August 2012 Headlines

Web War Builds over Evolution and Children

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, claimed this week that America is being held back by parents who don't believe in evolution, and pass on their belief to their children.

West Nile Virus Cases Up 40 Percent

Cases of the West Nile Virus have spiked 40 percent since last week.

Weakened Isaac Cuts Power, Threatens More Rain

A weakened Isaac is taking it's time moving out of New Orleans. Flooding has forced thousands from their homes, but officials believe everyone has been evacuated.

Gulf Residents: Isaac Worse than Imagined

Hurricane Isaac continued to pound the Gulf Coast with high winds and heavy rains. Residents say the storm is far worse anyone would have imagined.

Isaac Floods Some La. Homes, Tops One Levee

Hurricane Isaac pounded the Gulf Coast with high winds and heavy rains Wednesday, knocking out power to thousands and topping at least one levee.

Routine Pot Use Could Lead to Drop in Teens' IQ

Teens who use pot could pay for it later in life. A decades-long study suggests teenagers who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in IQ.

Pediatric Group: Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks

The American Academy of Pediatrics shifted its position on circumcision recently, saying the medical procedure for males has more health benefits than risks.

Gulf Residents Brace for Isaac with Katrina in Mind

Gulf residents are bracing for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to be a hurricane by the time it makes landfall around the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong and Communion on the Moon

As the nation mourns the loss of first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, his crew mate "Buzz' Aldrin recalled how he held the first communion on the moon.

Tropical Storm Isaac Starts Lashing Florida Keys

Tropical Storm Isaac started pelting the Florida Keys with rain and strong winds on Sunday, and it could strengthen into a dangerous hurricane.

Isaac Rips Through Haiti, Heads to Florida

Although the storm is now churning toward Cuba, flooding is rampant in some areas and at least 5,000 Haitians had to be evacuated as a result.

New Study Links Older Dads to Autism

A new study from the journal Nature, has found that the older a man is when his child is conceived, the more likely that child is to develop autism or schizophrenia.

West Nile Outbreak 'One of the Largest' Ever Seen

This summer 41 people have already died from the mosquito-born disease. That's four times the usual number of cases for this time of year.

Study: Obesity Accelerates Mental Decline

Obesity isn't just bad for the body. Researchers now warn being overweight can be bad for the brain as well.

Cantaloupe Tied to Salmonella Outbreak in 20 States

Health officials are racing to stop a deadly salmonella outbreak that has sickened 141 people in 20 states.

Bad Weather Delays West Nile Spraying in Texas

The West Nile virus outbreak is the worst ever this early in the season. Worsening matters, rain delayed efforts in states like Texas to fight the pestilence.

Beddy-Bye Time! Getting Toddlers with the Program

A recent survey shows 50 percent of parents have problems putting their toddlers to bed and keeping them there. Dr. Harvey Karp offers some tips that help.

Too Good to be True? Team Creates Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists at the University of Warwick in England say they've created chocolate with half the fat but the same great taste.

Depression, Stress Damages the Brain

Yale University researchers found that chronic stress and depression can cause the brain to shrink and lead to emotional and mental degradation.

Texas Hit Hard by Deadly West Nile Virus

Cities across the nation are taking precaution as this summer's hot weather spawns more deadly cases of West Nile virus.

Junk Food Laws Help Tame Child Obesity

Laws restricting the sale of food not a part of a school's lunch and breakfast items for students could help fight childhood obesity, according to a new study.

Doctors Save Man from Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Flesh-eating bacteria: it's getting a lot of attention these days. But less than 1,000 people are infected with it each year.  Ruben Pereyra is one of those rare victims.

More Storms Predicted as Ernesto Strengthens

Ernesto was downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday after forcing thousands of tourists and fishermen to evuate beaches along the Mexican coast.

Stop Lying for a Healthier Life, Study Says

Honesty really is the best policy, according to a new study presented to the American Psychological Association over the weekend.

Kerry: Global Warming as Big a Threat as Iran

Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts said global warming is as dangerous as the possibility of war over Iran's nuclear activities.

Am I a Hoarder? When Loving Stuff Goes Overboard

It's estimated one in 20 people have the potential to hoard. But identifying the problem or helping a hoarder isn't always easy.