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McKinsey report says obesity costs hit $2 trillion

November 20, 2014 5:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute says that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism. The report released Thursday focused on the economics of obesity and says 2.1 billion...

One mom's mission to encourage girls in science

November 20, 2014 2:57 am | by Joseph B. Frederick - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Kelly Mathews is on a mission — to get more girls interested in STEM. That's science, technology, engineering, and math. And for Mathews, it's a mission that begins at home with her 9-month old daughter, Marilyn. "I want her to look at things and wonder how they tick," Mathews says, "and know...

Bundle up: It's freezing or below in all 50 states

November 20, 2014 2:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Baby, it's cold outside, no matter what part of the United States you're in. Temperatures fell to freezing or below at recording stations in all 50 states on Tuesday morning, from the highest elevations in the mountains of Hawaii to the snow-paralyzed Buffalo area in New York. Jeff Masters is...

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EPA plans new toxin guidelines for drinking water

November 20, 2014 2:57 am | by John Seewer - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio's fourth-largest city, a federal official said Wednesday. A new...

Cornell professor unlocks mysteries of paintings

November 20, 2014 2:57 am | by Michael Hill - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Richard Johnson can see right through the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Cornell University electrical and computer engineering professor is a digital art detective, able to unlock the mysteries of a work's age and authenticity by analyzing its underlying canvas or paper. Using...

Surrogate Sushi: Japan Biotech for Bluefin Tuna

November 20, 2014 2:57 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who is known in this seaside community as "Young Mr. Fish," is working to ensure the species survives.     

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Ebola heightens need for aid for orphans

November 20, 2014 2:57 am | by Martha Irvine - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in affected West African countries at a standstill for obvious reasons. Tessa and Joel Sanborn understand. The arrival of their 5-year-old adopted son Devine, who is in an orphanage in Liberia, is on hold indefinitely, as the state of emergency continues...

Bono, Affleck stay silent in ad on Ebola response

November 19, 2014 4:57 pm | by Derrik J. Lang - AP Entertainment Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Bono, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman and "The Walking Dead" actress Danai Gurira are among the celebrities playing the waiting game in a new online campaign calling for a unified response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In a video posted Wednesday, stars such as Will Ferrell,...

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Foundation sells $3.3B in Vertex drug royalties

November 19, 2014 3:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation says it has sold royalty rights worth $3.3 billion for innovative drugs it helped develop with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. The drug rights were acquired by Royalty Pharma, which owns royalty rights to 40 pharmaceutical medicines. The foundation plans to...

Early Statin Use May Give Long-term Heart Benefits

November 19, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life.               

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Shire relocates jobs to Massachusetts

November 19, 2014 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shire PLC says its plans to make Lexington, Massachusetts, its U.S. operational headquarters and will move more than 500 jobs there from its Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, site. The drugmaker is headquartered on the British island of Jersey. It currently has about 5,000 employees globally, including...

Govt wants more clinical trial results made public

November 19, 2014 2:57 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The government proposed new rules Wednesday to make it easier for doctors and patients to learn if clinical trials of treatments worked or not. Thousands of Americans participate in clinical trials every year, testing new treatments, comparing old ones or helping to uncover general knowledge...

Mental Health Problems Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

November 19, 2014 2:18 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

People with mental health problems are “significantly” more likely to have stroke or heart disease, according to a study unveiled at a recent Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.                    

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NTSB recommends better sleep disorder screening

November 19, 2014 1:57 pm | by Jim Fitzgerald - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators who concluded that an engineer's sleep apnea caused a deadly train derailment in New York adopted several recommendations Wednesday for better screening of such disorders, including a call for improved physician training. The National Transportation Safety Board, meeting in...

Preventing Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

November 19, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

In a new study, scientists found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

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