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Weird Digital Mirror Shocks With Internal Organ Reveal

Mirror may some day help patients prepare for surgery.

Federal judge strikes down North Dakota 'heartbeat' abortion law

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked North Dakota from enforcing the country's most restrictive abortion law, a ban on ending a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception. North Dakota's only abortion clinic had challenged the law approved by the state legislature in 2013, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last July had temporarily blocked it from taking effect. "The state of North Dakota has presented no reliable medical evidence to justify the passage of this troubling law," Hovland wrote in a 25-page opinion released on Wednesday. Hovland said the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the constitutional right of women to end a pregnancy before the fetus is determined to be viable for more than 40 years and the federal court is obligated to uphold that precedent.

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young takes leave due to illness

File photo of ACDC's Angus and Malcolm Young with mayor of the Madrid district of LeganesAC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young will take a break from the Australian hard rock group he founded because of ill health, the band said in a statement on Wednesday. The pioneering group dispelled speculation that they would disband after Young, 61, took his leave, saying "the band will continue to make music." "Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," the group said in a statement. The band did not say what sort of illness Young was suffering from or whether it would cease from touring without one of its founding members. The Scotland-born Young founded AC/DC with his younger brother, Angus, in 1973.

Abbott Laboratories profit beats forecast, but sales lag

Abbott Laboratories Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday, but combined sales of its nutritional products, medical devices and generic medicines were slightly below Wall Street expectations. Analysts, on average, were expecting 36 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Wells Fargo analyst Lawrence Biegelsen said operating expenses of $2 billion in the quarter were $100 million below his forecasts, and bolstered results. Shares were up 0.4 percent at $38.14 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange, amid a 0.7 percent gain for the ARCA Pharmaceutical Index of large drugmakers. "But management is very confident that business will accelerate in the remainder of the year, led by nutritionals, where they should be able to recapture market share." Sales of nutritional products, the company's biggest product line which includes Similac infant formula and Ensure beverages for adults, fell 4 percent to $1.63 billion in the quarter.

Watch: Digital Mirror Reveals Internal Organs

3D installation creates what your body might look like on the inside.

No Shots, No School Amid Ohio Mumps Outbreak

At least 224 people in Franklin and Delaware counties have contracted the virus.

Rape-prevention program cuts sexual assaults in Kenya

By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Self-defense and empowerment classes designed to arm girls with tools to prevent rape reduced sexual assaults among Kenyan students, a new study shows. In addition, half of the nearly 2,000 girls enrolled in the intervention classes reported using skills learned in the program to stop a total of 817 sexual assaults, according to results published in Pediatrics. "This is the first time anyone's proven you can prevent rape with a simple, low-cost intervention," Dr. Jake Sinclair told Reuters Health. "It's like a vaccine." Sinclair, a pediatrician at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, and his wife, Lee Paiva, of No Means No Worldwide, created the series of classes after witnessing what they described as an epidemic of rape in Kenya.

For kids, moving can be mentally tough

New single-family home construction is shown underway as a subdivision is built in San Marcos, CaliforniaBy Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moving to a new area may be hard on the mental health of children, especially adolescents, according to a new U.S. study. Based on analysis of medical records for more than a half million children, researchers found the chances a child will require mental health care rise by as much as 20 percent after a move. "Knowing how moves affect psychological health issues in children is important so families and healthcare providers can anticipate those challenges and prepare accordingly," said Jeffrey Millegan, lead author of the study and a psychiatrist at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. Although military families have a long tradition of moving frequently, "geographic moves are an increasingly common part of the American experience in general as our economy becomes more dynamic," Millegan told Reuters Health in an email.

Dangers of Vaccine Hesitancy Explained in 10 Tweets

Many parents hesitate to vaccinate their children because of safety concerns.

Founder of scandal-hit drugmaker Servier dies at 92

Head of Servier pharmaceutical firm Servier and his lawyers attend the start of the trial in the Mediator drug case at Nanterre courthouseJacques Servier, founder and president of France's second-largest drugmaker, has died before his trial over Mediator, a weight-loss pill at the center of the country's biggest public health scandal in years. Servier died of old age, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday. Officials have blamed at least 500 deaths on Mediator, which was marketed to overweight diabetics but often prescribed for weight loss. Servier posted revenue of 4.2 billion euros ($5.8 billion) in 2013, making it France's second-biggest drugmaker by sales behind Sanofi.

