Jul 10, 2014

Minamata disease applications rejected under new criteria

The Environment Ministry said Wednesday it has rejected demands from four people to be officially recognized as sufferers of Minamata mercury-poisoning disease, under new criteria adopted in March. Following recommendations by an ad hoc certification panel, the ministry made its first judgments on applications ...

The doctor will see you now ... via webcam

Jul 5, 2014

The doctor will see you now ... via webcam

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson’s specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor’s office: Matulaitis sits in his rural home as a neurologist a few hundred kilometers away examines him via the camera in his laptop. Welcome to ...

Heavy metal headbanger develops bleeding brain

Jul 4, 2014

Heavy metal headbanger develops bleeding brain

It may not destroy your soul, but it turns out heavy metal music can be hazardous to your brain — at least in some rare cases. German doctors say they have treated a Motorhead fan whose headbanging habit ultimately led to a brain injury, ...

Jul 3, 2014

Frozen testicle tissue yields healthy baby mice

Sperm grown from the frozen testicle tissue of newborn mice has been used to produce healthy offspring, in a hopeful development for men left infertile by childhood cancer treatment, researchers say. In a process called spermatogenesis, the sperm was grown in a lab from ...

Jul 3, 2014

Scientist creates 'invincible' strain of H1N1 flu

A Japanese scientist working in the United States said Wednesday he has engineered a virulent new strain of the swine flu virus that could spread unchecked because it defeats the human immune system. The research, on the 2009 H1N1 virus at a high-security lab ...

London seniors take up 'parkour'

Jul 3, 2014

London seniors take up 'parkour'

On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as “parkour.” What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79 and all ...

Jun 28, 2014

Claims for work ills climb

Those who claimed workers' compensation for mental woes linked to their jobs in fiscal 2013 hit a record 1,409, up 152 from a year ago, the labor ministry reveals.

Designer T cells fight viruses after transplants

Jun 26, 2014

Designer T cells fight viruses after transplants

Bone marrow transplants save thousands of lives, but patients are vulnerable to severe viral infections in the months afterward until their new immune system kicks in. Now scientists are developing protection for that risky period: injections of cells specially designed to fend off up ...

3-D imaging detects more breast cancer than mammography

Jun 26, 2014

3-D imaging detects more breast cancer than mammography

The largest study of its kind has shown that three-dimensional imaging finds more breast cancers than traditional mammography alone, according to research published on Tuesday. The technique, called 3-D mammography or tomosynthesis, was approved by U.S. regulators in 2011 after initial research showed it ...