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Fever Outbreak Linked to Climate Change

London - An outbreak in Europe of an obscure disease from Africa is raising concerns that globalization and climate change are combining to pose a health threat to the West.

Nearly 300 cases of chikungunya fever, a virus that previously has been common only in Africa and Asia, were reported in Italy - where only isolated cases of the disease had been seen in the past.


Shock Doctrine: Disturbing News for Patients and Shock Doctors Alike

Something most remarkable and unexpected has occurred in the field of psychiatry. Lead by a lifelong defender and promoter of shock treatment, Harold Sackeim, a team of investigators has recently published a follow up study of 347 patients given the currently available methods of electroshock, including the supposedly most benign forms--and confirmed that electroshock causes permanent brain damage and dysfunction.

Life Preserver

'Supermouse' bred to beat cancer

Mice carrying a gene which appears to make them invulnerable to cancer may hold the key to safer and more effective treatments for humans.


'Alcohol makes your brain grow'

Drinking alcohol boosts the growth of new nerve cells in the brain, research suggests.

Evil Rays

Study: CT Scans Raise Cancer Risk

Millions of Americans, especially children, are needlessly getting dangerous radiation from "super X-rays" that raise the risk of cancer and are increasingly used to diagnose medical problems, a new report warns.

Eye 2

Graveyard Shift Work Linked to Cancer

Graveyard Shift Soon to Be Listed As 'Probable' Cause of Cancer, a Link Once Seen As Wacky

Like UV rays and diesel exhaust fumes, working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a "probable" cause of cancer. It is a surprising step validating a concept once considered wacky. And it is based on research that finds higher rates of breast and prostate cancer among women and men whose work day starts after dark.

Evil Rays

Torture! Colorado parents say children still being traumatized in dentist's chairs

KUSA - It's all caught on tape: children strapped down in dental chairs, parents not allowed to watch and dentists competing for bonuses for doing the most work on their smallest patients.


Washington, D.C. has severe HIV epidemic, report finds

Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of AIDS in the United States, and more babies are born with the AIDS virus in Washington than in other U.S. cities, according to a report released on Monday.

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The setting sun casts an orange glow on passing clouds over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington September 19, 2006.

Red Flag

Little Milk, Exercise Hurts Kids' Bones

WASHINGTON - Too little milk, sunshine and exercise: It's an anti-bone trifecta. And for some kids, shockingly, it's leading to rickets, the soft-bone scourge of the 19th century.


Hospital Fined for Wrong-Side Surgery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island Hospital was fined $50,000 and reprimanded by the state Department of Health Monday after its third instance this year of a doctor performing brain surgery in the wrong side of a patient's head.