'X-Men' director Singer accused of drugging and raping teenager

Director of the movie Singer poses at the premiere of "Jack the Giant Slayer" in Hollywood, CaliforniaProducer and director Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. court on Wednesday. Michael Egan seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial after wide-ranging abuses at California and Hawaii house parties beginning in the late 1990s, according to the civil action filed in a Hawaii federal court. The suit accuses Marc Collins-Rector, a former entertainment business executive and registered sex offender, of initiating the sexual abuse by arranging for Singer to meet Egan at "notorious parties" in Encino, California, around 1998.

Galapagos, GSK successfully conclude phase 2a study of skin disease drug

The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west LondonBelgian biotech group Galapagos NV on Thursday said it has successfully concluded the phase 2a study of a skin disease drug it is developing with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC. Galapagos tested drug GSK2586184 on 66 patients with chronic psoriasis and observed a 75 percent improvement in significantly more patients than in the placebo group. GSK, which owns the drug's commercial rights, will decide whether to proceed with clinical trials, Galapagos said in a statement. Galapagos said it could receive a milestone payment of up to 34 million euros ($46.94 million) as well as double-digit royalties as the program proceeds towards commercialization.

Reports of e-cigarette injury jump amid rising popularity, U.S. data show

File picture shows a customer puffing on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York CityBy Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, from burns and nicotine toxicity to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, have jumped over the past year as the devices become more popular, the most recent U.S. data show. Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request. The health problems were not necessarily caused by e-cigarettes. Still, David Ashley, director of the office of science at the FDA's tobacco division, said the uptick is significant, especially in light of a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing an increase in the number of e-cigarette-related calls to poison control centers.

Dengue outbreak at Australian detention centre sparks fresh concerns

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - An outbreak of dengue fever at an Australian refugee detention center in the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru sparked calls on Thursday for greater oversight at the facility, which has been criticized by rights groups and the United Nations. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's office said that medical officers at the center had confirmed three cases of the potentially fatal tropical disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. ...

California makes it harder for insurers to deny autism treatment

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California on Wednesday made it harder for health insurers to deny or delay coverage of key interventions for children with autism, the latest in an ongoing series of actions by U.S. states to help families obtain the expensive therapies. In tightening its rules on covering behavioral intervention for children with autism, California is tackling a problem encountered by numerous states seeking to improve access to therapies for children with autism, the state's top regulator said. "The insurance companies deny the treatment, or they delay, delay, delay," California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in an interview. The new rules make it clear that insurers must cover behavioral interventions for children with autism at the same level that they cover visits to a medical doctor, Jones said.

FSA to test for lamb meat substitution

(Reuters) - The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) said it will begin a new round of tests on lamb takeaway meals from restaurants across the UK after the consumer watchdog found evidence of cheaper substitutes such as beef and chicken. The FSA said local authorities were being asked to test 300 samples from restaurants providing takeaway meals and report their findings to the agency. An FSA review of local authority sampling data from July to December 2013 found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaway meals contained meat other than lamb. No samples were found to contain horse meat, it said.

British consumer watchdog to test for lamb meat substitution

(Reuters) - Britain's Foods Standards Agency (FSA) said it will begin a new round of tests on lamb takeaway meals from restaurants across the UK after the consumer watchdog found evidence of cheaper substitutes such as beef and chicken. The FSA said local authorities were being asked to test 300 samples from restaurants providing takeaway meals and report their findings to the agency. An FSA review of local authority sampling data from July to December 2013 found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaway meals contained meat other than lamb. No samples were found to contain horse meat, it said.

New kind of trial aims to speed cancer drug development

File photo shows a visitor looking at plastinated lungs at an Gunther Von Hagens exhibition in LimaBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists and drugmakers are pioneering a new kind of clinical trial that changes the way cancer drugs are studied, potentially cutting both the time and cost of bringing them to market. Instead of testing one drug at a time, a novel lung cancer study announced on Thursday will allow British researchers to test up to 14 drugs from AstraZeneca and Pfizer at the same time within one trial. The aim is to quickly pinpoint medicines that can fight advanced lung cancer by targeting specific rare genetic mutations - and it upends the normal approach of putting a particular drug at the centre of a study. Harpal Kumar, chief executive of charity Cancer Research UK, which is working on the 25-million-pound project with the two drugmakers, said the new approach would "re-write the rule book on how we do clinical trials".

