Soldiers participate in physical therapy while using a prosthetic brace called the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO), which allows them to use and strengthen severely injured legs.
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March 31, 2014 An injured leg can cause so much pain that some wounded veterans consider amputation. A brace invented at an Army medical center in Texas is getting them up and running again.
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About 23 million adults have Type 2 diabetes, and most of them are overweight or obese.
March 31, 2014 People with diabetes who had gastric bypass surgery had much better control of blood sugar three years later. But most still hadn't met the goal of returning to normal sugar levels, a study finds.
March 30, 2014 Medicine's shift from paper to computers has been painful and expensive. But now doctors can easily write and transmit prescriptions by computer, saving money and improving the quality of care.
It's not exercise, but at least kids can't eat potato chips while gaming on phones.
March 28, 2014 Children playing on phones or using computers eat less junk food than those watching TV, a study finds. Maybe it's the commercials. Or maybe it's just hard to pick up a chip while tapping away.
Mary-Claire King says obscurity gave her the freedom to spend years looking for breast cancer genes.
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March 27, 2014 Twenty years ago, many scientists didn't think that genes could cause diseases like cancer. The discovery of the BRCA gene for hereditary breast cancer changed that. Mary-Claire King tells how.
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State numbers on autism probably don't accurately reflect children's health status, researchers say.
March 27, 2014 The number of children diagnosed with autism keeps rising, but researchers warn that it may be just because we're getting better at recognizing and treating the disorder.
Runners head out during the start of the 115th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011, in Hopkinton, Mass.
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March 27, 2014 Marathons are increasingly popular with people who will never cross the finish line in under three hours. But do recreational runners benefit from the intense training? Researchers in Boston say yes.
The ReliefLink app is a mood-tracking tool intended to help people who are contemplating suicide.
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March 26, 2014 There are lots of apps out there that claim to improve your mental health, but precious few have actually been tested to see if they work. Psychologists are starting to give that a try.
March 26, 2014 More than 70,000 deaths a year are caused by hospital-acquired infections, a CDC survey of U.S. hospitals finds. The numbers are improving, doctors say, but not fast enough.
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The package for the weight-loss drug alli should look like this.
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March 26, 2014 The bottles that appear to have been tampered with contained tablets and capsules in various shapes and colors, rather than the turquoise capsule used for the over-the-counter medication alli.
She coughs and sometimes burns.
March 25, 2014 The dolls get sick on cue and come with a medical kit that can relieve their symptoms. But the electronics inside the dolls can get hot enough to cause blisters or burns.
March 25, 2014 New research shows that women make up almost two-thirds of people with Alzheimer's disease. Angela Geiger of the Alzheimer's Association talks about the new findings and clarifies misconceptions.
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They're probably not thinking about breast cancer risk right now.
March 25, 2014 College students tune out warnings about the risks of heavy drinking. Pointing out that drinking increases the risk of cancer may help, researchers say. But will that matter on Saturday night?
March 25, 2014 A 19-year-old claimed on his parents' tax return as a dependent doesn't plan to buy health coverage. Forgoing insurance will trigger a penalty. Who will be on the hook for it?
Moms of young children don't have much time to go to the gym. But getting active with the kids is a win all around.
March 24, 2014 A child's activity level may be linked to how active busy moms are. Researchers in the United Kingdom say just small changes in how mothers engage with their children can get both parties moving.
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