• This Thursday Oct. 11, 2012 photo shows cranberries in a field in South Haven, Mich. In a study published Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents. The research adds to decades of conflicting evidence on whether cranberries in any form can prevent extremely common bacterial infections. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive Media Group via AP)

    Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections

    CHICAGO (AP) — Another folk remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn’t prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary.

  • NMSU launches cancer study targeting Hispanic mothers

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services has launched a study to examine the impact of cancer on Hispanic families and to develop programs targeting Latinas.

  • This Sept. 11, 2003, photo provided by the USGS Alaska Science Center shows a Black-capped Chickadee with a deformed beak in Anchorage, Alaska. Researchers are hoping they've found what's causing beaks of some bird species to grow twice as fast as normal. The disease is called avian keratin disorder. Affected birds grow beaks that are freakishly long and that sometimes curve up or down. (Handel Colleen/USGS Alaska Science Center via AP)

    Researchers link virus to Alaska birds with deformed beaks

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Biologist Colleen Handel saw her first black-capped chickadee with the heartrending disorder in 1998.

  • In this July 7, 2016, photo, Evee Bak, left, talks with her brother Tom Bak while they wait to talk with reporters at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Tom has autism but Evee doesn’t. The gender effect is a hot topic in autism research and one that could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating the condition. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    How autism in girls may help reveal the disorder’s secrets

    CHICAGO (AP) — Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges, but the way autism strikes girls — or doesn’t — may help reveal some of the developmental disorder’s frustrating secrets.

  • One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking

    CHICAGO (AP) — New research shows cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.