August 2009 Headlines

Wondrous Yellowstone Park Ready to Blow?

Yellowstone is actually the world's largest mega-volcano measuring at 53 miles across, and it has produced the planet's most monstrous eruptions.

Anti-Aging 'Secrets' Revealed

There is good news regarding aging. It turns out, just because you get older doesn't necessarily mean your health and happiness go down the drain.

Nature's Flu Fighters Lower Risk of Getting Sick

This could be a very bad season for the flu and many believe that season could start early.

MRSA Infections Spread: Are Your Kids Safe?

Soccer moms and wrestling dads, there is a challenge you never want your little athlete to face.

Is it Possible to Change Sexual Orientation?

New research shows it's possible for an individual to change sexual orientation, but the APA isn't buying it.

MRSA Infection Spreading Among Young Athletes

MRSA is a resistant form of staph infection that can be deadly if not treated in time.

Scientists Test 'Gene Therapy' for Babies

The London Independent reported that researchers are working on a new technique that would swap genes in unfertilized eggs.

Multiple Flu Shots May be Necessary

Experts are uncertain if it will take one or two doses of the new H1N1 vaccine to give the proper protection needed against the new swine flu.

Organ Donation Saves Lives and Two Marriages

Paul Bryan and Patti Ford were strangers until they were brought together by a similar problem - the need for a life-saving kidney transplant.

Discovery Arrives at Space Station

Space shuttle Discovery pulled up and docked at the international space station on Sunday night.

U.N. Pushes Sex Ed on Five-Year-Old Kids

The U.N. Economic, Social and Cultural Organization issued its recommended sex education curriculum for kids age 5 to 18.

Fmr. Rep. Turns Up the Volume on Hearing Aids

World-famous, Christian runner and ex-congressman Jim Ryun is now promoting hearing awareness, something he knows about first-hand.

Astronaut Honors Missions with Plane Relic

When the Discovery shuttle launched, Astronaut Patrick Forrester carried a piece of missionary pilot Nate Saint's aircraft, the Piper PA-14.

Report: Diet and Behavior Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

It could be a major medical breakthrough in the study of the non-reversible brain disorder that some 4 to 5 million Americans are dealing with today.

Jimena Strengthens to Cat. 4 Storm in Pacific

If it stays on its northwestern track, it could carry hurricane-force winds to the tip of resort-dotted Baja California by late Monday.

Space Shuttle Blasts Off, Flying on Third Try

Space shuttle Discovery is finally on its way to the international space station.

Scientists Test Swine Flu Vaccine on Kids

The brand new H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine is being tried out on children at eight medical centers across the country.

Expert Advice on Kids and Vaccinations

This is the time of year when many children get their shots. But the whole ordeal can be traumatic for kids and parents. Expert Robert Luka gives parents tips on how to cope.

Danny Weakens, Warnings Remain for N.C. Coast

Tropical Storm Danny has weakened over the Atlantic and is barely a tropical storm.

CDC Leery of Swine Flu Death Estimates

Government health officials are saying the much feared swine flu is not all it is been cracked up to be.

Tropical Storm Danny Strengthens in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Danny has strengthened a little in the Atlantic as it moves toward land while Ignacio has been downgraded to a tropical depression far out in the Pacific.

Tropical Storm Danny Forms in the Atlantic

Forecasters say people in the Bahamas and the southeastern U.S. should keep an eye on Tropical Storm Danny, which could slowly get stronger as it moves toward land.

Obesity Linked with Smaller Brain Size

Researchers in two different studies suggest being severly overweight is a potential health problem.

Bad Valve Forces NASA to Call Off Shuttle Launch

NASA called off the launch of space shuttle Discovery for a second time Tuesday after a critical fuel valve failed to work properly.

Gardasil Vaccine: Safe for Your Teen Daughters?

Gardasil has been controversial since it was introduced three years ago and now parents are concerned about the safety of vaccinating their teenage daughters.

Heart Group: Cut Back - Way Back - On Sugar

The American Heart Association says it is time for Americans to cut way back on their sugar consumption.

WH Panel Warns of Major Swine Flu Outbreak

A special White House panel is warning the country to prepare for a swine flu outbreak. The government is working on a vaccine, but it may not be ready in time.

White House Predicts Swine Flu Could Kill 90,000

The White House says 20 to 40 percent of Americans will come down with the swine flu this fall.

Space Shuttle Launch Delayed, NASA to Try Again

NASA will try again to launch the shuttle Discovery to the international space station on Wednesday.

