New guidelines for preventing heart attack, stroke
2013-11-13 07:45:21 UTC
The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have issued the first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes. Among other things, they call for twice as many Americans — one-third of all adults — to c...
US doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs
2013-11-13 07:50:02 UTC
The nation's first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans — one-third of all adults — to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
The guidelines, issued Tuesday by the Amer...
Enjoy a higher quality of life
2013-11-12 21:07:29 UTC
One of the most important things people can do for their health is to engage in regular physical activity. A life that includes exercise is one with less likelihood of serious physical and mental ailments. The benefits are wide-ranging, from stron...
Rickets making a comeback in the UK, doctors say
2013-11-08 19:46:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era, is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain.
Rickets results from a severe deficiency of vitamin D, wh...
No more trans fat: FDA banning the artery-clogger
2013-11-07 22:39:07 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of t...
Award-winning Chicago chef Charlie Trotter dies
2013-11-05 21:12:32 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter, a self-taught culinary master whose namesake Chicago restaurant elevated the city's cuisine and provided a training ground for some of the nation's other best chefs, has died at the age of 54.
Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?
2013-10-23 07:35:04 UTC
What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates.
Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first ...
At these coffee klatches, death is on the agenda
2013-10-21 05:38:35 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It can be tough to get a conversation going if you want to talk about the late stages of dementia, your last will and testament or the recent passing of your mother.
"When you're at a cocktail party and you lead off by saying, '...
Exercise 'can be as good as pills'
2013-10-02 19:49:19 UTC
Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, a study has found.
The work in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) looked at hundreds of trials involving nearly 340,000 patients to assess the merits o...
Millions Try Obamacare Enrollment
2013-10-02 07:34:36 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — For millions of Americans trying to log in, the online insurance marketplaces created by the new health care law began with a stalled website, an error message or a menu that didn't work.
But the debut of the new insurance market...
In cancer drug battle, both sides appeal to ethics
2013-10-02 20:01:33 UTC
(CNN) - Andrea Sloan is dying of ovarian cancer. Having exhausted all standard treatment options, her doctors say her best hope now is a new class of cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors.
The California pharmaceutical company BioMarin makes one ve...
Midday naps help preschoolers learn, study says
2013-09-24 19:20:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Any parent knows that a daytime nap can help keep preschoolers from getting cranky. Now a small study suggests that it helps them learn, too.
The lesson for grown-ups: Don't cut out the naps if you try to cram more learning acti...
99-year-old Iowa woman gets high school diploma
2013-09-24 19:01:55 UTC
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 99-year-old Iowa woman who dropped out of a high school more than 80 years ago despite needing only one credit to graduate has finally received her diploma.
Audrey Crabtree, of Cedar Falls, smiled Monday as she received ...
How much is too much exercise when you're pregnant?
2013-10-02 20:02:58 UTC
(CNN) - The caption on Lea-Ann Ellison's photo says it all: "8 months pregnant with baby number 3."
"I have been CrossFitting for 2½ years," Ellison posted on CrossFit's Facebook page, "and ... strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, b...
World's oldest man dies in NY at age 112
2013-09-15 07:26:30 UTC
GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — The world's oldest man, a 112-year-old self-taught musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado from western New York, has died. He was 112.
Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez died Friday at a nursing home in Grand Island, a...
Synthetic Marijuana Prompts Colorado Health Investigation
2013-09-14 06:43:23 UTC
More than 150 people are now believed to have been sickened by synthetic marijuana in Colorado, which legalized recreational use of real pot last November. Three people may have died.
State and federal investigators are scrambling to identify t...
FDA study says amount of arsenic in rice is low
2013-09-06 19:43:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says consumers shouldn't worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice — but should vary their diets just in case.
The agency released a study Friday of arsenic in 1,300 samples of rice and ri...
After years of decline, US births leveling off?
2013-09-06 19:32:45 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — After falling four years in a row, U.S. births may finally be leveling off.
The number of babies born last year — a little shy of 4 million — is only a few hundred less than the number in 2011, according to a government report re...
NH hospital calls 8 over brain disease chances
2013-09-06 19:26:59 UTC
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Eight patients who may have been exposed to a fatal brain disease at a New Hampshire hospital have been contacted by the hospital's president, who said Thursday the patients aren't panicking.
Dr. Joseph Pepe called the C...
No copays, easier pills may reduce blood pressure
2013-08-22 07:40:15 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a major contributor to poor health and untimely deaths nationwide.
Those efforts were part of a bi...
Study seeks super agers' secrets to brain health
2013-08-22 07:29:04 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — They're called "super agers" — men and women who are in their 80s and 90s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger.
Researchers are looking at this rare group in the hope that they may find ways to help protect others ...
CNN's Gupta: I was wrong about marijuana
2013-08-10 08:12:00 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says he spoke too soon in opposing the medical use of marijuana in the past and that he now believes the drug can have very real benefits for people with specific health problems.
Gupta, the network's chie...
Dogs help sniff out ovarian cancer in Pa. study
2013-08-10 08:01:39 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path.
An early detection device that combines old-fashioned olfactory skills, chemical ana...
Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk
2013-08-08 06:33:54 UTC
Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease — by keeping glucose at a healthy l...
'Obamacare' enrollment launch just 8 weeks away
2013-08-05 18:26:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just eight weeks remain before uninsured Americans can start shopping online for subsidized health insurance under the president's overhaul.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday consumers can now g...