New Jersey mother charged with driving teens into Delaware River

By Dave Warner (Reuters) - A New Jersey mother of three teenagers was charged on Wednesday with attempted murder and endangering the welfare of children after allegedly driving her minivan into the Delaware River with them inside, authorities said. Joann Smith, 49, is accused of driving the minivan off a boat ramp in Florence, about 18 miles south of Trenton, New Jersey, according to authorities. Smith and her three children, ages 13, 14 and 15, escaped from what authorities described as the partially submerged vehicle with the help of an area man, who was not identified. ...

Off-season may not be enough for football players' brains

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The time between football seasons may not be enough for players' brains to recover from hard hits to their heads during games and practices, suggests a new, small study. Researchers discovered changes in the white matter of 10 college football players' brains after one season, compared to people who didn't play sports. After six months of not playing, the athletes' brains were still different. "Our best guess is that it's mild brain injury - the same kind of injury that the brain would undergo after having a concussion," Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian told Reuters Health.

Diabetes complications show significant decline in past two decades

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetes is becoming increasingly common in the United States, but the risks of complications from the blood sugar disease have declined since 1990, according to a new study. Better preventive care for adults with diabetes contributed to a 68 percent drop in their risk of heart attacks and a 64 percent drop in deaths from high blood sugar. The risks of strokes and lower-limb amputations both fell by about one half, researchers found, and there was a 28 percent drop in cases of kidney disease so serious that dialysis or a transplant was required. ...

Vermont steps closer to passing GMO food-labeling law

Labels point out products verified to not contain genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, WashingtonThe Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause. Vermont's effort comes as the developers of genetically modified crops and the $360 billion U.S. packaged food industry push for passage of an opposing bill introduced in Congress last week that would nullify any law that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. GMO labeling is just one front in an increasingly high-stakes food fight raging in the United States, where consumers increasingly are demanding to know where their food comes from and how it was produced.

UK Doctor: 'I'd Rather Have HIV Than Diabetes'

UK Doctor: 'I'd Rather Have HIV Than Diabetes'Doctor Pens Controversial Op-Ed Comparing HIV to Diabetes

French Lab Loses SARS Vials

French Lab Loses SARS VialsVials Containing SARS Fragments Not Dangerous, But Hint at Vulnerability

U.S. court: Companies can't litigate secretly to protect image

In a victory for consumers, a federal appeals court on Wednesday directed that litigation about a product linked to the death of an infant be made public, saying the manufacturer could not keep the details secret to protect its image. Overturning a lower court's findings, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said allowing the manufacturer known in court papers as Company Doe to maintain confidentiality "effectively shut out" the public and the press from their constitutional right to obtain access to civil proceedings. "A corporation very well may desire that the allegations lodged against it in the court of litigation be kept from public view to protect its corporate image, but the First Amendment right of access does not yield to such an interest," Circuit Judge Henry Floyd wrote for the appeals court. Three consumer advocacy groups - the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and Public Citizen - had sought to make the records public and reveal Company Doe's identity.

Oh baby: Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up

Doctor Katarzyna Koziol injects sperm directly into an egg during IVF procedure called Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection at Novum clinic in WarsawIf you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo. Fertilization takes place when an egg cell and a sperm cell recognize one another and fuse to form an embryo. Researchers said on Wednesday they have identified a protein on the egg cell's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of a sperm cell, allowing the two cells to join. This protein, dubbed Juno in honor of the ancient Roman goddess of fertility and marriage, and its counterpart in sperm, named Izumo after a Japanese marriage shrine, are essential for reproduction in mammals including people, they said.

Miley Cyrus cancels second concert after hospitalization

File photo of singer Miley Cyrus performing during New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square in New YorkMiley Cyrus has canceled a concert in St. Louis on Wednesday as she remains hospitalized from a "severe allergic reaction to antibiotics," according to a statement issued from the pop star's spokeswoman. Cyrus, 21, who is currently on the North American leg of her "Bangerz" tour, also had to cancel her Tuesday concert in Kansas City, Missouri, because of the allergic reaction which landed her in the hospital. "The hospital is sayin i wont b released today," Cyrus said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs

Ana-Maria Ciulcu takes a dog from a street in BucharestBy Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. Ciulcu was a baby when Bardot started her sterilization campaign in 2001. But Bucharest's state-funded wards now hold 2,800 dogs, and 2,000 dogs have been euthanized in the past two months, according to Romania's Authority for Animal Surveillance and Protection.

