Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 4:55 pm
Brain scans may soon be able to help predict a person's future — some aspects of it, anyway.
Information from these scans increasingly is able to suggest whether a child will have trouble with math, say, or whether someone with mental illness is going to respond to a particular treatment, according to a review of dozens of studies published Wednesday in the journal Neuron.
Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 5:17 pm
Rules governing who can donate blood in the United States have recently changed. But anyone who spent more than three months in the UK between 1980 and 1996 is still prohibited from donating. That rule is in place to minimize the risk of spreading Mad Cow Disease. Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Lorna Williamson about how the risk is mitigated in the UK.
Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 11:39 am
Scientists say they have discovered a natural compound from bacteria that may prove to be a potent new antibiotic. This news comes at a time when many current antibiotics are losing their oomph — germs become resistant to them.
The new compound is especially intriguing because it appears that it might not lose its germ-killing potential, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 1:28 pm
On Monday, a single 380-pound bluefin tuna sold for about $37,500 in the first auction of the year at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. That's far below the peak price of $1.76 million that a bluefin went for at the same market in 2013, and this year's price isn't a good indicator of the supply, or population status.
Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:35 am
A drug that is used worldwide to treat malaria is now being tested as a treatment for cervical cancer. This surprising idea is the result of a new laboratory technique that could have far-reaching uses.
Our story starts with Dr. Richard Schlegel at Georgetown University Medical Center. He's best known for inventing the Gardasil vaccine to protect women from cervical cancer.
The arctic front settling in over our region will likely mean that northern Alabama won’t see temperatures above freezing until Friday. APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports…
Alabama is bracing for what is now predicted to be an extended period of sub-freezing temperatures. Forecasters now estimate that this arctic front will keep temperatures in Northern Alabama below freezing until Friday afternoon.
Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 5:36 pm
New research suggests isolating children with concussions for more than two days may do more harm than good compared to adults. So what's the best approach to treating concussed children? Melissa Block talks with lead researcher Dr. Danny G. Thomas of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 1:11 pm
As New Year's resolutions go, cutting back on food and drink are right at the top of the list. And while those vowing to change their eating habits may cut the carbohydrates or say a sweet goodbye to sugar, for regular drinkers, the tradition may involve what's known as a "dry January": giving up booze for a month.
But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits?