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Congress Nears Deal on ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Obama Says

MONDAY, Dec. 31 — Congress and the White House seemed to barely avoid falling over the so-called fiscal cliff late Monday afternoon, with agreement to head off widespread tax increases set for midnight.But political and philosophical differences… Read more…

December 31st, 2012

Roach: Back pain is hard to diagnose definitively

Dear Dr. Roach: I have had back pain on and off for years. It does seem to get worse when I am under stress at work. My doctor took blood tests and X-rays, and can’t find anything wrong. Read More..

December 31st, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez in stable condition, says son-in-law

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a picture of him, as he attends a mass to pray for Chavez's health in CaracasCARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in stable condition and spent Monday with his daughters, the cancer-stricken leader's son in law said in an appeal for supporters to ignore rumors about his condition. Chavez has not been seen in public nor heard from in more than three weeks. The vice president said on Sunday that the 58-year-old was suffering a third set of complications after surgery in Cuba on December 11, his fourth operation in 18 months. …

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December 31st, 2012

Depression in Elderly May Predict Dementia

A new study suggests that rather than being a cause of memory decline, depression in older people may be an early symptom of dementia. Read more…

December 31st, 2012

Economic Conditions at Birth Linked to Behavior in Teen Years

MONDAY, Dec. 31 — Infants growing up in households struggling with chronic unemployment may face a higher risk for engaging in substance abuse and a range of other delinquent behaviors as adolescents, new research suggests.The finding is reported… Read more…

December 31st, 2012
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