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Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 06:51 AM PDT

Study Identifies Root Cause of Gray, Balding Hair

Study Identifies Root Cause of Gray, Balding Hair

Scientists in North Texas have identified the cells that cause hair to turn gray and to go bald – findings that could one day help identify possible treatments. Researchers from the University of Texas...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 06:04 AM PDT

Descendants of Syphilis Study Subjects Emerging From Shadows

Descendants of Syphilis Study Subjects Emerging From Shadows

Decades later, it's still hard to grasp what the federal government did to hundreds of black men in rural Alabama — even if you're among their descendants, lighting candles in their memory. For 40 years...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:36 PM PDT

Senate Group Draws Fire for Lack of Women Working on Health Care

Senate Group Draws Fire for Lack of Women Working on Health Care

The core group of 13 Republican senators tasked with crafting health care legislation to repeal Obamacare is under fire for not including any women senators, NBC News reports. Some Republican women, like Sen....

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:49 PM PDT

Side Effects Emerge After Approval for Many US Drugs: Study

Side Effects Emerge After Approval for Many US Drugs: Study<br />

Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found. The...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 07:10 AM PDT

Life Expectancy Varies by 20 Years Across US Counties

Life Expectancy Varies by 20 Years Across US Counties

Americans' life expectancy varies by nearly a generation across counties in the United States, according to a new study, from a high of 87 years in Colorado's ski country to a low of 66 years in southwest South...

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 03:21 PM PDT

Bacteria Could be Behind Mysterious Outbreak in Liberia: CDC

Bacteria Could be Behind Mysterious Outbreak in Liberia: CDC

A contagious bacterial infection appears to be the cause of at least some cases in a mysterious outbreak in Liberia, U.S. health officials said Monday. The bacteria can cause meningitis, a dangerous brain...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 03:56 AM PDT

Health Care Fight Shifts to Senate, Where GOP Wants a Reboot

Health Care Fight Shifts to Senate, Where GOP Wants a Reboot

It took blood, sweat and tears for Republican leaders to finally push their health care bill through the House last week. Don't expect the process to be less arduous in the Senate, though more of the angst in...

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10:28 AM PDT

New Testing Method Revolutionizes Allergy Identification

New Testing Method Revolutionizes Allergy Identification

A new finger prick test can identify more than 100 allergens, revolutionizing the more laborious methods currently in use. Dr. Janet Pate with Nurture Pediatrics in Bellaire, Texas says that until now the...

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 07:06 PM PDT

Measles Outbreak Caused by Vaccine Skeptics: Health Depts.

Measles Outbreak Caused by Vaccine Skeptics: Health Depts.

An outbreak of measles in Minnesota has led to 44 infected people, nearly all of them children, the Minnesota department of health says. Eleven kids are in the hospital and more cases of measles are expected,...

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 04:15 AM PDT

Gray Death: The New Killer Drug in the War Against Opioids

Gray Death: The New Killer Drug in the War Against Opioids

Ominously named Gray Death, the killer drug cocktail is making headlines in the ongoing war against the national opioid crisis, NBC News reported. What exactly is Gray Death? Start with heroin. Mix in the...

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