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September 20, 2018

Dick Tracey did not have to visit a tall building to get over his fear of heights. He put on a virtual reality headset.

Through VR, he rode an elevator to a high-rise atrium that looked so real he fell to his knees.

“I needed to search with my hand for something solid around me,” he…


Study speculates about mind-altering breast milk

August 30, 2018

CHICAGO — Marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers’ breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward.

Experts said the ingredient, THC, has chemical properties that could allow…


Program pairs students, seniors to combat ageism

August 23, 2018

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Victoria Kozar, like many students, met one of her best friends while in college.

The now 23-year-old, who attended Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, said she and Beth lived in the same building and spent hours talking about everything from boyfriends to baking.

Her…


Multi-gene test may find risk for heart disease

August 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — You know your cholesterol, your blood pressure ... your heart gene score? Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help.

Today, gene testing mostly focuses on rare mutations in one…