- Research finds harmful algae toxins in Alaska marine mammals Updated: Feb-12-16 5:13 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A review of more than 900 marine mammals hunted, stranded or captured for research along Alaska's coast has found toxins from harmful algae in 13 species, creating concern that the natural poisonous substances could increase as water temperatures warm and sea ice diminishes.
- GOP lawmaker demands answers over Planned Parenthood study Updated: Feb-12-16 3:14 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A powerful Republican lawmaker is demanding that Texas health officials explain why two state employees co-authored a study suggesting that cuts to Planned Parenthood are curbing access to women's health services.
- Report: Problems continue in U of Minnesota research Updated: Feb-11-16 9:31 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Problems continue with psychiatric research practices at the University of Minnesota more than a decade after a schizophrenic patient killed himself while enrolled in a drug trial, a review released Thursday found.
- Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk Updated: Feb-11-16 2:14 pm
NEW YORK - A new study says a person's risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.
- 2 Texas researchers under fire for Planned Parenthood study Updated: Feb-10-16 9:09 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Two state health researchers in Texas are under fire for co-authoring a study suggesting what Republican leaders have long disputed: cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women's health care.
- Biden seeks input for cancer 'moonshot' at Duke University Updated: Feb-10-16 7:25 pm
DURHAM, North Carolina - With an ambitious funding request pending before Congress, Vice President Joe Biden sought Wednesday to fill out the White House's cancer "moonshot" with input from doctors and researchers at a hub for medical innovation.
- Study finds Zika virus in fetal brain, a clue in outbreak Updated: Feb-10-16 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON - New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain emerged Wednesday as U.S. health officials say mosquito eradication here and abroad is key to protect pregnant women until they can develop a vaccine.
- Respiratory health study to be done near St. Louis landfill Updated: Feb-10-16 3:56 am
BRIDGETON, Missouri - St. Louis County Health Department says workers will conduct a health survey of respiratory ailments near the Bridgeton Landfill, where an underground fire has been smoldering since 2010.
- USDA awards $200,000 in federal funding to NDSU for research Updated: Feb-07-16 10:35 am
- Local researcher continues grandfather's work on Zika virus Updated: Feb-07-16 9:00 am
FREDERICK, Maryland - As the Zika virus rages through South and Central America, probably causing women to give birth to babies with abnormally small heads, few people understand that the virus has its origins in Africa. And even fewer realize that the man who originally discovered the virus 70 years ago, Alexander John Haddow, has a Frederick and a Fort Detrick connection.
- Finance committee OKs dementia bills Updated: Feb-04-16 6:32 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers moved closer Thursday to passing a bipartisan package of legislation to help people cope with Alzheimer's disease and dementia after the Legislature's budget committee signed off on the last half of the proposals.
- Drug price transparency bill fails; set for further study Updated: Feb-04-16 11:47 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Legislation to make drug makers reveal how much they spend marketing high-priced drugs has stalled in the Virginia General Assembly, at least for this year.
- $6.5M to help Michigan researcher study cancer stem cells Updated: Feb-04-16 10:03 am
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - A $6.5 million grant will help a University of Michigan researcher study cancer stem cells, the small number of cells within a tumor that fuel its growth and spread.
- Johnson & Johnson, ViaCyte testing possible diabetes cure Updated: Feb-04-16 12:05 am
Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could cure the life-threatening hormonal disorder.
- Hospital strikes research deal with medical cannabis firms Updated: Feb-03-16 3:17 pm
CUMBERLAND, Maryland - A medical marijuana firm says it has struck a research deal with a Cumberland hospital operator.
- Rookie docs can work longer flex hours safely, study finds Updated: Feb-02-16 12:17 pm
CHICAGO - Surgery patients fared just as well when junior doctors worked longer than mandated hours in the first major rigorous test of regulations many physicians say hurt medical education.
- Britain approves controversial gene-editing experiments Updated: Feb-01-16 3:42 pm
LONDON - In a landmark decision that some ethicists warned is a step down the path toward "designer babies," Britain gave scientists approval Monday to conduct gene-editing experiments on human embryos.
- Research firm: Illinois marijuana market forecast is gloomy Updated: Feb-01-16 2:10 pm
CHICAGO - A market research company is growing pessimistic about Illinois medical marijuana, telling investors that retail sales could reach just $15.6 million in 2016 due at least in part to moves by Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to limit the program's expansion.
- AP News Guide: Facts about gene editing as Britain OKs study Updated: Feb-01-16 1:48 pm
WASHINGTON - Britain's decision to allow researchers to edit the genes of human embryos - not to create babies but to start unraveling the earliest stages of development - is raising new questions about the ethics of this hot new technology.
- Study tries to give C-section babies mom's germs they missed Updated: Feb-01-16 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom's birth canal.
- NFL says concussions way up in 2015; will study reasons why Updated: Jan-30-16 2:30 am
The NFL says reported concussions rose 58 percent in regular-season games to the highest number in any of the past four years.
- VCU researchers size up toll, costs of opioid epidemic Updated: Jan-29-16 3:15 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University researchers say the state recorded nearly 1,000 fatal drug overdoses in 2014, most involving prescription painkillers or heroin.
- UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively' Updated: Jan-28-16 7:18 pm
GENEVA - The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency.
- Harvey Weinstein honored at amfAR New York Fashion Week gala Updated: Jan-28-16 5:52 pm
NEW YORK - The Foundation for AIDS Research is recognizing film producer Harvey Weinstein at its annual New York Fashion Week gala.
- Study hints at biology of schizophrenia, may aid treatment Updated: Jan-27-16 1:06 pm
NEW YORK - Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor - a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it.