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  • Neanderthal genes helped modern humans evolve, studies suggest

    Mating between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Europeans and East Asians gave our forebears important evolutionary advantages but may have created a lot of sterile males, wiping out much of that primitive DNA, new genetic studies suggest.  The...
  • Neanderthal DNA lives on in modern humans, research shows

    The ancestors of most modern humans mated with Neanderthals and made off with important swaths of DNA that helped them adapt to new environments, scientists reported Wednesday. Some of the genes gained from these trysts linger in people of European...
  • Scientist who created STAP stem cells says studies should be withdrawn

    Scientist who created STAP stem cells says studies should be withdrawn
    A number of scientists have been grumbling for weeks about a pair of breakthrough stem cell studies that seemed too good to be true. Now one of the senior researchers who worked on the papers agrees that they may be right. The studies, which were...
  • Perimenopause unlikely cause of hot flashes at age 31

    Q: I have hot flashes, sweating, heat rashes and headaches. Could it be pre-menopause? I'm only 31. I'm not interested in having more children. Ideas? A: The symptoms you describe are typical for a woman approaching menopause. But you haven't mentioned...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: 'Pre-hypertension' is a new term to identify people at risk for high blood pressure

    Q: I'm 60 years old. My blood pressure is around 130/80. In the past, I've always been told I have normal blood pressure. Now my doctor says I have "pre-hypertension." What does this mean? Do I need treatment? A: I can understand your confusion. Here's...
  • Instilling bravery in kids starts with their parents

    Instilling bravery in kids starts with their parents
    Can we spend a few minutes talking about Noreen Bruce? She's the mom of Grayson Bruce, the 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was harassed at school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack, which he uses as a lunch box. You've probably heard his story....
  • You can preserve youthful skin without cosmetic surgery

    Source: Harvard Women's Health Watch Age isn't kind to skin. Years of accumulated sun exposure leave their mark in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. By the time you reach your 60s or 70s, much of the damage has already been done, but...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Prolonged grief after loss of a loved one is common

    Q: I lost my brother several months ago. There are days when I still feel overpowered by sadness. Is it normal to grieve this long? A: Iím sorry to learn of your loss. Everyone grieves differently. Grief rarely has a clear beginning, middle and end....
  • Stopping Pap smears depends on age and risk

    Q: I'm 71 years old. Do I need Pap tests at my age? A: The early detection and treatment of cervical cancer is a remarkable medical success story. After the introduction of regular screening by Pap smears, cervical cancer rates began to go down...
  • Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation

    Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation
    Here's the bad news: A dietary supplement named OxyElite Pro is still apparently making people sick, more than a year after the Hawaii Department of Health was alerted to seven cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure among its users. As of last...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: When an adult child shuts out a parent, both may need help

    Q: My son has told me he's cutting me out of my life. He's 28. As a mother, I feel hopeless and unable to help him. What can I do? A: When a child shut's the door on a parent, it's painful. I don't know your specific circumstances, so let me give you a...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Fight worries over food additives with a healthy diet

    Q: Do synthetic dyes, flavors and preservatives make the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) worse? A: There is little agreement on how such additives might contribute to ADHD symptoms in children. Many studies on this issue are...