March 2011 Headlines

Shaky Ground: Will the 'Big One' Hit the Heartland?

As powerful quakes rock various places, many are finding the Bible's warning on the end times even more compelling. Experts say a 'big one' could hit soon.

Health Risks Tied to Energy, Sports Drinks

Americans have developed a drinking problem with "convenience." Now, some physicians are sounding the alarm on energy and sports drinks.

The Earth Growing Colder? Sunspots May Hold Key

Scientists are studying the correlation between sunspot activity and the severe winters many parts of the world are experiencing.

Safety Group: 'Water Walking' Toys Too Risky

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that the increasingly popular water walking balls seen at amusement parks may cause suffocation or drowning.

Report: U.S. Not Prepared for Major Earthquake

The National Research Council says the U.S. is not prepared to handle the aftermath of a major earthquake and it points to the government's response to Hurricane Katrina as an example.

Nuke Crisis Reignites Debate on Protective Pills

The Japanese nuclear crisis has reignited a debate in the U.S. over the government's role in distributing a cheap anti-cancer drug to people living around nuclear power plants.

Boy Home After Fighting Swine Flu for 480 Days

At one point, little Robert "Boo" Maddox V  had to be put on life support. His hospital stay spanned two birthdays and 10 surgeries.

NASA: Mars Rover, Phone Home After Yearlong Sleep

The prospect of ever hearing from the stuck Mars rover Spirit is fading after it failed to respond to repeated calls from Earth.

Docs Warn about Facebook Use and Teen Depression

Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns.

Female Vets Dissatisfied with VA Medical Benefits

A new survey of the nation's female veterans found America's veterans affairs care for women is lacking.

Treadmill Workstations Bring Fitness to Cubicles

Many studies have shown a healthy person is generally more productive and happier. One California company is putting that theory to the test.

Deadly Super Bug Spreads in So. California

A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has been spreading among patients in Southern Calif., according to a study by Los Angeles County public health officials.

Toenail Study: No Heart Risk From Mercury in Fish

Researchers analyzing toxin levels in tens of thousands of toenail clippings determined that mercury from eating fish does not raise the risk of heart disease or stroke.

Marijuana Use Linked to Mental Disorders

A new link has been found between marijuana use and mental illness.

Study: Fiber Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

According to the American Heart Association, people who eat a diet high in fiber when they're young are less likely to have heart problems later in life.

Abstinence Increases: Sexual Counter-Revolution?

Some Christians are getting organized in order to fight back against a sex-saturated culture.

Doctors: Radiation Pills May Be a Bad Idea

Medical experts say the potassium iodide doesn't protect other parts of the body, and isn't a definite treatment for radiation exposure.

'Huffing' Now a Growing Problem for Adults

"Huffing," or inhaling household chemical vapors to get high, is often associated with young people, but a new study says it's now a growing addiction for adults.

Major Earthquake to Rock California Soon?

Jim Berkland, a former U.S. Geological Survey analyst, predicts that an earthquake may hit California sometime between March 19 and 26.

NASA Spacecraft First to Circle Mercury

For the first time, Earth has a regular orbiting eye-in-the-sky spying on the solar system's smallest planet, Mercury.

US Life Expectancy Surpasses 78, a New Record

The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 2009, and comes from a preliminary report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Japan Crisis Spikes Demand for Radiation Pills

Japan's nuclear crisis is spiking demand in the U.S. and a few other places for a cheap drug that can protect against one type of radiation damage.

Doctors Try to Ease Radiation Exposure Fears

Researchers have developed several of treatments for radiation illness - products that can help cleanse radiation from the blood, or boost the immune system.

Some Hospitals Open ERs Just for Graying Patients

A few hospitals are opening ERs specially designed for seniors, without all the confusion and clamor and with a little more comfort.

Ranks of Cancer Survivors Growing Fast, CDC Says

The number of cancer survivors in the United States is increasing by hundreds of thousands a year, and now includes roughly one in 20 adults.

HCG Diet: Risky Moves to Shed Pounds

The new "HCG Diet" claims to make it possible to lose 1-2 pounds a day. But some medical experts say the new fad can be dangerous.

Final Landing Day for Space Shuttle Discovery

Space shuttle Discovery aimed for an on-time touchdown Wednesday to wrap up a long flying career.

NASA Disavows its Scientist's Claim of Alien Life

The gaps and stringy fibers in these space rocks sure look like bacteria, and a NASA researcher has caused a stir with claims that they're fossils of alien life. But as NASA found 15 years ago, looks can be deceiving.

Hawaii Volcano Spews Lava 65 Feet High

On the Big Island of Hawaii, scientists have warned there could be a hazardous eruption from the Kilauea volcano.

Discovery Leaves Space Station for the Last Time

Discovery, the world's most traveled spaceship, left the International Space Station on Monday for the last time.

NASA Suffers Multi-Million Dollar Failure

A multi-million dollar rocket carrying a satellite meant to help NASA study global warming crashed into the Pacific Ocean, Friday.

Okla. Tests Inconclusive in Amelia Earhart Search

Tests to determine if bone fragments found on a remote South Pacific island are the remains of Amelia Earhart are inconclusive, researchers announced.

Report: More Teens, Young Adults are Virgins

A growing number of young Americans say they're virgins, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC: One in Three U.S. Adults Sleep Deprived

More than one-third of U.S. adults get less than seven hours of sleep per night and that could cause them problems while they're awake.

Exercise Can Delay Aging Study Finds

Frequent exercise by adults can help delay the aging process, according to a Canadian study.

Federal Researchers Declare Eastern Cougar Extinct

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday declared the eastern cougar to be extinct.

FDA Pulls 500 Prescription Meds off Market

The FDA ordered the removal of about 500 prescription cold, cough and allergy medications that have never received government approval for safety and effectiveness.

Obesity Boosts Aggressive Breast Cancer Risk

New research shows a link between obesity and an aggressive type of breast cancer.

Virtual Colonoscopy Procedures Rise in U.S.

The number of people having virtual colonoscopies is on the rise, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Better Think Positive: Pessimism Can Block Therapy

You've heard of the placebo effect, the healing power of positive belief. This is the "nocebo" effect, the flip side, almost its evil twin.

Tiny Drone Spies Mimic Birds, Insects

The Pentagon has poured millions of dollars into the development of tiny drones that can record sights and sounds.