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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

Noses, ears made in Britain: UK touts lab-grown organs

Noses, ears made in Britain: UK touts lab-grown organs
Dr Michelle Griffin, a plastic research fellow, examines a synthetic polymer ear at her research facility in the Royal Free Hospital in London, Monday, March 31, 2014.
In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory.

Pfizer reports promising results for cancer drug

An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday.

Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol

Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol
People attend the American College of Cardiology's conference in Washington, Saturday, March 29, 2014.
A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.

Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol

Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol
There's fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams.

Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth

A small study that examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in autistic children. The research bolsters evidence that something before birth might cause autism, at least in some cases.

FDA reviews DNA-based colon cancer screening kits

The Food and Drug Administration is weighing the benefits and risks of two experimental colon cancer screening tests which use DNA from a patient's stool to detect dangerous tumors and growths.

Kids learn stroke signs in class through imitation

Kids learn stroke signs in class through imitation
In this Feb. 25, 2014 photo, third-graders, from left, Hunter Thomas, Matthew Velez, Sebastian Mendez, Jayden Gonzalez and Elijah Farias examine a plastic model of a brain at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)
Andrea Esteban tried to smile with half her face, crossing her eyes in the process, and her third-grade classmates giggled. Matthew Velez struggled to speak, "Luh, luh, uh, gronk," and the kids erupted in laughter.

Half of US adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins

Half of US adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins
FILE - This 2011 photo provided by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. shows bottles of Atorvastatin Calcium tablets, a generic form of Lipitor which is sold under a deal with Pfizer. (AP Photo/Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bill Gallery)
Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes.

IBM's Watson to help sequence cancer DNA

IBM's Watson to help sequence cancer DNA
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IBM said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center mainly to help sequence DNA for the treatment of glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in U.S. adults.

Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees

Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees
Dr. Joshua Jacobs, orthopedics surgery chief at Rush University Medical Center and president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Chicago, holds a model of a tri-compartmental total knee replacement.
It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.

Couple finally a family of 3 after twists, turns and scientific miracle

Couple finally a family of 3 after twists, turns and scientific miracle »Play Video
Charlie, Matt & CJ DeVore

When Matt and Charlie DeVore got married, there was no question they would be parents.  But getting that baby seemed impossible, until they heard about embryo adoption.

WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar

WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar
The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories - half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.