CDC Details Bizarre Cancer-Like Parasitic Illness

Something new to scare you. Federal scientists have identified an unsettling new cancer-like illness in a 41-year-old man, who is believed to have become infected through a common stomach bug. The Washington Post reports that the case — the first known transmission of cancer cells from a parasite to a human — involves an HIV […]

House Moves Forward on Medical Cures Bill

A package of new policies aimed at getting cutting-edge medical cures to Americans more quickly is moving forward, with House lawmakers releasing the latest iteration last week. In an effort to gain bipartisan support, Republicans slashed the draft in half from an earlier version, removing one particularly controversial section giving drug developers more time to […]

Pediatricians Appeal to DEA to Allow Research on Medical Marijuana Treatment for Children

Critics of marijuana legalization love to argue about its repercussions for “the children”—paging Nancy Grace—but the American Academy of Pediatrics seems to disagree. The group has now appealed to the Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana and allow them to research its medical benefits for children, the Wall Street Journal reports. They have also asked […]

ADHD Drug Could Be the Answer for Binge Eating Disorder

An estimated 4 million Americans suffer from binge eating disorder (BED), or recurrent episodes of excessive food consumption that can lead to numerous health problems. A new clinical trial shows a popular drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is effective in combating BED. Researchers at the Lindner Center of Hope Research Institute in Mason, […]

US Researchers Identify Gene Network Linked to Autism

U.S. scientists have identified a molecular network of genes known to contribute to autism spectrum disorders, and they say their finding may help uncover new genes linked to these conditions. “The study of autism disorders is extremely challenging due to the large number of clinical mutations that occur in hundreds of different human genes associated […]

Education as a Cause of Mental Health Issues

It’s one of the most bizarre and destructive events in American history. Circa 1931, public schools started using Whole Word to teach reading. (This method has many other names, such as Look-say, Whole Language, Dolch Words, and Sight Words.) Almost immediately, children started having psychological problems – i.e., mental health issues. The typical pattern is […]

Depression May Be Caused By Infection

There is no such thing as settled science. Ulcers, once thought to be caused by stress, have been discovered to be the result of an infection, no longer treated with a glass of milk and a less stressful job. Now, researchers are investigating depression along similar lines. Depression is a serious problem, affecting 9.1% of […]

Colorado Children’s Hospitals See Spike in Severe Respiratory Illness

Children’s hospitals in Denver are experiencing an alarming spike in a severe respiratory illness — especially among very young children and those with asthma — that may be caused by an uncommon viral pathogen. Officials at Children’s Hospital Colorado said they have treated more than 900 children since Aug. 18 for severe respiratory illness and […]