Health & Wellness


Humans Appear Hardwired to Learn by 'Over-Imitation'

Children learn by imitating adults-so much so that they will rethink how an object works if they observe an adult taking unnecessary steps when using that object, according to a Yale study today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Even when you add time pressure, or warn the children not to do the unnecessary actions, they seem unable to avoid reproducing the adult's irrelevant actions," said Derek Lyons, doctoral candidate, developmental psychology, and first author of the study. "They have already incorporated the actions into their idea of how the object works."

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Doctors baffled by Chinese man sweating green

Doctors in China admit they are baffled after a man began to perspire green sweat. Cheng Shunguo, 52, of Wuhan city, says his sweat turned green in the middle of November. "I noticed that my underwear and bed sheets were all green, and even the water in the shower," he told.


Psychotropic drug prescriptions to children skyrocket 400 percent in ten years

Prescriptions of psychiatric drugs in the United Kingdom to children under the age of 16 have more than quadrupled since the mid-1990s, according to figures recorded by the government. In the mid-'90s, general practitioners wrote 146,000 such prescriptions, while in the most recent fiscal year they wrote 613,000.

Bisphenol A in infant formula at 'dangerous' levels, says group

Bisphenol A (BPA), known as the 'gender bender' chemical, leaches into liquid baby formula from the linings of cans at levels dangerous to infant health, according to new research published yesterday by a US environmental group

Battle lines drawn in row over fluoridated water

[Australia] Anti-fluoridation groups are preparing to lobby government to reverse the state government's decision to add fluoride to the state of Queensland's water supply.

And with the Sunshine Coast now likely to build a fluoridation plant at Lander's Shoot next year, the emotional debate will gain momentum over the coming weeks.

330 Ugandans monitored as Ebola death toll hits 22: official

KAMPALA - Some 330 people are being monitored for possible Ebola infection in western Uganda, health authorities announced Thursday, as the national death toll hit 22.

But authorities faced hurdles probing the extent of the outbreak in Bundibugyo district, home to 250,000 people and epicentre of the disease, with many villagers unwilling to cooperate with medical detectives, they said.

The Health Industry's Secret History of Delaying the Fight Against Cancer


In her new book, Devra Davis exposes scientists and government officials who have worked to downplay or dismiss preventable causes of cancer.
Life Preserver

Cranberry Sauce: Good for What Ails You


Compounds in cranberries are able to alter E. coli bacteria so that they are unable to initiate an infection. E. coli are responsible for illnesses ranging from kidney infections, to gastroenteritis, to tooth decay.

Beneficial health effects that have long been attributed to cranberries and cranberry juice include, in particular, the ability to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Would you like a "flu" shot before we strap you into that plane?

After taking off their shoes, emptying their pockets and passing through the security checkpoint, travelers at some major U.S. airports can now roll up a sleeve and get a flu shot.

Comment: The idea of a herd of people lined up at security gates followed by injections and then being escorted through a winding passage and a door into a waiting chamber brings one image to mind.


Arrow Up

First Rise in U.S. Teen Births Since '91

ATLANTA - In a troubling reversal, the nation's teen birth rate rose for the first time in 15 years, surprising government health officials and reviving the bitter debate about abstinence-only sex education.