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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. – The software testers at Aspiritech are a collection of characters. Katie Levin talks nonstop. Brian Tozzo hates driving. Jamie Specht is bothered by bright lights, vacuum...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Brains, Camera, Action!

NEW YORK – It sounds like science fiction: While volunteers watched movie clips, a scanner watched their brains. And from their brain activity, a computer made rough reconstructions of what they...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Tracking of diseases improves diagnosis

WASHINGTON – The doctor doesn’t think your sore throat is bad enough yet to order a strep test – unaware that a dozen people across town were diagnosed with strep throat just last week.Doctors...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Potency after prostate cancer varies widely

CHICAGO – A new study addresses one of the most worrying questions faced by men with prostate cancer: What are my chances of losing sexual function after treatment?The answers vary greatly by age,...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Weekly yoga classes held at retreat Rocky Mountain Retreat will hold these yoga classes in front of the cafe at 848 East Third Ave.:Hatha flow with Tricia will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m....

DATE: Sept. 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Contagion’ epidemic possible (kind of)

ATLANTA – Yes, it could happen. But it’s a stretch.“Contagion,” a Hollywood thriller that opened last weekend, rocketed to No. 1 at the box office through its gripping tale of a fictional global...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ gets 4-year-old’s attention, lots of it

CHICAGO – The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Obama developing first U.S. dementia plan

WASHINGTON – As her mother’s Alzheimer’s worsened over eight long years, so did Doreen Alfaro’s bills: The walker, then the wheelchair, then the hospital bed, then the diapers – and the caregivers...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

1.6M women got breast cancer in 2010

LONDON – For years, it was assumed that young women in poor countries had a higher risk of dying in childbirth than from cancer. But a new study shows that’s changing – experts say breast and...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

$15 pneumonia shots to be available Low-cost pneumonia shots are available for a limited time at San Juan Basin Health Department’s immunization clinic. People more likely to become ill with...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Durango woman to discuss film, breast cancer

A Durango woman who had a double mastectomy instead of betting against an 85 percent chance that she’d contract breast cancer, will discuss her decision and show a film Sept. 26 about the options...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

New flu shot needle leaves less prick

WASHINGTON – It’s flu vaccine time again – and some lucky shot-seekers will find that the needle has shrunk.The first flu shot that works with a less-scary skin prick instead of an inch-long needle...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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