Life Keeps Getting Longer, but at a Cost - December 27, 2007 02:25 AM
New techniques and research promise ever greater longevity; but there are dangers, not the least of which is that a protracted life becomes what one scientist calls “a living death.”
Grapefruit … a Powerful Pharmaceutical? - December 23, 2007 09:29 AM
A humble citrus offers a way to boost the blood levels of a raft of medications—a possible boon for some patients, while a risk factor for the unwary.
Homeopathy Debate Rages in Britain - December 07, 2007 04:11 PM
Britain’s top health adviser rails against the U.K. health service for providing homeopathic treatments of doubtful effectiveness—many U.S. insurers also support this alternative medicine.
Cattle Farms Breed New Strains of 'Superbug' - December 04, 2007 10:24 AM
European researchers have tracked an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria to large, intensive livestock operations; modern farming techniques present a new human health hazard.
Recent Deaths Raise Questions about Safety of Tasers - November 24, 2007 10:20 AM
Two separate incidents involving police Tasers arouse concerns about the potential misuse of this increasingly common weapon.
No Relief in Sight as Oil Prices Rocket - November 12, 2007 05:26 PM
The cost of a barrel of crude oil hit a record $98.02 on Nov. 7, spurring observers to ask why hydrocarbon commodities are trading at increasingly high prices and when this upward trajectory will end.
‘Potentially Devastating’ Asteroid Approaching Earth for 2036 - October 15, 2007 10:42 AM
Astronomers differ as to the chances of Asteroid Apophis hitting our planet; a Russian scientist argues that civilization can be confident of survival if it does.
Psychologists Tackle Fandom - October 09, 2007 08:50 PM
The Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing, and on them ride the hopes and expectations of hundreds of thousands of fans; but what is it about human psychology that compels the sports devotee to cheer and jeer with the team?