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  • New case of alleged patricide stirs old memories of similar high-profile cases

    When Timothy Scott Sherman shot and killed his mother and adoptive father while they slept, the case disturbed the normally quiet life in the small Harford County hamlet of Hickory. A quarter-century later, another family murder has rocked the county, in...
  • Do doctors lie to patients?

    Do you think your doctor is open and honest with you? Maybe not always, according to a new survey. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston surveyed 1,891 physicians...
  • Study sounds alarm on healers' health risks

    Study sounds alarm on healers' health risks
    In laparoscopic surgery, gall bladders are removed, stomachs are constricted and tumors are excised through small incisions that mean less pain and shorter hospital stays. But while the patients are benefiting, the procedures are causing injuries in...
  • Officials urge taking precautions against return of West Nile virus

    While SARS dominated public attention during the past weeks, the discovery in March of a dead blue jay and two dead sparrows in Louisiana signaled the reawakening of another looming public health threat - West Nile virus. The mosquito-borne illness swept...
  • Cruelest mystery: death before life

    That chilly night in late October, the delivery room was so quiet. The doctor wrapped the 8-pound, 21-inch newborn girl in a pink-and-blue striped cotton blanket, pulled a matching cap over her brown hair and gently passed her to her mother. Margarete...
  • Getting to Alzheimer's roots

    The end for the Alzheimer's patient is a horror: The person is mute, bedridden, adrift from the thoughts and feelings that make up a life. The brain undergoes an equally disturbing transformation, shrunken by as much as half, mottled all over with...
  • HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed

    HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed
    In a sobering discovery, researchers say that rapid treatment of HIV-like infections in monkeys failed to prevent the establishment of persistent viral reservoirs in as little as three days. The study, published Sunday in the journal Nature, comes on...
  • Paul Patterson dies at 70; Caltech neuroscientist

    Paul Patterson dies at 70; Caltech neuroscientist
    For decades, epidemiologists have recognized that the highest rates of schizophrenia occur in children born in the winter and spring, about nine months after flu season. This pattern led researchers to examine the role that viral infections might play...
  • As Americans age, the career need for audiologists is humming

    A doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.) is required, and audiologists must be licensed in all states (requirements vary by state). The best candidates are patient and compassionate, with good communication and problem-solving skills. The median annual...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Use mindfulness to pull yourself out of a funk

    Q: How do you pull yourself out of a funk or slight depression? A: Mood shifts frequently result from minor or trivial disappointments. So, much that gets us down is inconsequential. Yet it can be quite difficult to let meaningless matters go. A small...
  • Make the most of your digital fitness monitor

    The latest trend in high-tech health puts control in the palm of your hand. It's called digital fitness monitoring, and it comes in the form of tiny gadgets that you wear or place in your pocket. "If you're already motivated to exercise or eat...
  • Consider genetic testing if cystic fibrosis is a concern

    Q: What are the chances of a person with cystic fibrosis passing the disease to their offspring? A: Cystic fibrosis is inherited as a recessive disease. This means a person could be a carrier of a CF mutation and not be affected. Everyone has two copies...