We have no reason to think this little guy isn't clean as a whistle, but some hedgehogs carry salmonella.
January 31, 2013 There have been 20 reports of human salmonella infections linked to pet hedgehogs recently. Public health officials say people should keep the animals away from areas where food is prepared and served.
January 31, 2013 A drug used in brain scans to help doctors detect clumps of protein associated with Alzheimer's disease was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last year. Now Medicare officials are weighing whether to cover it.
Squeeze me with caution.
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January 31, 2013 Those cute little foil pouches of organic food for toddlers may pose hidden dangers for new teeth and developing mouths. But they may not be any more of a risk than the frequent use of sippy cups and bottles, dentists say.
Front-loading your calories may help you lose weight.
January 30, 2013 In a Spanish study, overweight people who ate most of their calories before 3 p.m. lost significantly more weight than their counterparts who were nighttime eaters. So watch those calorific midnight snacks.
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In Disaster Hero, disaster specialist Dante Shields (far right) and his sidekick Mika (seated) guide players through games about emergency preparedness.
January 29, 2013 The American College of Emergency Physicians and FEMA are hoping to teach children what to do before, during, and after disasters using their online game, Disaster Hero.
A traditional steak tartare with egg, onion and capers.
January 29, 2013 Is eating raw meat worth risking diarrhea or worse? A recent Salmonella outbreak makes us wonder about the trend toward consuming beef that's undercooked or not cooked at all.
If you're covered by Medicare and win or settle a personal injury case, the battle for compensation isn't over.
January 29, 2013 If there's a settlement or judgment against another party in a liability case, Medicare is entitled to reimbursement for the money it spent on a beneficiary's medical care. The process is complex and prone to delays. A new law is expected to fix the problems.
Fat, fit or both?
January 28, 2013 A sociologist argues in a new book that framing obesity as a public health crisis takes a heavy social toll. She says big bodies should be embraced as a form of human diversity, and not seen automatically as a sign of sickness.
Could you say "no" to this face? Christoph Bartneck of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand recently tested whether humans could end the life of a robot as it pleaded for survival.
January 28, 2013 To understand how social rules affect the interactions between humans and machines, scientists re-created a famous psychology experiment using robots. What they found is that if robots are nice to us, we're nice to them. If they're not, we "punish" them.
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This meeting will now come to order.
January 25, 2013 To stay in shape, many people stand while they work, or even use a treadmill desk. The latest advice might get you out of the building altogether. Ditch the boardroom and walk while you meet.
This cluster contains enough norovirus particles to make you sick.
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January 25, 2013 More than half of norovirus outbreaks reported during the last four months of 2012 in the U.S. were caused by a strain first identified in Australia. Restaurants and long-term care facilities have been hit hardest.
Don't eat me all at once.
January 24, 2013 While many of us have long suspected that eating frequent, small and tasty meals prevents overindulging, a new study of French men indicates that it just might be true. So cut that breakfast croissant into fourths and eat it slowly.
Women smoke in New York City's Times Square.
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January 24, 2013 One new analysis finds female smokers are more than 26 times more likely to die of lung cancer than nonsmoking women — twice the rate calculated 30 years ago. New data also quantify the surprising payoffs of smoking cessation — especially under the age of 40.
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When an intimate partner interferes with contraception, doctors should know about it.
January 23, 2013 Some women may be pressured by their partners into having sex against their wishes or getting pregnant when they don't want to. OB-GYNs need to know how to identify and help these women.
The bar at a surprise birthday party for Teen Wolf's Stephen Lunsford, presented by Monster Energy last November in Los Angeles.
January 22, 2013 A new report says the number of ER visits involving caffeine-laced energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011. Many of those visits involved patients who combined the drinks with alcohol and other drugs, intensifying the effects. Manufacturers say there's no proof the drinks are to blame.
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