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AstraZeneca's FluMist Vaccine Fails Again, CDC Recommends Shots This Flu Season

AstraZeneca's FluMist failed to protect children for three consecutive years, causing an expert panel to recommend traditional flu shots to children this coming flu season. The recommendation could pose problems on vaccine supply this fall.

Medicine June 23, 2016

Should You Get Your Birth Control Pills From A Mobile App?

Several mobile apps are now offering to deliver birth control pills in a fast, convenient and hassle-free way. Is this particular mobile trend normal and safe?

Public Health June 22, 2016

Federal Panel Approves First Human Clinical Trial For Controversial Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR

The first human clinical trial using CRISPR/Cas9 gets approval from the National Institutes of Health. The approved proposal will use the gene-editing tool to target three different types of cancer.

Biotech June 22, 2016

Here's Why Employers Cut Down Wellness Programs, Benefits In The Past 20 Years

On-site flu shots, health coaching and insurance premium discounts saw a decline in the past 20 years among employers, a new survey found. Here's why your company's wellness programs are changing.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 22, 2016

Mosquito Saliva Can Help Spread Zika Virus, Other Viral Infections

Mosquito saliva can help spread mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and Zika, according to two new studies. Mosquito saliva tricks the immune cells into spreading any kind of virus throughout the body.

Public Health June 22, 2016

'Love Hormone' Gene Helps People Form Healthy, Lasting Relationships: Study

Science breaks down love into chemicals. A new study found that a "love hormone" gene affects social behavior, including a person's ability to form healthy and long-lasting relationships.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 22, 2016

It's Getting Hot In Here: Tips On How To Survive A Heat Wave

Southwest U.S. is getting hotter due to the current heat wave, which is expected to last until Wednesday, June 22. Here are some tips on how to survive a heat wave and prevent heat strokes.

Public Health June 21, 2016

Newly Discovered Mineral On Mars Could Rewrite Red Planet's History: NASA

Scientists found evidence of the mineral tridymite on Mars based on the analysis of samples sent back by NASA's Curiosity rover. The discovery has the potential to change what we know so far about the red planet's ancient history.

Space June 21, 2016

Many Children Suffer From Untreated Sports-Related Concussions: Study

The majority of children who suffer concussions from sports or recreational activities go untreated. Findings suggest the need to educate parents, kids and coaches on the importance of timely and appropriate clinical care following the injuries.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 21, 2016

Parkinson's Disease Getting More Common: Mayo Clinic Study

A Mayo Clinic report finds that Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism could be getting more common. The increased rates were highly observable among men aged 70 and above based on study findings.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 21, 2016

World's First Zika Vaccine Ready For Human Clinical Trials

The world's first Zika vaccine will start human clinical trials in the next few weeks after getting FDA approval on Monday, June 20. The GLS-5700 vaccine could be instrumental in fighting the global Zika virus epidemic.

Medicine June 21, 2016

'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin Dies In A Car Accident At 27

'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin, known for his portrayal of Chekov in the rebooted films, died in a freak car accident last Sunday morning. The actor was found dead outside of his home in Los Angeles.

Celebrities June 20, 2016

ISS Astronauts Land Safely On Earth After Spending 186 Days In Space

Three ISS astronauts land safely back on Earth after spending 186 days in space. NASA's Tim Kopra, Roscosmos' Yuri Malenchenko and ESA's Tim Peake were part of several experiments and studies conducted on board the ISS.

Space June 20, 2016

Simple Blood Test Reveals Risk Of Suffering From Heart Attack Within Five Years

A simple blood test that looks into the levels of protective IgG antibodies can reveal a person's risks of suffering from a heart attack within five years. The findings can lead to new methods for preventing heart problems among high-risk individuals.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 20, 2016

Cranberry Juice Fights UTI, Lowers Need For Antibiotics: Study

Drinking cranberry juice daily can keep UTI at bay and help lower worldwide dependence on antibiotics. To maximize the little red fruit's benefits, you need to drink cranberry juice before the UTI symptoms even start.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 20, 2016

Obesity Among Women Can Be Passed On To At Least Three Generations

If you plan on getting pregnant, lose weight first. A new study finds that obese women can pass on the weight problem to at least three generations along with metabolic issues such as insulin resistance.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 20, 2016

More Than Half A Million Older Men Are Lonely, Harms Their Health: Report

About 550,000, or one-third, of older men in the UK who are suffering from long-term health issues are lonely. The numbers are expected to surge to two-thirds by 2030 as the life expectancy for senior men becomes closer to that for women.

Public Health June 18, 2016

'Rare, Dangerous' Heat Is Coming To Western U.S.

'Rare, dangerous and deadly' heat is coming to Western U.S. On Sunday, June 19, Phoenix temperature is predicted to reach 118 degrees Fahrenheit (47.7 degrees Celsius) and peak at 119 degrees Fahrenheit (48.3 degrees Celsius) on Monday, June 20.

Earth/Environment June 18, 2016

'Baby Fat' Can Lead To Heart Failure In Middle Age

Excess weight during adolescence can lead to heart problems in middle age. A study finds increased risk of developing heart failure among obese or overweight teenage boys, and even in boys whose BMI are within the normal range.

Public Health June 18, 2016

Genetically Modified Malaria-Fighting Mosquitoes Endorsed By Bill Gates

Bill Gates endorses the use of the promising but controversial gene-editing tools to develop genetically modified, malaria-fighting mosquitoes. These gene-edited mosquitoes are already flying in labs and could potentially eradicate malaria.

Biotech June 18, 2016

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