December 16, 2010
U.S. Spending Millions to See if Herbs Truly
People have been using
herbal supplements for centuries to cure all manner of ills and
improve their health. But for all the folk wisdom promoting the use
of such plants as St. John's wort and black cohosh, much about
their effect on human health remains unknown.
ER Patients Put Faith in CT Scans
People with acute
abdominal pain who go to a hospital emergency department feel more
confident about their diagnosis when they have a CT scan, a new
Brain Anomaly Leaves Woman Without Fear
Researchers who have
studied a woman with a missing amygdala -- the part of the brain
believed to generate fear -- report that their findings may help
improve treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and
other anxiety disorders.
Court Fight Over Health-Care Reform Shifts to
A federal judge in Florida
will start hearing arguments Thursday in the latest legal challenge
to the constitutionality of a key provision of the nation's new
health-care reform law -- that nearly all Americans must carry
health insurance or face a financial penalty.