Teens Abusing ADHD Drugs

Calls to poison control centers about teens abusing attention-deficit drugs soared 76 percent over eight years.

WHO Predicts Swine Flu 'Explosion'

The World Health Organization predicts that swine flu will spread so fast in the coming months it will seem to be a worldwide explosion of cases.

Life Expectancy Increases for Americans

The National Center for Health Statistics revealed that men are now living, on average, to age 75 and women to 80.

Microchip to Monitor Cleanliness in Health Workers

Healthcare workers may soon get microchips to make sure they wash their hands.

'Angie's List' Grades Patient, Doctor Experiences

A different issue in health care impacts all of our families: How do you find a quality doctor? How do you avoid medical mistakes? Angie Hicks has the answer.

Hurricane Bill Looms in Atlantic at Category 4

Forecasters said Bill could get even stronger as it howls over the open Atlantic.

U.S. Receiving Far Fewer Swine Flu Shots in Oct.

Instead of the anticipated 120 million vaccinations, there will only be 45 million available with 20 million more doses shipped weekly.

Study: Ibuprofen Best for Kids with Broken Arms

Kids with a broken arm do better on a simple over-the-counter painkiller than on a more powerful prescription drugs, a surprising study finds.

NASA Lacks Funds to Study Dangerous Asteroids

NASA says it does not have enough funding to study all of the asteroids that could threaten Earth.

Study: Weightlifting Helps Breast Cancer Survivors

Weight training can actually help breast cancer survivors, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Schools Gear Up for Swine Flu Shots

Hundreds of schools are heeding the government's call to set up flu-shot clinics this fall.

Sleep Reseachers Say Six Hours Not Enough

Researchers at the University of Californa, San Francisco, have discovered a gene that lets people get enough rest with just six hours sleep, but only three percent of humans have it.

Man, 90, Was Blind, But Now Can See

A 90-year-old Oregon man was blind but now says he can see.

Suicide Risk with Antidepressants Varies by Age

The Food and Drug Administration says the suicide risk linked with antidepressants varies by age group.

Aspirin Shows Promise for Colon Cancer Patients

A study suggests colon cancer patients who took the dirt-cheap wonder drug reduced their risk of death from the disease by nearly 30 percent.

New Doc Examines Stem Cell Use in Medicine

A new documentary film takes a look at the rights and wrongs of using stem cells for curing serious diseases.

Study: Breastfeeding Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

The study shows women who had a mother, sister, or other close relatives with breast cancer had a 59 percent lower risk of developing the disease if they breastfed.

Swine Flu Prevention on Top of Back-to-School List

Government officials are getting ready in case there's a swine flu epidemic this fall and that has schools and workplaces on high alert.

8 Cities in US Line up for Swine Flu Vaccine Test

Hundreds of Americans in eight cities are lining up for experimental swine flu shots in a race to get a vaccine out in case the new flu virus regains strength this fall and winter.

Cancer Found in Young 9/11 Officers

Researchers say a small number of young law enforcement officers who participated in the World Trade Center rescue and cleanup operation have developed an immune system cancer.

Christian Confirmed as Head of NIH

An outspoken Christian, has been confirmed the head the National Institutes of Health.

Consumer Protections Lost in Healthcare Debate

Practical considerations are being overlooked in a debate that's become a passionate argument about the government's reach and role in medical matters.

Officials Give New Swine Flu Advice to Schools

U.S. health officials have released new guidelines for schools on how to handle swine flu outbreaks.

Is TV More Harmful to Children Than You Think?

A new study in Time magazine says television is more harmful to your child's health than you may think.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Shipping Early

The swine flu pandemic is spurring makers of seasonal flu vaccines to ship them to the U.S. market well ahead of schedule.

Schools Await Instructions on Swine Flu

U.S. health officials will soon release plans instructing schools on how to handle possible swine flu outbreaks.

Salmon Vanishing in Alaska, Smokehouses Empty

Yukon River smokehouses should be filled this summer with oil-rich strips of king salmon, but they're mostly empty.

FDA: Arthritis Drugs Pose Cancer Risk to Children

Federal regulators on Tuesday added stronger warnings to a group of best-selling drugs used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

Antidepressant Use Increasing in the U.S.

Antidepressant use among Americans has doubled between 1996 and 2005, a new study shows.

Study: U.S. Children Need More Vitamin D

New studies show 70 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. do not get enough vitamin D.

LA Test Determines Children Likely to Join Gangs

Los Angeles officials say a new test may help determine which kids could join street gangs.