Southwest Life

Bulletproof skin leaving realm of science fiction

SALT LAKE CITY – A bio-art project to create bulletproof skin has given a Utah State University researcher even more hope his genetically engineered spider silk can be used to help surgeons heal...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Thanks, doc

CHICAGO – When Army Ranger Leroy Petry’s hand was blown off by a grenade as he was saving his comrades in battle, he knew just what to do. He used his remaining hand to twist a tourniquet around...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Addiction a disorder, not just bad behavior

WASHINGTON – Addiction isn’t just about willpower. It’s a chronic brain disease, says a new definition aimed at helping families and their doctors better understand the challenges of treating...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Autism risks for siblings higher than thought

CHICAGO – A new study suggests nearly one in five children with an autistic older sibling will develop the disorder, too – a rate much higher than previously thought.Researchers followed 664...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors’ greed linked to rise in Iraqi C-sections

BAGHDAD – Cesarean sections have jumped in Iraq in recent years – accounting for 79 percent of births at private hospitals – worrying health officials who say doctors are pushing women into...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Mercy to offer care planning talks Kip Boyd, chief medical officer at Mercy Regional Medical Center, and Jennifer Ballentine, executive director of Life Quality Institute and co-chairwoman of the...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

A compound solution

A Fort Lewis College chemistry professor is trying to find ways to replicate the naturally occurring compounds found in medicines, work that could contribute to the treatment of chicken pox and...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

State’s health clinics work to shed poor image

It’s a common perception that a community health clinic is the medical equivalent of a dingy Department of Motor Vehicles office – with long lines, interminable waits, spotty service. That’s a...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Serial killer’ cells destroy leukemia

NEW YORK – Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia – turning the patients’ own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

New HIV infections in U.S. hold steady at 50,000

NEW YORK – The number of Americans newly infected with the AIDS virus each year has been holding steady at about 50,000, according to a government report.But a U.S. health official said just...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: new blood tests can reveal gender, fast

CHICAGO – Boy or girl? A simple blood test in mothers-to-be can answer that question with surprising accuracy at about seven weeks, a research analysis has found.Though not widely offered by U.S....

DATE: Aug. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Face transplants lead to renewed life for some

They savor pizza and burgers, no longer frighten children, and many of them can walk the streets without people knowing they have someone else’s cheeks, nose, lips and skin. People who have had...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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