Health News

Fear Factor
A chemical substance injected into mice has decreased their "fear conditioning" response and may be a viable option to help people overcome post-traumatic stress.
Why Smoking Calms Schizophrenia
Smoking may actually have a positive affect on brain function in people with schizophrenia, prompting scientists to study the brain receptors influenced by nicotine.
Sad, Sleepy Seniors
High school seniors who are excessively sleepy during the day may be at an increased risk of depression, according to a new study.
Living Longer, but Not Healthier
Researchers have found an increase over the past 10 years in hypertension among older Mexican-Americans living in the Southwest region of the United States.
Deadly Genetic Two-fer
The genetic mechanism that destroys brain cells responsible for Alzheimer's disease is also the cause of early development of Alzheimer's disease in people with Down Syndrome.
Barking Up the Right Tree
Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract found in pine-tree bark, significantly improves symptoms of hay fever, according to a new study.
Lab-Grown Blood Vessels a Reality
Researchers in Texas have achieved a major feat in the field of regenerative medicine, successfully creating lab-grown blood vessels that function in mice.
Building Synthetic Blood
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have gotten closer to the creation of synthetic blood by creating tiny, flexible particles that can circulate in the body and closely mimic red blood cells.
Juice Producer May Be Shut Down
The FDA is trying to stop production of a New York based company that distributes juice and other products, due to poor safety procedures that could lead to food contamination and illness.
Well, With a Name Like That...
Candy Dynamics has issued a voluntary recall of its Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars due to potentially dangerous levels of lead.