Study: DNA test can predict whether you are gay
UCLA scientists think they've developed the first test that can accurately predict whether a man is gay based on his DNA, and all it takes is a swab of saliva, reports New Scientist.
The researchers examined 400,000 epigenetic tags — "chemicals that latch onto DNA and help turn genes on or off," explains BuzzFeed — and zeroed in on five that were notably different in gay and straight twins. A...
HHS Awards More Than $240 Million to Expand the Primary Care Workforce
Connects Health Care Professionals to Underserved Communities
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the award of more than $240 million in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs to increase access to primary health care in communities that need it most. The awards will recruit over 4,000 medic...
10 Million People To Have Marketplace Coverage By End of 2016
HHS aims to sign up more than 1 out of every 4 uninsured consumers
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that she expects 10 million individuals to be enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces and paying their premiums – so-called effectuated coverage – at the close of 2016. As part of that goal, HHS believes more than 1 out of e...
Health Affairs Disparities Study
The real truth about the Affordable Care Act
Since racial and ethnic minorities make up a disproportionate share of US residents without health insurance, expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was expected to reduce disparities in the US health care system.
New Blood Test May Help Predict Heart Disease Risks in Obese Black Teens
Girls seemed most prone to increased levels of inflammation
A new blood test appears to help predict the risk for future heart disease among black teens struggling with obesity.
The test was designed to measure changes in the T-cell status of obese teens. T-cells are a key component of the immune system, and increased T-cell activation reflects the kind of systemic inflammation that is often tri...
Campaign Launches to Stop Rise of Sex Robots
Artificially intelligent sex machines are right around the corner
Sex bots are coming—one expert believes they'll be commonplace by 2050—and two robot ethicists say now is the time to act to make sure R2D2 doesn't end up trapped in white slavery. Professors Kathleen Richardson and Erik Billing, who launched the Campaign Against Sex Robots today, claim the proliferation of artificially intelli...
Caffeine at Night Does More Than Keep You Up Late
It's no news flash that consuming caffeine close to bedtime can interfere with sleep. But scientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder report in the journal Science Translational Medicine that caffeine has another physiological impact on sleep by delaying the body's natural surge in the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, which in turn pushes back the body's circadian clock. "To our ...
FDA Approves Female Sex Pill Addyi With Safety Restrictions
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.
Special Part of Brain Registers Screaming, Scientists Find
The "acoustic roughness" of screaming selectively activates the amygdala, involved in danger processing, concludes the study. A rough sound is not how people typically describe a scream, though.
"If you ask a person on the street what's special about screams, they'll say that they're loud or have a higher pitch," says study senior author David Poeppel, PhD, head of the speech and language process...
Odds of Losing weight Stacked Against Obese People
New research published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that the chance of an obese person attaining normal body weight is very low. In the study, conducted by researchers at King's College London in the UK, just 1 in 210 obese men and 1 in 124 obese women were able to achieve normal weights.
Heart Group Stroke-Guidelines Support This Device
Device that grabs and drags a blood clot out through the blood vessels should be used to treat certain stroke victims, according to new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association.
Nearly nine out of 10 strokes are caused by a blood clot that blocks one of the arteries supplying blood to the brain, the American Heart Association (AHA) said. Standard stroke treatment relies on powerful blo...
Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare Lawsuit
The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple Obamacare through the courts has failed.
For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court rejected a major lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act -- thereby preserving the largest expansion in health coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.
The stakes of the case, King v. Burwell, were enormous. Had ...
Black Doctor Gets Exclusive Rights to HIV Vaccine
Black doctor has been given the exclusive license for a vaccine that could potentially help people avoid contracting the dreaded human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Dr. Mathew Wayne Whitest, an African-American doctor, and his Wayne Pharmaceuticals team were granted the exclusive license recently after being involved in negotiations for several months.
The said vaccine, which is hoped to...
42 Sickened By Feces-Contaminated Food In Texas
Cyclosporiasis, a stomach illness linked to food or water contaminated with the cyclospora parasite -- which is transmitted through infected feces -- hit Texas last month, sickening 42 people. A total of 54 had been sickened by the parasite in the state to that point.
Though health officials don't know the source of this year’s outbreak yet, a 2013 outbreak in Texas that sickene...
Rhode Island Blames STD Spike On Hookup Apps Like Tinder
Sexually transmitted disease rates in Rhode Island rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, and the state's department of health is pointing to hookup apps like Tinder as one of the driving forces behind new outbreaks.
Nebraska Votes to Repeal Death Penalty
The days of the death penalty in Nebraska are ending.
Lawmakers repealed the death penalty on Wednesday with a 30-19 vote that overrode the veto Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts signed on Tuesday. One week earlier, lawmakers voted 32-15 to pass LB 268, which would replace the death penalty with life without parole as the state's highest penalty.
The number of death penalty states in the U...
HHS Launches Innovative Digital HIV Storytelling Project
supporting federal HIV response
Personal stories encourage HIV prevention, testing and treatment
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released Positive Spin, a comprehensive digital educational tool that uses personal storytelling to promote the importance of getting people with HIV into treatment. The project, which was developed by AIDS.gov with input from federal age...
Latest National STD Data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual snapshot of the three nationally reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Trend Report: Wearable Fitness Devices
It's a shirt; it's a headband -- no! It's your new fitness tracker. Wearable devices collect personal data of all kinds and are part of the "health care everywhere" demand. So get ready. Continually evolving high-tech is here for your every fitness need.
If you were excited about shirts and socks that wick perspiration, you're going to love this. These wardrobe basics are ...
Are Health Insurance Premiums Skyrocketing in 2015?
Despite what you might have heard, the answer is 'No!'
“O-care premiums to skyrocket,” said a headline in The Hill, a widely-read website on politics. That dire forecast was a dream come true for legions of the Affordable Care Act's detractors, who spread the troubling assertion far and wide on conservative media outlets.
Scientists Studied Effect of Smoking Pot Every Day
Scientists Studied What Smoking Pot Every Day Does To Teens, And The Results Are Bad
A new study published in British health journal the Lancet Psychiatry has found that marijuana use is associated with serious educational attainment problems in teenagers.
The study concluded that teens who smoke marijuana on a daily basis are 60% less likely to complete their high school education than those wh...
Racial Disparities in Breast-Feeding May Start With Hospitals, Study Suggests
Maternity care practices differ in neighborhoods with more black residents than average, CDC research finds
Black mothers are less likely than white moms to breast-feed their babies, and here's one possible reason why: Hospitals in neighborhoods with many black residents do less to promote nursing than those in areas with more white residents, a U.S. government study finds.
Key practices that su...
The Affordable Care Act Supports Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Obama administration awards over $35 million to support facility improvements in 147 health centers nationwide to deliver better coordinated care
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $35.7 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 147 health centers in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to support patient-centered medical homes through new...