Southwest Life

Expanding DNA’s alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

WASHINGTON – Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using man-made DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria – and new research shows those altered microbes actually worked to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

First baby from a uterus transplant in the US born in Dallas

The first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Sweden. A woman who had been born without...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

When healing’s needed, seek out these immunity-boosting foods

My daughter is in the midst of three surgeries that will span five months. She seems much less anxious than I, but children often remain carefree while their parents worry. Before her first...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

UN: About 11 percent of drugs in poor countries are fake

LONDON – About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Intensive care for addicted doctors often proves effective

WARRIOR, Ala. – The day a 39-year-old surgeon checked into his rustic cabin here at Bradford Health Services, he said he doubted that he could beat his decades-long struggle with alcohol and find...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Is your own doctor the best in the hospital? Study eyes hospitalists

CHICAGO – The old-fashioned, family doctor style of medicine could be lifesaving for elderly hospitalized patients, a big study suggests, showing benefits over a rapidly expanding alternative that...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Startup wants to bring back Vioxx for hemophilia joint pain

TRENTON, N.J. – Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so. Merck & Co. voluntarily pulled the blockbuster drug in 2004 amid...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among U.S. girls, study says

CHICAGO – Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found. It’s unclear why,...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

NEW YORK – A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors. That’s less than commonly-cited estimates from...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

How we got the story about monkeypox

Earlier this year, Washington Post photographer Melina Mara and I traveled with scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a village deep inside the Congo rain forest,...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA warns of injury, death with herbal supplement kratom

WASHINGTON – Federal health authorities are warning about reports of injury, addiction and death with a herbal supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Region affected by yellow fever vaccine shortage

Production of yellow fever vaccine in the U.S. has been discontinued while the manufacturer transitions production to a new facility. As a result, San Juan Basin Public Health will not receive an...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health