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Exercise, sleep, screens: New guidelines for children under 5

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:31:40 GMT

For the greatest health benefits, how much play time, screen time and sleep should your baby or young child have in a given day? The World Health Organization has some answers.

We're losing the war on climate change

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:36:20 GMT

For years now, people like environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben have been screaming from the treetops that we need a World War II-scale mobilization to fight the scourge of climate change.

US inches closer to measles record, with more than 600 cases reported

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:48:33 GMT

There have been 626 cases of measles reported in the United States this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 71 more than the agency reported last week in its weekly update.

Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:17:02 GMT

Whether you eat breakfast might be linked with your risk of dying early from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.

Former pharmaceutical company execs hit with drug trafficking charges

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:37:01 GMT

Two former executives of a pharmaceutical distributor company are facing criminal drug trafficking charges on accusations of illegally distributing opioids and conspiring to defraud the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the first time distributors have been criminally charged with these crimes.

World's first malaria vaccine to go to 360,000 African children

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:43:56 GMT

Some 360,000 children a year in three African countries will receive the world's first malaria vaccine as part of a large-scale pilot project, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

Connecticut attorney general files new suit against Purdue Pharma

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 03:05:21 GMT

An amended lawsuit filed by the Connecticut attorney general alleges that the owners of pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma illegally shuffled hundreds of millions of dollars to other Sackler family-owned properties and downplayed the addictive nature of opioids to doctors while pressuring sales reps.

Walgreens raises age of tobacco sales to 21 after FDA pressure

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:45:39 GMT

Walgreens Boost Alliance will no longer sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 starting in September, in response to a FDA crackdown.

Target recalls half a million wooden toy cars that pose a choking risk

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:32:05 GMT

Target is voluntarily recalling nearly half a million Bullseye's Playground toys after four reports that the wheels can detach from the vehicles, posing a choking hazard to children, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said. No injuries have been reported.

World champion triathlete breaks neck but comes back to complete Ironman

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:15:19 GMT

The Ironman triathlon is one of the most grueling competitions in the world. It could easily be seen as a form of self-torture. A true Ironman triathlon involves a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. And in case you're not aware, the Ironman competition puts these three events back-to-back-to-back.

Are you protected from measles? It may depend on when you were born

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:59:03 GMT

Nearly two decades after measles was declared eliminated in the US, the country and the globe have seen an upsurge of cases -- including adults who thought they were protected by the vaccine. Now, some are questioning whether they are properly vaccinated and whether they are still at risk for getting measles.

Drinking water linked to fewer sugary drinks -- and calories -- in kids

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:00:21 GMT

Children and teens who drink water are less likely to consume sugary beverages throughout the day, according to a new study.

Medicaid expansion tied to positive gains for black babies

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:11:56 GMT

A major part of the Affordable Care Act -- the expansion of the Medicaid program -- may play a role in shrinking the gap in premature birth and low birth weight between black and white infants born in the United States, according to a new study.

This flu season is the longest in a decade, CDC says

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:59:42 GMT

It's official: This year's flu season is a record breaker.

Recall of blood pressure drug losartan expanded

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:51:16 GMT

If you take blood pressure medicine, you'll want to double-check your bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its recall of losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets.

Computers, not TV, are to blame for increase in US sitting time, study says

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:10:49 GMT

There's a key culprit in the battle against sitting. Time spent watching TV and videos has remained consistently high in the United States over the past 15 years, but time sitting at a computer has increased dramatically, new research finds.

More Americans breathing polluted air, report says

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:38:02 GMT

A new report from the American Lung Association finds that the US is backsliding on recent progress to clean up its air. That's bad for our health and it's killing us. Trump administration de-regulation and climate change are largely to blame.

Rural health clinics struggle to fight skyrocketing syphilis cases

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:36:18 GMT

Syphilis is spreading from big cities into rural counties across the Midwest and West. One Missouri clinic has seen more than six times as many cases in the first few months of 2019 compared with the same period last year. Communities grappling with budget cuts and crumbling public health infrastructure also lack experience in fighting the disease.

Lego releases Braille bricks to teach blind and visually impaired children

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:40:27 GMT

Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a "playful and engaging way." Lego Braille Bricks, a concept originally proposed to the toy company by two charities, will allow children to learn the touch writing system through play.

Insurer sent $33,000 to a man struggling with addiction. He used the cash to go on a binge -- and died

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:40:44 GMT

Jennifer Alba sifts through the boxes of photographs and documents. It's a collection of what once was, and what her life has become. A mother sorting through pain.

This 4-year-old is best friends with the man who cleaned his hospital room

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:56:57 GMT

The friends first met a year ago when 4-year-old Cooper Baltzell was driving a toy car down the hospital corridor, handing out candy to the staff.

Does sugar make kids hyper? That's largely a myth

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:56:34 GMT

Does sugar make kids hyper? Maybe.

FDA OKs first medical device to treat ADHD in children

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:19:51 GMT

The first medical device to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was approved Friday by the Food and Drug Administration. Instead of medication, the device delivers a low-level electrical stimulation to the parts of the brain that regulate emotion, behavior and attention.

Seniors' suicides in long-term care often go overlooked, analysis finds

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:07:38 GMT

An investigation finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.

Girl's deadly reaction to toothpaste is extremely rare, allergist reminds parents

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:14:22 GMT

Monique Altamirano's 11-year-old daughter, Denise Saldate, died of a severe allergic reaction to toothpaste, she told Allergic Living.

How permanent daylight saving time and later school starts could affect health

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:16:00 GMT

About 70 countries around the world nudge their clocks back and forth each year -- but some people want to "spring forward" permanently, citing health and other benefits.

Life lessons from the native tribe with the healthiest hearts in the world

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:49:28 GMT

A few years ago, I read reports of an indigenous tribe living deep in the Amazon rainforest whose members had hardly any evidence of heart disease. In fact, the researchers concluded after a year-long study that the Tsimane, as they are called, had the healthiest hearts in the world, a title previously held by Japanese women.

Experimental blood pumping system restores some function to brains of dead pigs, study says

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:23:45 GMT

A new experiment has raised questions as serious as those surrounding gene editing: A support system delivering artificial blood to pig brains prevented degradation of important neural functions, Yale researchers discovered.

A measles outbreak is dividing families in this orthodox Jewish community. Passover could make it worse

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:38:52 GMT

As one of the holiest Jewish celebrations of the year arrives, families in the Hasidic section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, face a dilemma.

The secret to changing your lactose tolerance may be in your gut

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:54:16 GMT

Lactose tolerance in adults arises from a single nucleotide changing out of the millions in our DNA.  If you don't have that mutation, research shows manipulating our gut bacteria might help.

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