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Moody Is the New Bipolar

The author of a new book on depression shows how Big Pharma is cashing in on drugs that aren't likely to help mood disorders.


Genetic Risk Factors Interact With Family Background Leading To Juvenile Delinquency

An associate professor of sociology at Iowa State University, where he is also director of the criminal justice program, DeLisi worked the third shift in a county jail in Colorado while he was a graduate student. That experience led to his first book, Career Criminals in Society (Sage Publications, 2005).

He's now co-author of a new edition of the popular juvenile delinquency textbook Delinquency in Society -- joining Robert Regoli, a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado; and John Hewitt, professor of criminal justice at Grand Valley State University, on the book. DeLisi and ISU sociology lecturer Pete Conis also co-edited another book that was published in October titled Violent Offenders. That book features contributions from an international array of experts on violent criminals -- homicide offenders, sex offenders and psychopaths.


Breast milk content may affect child's obesity risk

Mothers who breast feed and have high levels of a protein secreted by lipids in their milk may be increasing the risk that their child will be overweight, German researchers report.

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Mothers nurse their babies in Malaga, southern Spain June 30, 2007. June 30, 2007


Aspirin provides less heart protection for women

Gender may explain the considerable variation in the effectiveness of aspirin therapy in reducing the risk of heart attacks, researchers from Canada report. Their findings, published online in BMC Medicine, indicate that women may be much less responsive to aspirin than men.

Women with a low or average risk of having a heart attack "should probably not take aspirin as preventive therapy," Dr. Don D. Sin from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, told Reuters Health.


Common painkillers raise heart risk

Popular painkillers such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen can raise blood pressure and thus the risk of heart disease among men, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

Men who took such drugs for most days in a week were about one-third more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure than men not taking them, the researchers found.


US: Over 35.5 Million Found Hungry in 2006

More than 35.5 million people in this country went hungry in 2006 as they struggled to find jobs that can support them, a figure that was virtually unchanged from the previous year, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.

Single mothers and their children were among the most likely to suffer, according to the study.


Shocking! Tree man 'who grew roots' may be cured

An Indonesian fisherman who feared that he would be killed by tree-like growths covering his body has been given hope of recovery by an American doctor - and Vitamin A.

Dede, now 35, baffled medical experts when warty "roots" began growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident.

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Watch: Dr Anthony Gaspari believes that he has diagnosed Dede's rare condition

Black Cat

Out of Order

Abnormality in two key brain structures may provide a developmental basis for psychopathology, says a USC neuroscientist. Faulty wiring in key connections may be a culprit.

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USC researcher Adrian Raine: "There's faulty wiring going on in psychopaths. They're wired differently than other people, It's literally true in this case."


Brain Scans Show Abnormalities In Psychopaths

A USC professor used MRI brain scans, a battery of cognitive function tests, and criminal histories to compare normal people with psychopaths and also to compare psychopaths who manage to avoid getting caught with psychopaths who get arrested for committing crimes.


Outbreak of lethal bird flu confirmed in Britain

Veterinary authorities confirmed an outbreak of the potentially lethal Asian strain of bird flu in eastern England on Tuesday, in a new blow to the British farming industry.

More than 6,000 poultry were ordered to be slaughtered at the site in Suffolk, where an exclusion zone was imposed on Monday after a suspected outbreak was found.

"I can now confirm that the strain of avian influenza found in the infected premises is the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 strain," said deputy chief veterinary officer Fred Landeg.