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5 Reasons Experts Are Skeptical of Cuban 'Sonic Attack'

The US military has tried and failed to weaponize sound

(Newser) - Experts have been baffled as to what left US diplomats stationed in Cuba with symptoms ranging from mild traumatic brain injury to hearing loss. While some have described it as a potential "sonic attack," the AP and New York Times have spoken with experts who, as the Times ... More »

Parents Say They Spotted Jesus in Daughter's Sonogram

Pa. couple marvel at ultrasound photo that shows image that looks like son of God

(Newser) - We've seen Jesus on an apple , Jesus on a power utility pole , and now, out of Pennsylvania ... Jesus in a sonogram. WPMT reports that a couple there whose older two children were born with birth defects found comfort in the ultrasound for their third, which showed not only the... More »

Scientists Discover How to Make Liquor Quicker

It involves ultrasound

(Newser) - We don't want to say this is a better use of ultrasound than giving expecting parents a first look at their unborn babies, but ... Discover reports scientists in Spain have figured out they can use ultrasound to create brandy that tastes like it's been aged for years in... More »

He Was Minimally Conscious, Until an Ultrasound Treatment

It's first time this type of ultrasound was used to jumpstart the brain

(Newser) - Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles , are reporting on the "remarkable" recovery of a 25-year-old man who had been in a coma, following a simple and brief exposure to low-energy ultrasound targeting the thalamus; that's the part of the human brain that is typically impaired after... More »

Could Ultrasound Restore Memories After Alzheimer's?

In mice at least, a new approach activates a cell that fights the disease

(Newser) - Alzheimer's disease is currently marching through the brains of some 5 million Americans, eradicating vast swaths of memories in a seemingly irrecoverable assault on cognition. But what if those memories were recoverable, that devastating assault reversible? Scientists in the journal Science Translational Medicine think they have a solid shot... More »

Court Strikes Down NC Abortion Ultrasound Law

Law required providers to show, describe image

(Newser) - A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman is "ideological in intent" and violates doctors' free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote that the law goes far... More »

Mount St. Helens Getting an Ultrasound

Planned detonations should help scientists get a better handle on future eruptions

(Newser) - If you’re in the vicinity of Mount St. Helens tonight and feel a sudden rumble, don’t panic: It's just scientists detonating parts of the volcano for an ultrasound. Researchers from a conglomerate of universities spent the weekend placing 3,500 seismic sensors and will be setting off... More »

Oklahoma Abortion Law Struck Down

Strict ultrasound law unconstitutional: judge

(Newser) - An Oklahoma judge has struck down a state law requiring women seeking abortions to have ultrasounds. The district judge decided the law—which required doctors to put an image of the ultrasound in front of the woman and give her a detailed description of the fetus—was unconstitutional because it... More »

Virginia Senate Clears Scaled-Back Ultrasound Bill

Measure requires external procedure before abortion

(Newser) - Virginia moved a big step closer today toward a law that would require women to get an ultrasound before an abortion. The Virginia Senate passed the measure, with an exception for victims of rape or incest, reports the Richmond Times Dispatch . The ultrasound would be external, not the "transvaginal"... More »

Virginia Senate Puts Fetus 'Personhood' Bill on Ice

Surprise 24-14 vote follows Capitol protests

(Newser) - Virginia's state Senate made a surprise about-face yesterday: In a 24-14 vote, lawmakers effectively placed the so-called "personhood" bill, which declared that a person's rights begin from the moment sperm meets egg, on ice for the rest of 2012. Earlier that day, the Senate Education and Health... More »

Virginia Waters Down Abortion Ultrasound Bill

Mandatory invasive procedure axed as governor withdraws support

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers in Virginia are backing away from voters' vaginas. Amid a national uproar—and mockery from the likes of Jon Stewart —the state House has watered down a controversial pre-abortion ultrasound bill by allowing women to refuse an invasive transvaginal procedure that had been required in an earlier... More »

Virginia Backpedals as Abortion Debate Blows Up

Bob McDonnell waffles on signing; media piles on

(Newser) - Besieged by protests , national outcry among feminists, and even an SNL sketch , Virginia is quickly rethinking its pre-abortion ultrasound bill, with the House of Delegates yesterday again delaying a vote, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . Gov. Bob McDonnell, who had initially promised to sign the measure if it reached his desk,... More »

Virginia House Delays Abortion Bill After Protest

Ultrasound would be required for women seeking abortion

(Newser) - The Virginia House of Delegates delayed a hotly contested anti-abortion bill today after hundreds of women protested silently outside, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The bill—which was about to pass—would mandate an ultrasound for every woman planning an abortion and give her the choice of viewing the fetus. But... More »

Santorum Opposes Prenatal Tests

He rips insurance for amniocentesis, which 'creates abortions'

(Newser) - Amniocentesis for pregnant women? Forget it, says Rick Santorum. Such prenatal testing only results in more abortions, the candidate says. Santorum reiterated views he first expressed over the weekend in Ohio, where he ripped President Obama's support of insurance coverage of the test "because it ends up in... More »

Va. House Passes Bill That Could Outlaw Abortions

Passes 2nd bill related to 'transvaginal ultrasounds'

(Newser) - The Virginia House of Delegates passed two abortion-related bills yesterday, and the AP isn't mincing words in describing them, or the process, saying the GOP supermajority "muscled [through] two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in years." One requires women to have a "transvaginal ultrasound"—... More »

Virginia Senate Passes Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill

Democrat Janet Howell tried to add rectal rider to bill

(Newser) - Virginia's Senate has passed a law requiring women to have an ultrasound before they can obtain an abortion in the first of several anti-abortion measures that the state's Republicans—in control of both chambers and the governorship for only the second time since the Civil War—have in... More »

Contraceptive Sperm Zap in the Works

Sound waves in sensitive area cut sperm production

(Newser) - Researchers say they have found what could be a cheap, reliable, and long-lasting form of male birth control, although it involves zapping the testicles with ultrasound. A study on rats found that sound waves slowed sperm production to levels that would cause infertility in humans, making ultrasound a "promising... More »

Hide Babies' Sex to Stop Immigrant Abortions: Doc

Delay disclosure until 30 weeks to halt sex-selective abortions among immigrants

(Newser) - Immigrants from countries where sex-selective abortion is widespread are bringing the practice with them to North America, a prominent Canadian doctor warns. Rajendra Kale—pointing to skewed gender ratios among South Asian communities in Canada—says health care workers should withhold the fetus' gender until after 30 weeks of pregnancy,... More »

'Face' Spotted in Tumor

Docs find benign growth looking back at them

(Newser) - It's not often you hear about the lighter side of urology. Canadian researchers examining ultrasound pictures of a tumor in a patient's testicle were amazed to see what looked like a ghostly face staring back at them. "It was almost like art coming out of this patient’... More »

$4.5M Awarded to Parents of Child With One Limb

Ultrasounds failed to spot abnormalities

(Newser) - A couple won $4.5 million in a Florida court yesterday because doctors failed to notice that their baby would be born with no arms and one leg, the Palm Beach Post reports. The couple would have aborted the baby, they testified, if only ultrasounds had correctly spotted its missing... More »

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