Father Tomasz Trafny of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture and Dr. Robin Smith, the CEO of NeoStem, last year announced a partnership to explore adult stem cell research.
November 1, 2011 The Catholic Church invested $1 million to form a joint foundation with an adult stem cell research company, and its first project is a conference with scientists to discuss the future of stem cell therapies. Some in the scientific community believe the Vatican is trying to undercut embryonic stem cell research.
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More people end up in the emergency room from overdosing on Vicodin, pictured here, and other prescription painkillers, than heroin or cocaine, a government report says.
November 1, 2011 A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the nation's emergency rooms are seeing far more overdoses of prescription opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin than heroin or cocaine.
A relaxed and fit President Obama meets with senior advisers at the White House in early July.
November 1, 2011 Obama's latest cholesterol numbers would be the envy of most 50-year-old American men. His doctors calls them "ideal," and they're down from his last physical in early 2010.
A customer studies a display of milk and dairy products at Bryan's Grocery in San Francisco in March.
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November 1, 2011 Most adults can't digest milk sugar: It's a recent genetic adaptation most common in northern Europe. The food industry has come up with enzyme supplements and lactose-free products for those who want to enjoy ice cream without a tummy ache. But not all supplements have what it takes.
If you have a soft spot for internal organs, then you'll love these plush hearts, ovaries and intestines.
November 1, 2011 Need a plush pancreas or spleen? How about a T-shirt featuring a liver? Yes, there's a company selling those and more. And the goods are on display at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.
November 1, 2011 Before a coroner's report confirmed Amy Winehouse drank herself to death, her mother said she long felt it was "only a matter of time." Dr. Terry Schneekloth of the Mayo Clinic and author David Sheff talk about difficult choices people face when they deal with loved ones suffering from addictions.
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Officer Tom Merenda talks to John Fager, one of the dozens of residents living in an assisted-living facility in Cannon Point.
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November 1, 2011 An investigation found sweeping failure within the state's assisted-living industry. One neighborhood in South Florida has become a de facto psychiatric ward because of zoning laws. Experts say you can pick anywhere in the country and find some version of the warehousing of people with mental illness.
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November 1, 2011 ADHD drugs like Ritalin don't pose a big risk of dangerous cardiovascular problems, according to new research. But the risk could still be doubled for the 2.7 million children taking stimulant drugs to treat the symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
November 1, 2011 Instead of an annual check-up, many doctors suggest that a regular "check-in" is a better idea. At a check-in, you can discuss any health concerns you have and get the limited tests and preventive screenings that are appropriate and helpful for someone of your age and risk profile.
November 1, 2011 President Obama's executive order to help alleviate drug shortages could help cancer patients and others who are discovering that their drugs aren't available, sometimes for months at a time. Doctors say they've been able to work around some of the shortages by prescribing alternatives, but that the growing number of shortages are making that more difficult.
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October 31, 2011 A Food and Drug Administration analysis shows a drop in heart attacks and strokes among people taking Vytorin in the early stages of chronic kidney disease, before they need dialysis.
Kids and teens saw double the number of ads for soda in 2010 than they did in 2008.
October 31, 2011 Kids and teens saw double the number of ads for soda in 2010 than they did in 2008, according to a report. The author says the industry's efforts to regulate its advertising to kids haven't worked.
October 31, 2011 President Obama signed an executive order Monday afternoon to target shortages in certain prescription medications. The order instructs the FDA to address the shortages with more reporting about drug shortfalls, faster approval of new production, and added investigation of possible price gouging. It's one in a series of initiatives the White House is undertaking to highlight congressional inaction.
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A pharmacy buyer at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City holds a tray of magnesium sulfate, a drug in short supply.
October 31, 2011 The president's executive order asks companies to speed up production of key drugs when shortages occur. Companies will also be asked to report potential supply problems more often.
Locker rooms and clubhouses should be disinfected regularly with a solution such as bleach that's effective against the stubborn norovirus, researchers say.
October 31, 2011 A study of basketball players who caught the contagious norovirus in the locker room provides a play-by-play of how it spread. The bug is the second-most common reason players miss a game.
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