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Adults consume 13% of calories from added sugars - USA Today
The intake has declined over the past decade, but it's still higher than American Heart Association recommendations. Sugary drinks. Men and women are consuming too much sugar, according to new government statistics. (Photo: Allison Joyce, Getty Images) ...

Amusement-ride injuries can happen on 'mall rides' too - USA Today
Most amusement ride injuries happen during the summer — but not just at carnivals and theme parks, according to a new study. Nearly 93,000 children under 18 injured on rides were treated in U.S. emergency rooms from 1990 to 2010, and 11,000 of those ...

FDA gives 15- and 16-year-olds access to Plan B emergency contraceptive ...
FDA gives 15- and 16-year-olds access to Plan B emergency contraceptive ...

400 IU Of Vitamin D Daily Is Sufficient For Infants - Medical News Today
Babies should be given a daily dose of vitamin D of 400 IU (international units) to help them stay healthy, according to a new study in JAMA. Vitamin D is important for the growth of healthy bones and to prevent rickets, and it is particularly crucial that infants ...

Who Wants Michelle's Arms?
A new study seems to link Michelle Obama's chiseled biceps to a 4,000 percent increase in upper-arm surgery in America in the last decade. But, Erin Cunningham reports, it's not that simple. Like · Tweet. While the first lady may be credited for the emergence ...

Morning after pill headed to shelves for younger teens
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More Than 4000 US Kids Hurt Each Year on Amusement Rides
WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- More than 4,000 American children are injured on amusement rides each year, according to a new study that calls for standardized safety regulations. Between 1990 and 2010, nearly 93,000 children under the age ...

FDA: 15-year-olds can buy Plan B contraception - Philly.com
This undated image made available by Teva Women's Health shows the packaging for their Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, one of the brands known as the "morning-after pill." In a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration, a federal judge ruled ...

Mother doused in industrial-strength Lye by ex reveals new FACE two months ...
Mother doused in industrial-strength Lye by ex reveals new FACE two months ...

Women with breast implants have nearly 40% greater risk of dying from breast ...
Women with breast implants have nearly 40% greater risk of dying from breast ...

Free condoms for your 12-year-old? California health council can help
(CNN) -- With just a few clicks of a mouse, kids as young as 12 can have free condoms delivered to their doors in California. News of the program's expansion to two new counties comes as the federal government approves the "morning-after pill" without a ...

Critics and Supporters React To Decision to Expand OTC Access to Plan B
On Tuesday, the FDA announced that the Plan B morning-after pill will move out from behind the counter and be available for girls ages 15 and older without a prescription. The decision comes after Judge Edward Korman of the District Court of Eastern New ...

ER visits tied to Ambien, other insomnia drugs up 220% in recent years
The number of emergency room visits linked to zolpidem -- the active ingredient in sleeping aids like Ambien, Ambien CR, Eldular and Zolpimist -- has risen almost 220 percent over the past few years. In 2005, 6,111 visits were due to the sleep aid medication, ...

Face transplant recipient's goal: A kiss
(CNN) -- After Carmen Tarleton's estranged husband doused her with industrial-strength lye, doctors saved her life with a medically induced coma and more than 50 surgeries. But they could do little about her scar-ravaged face. She was so disfigured that ...

Dry eye is a symptom of menopause
A survey suggests that more than half of menopausal women experience the symptoms of dry eye. Changing hormone levels at the menopause can produce many symptoms – such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and insomnia. To this list can also be added ...

Two-Year-Old Girl Receives Windpipe From Stem Cells In A Groundbreaking ...
Two-Year-Old Girl Receives Windpipe From Stem Cells In A Groundbreaking ...

DNA Studies Lend Weight to New Way of Looking at Cancer
To the surprise of scientists, the most dangerous cancers of the uterine lining closely resemble the worst ovarian and breast cancers, raising the tantalizing possibility that the three deadly cancers might respond to the same drugs. This finding, part of a major ...

FDA's Plan B Policy May Shift Again
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Plan B One Step, a brand of emergency contraceptive, to be available for women 15 and older without a prescription. This comes almost a month after a federal judge ordered the FDA to make Plan B available ...

ER visits tied to Ambien and other sleep aids jump 220 percent
Emergency room visits related to the sleep medication zolpidem, which is found in drugs like Ambien, increased by nearly 220 percent between 2005 and 2010, Science Daily reported. A report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ...

Genomes provide clues for treating leukemia, endometrial cancers
Efforts to sequence the human genome have revealed genetic risk for disease, and taught us about our early ancestors. Now, efforts to sequence the genomes of cancer cells -- to pinpoint the changes that occur in cancer cells' DNA when a person has the ...

Addicted to added sugar? It's 13% of calories consumed by Americans
Sugar. Honey. Maple syrup. Molasses. High fructose corn syrup. All of these are “added sugars,” and you are probably eating -- and drinking – too much of them. So says the latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers ...

Consumer Reports Finds Bacteria in Turkey Products - Food Product Design
YONKERS, N.Y.—A lab analysis of ground turkey products purchased at retail stores across the United States revealed potentially harmful bacteria for nearly all the samples tested, Consumer Reports magazine revealed in its June 2013 issue. Of the 257 ...

Genetics of AML Diverse and Complicated - MedPage Today
The pathogenesis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has proven to be more complex than previously recognized, involving multiple genetic events, investigators in a collaborative research program reported. Researchers identified at least one potential driver ...

Genomic Mutation Studies Unlock Details on Cancers
Researchers unveiled a comprehensive look at the genetic mutations responsible for two cancers Wednesday as part of a broad government-sponsored initiative to enlist the power of genomic information to transform cancer treatment. In separate studies ...