Kitchens could be sources of drug-resistant bacteria

Children cut chicken in the kitchen of the Vermont Kids Culinary Academy during a residential cooking summer camp in HighgateBy Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in hospital kitchens and private homes, according to a new study. The more bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the higher the chance they will develop resistance to the drugs. Unnecessary exposure can happen in humans who take antibiotic drugs they don't need, like for the common cold, which is caused by a virus and not affected by antibiotics. It can also happen when large numbers of livestock are given feed laced with antibiotics to help them grow faster and larger.

Lab Loses Thousands of Vials of Deadly SARS Virus

Vials containing SARS fragments not dangerous, but hint at vulnerability.

Pill developed to fight measles passes key test in animals

Usman Ali, suffering from measles, lies on a bed after being brought to the Mayo Hospital for treatment in LahoreIn the study, all of the ferrets were infected with canine distemper virus, which is closely related to measles. "The emergence of strong antiviral immunity in treated animals is particularly encouraging, since it suggests that the drug may not only save an infected individual from disease but contribute to closing measles immunity gaps in a population," Dr. Richard Plemper of Georgia State University said in a statement. The drug was developed specifically for measles. Plemper said it wasn't possible to test the drug against the measles virus because there is no model that replicates human measles in animals.

Obama's departing health chief mulls U.S. Senate run: report

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius answers a question while she testifies before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the President's budget proposal for FY2015, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonDeparting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who took withering criticism over the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, is weighing overtures from Democrats who want her to run for the Senate seat occupied by Republican Pat Roberts, the newspaper said, quoting unidentified Democrats. A run for the Senate would be a bold move in a solidly Republican state after Sebelius oversaw the introduction last October of the policy known as Obamacare, becoming a lightning rod for critics of the health insurance reform law. Republicans have made problems with the health care law, which they view as a step towards socialized medicine, as the central theme of their campaign to wrest control of the Senate away from Democrats and strengthen their grip on the House of Representatives.

Weird Digital Mirror Reveals Internal Organs

Mirror may some day help patients prepare for surgery.

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

FILE - In this Friday, March 1, 2013 file photo, Chan Lai Ly, right, has his mouth examined by Honghue Duong, a physician's assistant, as part of a regular check-up related to his diabetes at International Community Health Services in Seattle. Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 percent, a new federal study shows. The research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reported in the Thursday, April 17, 2014 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The drop is mainly attributed to better screening, medicines and care. The improvements came even as the number of U.S. adults with diabetes more than tripled in those 20 years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain

FILE - In this Saturday, March 29, 2014 file photo, medical personnel at the emergency entrance of a hospital wait to receive suspected Ebola virus patients in Conakry, Guinea. The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea in 2014 is a new strain _ evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists reported Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine. "The source of the virus is still not known," but it was not imported from nearby countries, said Dr. Stephan Gunther of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.

Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

The Mount Tabor number 1 reservoir in Portland, Ore., is seen in a June 20, 2011 photo. Portland officials said Wednesday, April 16, 2014 that they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir. In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland. This time, 38 million gallons from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Benjamin Brink)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.

Beijing's bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions

Chimneys and cooling towers of a steel plant are seen through the fog in BeijingBy David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters. Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei have become a front in a "war against pollution" declared by Premier Li Keqiang last month. But experts say efforts to cut coal consumption and industrial output in big cities like Beijing is likely to put pressure on other regions to endure more pollution to keep the economy growing, with overall coal consumption expected to rise by a quarter from 2011 to 2015. "Moving Beijing's plants to Hebei isn't the best way," said Yang Fuqiang, a former government researcher and senior energy and environment adviser with the National Resources Defense Council, a U.S.-based think-tank.

Some expired drugs OK to use

Reporter Carl Azuz tells us when it's OK to use a drug that has expired and when it's not.

Top health stories

Making health news: benefits of marriage, kids and cholesterol and unfilled prescriptions.

Extend your life through diet

CNN's Holly Firfer tells us about a new study that finds eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help us live longer.

'Old wives' tales' or not?

CNN's Holly Firfer looks at some popular claims to find out if they are 'old wives' tales.'

New measles outbreak do you know you have them and what can you do to protect yourself?

