10/01/2014
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  • NEWS

    Doctors need stricter guidelines when it comes to how they prescribe opioid painkillers, concludes the American Academy of Neurology, which believes that a loosening of regulations in the late 1990s helped spur what's been described as an epidemic of opioid addiction. Read more.


  • NEWS

    If your career is going well, you may want to give a shout-out to your spouse.  According to a study to be published in the journal Psychological Science, the more considerate your spouse is, the better you’ll do at work. Read more.


  • NEWS

    Despite its growing popularity as an alternative treatment, acupuncture has no significant benefits for chronic knee pain, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Read more.


  • INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK

    A little natural aromatherapy can help you doze off.

  • QUOTE OF
    THE DAY

    From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.

    —Catalan proverb


  • NEWS

    Here's a twist--researchers from a biotech company say they've discovered that a certain type of bacteria found in organic soil may actually help heal skin with acne or ulcers. Read more.


  • NEWS

    Two clothing companies that claimed their underwear infused with caffeine could help people lose weight has agreed to stop promoting the clothing and will pay $1.5 million in refunds to customers, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Read more.

  • SLICE OF HISTORY

    A sedative called thalidomide goes on the market in Germany, and soon it’s being called a “wonder drug” that’s “completely safe. In fact, doctors in Australia and Europe are so convinced of its safety that they begin prescribing it as an “off-label” treatment for morning sickness in pregnant women.  But then, to their horror, those same doctors began seeing their patients giving birth to babies with terrible defects, most notably a condition called phocomelia, in which the infants’ arms never developed and hands instead grew from their upper arms like flippers. The drug was banned in 1962, but not before 10,000 babies were born with birth defects. Get the full story.

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