in their luggage.