Health News

Statin Stalemate
A new study suggests there isn't enough evidence to recommend the widespread use of cholesterol-lowering stain drugs for patients who don't have a history of cardiovascular disease.
Laser Precision
With E. coli bacterial contamination a potential problem in both drinking and recreational water supplies, a new laser technique to provide faster and better analyses of rivers, beaches and lakes is a welcome new tool.
Breaking Down HIV's Outer Shell
Scientists have finally developed a complete model of the HIV virus's outer shell, a process that took years because of the virus's "tricky" proteins.
HIV in the American South
HIV-related health complications pose a greater risk for women, minorities and Southerners, according to a study by the University of Colorado in Denver.
Good Gums Mean Good Lungs
Having healthy gums may prevent serious and potentially fatal respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
Eight Apples a Day Keep the Cardiologist Away
Individuals who eat more fruit and vegetables have a lower risk of mortality from ischemic heart disease, the most prevalent form of heart disease, according to new research.
Can't Get Enough of the Game
A team of international researchers has found that video game addiction is a growing problem that can lead to numerous psychological issues.
Weighing In on Body Image
Too fat. Too skinny. Apple-shaped. Pear-shaped. Women come in all shapes and sizes, and it's a subjective guessing game as to which standard of beauty will appeal to whom.
Stem Cells Could Save Your Spine
Stem cells created by Athersys, Inc. have proved successful in stimulating nerve cell growth and reducing inflammation in mice after spinal cord injury.
Pass the Bread
A team of scientists in Italy have found a way to break down gluten in baked goods in order to make it nontoxic for people with celiac disease, or gluten allergy.