December 2010 Headlines

Septic Shock! Healthy Habits to Avoid Infections

Each year about 750,000 Americans develop sepsis because of an infection, and nearly a third will die from the blood illness. But it can be prevented.

Why Getting Adequate Sleep is Key to Success

Is one of your new year's resolutions to get more sleep? One researcher suggests that it should be.

Horseback Therapy Helps the Disabled

A Texas organization is using therapeutic horseback riding to help improve the quality of life for those with disabilities.

Manatees Seek Out Warmth amid Fla. Cold Snap

The cold weather chilling the Southeast is causing a rarely seen sight along Florida's coast - manatees.

Construction Begins on Texas Solar Farm

One entrepreneur and Texas town have broken ground on a new renewable energy project in the Lone Star State.

How to Avoid Stressing Out During the Holidays

Holiday anxiety is a serious problem for many people. But heeding a few tips could get you through the Christmas season stress-free.

Alternative Medicines Dangerous for Kids?

Giving alternative treatments such as homeopathic remedies instead of conventional medicines to children may have deadly side effects in rare instances, a new analysis says.

U.S. Teen Birth Rate at All-Time Low, Economy Cited

 The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping - a decline that stunned experts who believe it's partly due to the recession.

Moonwatchers Treated to Total Lunar Eclipse

Star gazers who roused themselves from their beds early Tuesday morning got an early holiday present -- a total eclipse of the moon.

2010's World Gone Wild: Quakes, Floods, Blizzards

The year 2010 has been the deadliest year for natural disasters in more than a generation.

Lab Scans Bones that May Belong to Amelia Earheart

Three bone fragments found on a deserted South Pacific island are being analyzed to determine if they belong to Amelia Earhart.

Calif. Regulators OK Greenhouse Major Gas Rules

California approved the nation's most extensive system giving owners of power plants, refineries and other polluters financial incentives to emit fewer greenhouse gases.

Study: Gene Markers May Aid Prostate Cancer Test

Scientists have taken a first step toward improving those problematic PSA tests for prostate cancer.

Study: Breast Cancer Linked to Low Vitamin D

Doctors tested 166 women with breast cancer. More than half of them had low levels of vitamin D.

Nutrition Law Gives Kids Chance at Healthy Lunch

Thousands of additional children will qualify for free or reduced price school lunches under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law Monday.

Careless Errors Lead to Holiday House Fires

It is surprising how careless errors can lead to many house fires during the holiday season.

Study Pits Low-Sugar Cereals against Sugary Brands

A Yale University study has good news for parents wanting to avoid serving super-sugary cereals.

Study: Eat Blueberries to Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Eating purple-colored fruit may prevent Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease, according to a new study by the University of Manchester.

Drug Combo Helps Women With Early Breast Cancer

Using two specific drugs more than doubles the number of women with early breast cancer whose tumors disappear before they are scheduled to have surgery to remove them.

Study: Go to Church, Be Happier

If you go to church even just a few times a year, you will have close friends and be notably happier in life.

Private Spacecraft Makes Successful Test Launch

For the first time ever, a private company has launched a spacecraft into orbit and guided it back to earth.

Study: Heart Attack One Cigarette Puff Away

A new government report warns that one single inhalation from a cigarette can trigger a heart attack and can cause damage to nearly every organ in the body.

Minutes of Exercise Prevents Childhood Obesity

Only a little exercise separates normal weight children from obese kids, according to the results from a new study at the University of Southern California.

Md. Pro-Lifers Protest Late-Term Abortion Doctor

News that one of the remaining late-term abortionists in the U.S. had relocated his practice to Maryland was met with anger by some of the state's pro-life residents.

Aspirin May Cut Cancer Deaths, Caution Urged

A new report from British scientists suggests that long-term, low-dose aspirin use may modestly reduce the risk of dying of certain cancers.

Panel: Expand Use of Stomach Bands

About 12 million more obese Americans could soon qualify for surgery to implant a small, flexible stomach band designed to help them lose weight.

U.N. Climate Talks Face Serious Challenges

Among the challenges - the fact that a growing number of Americans no longer believe in global warming and that predictions of climate disasters are being proven wrong.

Report: U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Reserves Increase

The Energy Information Administration's annual report announced that natural gas reserves are up 11 percent and all major oil producing regions have also seen their reserves rise.

Late-Term Abortionist Heads to Maryland

Nebraska late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart has fled his state to set up shop in Maryland.

Bacteria Discovery Could Point to New Life Forms

The discovery of a strange bacteria that can use arsenic as one of its nutrients widens the scope for finding new forms of life on Earth and possibly beyond.

Unmanned U.S. Spacecraft Returns After 7-Month Trip

The U.S. Air Force's secrecy-shrouded X-37B unmanned spaceplane returned to Earth early Friday after more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission.

Army's New Health Training Nixes Fat on the Frontline

United States Army recruits will soon see healthier food options on base as the military revamps basic training to focus more on fitness and diet.

Study Says Even Being a Bit Overweight Risky

Even if you are just a little overweight, it could increase your chances of dying early, according to one of the largest studies ever conducted on health and weight.

Program Expands Organ Recovery to At-Home Deaths

The new pilot program -- the first of its kind in the U.S., according to organizers and other experts - could eventually lead to thousands more organs donated each year nationwide.