A single gene mutation causes some immune system cells to shut down at body temperature and sends others into overdrive in the cold, creating a mix of ailments that researchers say constitutes a new medical syndrome.
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Friday: On the growing roster of antibiotic-resistant diseases, gonorrhea is the one that has most recently captured the attention of public health officials.
President Obama sometimes presents health-care reform as a pain-free proposition, as simple as choosing the red pill over the blue - one that's no more effective but costs twice as much. Asked at his news conference whether "the American people are going to have to give anything up in order for this to happen," Obama's basic answer was no. "They're going to have to give up paying for things that don't make them healthier," he said.
Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine released the results of a nationwide survey of doctors regarding the insurance coverage dilemma; 63 percent of our doctors favor the public insurance option and an additional 10 percent back a single-payer, Canadian-style system.
Hospitals could safely move toward releasing heart attack patients without complications after just three days, instead of the usual five or six, a team of researchers suggested on Thursday.
Early exposure to other youngsters and their germs appears to protect children from developing asthma later on, according to a study that could reassure parents feeling guilty about putting their infants in day care.
Nicole Eaton is a typical smoker. She started smoking when she was a teen-ager, 13 to be exact, and now she can't stop.
WASHINGTON - The active ingredients in marijuana can help fight pain and nausea and thus deserve to be tested in scientific trials, an advisory panel to the federal government said today in a report sure to reignite the debate over whether marijuana is a helpful or harmful drug.
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:
By any standard, American health care is the world's most expensive.
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