Prepare for vet visits

CNN's Carl Azuz looks at how to prepare for a visit to the vet.

Screening for colon cancer

CNN's Carl Azuz introduces us to a new campaign that brings attention to our bottoms and colon cancer.

Posture matters

CNN's Carl Azuz looks at the importance of having good posture and highlights some of our common mistakes.

Dealing with spring allergies

CNN's Martha Shade gives us tips on how to handle allergy symptoms this spring.

Health headlines

CNN's Martha Shade tells us about this week's health headlines from probiotics and children to mid-life crises.

Dr. Gupta: We're aliens in Ebola's world

With Ebola, we humans are the invaders. The sense of being an alien in the world of this virus is jarring.

Think your thoughts are private?

Scientists have made significant strides in being able to decode thoughts based on brain activity.

Gupta: We live in Ebola's world

With Ebola, we humans are the invaders. The sense of being an alien in the world of this virus is jarring.

Can you be addicted to exercise?

Do some people really need to work out -- and will they suffer withdrawal symptoms if they don't?

Their germs are now our germs

The world is smaller and people are more mobile than ever. What's happening anywhere on the globe can harm Americans' health.

How to avoid digital eye strain

Our lives have increasingly become more digital today. While some may see this as a benefit, others are finding that it can literally be a pain in the eye.

Here's what to do about your anxiety

Dr. Charles Raison, CNN's mental health expert, addresses two questions from readers on anxiety.

Is lung cancer screening right for you?

This week, the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force issued its long-awaited guideline on lung cancer screening.

Bogus mammogram results earn woman jail time

A former Georgia hospital technician was sentenced to up to six months in prison after pleading guilty to manipulating the mammogram records of 1,289 patients. Ten of those women were given false negatives, and two of them are now dead, a prosecutor says.

Former NFLer: Don't go through life exhausted

As many as 12 million to 18 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, and many don't know it.

Can you be addicted to exercise?

Do some people really need to work out -- and will they suffer withdrawal symptoms if they don't?

Health risks of eating abroad

CNN's Anthony Bourdain talks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta about enjoying local food and health risks of eating while abroad.

Juicing: Healthy detox or diet trap?

You can't juice all day every day and expect to stay healthy, experts say. We answer your most pressing questions about this diet trend.

7 invisible ways exercise helps

Numerous research studies have uncovered benefits to working out that aren't necessarily visible from the outside.

Use the placebo effect on yourself

Researchers have been studying the placebo effect for decades -- and there's plenty of evidence it works. Learn three ways to use it.

New brain maps released

Two brain map studies released Wednesday in the journal Nature describe the brain in different ways.

PTSD from your ZIP code

Nightly gunshots wake Veronica Morris.

This is your brain on knitting

Her brother's sudden death in 2004 hit Sarah Huerta hard.

She found love, left sugar, lost weight

Cady Stanton used to find solace in the sweet taste of ice cream. Now she finds solace in her new self image.

Pitcher drops 162 pounds

Denny McLain is a recognizable name to almost any baseball fan. But even his best friends wouldn't recognize him today.

She bet she'd lose -- and won!

Sara Lugger was skeptical as she placed her first $5 bet. But she realized that all she had to lose was 140 pounds.

5 myths about the ER, debunked

Several myths prevail about what you can expect in the emergency room. Here are five that need to be declared DOA.

Denying drugs for the dying

The FDA program that allows patients to use experimental drugs is called "compassionate use." Some, including a biotechnology industry group, wonder if there might be a way to make it a little more compassionate.

She gave her life for her baby

When Elizabeth Joice found out that she was pregnant, she and her husband, Max, were ecstatic.

Reproductive organs grown in a lab

Scientists have grown reproductive organs and nasal cartilage in labs, and successfully implanted them in patients.

'Breakthrough' in spinal injuries

Experts say electrical stimulation in the spinal cord is another step toward helping paralyzed people walk again.

A minute to a mile: Learning to run

When Sia Figiel started believing in herself, she realized she could go a lot farther than she'd ever thought possible.

I'm Ron, and I am a food addict

I used to fill up on stuff, not really knowing what I was eating but just going through the motions until I got my "fix." Most of the time I was left with guilt, gas and a growing stomach to accompany my gluttony.

I plan to make time for my health

There's not enough time. That was the excuse I used for 19 years. Now I know there's enough time. I just have to make time.

