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Researcher: technology not to blame for teen woes

Danah Boyd has made a name for herself at the research division of Microsoft for painstaking work examining social media, Big Data and the tension between public and private lives, but it's her teens'-eye view of the digital world that sets her apart.

Forget the spa -- dentists in demand for Botox

Forget the spa -- dentists in demand for Botox

Most people aren't looking for any extra time in the dentist chair.  You go for cleanings and hope to avoid needles and drills.  But a growing number of people are turning to their dentists for an extra shot, as Botox becomes a growing trend in dental care.

Studies find 'young' blood rejuvenates aging mice

Studies find 'young' blood rejuvenates aging mice
This combination of images provided by Lida Katsimpardi in May 2014 shows 3-D reconstructions of brain blood vessels in, from left, a young mouse, an old mouse, and an old mouse who was exposed to the blood of a young mouse. Older mice got stronger, exercised longer and performed better mentally after they were injected with blood from young mice, or even just with a substance that's more abundant in younger blood according to three papers published online Sunday, May 4, 2014 by the journals Science and Nature Medicine. (AP Photo/Lida Katsimpardi)
If Mickey Mouse is feeling his age at 86, scientists may have found just the tonic: the blood of younger mice.

Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus

Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes?

Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up

Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up
CDC photo shows child with classic measles rash.
Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.

Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

Wellness programs grow more popular with employers
Dominion Resources Inc. nuclear power station plant manager, Roy Simmons talks about his participation in a wellness program at the plant in Surry, Va.
More companies are starting or expanding wellness programs that aim to reduce their medical costs by improving their employees' health.

Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.

DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate

A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

Washington State University considers med school

Washington State University considers med school
This Oct. 10, 2013 photo from Washington State University shows the new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences building, left, on the campus in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Washington State University, Cori Medeiros)
Medical officials predict an aging population and expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act will contribute to doctor shortages across the nation. In response to the projected need, Washington State University has begun exploring the feasibility of opening a medical school on its Spokane campus.

Dieters move past calories, food makers follow

Dieters move past calories, food makers follow
FILE - This Jan. 31, 2006 file photo, boxes of Kellogg's Special K cereal are on display at a supermarket in an Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients