It's a landmark in the controversial, 30-year-old field of fetal surgery: Surgeons are reporting success in treating a common, serious birth defect called spina bifida — before birth.Spina bifida is a hole in the spine that sometimes allows a loop of the naked spinal cord to protrude outsid
For years standard practice in breast cancer treatment has gone like this: If a biopsy of one or two "sentinel" lymph nodes near a breast tumor shows cancer has spread, surgeons should cut out other nearby lymph nodes to prevent it from spreading further.The old conventional wisdom made sense.
Across the country, packets of white powder with names like Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave and White Rush are being sold in convenience stores and gas stations. The packets are labeled and sold as "bath salts," but are actually a drug that produces in users a meth-like high and sometimes violent behavior.
We all know that sneezing spreads cold viruses. But it turns out that sneezes actually do some good — for the sneezer.The sneeze is the body's first line of defense against alien invaders such as viruses and bacteria.
During a recent trip across the country, I got a severe cold that took me out of work for a week. My 85-year-old mother, on the other hand, remained healthy. I might have figured that, at her age, my mother was more fragile and therefore more susceptible to getting sick.
Both supporters and opponents of the health overhaul law routinely refer to the requirement that most people get health insurance or pay a penalty as the measure's "linchpin."But is it?Not everyone thinks so."
If you think those shopper loyalty cards weighing down your wallet or key chain are only good for special discounts, you've overlooked a completely different sort of potential benefit.Those colorful bits of bar-coded plastic also give stores a way to track your purchases that can help federal invest