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...
New Zealand botulism scare triggers global recall
2013-08-03 05:47:22 UTC
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities have triggered a global recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy products across seven countries after dairy giant Fonterra announced tests had turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulis...
FDA defining what "gluten free" means on packages
2013-08-02 15:31:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers are going to know exactly what they are getting when they buy foods labeled "gluten free."
The Food and Drug Administration is at last defining what a "gluten free" label on a food package really means after more tha...
FDA links stomach bug in 2 states to Mexican farm
2013-08-03 00:31:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says an outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in those states and supplied by a Mexican farm.
FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods
2013-07-26 22:10:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are that about 15 percent of the food you eat — more if your diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables and cheese — comes from abroad, and the government is taking steps now to make it safer.
New rules proposed Friday b...
Skipping breakfast may increase heart attack risk
2013-07-23 06:47:34 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Another reason to eat breakfast: Skipping it may increase your chances of a heart attack.
A study of older men found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of a heart attack than those who ate a mornin...
McDonald's predicts tough year despite new items
2013-07-22 14:58:36 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is mixing up its menu with healthier, fresher sounding items such as its chicken McWraps, but not enough customers are biting.
The world's biggest hamburger chain on Monday reported a second-quarter profit that rose 4...
Breastfeeding Note From Pizza Waitress Pays It Forward
2013-07-19 05:07:24 UTC
A breastfeeding mother at a pizza restaurant got the surprise of her life when she received a free pizza and a kind note on her receipt from a waitress.
Jackie Johnson-Smith, 33, a stay-at-home mother from Ankeny, Iowa was celebrating her 33rd...
Study: Later retirement may help prevent dementia
2013-07-16 07:15:29 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million...
FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice
2013-07-12 09:12:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favorite drinks.
The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arseni...
Margarine v butter: are synthetic spreads toast?
2013-07-09 08:55:13 UTC
Butter v marg: it's a fight that has gone on for decades. On one side, there's butter – rich, creamy, defiantly full-fat and made for millennia by churning the milk or cream from cattle. On the other, there's margarine: the arriviste spread invent...