The cost of cramming planes

Apr 16, 2015

The cost of cramming planes

The shrinking space on airplanes is surely uncomfortable, but it might also be dangerous for passengers’ health and safety. Planes are filled with more passengers than ever before. Fliers are older and heavier. Flight attendants warn about an increase in air rage, and experts ...

Apr 16, 2015

FDA approves new type of heart failure drug from Amgen

Patients with chronic heart failure, a disabling, deadly disease that worsens as the heart gradually pumps less efficiently, are getting a much-needed new option with U.S. approval Wednesday of a novel drug from Amgen Inc. Corlanor is the first medication in a dozen years ...

Apr 15, 2015

Report urges ways to stay sharp as our brains age

The brain ages just like the rest of a body, says a new report that urges seniors to take steps to keep sharp. The prestigious Institute of Medicine examined what scientists know about “cognitive aging,” changes in mental functioning as we get older. This ...

Apr 3, 2015

Niigata University team finds new treatment for stroke

A research team led by Niigata University has developed a novel method for treating strokes, according to a newly published study. The team has identified a protein that works to protect the brain from complications related to stroke treatment, such as bleeding and edema. ...

China to toughen inspection on air quality data

Apr 2, 2015

China to toughen inspection on air quality data

China’s vice minister for environmental protection has announced a two-year inspection campaign to root out fake air quality data and accused some local governments of manipulating the data to meet national standards, state media said. The move comes as China has sought to improve ...

Coffee gains ground with health experts

Apr 2, 2015

Coffee gains ground with health experts

Long viewed as a controversial dark substance, coffee is gaining ground among medical experts who say it can protect against heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, even if it is decaffeinated. Multiple studies published worldwide in recent years have concluded that coffee can be ...

Leg exoskeleton puts spring in a user's step

Apr 2, 2015

Leg exoskeleton puts spring in a user's step

Millions of years of evolution have enabled human beings to develop a smooth, energy-efficient way of walking. But, biomechanical engineers suggested on Wednesday, there is always room for improvement. They unveiled an unpowered exoskeleton — a small, light, spring-activated device that fits on the ...

Mar 31, 2015

China plan aims to double number of doctors

China will almost double the number of general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology as it seeks to fix a health care system plagued by snarling queues and poor rural services, its main administrative authority has said. China’s fast-growing health ...