Some moist wipes cause allergies

CNN's Carl Azuz tells us that some wipes made for your face, fingers and fannies can cause serious allergies.

Top health stories

CNN's Melisa Raney gives us the latest health news about flu drugs, sneezing, and whether procrastination is genetic.

High risk for eye disease?

Women are at higher risk for some eye diseases than men and the majority aren't aware of this.

Dog disease could be medical boon

Our pets could provide new insights into disease

VIDEO: Hi-tech goggles 'detect cancer cells'

A US trial of hi-tech goggles could reduce the need for secondary operations for cancer patients.

AUDIO: Man stung by bees in pain experiment

A PhD student has allowed bees to sting him 190 times - to find out which part of the body it hurts the most.

VIDEO: Can smartphones ruin your sleep?

New technology such as smartphones and tablets could be affecting how much sleep people get, a survey suggests.

VIDEO: What do standardised packs look like?

As the government moves forward with plans to ban branding on cigarette packs in England, the BBC's Peter Taylor visits a tobacconist in Australia where a ban was introduced in 2011.

VIDEO: Loneliness 'affects general health'

The emotional problems associated with loneliness have long been acknowledged, but now there is evidence that being lonely has an impact on overall health.

VIDEO: Ebola outbreak 'unprecedented'

The Ebola outbreak that has killed 78 people in Guinea is "unprecedented", a medical charity has said

VIDEO: Obamacare 'still not perfect'

President Barack Obama has said that 7.1 million people have signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

VIDEO: 'Milestone' in fight against polio

The World Health Organization has declared its South East Asia region polio-free, so 80% of the world is now officially free of the disease.

Should drug firms make payments to doctors?

Does it matter that drug firms give doctors money and gifts?

Bombing couple still Boston strong

Boston marathon bombing survivors cope with aftermath

Can you live without processed food?

Can you live without processed food?

Goggles help surgeons ‘see’ tumours

The glasses that help surgeons find cancer

Bereaved parents heard at last

Why parents who have a stillbirth are now being listened to

Cancer virus discovery helped by delayed flight

The man who isolated a virus causing cancer

Ugandan clinics selling bogus HIV certificates

The Ugandans who pay for bogus HIV results to get jobs

Is Astle case tip of the iceberg?

Did heading the ball cause footballers' deaths?

The e-cigarettes phenomenon

How safe are e-cigarettes – and should they be banned?

The many battles faced by WW1's nurses

How this 21-year-old coped with the horrors of WW1

VIDEO: Actors faking sick to help doctors

Actors faking ailments to help doctors perform

Sensors to prevent pain for amputees

Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores.

Glaxo 'paid Polish doctors bribes'

UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama discovers.

'Millions wasted' on flu drug

Hundreds of millions of pounds have been wasted on Tamiflu, a drug for flu that may work no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis says.

'Terror' of patient's op wake-up

A patient who awoke from an anaesthetic minutes before major surgery speaks of the "terrifying" experience.

Doctors implant lab-grown vagina

Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.

Guinea 'Ebola deaths pass 100'

The Ebola outbreak could take up to four months to contain as the number of people killed by the virus in Guinea passes 100, the UN says.

'Selfie' body image warning issued

Spending lots of time on Facebook looking at pictures of friends could make women insecure about their bodies, research suggests.

Male eating disorders 'overlooked'

Young men with an eating disorder are not getting the help and support they need because of perceptions about a "women's illness", say researchers.

Living organ regeneration 'first'

An elderly organ in a living animal has been regenerated into a youthful state by DNA manipulation for the first time, UK researchers say.

Spinal shocks revive paralysed legs

Four paralysed men have been able to move their legs for the first time in years after electrical stimulation of their spinal cords, US doctors report.

Organ donations 'double since 2007'

The number of people who donated their organs after death in Scotland almost doubled over a six-year period, according to government figures.

HIV home test kits given go-ahead

Kits allowing people to test themselves for HIV at home can be bought over the counter in the UK for the first time - but no kits exist yet in Britain.

Good teeth may help sporting success

Dentists say elite athletes could stand a better chance of winning gold medals if they took more care of their teeth.

Cyborg glasses express fake emotions

A Japanese researcher creates glasses that show computer-generated eyes that express emotions so that the wearer does not need to bother.

Beard trend 'guided by evolution'

The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.

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