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Can mammals make eggs after birth?

Think girls are born with all the eggs they'll ever have? New research in mice suggests that long-held notion may be false.

Chinese researchers, reporting in Nature Cell Biology , say they found stem cells in the rodents' ovaries that could be nudged into becoming eggs that produced offspring...

April 14, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Proposed bans on BPA picking up steam

At least seven states are considering banning bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in baby bottles and other plastic products that U.S. federal regulators have said is safe but has been banned in Canada because of links to health problems including heart disease and diabetes...

April 13, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Salmonella peanut company hit with huge fine

The company whose salmonella-tainted peanut products made 691 people sick and may have killed nine others has been fined $14.6 million.

The Texas Department of State Health Services yesterday fined Plainview Peanut Corp...

April 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Two die in Texas, Oklahoma wildfires

Firefighters were mopping up today after wildfires swept through Texas and Oklahoma, killing two people and damaging more than 100 homes. The Associated Press reports that a former local TV journalist, Matt Quinn, and his wife, Cathy, were killed and their son injured when their home in Montague, Tex., 80 miles northwest of Dallas, was engulfed in flames...

April 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Arkansas tornado kills three

Three people died, at least 24 were injured and 100 homes were damaged last night when a tornado tore through Mena, Ark., the Associated Press reports.

April 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Food-borne illnesses hold steady in U.S.

Cases of food-borne illnesses, including infections such as salmonella and Escherichia coli that have been at the center of recent outbreaks, have held steady for the past four years, federal health officials said today...

April 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

10 most endangered rivers ranked

Is your local river among those flowing merrily along, or is its health threatened by development plans? A conservation group has issued a new report ranking the 10 rivers most at risk this year of becoming flooded or their habitats threatened because of industrial activity...

April 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Malaria drug Coartem approved in U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signed off on Coartem, an anti-malaria drug whose active ingredient is a Chinese herb.

The drug, made by Swiss-based Novartis, is a combination of artemether (a derivative of the herb artemisinin) and lumefantrine (a broad-spectrum antibiotic)...

April 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Rapid avian flu test cleared by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has green-lighted a test that can quickly determine whether a person is infected with deadly avian flu.

The FDA yesterday approved the AVantage A/H5N1 Flu Test, made by Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Arbor Vita Corp...

April 8, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Positive HIV test for VA patient

At least one patient who may have undergone a colon cancer screen with contaminated equipment at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility has tested positive for HIV.

April 7, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Is wisdom in the brain?

Some of us look for wisdom in the Bible, Plato or at Grandma's knee. Dilip Jeste and his colleague Thomas Meeks are searching for it in the brain.

Jeste and Meeks, both geriatric psychiatrists at the University of California, San Diego, hypothesize in the Archives of General Psychiatry that wisdom, or at least the execution of its attributes, can be found in the brain's primitive limbic system as well as its more evolutionarily advanced prefrontal cortex...

April 6, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Heart cells found to regenerate

Even though heart attacks may not be deadly, they can leave your ticker damaged. The reason: they occur when blood flow to a section of heart muscle becomes blocked.

April 3, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Polio resurgent in Nigeria

The number of cases of polio last year climbed – and spread into countries where it was previously wiped out — despite an aggressive worldwide effort to eradicate the potentially paralyzing virus in the nations still battling it half a century after the introduction of the polio vaccine...

April 3, 2009 — Jordan Lite
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