October 11, 2012 The federal government is providing more grants for nursing home background checks, but a federal investigation finds that a background check would likely flag some, but not all, of the aides who ultimately are disciplined.
October 3, 2012 Ultraviolet light can burn your skin and raise the risk for skin cancer. New research has helped uncover how the rays can weaken skin's outer layer, compromising its ability to protect the body.
September 28, 2012 Passionate advocates believe that squatting over the toilet is a more healthful position than sitting down on one. They say the posture can alleviate problems like hemorrhoids. One company is making stools to help people get closer to the squat.
September 26, 2012 There are a lot more older people with worn-out knees, and the rate at which those people get knees replaced has gone way up in the last 20 years, too.
September 25, 2012 Korean researchers have found that eunuchs who worked for kings in ancient royal courts lived longer, on average, than other males who were in the inner circle. The provocative findings fit with other work that has shown an inverse link between longevity and reproduction: the greater the fertility, the shorter the life span.
September 24, 2012 The new drug reversed changes in blood vessels that usually lead kids with the rare genetic disease progeria to have heart attacks and strokes. Research on the toxic protein responsible for progeria is also changing scientists' understanding of how normal cells age.
September 12, 2012 While undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens chronicled his experience of "living dyingly" in a series of essays for Vanity Fair. Those essays and other notes from the author's final days are compiled in the posthumous book Mortality, with an afterword by his wife, Carol Blue.