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Major earthquake expected along tsunami's fault line

Another major earthquake along the same fault line that sparked the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is likely in the next several decades—and it could unleash as much or more destruction, new research suggests...

December 12, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Cholera in Zimbabwe: Old epidemic in modern times

Staggering numbers of Zimbabweans are at risk of cholera, following the deaths of 775 people and infections among more than 16,000 since August, World Health Organization officials report...

December 12, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Diabetes and celiac disease: A genetic connection

Patients with type 1 diabetes have been known to be more prone to another autoimmune disorder, celiac disease, in which gluten in wheat, rye and barley triggers an immune response that damages the small intestine or gut...

December 11, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Steven Chu, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, to be energy chief

President-elect Barack Obama is set to tap a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Steven Chu, as energy secretary, according to published reports.

Chu, 60, is director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a proponent of solar energy, biofuels and curbs on Earth-warming emissions – three features central to Obama's alt-energy and environmental platforms during the campaign...

December 11, 2008 — Jordan Lite

No nukes: World leaders call for end to all nuclear weapons

'Tis the season to get rid of nukes? In an effort to achieve world peace and lessen the growing threat of nuclear power, a nascent group including the likes of former President Jimmy Carter, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa this week launched a campaign calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons...

December 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Death on Mount Everest: The perils of the descent

As difficult as it is to scale Mount Everest, coming back down from the world’s tallest peak is far more deadly, a new study shows.

Some 192 of the 212 deaths on the Himalayan mountain that occurred between 1921 and 2006 were above base camp, according to research in this week’s online edition of the British Medical Journal ...

December 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite

E-prescribing leads to more, cheaper generic Rx fills

Even as some states have required pharmacists to dole out generic drugs when they're available and insurers have offered financial incentives to doctors to prescribe them, the cost of prescription medications has continued to climb...

December 9, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Malaria vaccine shows promising results

An experimental malaria vaccine for babies reduced the chances of developing the mosquito-borne illness by more than half, scientists are reporting today.

December 8, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Doping at work and in class—Why not?

Doping is a no-no in sports, but there's no rule against it in the classroom or on the job—and that's the way it should stay, doctors and ethicists write in a new commentary urging the safe use of medicines normally prescribed for patients with attention disorders but increasingly used off-label by healthy folks seeking an edge...

December 8, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Recyclables, the latest recession victim

Oh, the irony.

Right at a time when it appears that Americans are boarding the green-living express en masse, the market for recyclables has plunged – the latest victim of the recession, according to today’s New York Times ...

December 8, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Generic heart drugs as good as brand names

Generic heart medications work just as well as their brand-name counterparts, despite negative commentary on the no-name drugs in medical journals and mainstream media, a new analysis says...

December 2, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Medical residents need sleep, docs say

Could more sleep be on the horizon for fatigued medical residents? If not, it should be, says the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which in a report released today recommends shorter shifts and scheduled time for snoozing...

December 2, 2008 — Jordan Lite
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