Researchers create ‘mini-brains’ in lab to study neurological diseases

Neurons (stock illustration). Credit: © ktsdesign / Fotolia Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say they have developed tiny “mini-brains” made up of many of the neurons and cells of the human brain — and even some of its functionality — and which can be replicated on a large scale. The … Read more

Half the world to be short-sighted by 2050

Boy with glasses (stock image). The number with vision loss from high myopia is expected to increase seven-fold from 2000 to 2050, with myopia to become a leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide. Credit: © gamelover / Fotolia Half the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) will be short-sighted (myopic) by 2050, with up to one-fifth … Read more

Obamacare is main roadblock to cancer ‘moonshot’

President Barack Obama has promised a “moonshot” to cure cancer, but the biggest obstacle to that goal could be his major healthcare achievement – The Patient Care and Affordable Care Act. Obama said in his final State of the Union speech that vice presidentJoe Biden will push researchers to cure cancer within five years. It’s … Read more

Measured in snacks, consumer spending is just fine

The U.S. consumer is relatively financially healthy, despite turmoil in stock markets — at least if you measure in gas station snacks, according to one PepsiCo executive. “The U.S. consumer is doing just fine,” Hugh Johnston, Pepsi’s vice chairman and chief financial officer, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Thursday. Thanks in part to lower … Read more

All you need to know about the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

The newly launched Vitara Brezza is quite a crucial product for Maruti Suzuki. We say crucial because it has been designed and developed in India using one of Suzuki’s global platforms and unlike Maruti’s previous launches (Read: S-Cross and Baleno) which are limited to the brand’s Nexa premium dealerships, the Brezza is available across Maruti’s … Read more

Roanoke County students tackle major diseases on stage

Roanoke County students prepare for spring performance Show Transcript ROANOKE CO., Va. –Some Roanoke County students will be taking the stage this weekend tackling two difficult diseases: Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s their spring performance at Glenvar High School. MORE FROM WDBJ7.COM More charges for man accused of summer Greenway attack Temperatures feel more like May … Read more

Young workers like those high-deductible health plans

The big boys are embracing health plans with big deductibles. Slightly more than half of large employers analyzed in a new report now offer their workers at least one high-deductible health insurance plan, underscoring a broad trend nationally toward such coverage. Agnieszka Wozniak | Caiaimage | Getty Images And slightly more than 40 percent of … Read more

20 Minutes and Done! Full-Body Workout

This high-intensity workout is anything but boring — time flies by as you jump, twist, and lift. Celebrity trainer and Barry’s Bootcamp instructor Astrid Swan McGuire created a 20-minute scorch session that works every muscle in your body. You will have tons of fun while blasting calories with this workout. All you need is a … Read more