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Coffee-induced hallucinations? Caffeinated coeds hear voices, study says

Java is known to give some people the jitters if they drink too much of it. But can it also trigger hallucinations?

It may if you consume enough of it, say British psychologists, who report in the journal Personality and Individual Differences this week that college students they studied said they sometimes heard faux voices after chugging at least seven cups of coffee daily...

January 15, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Salmonella outbreak may have claimed two more lives

The deaths of two more people may be linked to a nationwide outbreak of salmonella that began in contaminated peanut butter.

Authorities in Idaho and Minnesota yesterday reported the deaths, bringing the total to five, according to the Associated Press...

January 15, 2009 — Jordan Lite

After VapoRub warning, what about BabyRub?

After we posted the news yesterday that the iconic Vicks VapoRub may be dangerous to tots, readers asked a good question: Would a Vicks baby formulation cause the same potential breathing problems described in a study in this week's issue of the journal Chest ?...

January 14, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Australia, land of two-headed fish

Scientists in Australia are looking at fish larvae there as if they have two heads—because they do.

Millions of larvae in the country’s Noosa River were found to have grown two noggins, and chemicals from a nearby macadamia nut farm may be to blame for the defect...

January 14, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Warning: Vicks VapoRub bad for tots

Vicks VapoRub, the pungent, over-the-counter chest rub that purportedly relieves coughs, congestion and minor aches, may be dangerous for children ages two and younger, according to a new study...

January 13, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Where the buffalo roam, so may brucellosis

Paying ranchers to let bison roam in areas typically used for cattle grazing — rather than killing the giant animals — could reduce the risk that the bison will transmit a bacterial disease to cows, ecologists say...

January 12, 2009 — Jordan Lite

CDC's Gerberding resigns; temporary FDA commish named

Two developments from the land of presidential transition: Julie Gerberding resigned as chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after six-plus years in the post, and Frank Torti, principal deputy commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), becomes the agency's acting commish next week to pave the way for new Obama administration appointees...

January 12, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Will DTV transition be delayed?

Lovers of analog TV may get a reprieve from the scheduled February 18 transition to digital television. President-elect Barack Obama wants to delay next month's nationwide transition, arguing that there isn’t enough money to back the program...

January 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Don't have a cow, but FDA could approve goat-made medicine

Some consumer groups are bleating over the prospect of a new anti-clotting drug made from genetically modified goats.

An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is meeting today to discuss whether to recommend approval of ATryn, a med made from the milk of goats engineered to produce copious amounts of the blood-thinning protein antithrombin...

January 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

CMV: A virus in search of a vaccine

With the exception of the so-called cervical cancer vaccine, no shots have been approved specifically to prevent malignant tumors. But cervical cancer, which is caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), isn't the only tumor linked to a virus; another is cytomegalovirus (CMV), a usually harmless form of herpes that's the target of a possible therapeutic cancer vaccine for brain tumor patients...

January 8, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Mount Everest climbers show survival on record-low oxygen

It's no secret that scaling Mount Everest tests the limits of human survival; more than 200 people have died trying to reach its summit. Today we have new information about just how seriously climbers push their bodies on the world's highest peak: Those who manage to stay alive do so on an amount of oxygen that is so minute it would only be seen, at sea level, in people who were in cardiac arrest or dead...

January 8, 2009 — Jordan Lite

U.S. students say "yay for science"

Educrats may bemoan the sorry state of American students' performance in math and science relative to their peers overseas, but the kids themselves are enthusiastic about pursuing brainiac careers...

January 8, 2009 — Jordan Lite
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