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Cell phones when driving: Which countries have toughest laws?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:30:58 GMT

If you are caught using a handheld device while driving in the United Kingdom -- whether it's for talking, texting, taking video or anything else -- your penalties just got significantly steeper, thanks to a law that went into effect this month.


One person's ban is that same person's respite

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:03:23 GMT

In terms of security, you can debate the effectiveness of the new electronics ban, now enforced on select international flights.


'Bad luck' mutations increase cancer risk more than behavior

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:00:15 GMT

For the first time, researchers have estimated what percentage of cancer mutations are due to environmental and lifestyle factors, hereditary factors and random chance. Overall, 66% of the genetic mutations that develop into cancer are caused by simple random errors occurring when cells replace themselves, according to a new study published in the journal Science.


No long-term cognitive benefit to breastfeeding, study says

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:11:43 GMT

While the medical benefits of breastfeeding for helping newborns fight infections and helping pre-term infants get stronger are fairly well established, the long-term impact is much less so.


Genetic forms of obesity are rare yet numerous

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:46:12 GMT

While scientists have been aware of about two dozen genetic conditions that can cause obesity, a new study published Monday in the journal Obesity Reviews finds there are many more.


Undercover activists expose India's illegal sex-selective abortions

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:18:57 GMT

A pregnant woman sat in a hospital consultation room in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.


Is 100% fruit juice good or bad for your child's weight?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:02:56 GMT

A new study suggests that drinking 100% fruit juice daily is linked to some, but not significant, weight gain in early childhood.


Risky surgery separates baby from parasitic twin

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:44:53 GMT

Baby Dominique was born with her parasitic twin's waist, legs and feet growing out of her back. She required a complicated surgery, and a foster family, to give her a chance at healthy, long life.


Kidney injury is a short-term risk after running a marathon, study says

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:31:38 GMT

The physical stress of marathon running may be associated with short-term kidney injury, a new study finds. Experts offer tips for safely running a marathon.


Why flu shots fail even when the match is right

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:03:25 GMT

In 2009, two flu vaccines manufactured by the same company did not equally protect against the circulating H1N1 flu virus. A study published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine examines the question: Why did one vaccine offer 35% less protection against the flu?


Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:26:45 GMT

Kraig Moss made financial sacrifices last year to follow Trump around the country and tell his own story. Now, he wishes he hadn't.


How to keep kids occupied on flights without electronics

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:45:06 GMT

A new ban on most electronic devices in the cabins of certain flights to the US and UK from Middle Eastern countries is causing confusion and frustration among passengers -- many of whom are parents of restless children.


A year ago, North Carolina passed America's first bathroom bill. It's still feeling the pain.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:52:16 GMT

It's been one year since North Carolina became the first state to pass what we now know as a "bathroom bill."


Are vegetable oils healthy?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:21:41 GMT

In small amounts, vegetable oils are healthy, as they contain fats that are essential in our diets.


Phone device tests male fertility with 98% accuracy

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:53:00 GMT

A new smartphone attachment can evaluate a man's semen and determine his level of fertility with up to 98% accuracy, a new study has showed.


The mental impact of climate change: Depression, PTSD

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:24:24 GMT

It's a dream many city-dwellers long for: moving to a spacious house surrounded by greenery in the countryside, where they plan to raise their family.


What Trump's order means for the world

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:33:39 GMT

Trump's executive order on climate change is designed to put American jobs first -- but what does that mean for the rest of the world?


Coach's rant on 'me, me, me' generation of athletes

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:43:23 GMT

If you've been on Facebook this week, chances are you've seen someone share comments made by Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. UConn hasn't lost a game in more than two years and is in play for a fifth consecutive national title.


Lupus: What you need to know

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:54:36 GMT

An invisible disease with debilitating symptoms, lupus is more common than you might think. Learn about the causes, triggers and treatments for this devastating disease.


The key to curing disease could lie in Iceland's genes

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:24:22 GMT

The freezer sits behind a heavy door in the basement of an unassuming building on the campus of the University of Iceland.


Grandparents post photos every week eating burgers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:06:40 GMT

The only thing that rivals Patricia and Fred Burry's love for each other is their love for In-N-Out Burger.


Gene changes linked to greater risk of brain, ovarian cancer

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:49:01 GMT

Genetic changes and variants linked to the development of brain and ovarian cancers have been discovered in two new studies. This significant development offers researchers the chance to understand more about how these cancers develop and how they may one day be treated, or even prevented.


86-year-old raises $400,000 and then gives it away

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:38:32 GMT

Thirty-two years' worth of recycled newspapers and magazines -- more than nine million pounds of it -- netted 86-year-old Johnny Jennings $400,000, all of which he gave away to those in need.


'Deaths of despair' fuel midlife mortality for white Americans

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:14:44 GMT

It's a midlife crisis of a different sort: "Deaths of despair" -- due to drugs, alcohol and suicide -- are largely responsible for rising mortality rates among middle-age white Americans. And a new analysis by Princeton economists delves into what they believe is behind this trend.


9 deaths and rare cancer linked to breast implants

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:32:33 GMT

Nine deaths have been reported to the US Food and Drug Administration stemming from a rare cancer that is associated with breast implants.


The truth about 'gaydar'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:38:35 GMT

Kids are often told that you can't judge a book by its cover.


Living at risk of the world's greatest infectious killer

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:46:05 GMT

The roads are bright orange and unpaved through the agricultural district of Memot in Cambodia. Along the sides lie miles of maize fields and a few farmers tending to them.


Using stem cells to create an endless supply of blood

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:39:12 GMT

For decades, scientists have sought to create red blood cells in the lab -- a "holy grail" that some hoped could ease regional shortages in the blood supply.


Dallas bookstore's clickbait is a trap to read classic novels

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:14:01 GMT

Can literature compete with listicles? If the Dallas bookstore The Wild Detectives is to be believed, the answer is a shocking, click-to-find-out-more yes.


A link between climate change and diabetes?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:38:48 GMT

Scientists have long warned that rising global temperatures may impact public health in a devastating way because climate change is associated with deadly weather events, the spread of infectious diseases and even food shortages.