Fresh analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the tide may be turning on the childhood obesity front. After decades of steady increases, 19 states and U.S. territories saw small decreases in their rates of obesity among low-income preschoolers. And another 20 states held steady at current rates.
Chinese scientists offer the first clear evidence that the H7N9 bird flu virus can be transmitted from human to human. A father, who became sick in March, passed the virus to his daughter. But the risk of transmission is quite low, and the virus still doesn't appear to pose a global threat.
Federal officials say obesity rates among low-income preschoolers are declining in 19 states and U.S. territories. Rates are flat in 20 more states. The findings are cause for optimism, the officials say.
Mothers with the "sensitive" version of a gene became more likely to strike or scream at their children during the Great Recession, researchers say. But as a complete economic collapse became less likely, the moms relaxed. Those with the "insensitive" version didn't change their behavior.
Doctors in states where corruption is more common appear more likely to be influenced by drug company payments than those in states with fewer corruption-related crimes. Male doctors, overall, appear more likely to be swayed by drug industry payments than their female colleagues.
The question of how to treat ductal carcinoma in situ is roiling the medical profession, and making for tough choices for women. The condition may never become invasive cancer. But some women choose to have mastectomies rather than live with uncertainty.
Researchers are getting clues about the human life cycle from studying the death of tiny worms, which internally release a blue fluorescent dye in the waning hours of their lives. The glowing chemical travels from one end of the creature to the other. One researcher calls it "reminiscent of the soul departing the worm."
Police and domestic violence organizations are trying a new approach to curb domestic homicide. Law enforcement, the courts and victim advocates are starting to work together to prevent murders by predicting when they might happen by using a checklist of high-risk factors.
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