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Pharmacy tests turn up another cancer-causing compound in heart drugs

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:46:28 GMT

Tests by an online pharmacy turned up another cancer-causing compound in heart medications, and these drugs haven't been recalled.

New York ends religious exemptions for vaccines

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:19:32 GMT

New York is requiring all schoolchildren to be vaccinated, even if parents have religious objections.

After surgery, how patients fare may depend on how their doctor behaves, study says

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 15:55:26 GMT

Whether patients have problems after surgery could depend on their surgeons' behavior, a new study suggests.

You could be swallowing a credit card's weight in plastic every week

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:43:11 GMT

Worldwide, people ingest an average of 5 grams of plastic every week, the equivalent of a credit card, a new study suggests.

Can ancient herbs really treat cancer?

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 03:35:07 GMT

Karen Kwai-Ching Li, known as KC, has lived in fear of her osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone, for almost 28 years.

David Sackler, whose family owns Purdue Pharma, says the company is not to blame for the opioid epidemic

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:11:10 GMT

David Sackler, whose family owns Purdue Pharma, is defending the company and his family against what he describes as "vitriolic hyperbole," saying they're not to blame for the opioid crisis ravaging the nation.

FDA issues safety alert over fecal transplants after patient's death

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:07:15 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert on Thursday over the use of fecal transplants after one recipient died.

More pregnant women in the US are using pot, study finds

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:40:26 GMT

More moms-to-be in the United States are using marijuana, especially in their first trimester, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA.

Your Facebook profile can indicate if you have a medical condition, a study finds

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:01:20 GMT

Your social media could reveal a lot more about you than you think.

Teen survives 10-inch knife lodged in face: 'It could have been the end of me'

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 04:18:51 GMT

When Dr. Koji Ebersole laid eyes on the boy whose face was impaled on a 10-inch knife, the neurosurgeon thought, "here we go again."

Child death toll from brain disease crosses 100 in India as parents protest

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:44:53 GMT

Scores of parents and locals gathered outside a hospital in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on Tuesday to protest the death of more than 100 children over the past three weeks.

This teen's vape exploded, shattering his jaw

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 01:53:58 GMT

The 17-year-old traveled 250 miles with a bloody mouth, broken teeth and a hole in his jaw, trekking from a small town in Nevada to a pediatric hospital in Utah with his mother. There, doctors rushed him into surgery, working to reconstruct and repair shattered bone.

Epilepsy drugs linked to higher risk of birth defects, study says

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:00:13 GMT

Side effects of prescription drugs are of particular concern during pregnancy.

Richer countries have less faith in vaccines, survey finds

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 04:11:02 GMT

People in high-income countries have the lowest confidence in vaccines, with about 20% of those in Europe either disagreeing or being unsure of whether vaccines are safe, according to a new global survey.

US suicide rate is up 33% since 1999, research says

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 04:03:23 GMT

The suicide rate in the United States continues to climb, with a rate in 2017 that was 33% higher than in 1999, new research finds.

Facebook debuts US blood donation tool, its latest public health move

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:41:21 GMT

Facebook is no longer just a place to connect with former high school buddies; the social media giant now wants to make it easier for you to connect with blood banks, too.

Traveling to Europe? Make sure your measles vaccination is up to date

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:58:31 GMT

Measles is not the souvenir you want to bring back from your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe this summer, but there's an increasing likelihood that could happen if your vaccinations are not up to date.

Diabetes, cancer and death: These are the effects of polluted air

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:37:10 GMT

On Wednesday, the US Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump finalized its rollback of President Obama's signature climate policy -- the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to reduce coal-fired power plant emissions. The administration will replace the plan with the Affordable Clean Energy Rule.

Bill proposes fully covering HIV-prevention drug PrEP

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 21:01:50 GMT

US Sen. Kamala Harris is introducing a bill to reduce the transmission of HIV by encouraging the use of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, a drug that's more than 92% effective in preventing new infections. If it becomes law, PrEP would be free to most patients.

The top 10 questions about surrogacy for same-sex couples, answered

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:47:23 GMT

For heterosexual couples who want to have children, surrogacy is often one of the last options they consider, following time-consuming and emotionally and physically exhausting consultations with a fertility specialist. But for gay couples who want kids, surrogacy is one of only two options (the other being adoption). It is a lengthy and expensive process, and because of differing laws from state to state, it can be an even more complicated process for same-sex prospective parents.

Summer camps are requiring children get vaccinated amid measles fears

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:16:39 GMT

Each summer, as Lauren Rutkowski and her husband Joel await the arrival of energized, sun-kissed children for their seven-week camp, the couple surveys the canoes and paddleboards, the arts and crafts, the food menus -- and every camper's vaccination records.

Flesh-eating bacteria in New Jersey reveal one possible effect of climate change, study says

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:49:58 GMT

Climate change may lead to unlikely illnesses in unexpected places, new research suggests: In the past two years, five cases of Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterial infection spread by handling or eating contaminated seafood, have been tied to Delaware Bay, where water temperatures have been on the rise in recent years, according to a study.

Missouri's last abortion clinic defies state law just before a decision on the clinic's fate

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 20:25:32 GMT

The drama unfolding in Missouri could have a ripple effect across the country as more states enact new laws on abortion access.

Obesity rates falling among low-income preschoolers: 'It gives us hope'

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:25:48 GMT

While childhood obesity remains a serious problem in the United States, an "encouraging" new study finds that obesity rates among low-income preschoolers have declined.

Why you should learn Mental Health First Aid

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:25:33 GMT

One in five adults in the US lives with a mental health problem according to the National Institute of Mental Health - but most don't seek out professional help. That's where Mental Health First Aid - an eight-hour workshop - hopes to fill the gap.

CDC says 2018-19 flu season was unusual but not as severe as before

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:17:02 GMT

Lasting 21 weeks, the 2018-19 flu season was not only the longest in a decade, it was unusually marked by two separate waves of influenza A sickness, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday in a new report.

Frozen spinach recalled for possible listeria contamination

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:17:50 GMT

Sprouts Farmers Market has recalled some frozen spinach because of possible contamination with listeria, the company announced.

Sleeping with lights on and weight gain in women linked in new study

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 15:03:56 GMT

Keeping a lot of light on while you snooze -- such as from a television or bright nightlight -- has been linked with an increased risk of weight gain and obesity.

Suicide rates among America's young people continue to soar, study shows

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:09:21 GMT

Suicide rates among young people have continued to soar in recent years -- so much so that the rate among 15- to 24-year-olds climbed in 2017 to its highest point since 2000, new research has found.

Heart disease can have long-term impact on the mind, study says

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:46:15 GMT

Patients who receive a diagnosis of coronary heart disease are at higher risk for cognitive decline later on, a new study shows.

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