Amusement Rides Hurt Over 4000 Children in US Each Year; Experts Question ...
Amusement Rides Hurt Over 4000 Children in US Each Year; Experts Question ...

FDA appeals making 'morning-after' pill available to all ages
By Terry Baynes. Wed May 1, 2013 8:57pm EDT. (Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday appealed a court order directing the agency to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of ...

Scientist who suffered from crippling migraines finds the gene flaw that causes it
One of the secrets of migraines has been unlocked by a scientist who resolved to find a cure for the condition when it struck her down as a child. Emily Bates has discovered a gene that could lead to new and better treatments for the unpredictable and ...

Study: Ambien Causes Emergency Room Visits To Jump By 220 Percent In Five ...
Study: Ambien Causes Emergency Room Visits To Jump By 220 Percent In Five ...

White House Pushes for Some Plan B Limits
The Obama administration late Wednesday said it would appeal a federal judge's order directing federal health officials to make the Plan B emergency contraceptive available without a prescription to all women and girls, regardless of age. In appealing the ...

Will A Z-Pack Attack Your Heart?
Written by Dr. Dave Hnida, CBS4 Medical Editor A little over a year ago, a study suggested that people who take the common antibiotic azithromycin A/K/A a “Z-pack” may be at an increased risk of death from a heart problem. Scary stuff, since everyone and ...

Drug-resistant bacteria found in ground turkey, study says
PHOENIX - Dangerous anti-biotic resistant bacterium has been found in ground turkey in stores across the nation, according to a Consumer Reports investigation. The study tested 257 samples of ground turkey from 27 different brands, more than half of which ...

Lipstick study opens up concerns about carcinogen - USA Today
Co-author urges the FDA to take a closer look. Lipstick. A new study found metals at potentially toxic levels in lipsticks. (Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd, AFP/Getty Images). Story Highlights. Lead was found in 24 of 32 lipsticks tested but not at excessive levels ...

New autism brain bank to help replace samples lost in McLean Hospital freezer ...
New autism brain bank to help replace samples lost in McLean Hospital freezer ...

Face transplant recipient reveals new look and looks forward to what's next in ...
Face transplant recipient reveals new look and looks forward to what's next in ...

Census finds more babies born outside marriage
The rate of out-of-wedlock births has risen so much that if you visit a Pittsburgh maternity ward on Mother's Day, chances are that barely three out of every five moms there nursing a newborn will have a husband. The U.S. Census Bureau released a report ...

Face transplant recipient looks forward to what's next in her life
When Marinda Righter met Carmen Blandin Tarleton Tuesday, she rushed to embrace the woman whose transplanted face was donated by Righter's late mother, and did not soon let go. It was a magical moment, Righter said. In some strange but powerful ...

One bird flu death reported in central China
CHANGSHA, May 2 (Xinhua) -- A 55-year-old man died Wednesday morning in central China's Hunan Province due to an infection of H7N9 avian flu, local health authorities said. The patient, a man surnamed Jiao, died after medical treatment failed to save ...

Scientists discover migraine gene
Researchers found the gene after first studying the genetics of two families of migraine sufferers, allowing them to pinpoint a common genetic flaw. To make sure that the gene is key to migraines, the team of US scientists studied mice carrying the same ...

Secondhand Smoke Affects Girls' Cardiovascular Health - Medical News Today
Teenage girls who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of having low levels of good cholesterol which increases their risk of developing heart disease. The findings were published in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical ...

Women's groups decry appeal on morning-after pill
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill is prompting criticism from reproductive rights groups, who say it is politically motivated and a step backward for women's ...

Plan B for Plan B
Kudos to the Food and Drug Administration for limiting availability of the Plan B morning-after birth-control pill over the counter to girls 15 and up. That's certainly better than distributing the drug to girls of any tender age. Consider: A school nurse needs ...

Oregon Study: Medicaid 'Had No Significant Effect' On Health Outcomes vs ...
Oregon Study: Medicaid 'Had No Significant Effect' On Health Outcomes vs ...

Saudi Arabia Sars-like virus 'kills five'
Five people in Saudi Arabia have died from a Sars-like virus and two more are seriously ill, officials say. The seven cases were all from al-Ahsa governorate in the east of the country, the Saudi news agency SPA said citing health officials. The novel ...

US face transplant recipient meets daughter of the donor for the first time
A US woman revealed her new face, six years after her ex-husband disfigured her by dousing her with industrial-strength caustic soda, and met the daughter of the donor for the first time. Carmen Blandin Tarleton of Vermont had face transplant surgery at ...

Births to unmarried moms still climbing
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Amusement rides injure 4000 kids each year, study finds
As summer draws near, children will soon be freed from classrooms and will flock to amusement parks, festivals and fairs. But what they and their parents might not know is that more than 4,000 children nationwide visit emergency rooms each year because of ...

Lipsticks, Glosses Contain Toxic Metals: Report
THURSDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Lipsticks and lip glosses apparently give you more than colorful kissers, according to a new study by California scientists that contends the products contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other toxic ...

Carmen Blandin Tarleton gets face transplant after chemical attack
An American woman has had a successful face transplant, six years after an attack by her estranged husband left her horribly disfigured. Carmen Blandin Tarleton, 44, suffered horrific burns to most of her body when she was doused with industrial strength lye ...

Europe's top flu expert on alert for bird flu spread
By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent. LONDON | Thu May 2, 2013 11:23am EDT. LONDON (Reuters) - Human cases of a deadly new strain of bird flu that has killed 27 people in China are likely to crop up in Europe and around the world but ...

HIV/AIDS Task Force Recommends Testing For Everyone Ages 15 To 65
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for HIV and AIDS has issued an official recommendation that everyone between the ages of 15 and 65 be tested for the deadly diseases. The task force, which was created in 2005, issued their official recommendation ...

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