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US preterm birth rate falls again but remains high
The percentage of babies born prematurely in the United States fell for the sixth straight year, but the problem remains more common than in most other industrialized nations, says an annual report card out Friday. The nation's preterm birth rate in 2012 was ...

FDA enlists companies to head off drug shortages
The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal Thursday to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide. Shutterstock.com. Enlarge photo». Summary. The Food and Drug ...

New drug 'safe and effective' for Parkinson's psychosis
Researchers say that a new non-dopaminergic drug called pimavanserin may be the first to offer safe and effective treatment for patients who experience psychotic symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease. This is according to a new study published in ...

The Tail's The Tell: Dog Wags Can Mean Friend Or Foe
Friend Or Foe? Scientists say dogs react differently to the direction of another dog's tail wag. Dogs can pick up emotional cues from another dog by watching the direction of its wagging tail, a new study suggests. In a series of lab experiments, dogs got ...

HIV antibodies 'have potent impact'
A potential new HIV treatment has a "profound and unprecedented" impact on the virus, according to animal studies published in the journal Nature. Potent antibodies were able to wipe a hybrid of human and monkey immunodeficiency viruses from the ...

Sugary drinks tax 'effective public health measure'
A 20% tax on sugary drinks would reduce the number of obese adults in the UK by 180,000, say researchers writing in the British Medical Journal. The impact would be greatest in the under-30s, the Oxford and Reading university study suggests. But some ...

US's Report Card on Premature Births: An “A” for Effort, but “C” Overall
For six consecutive years, the U.S. has successfully lowered the rate of preterm births, to 11.5%. But that still falls short of the March of Dimes goal. The nonprofit organization, which leads the Prematurity Campaign to improve the health of mothers and babies ...

What's in your spices? Bug parts and rat hair
(CNN) -- You may inadvertently be getting more than you bargained for when you put paprika in your chicken paprikash. A new Food and Drug Administration report, "Pathogens and Filth in Spices," says that 12% of U.S. spice imports are contaminated with ...

Germany allows 'indeterminate' gender at birth
Germany has become Europe's first country to allow babies with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female. Parents are now allowed to leave the gender blank on birth certificates, in effect creating a new category of ...

Minnesota's pre-term birth rate worsens; racial disparity undermines efforts
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota's pre-term birth rate has grown worse. The change isn't drastic; the rate climbed just three-tenths of a percent last year, from 9.9 percent in 2011 to 10.2 percent in 2012. But the shift is in the wrong direction, raising concerns ...

Researchers detail structure of key HIV protein
Scientists have successfully detailed the structure of a protein that plays a critical role in HIV infection – a finding that could further the development of an AIDS vaccine, Medical News Today reported. In two new studies published in Science, researchers from ...

Hot Shave Heralds Hairy 'Movember' for Grooming-Savvy Gents
Pall Mall, a wood-paneled barbershop founded in 1896 near Buckingham Palace, has so many bookings for gentlemen's shaves you could be forgiven for thinking another royal wedding was approaching. This time it's not about Prince William and Kate ...

Candy creations to make with trick-or-treat leftovers
Is there an abundance of bite-sized candies in your house on Nov. 1? Try these ideas for making use of what the trick-or-treaters left behind. By Lauren Chattman. Newsday. Published: November 01 2013 10:00. Every year, I buy bags of Halloween candy, just ...

FDA approves Roche leukemia drug Gazyva
Fri Nov 1, 2013 10:45am EDT. (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Friday they approved a new treatment from Roche Holding AG for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have not previously been treated for one of the most common forms of ...

Kraft removing artificial dyes from some mac and cheese
(CNN) -- When SpongeBob SquarePants skips onto shelves in boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese next year, he may be a little less, well, yellow than your kids are used to. Kraft has revamped its character-shaped product line for 2014, according to company ...

Concussion Researchers Warn Of 'Culture Of Resistance' For Athletes Returning ...
Concussion Researchers Warn Of 'Culture Of Resistance' For Athletes Returning ...

Scientists Isolate Spike Protein, One Step Closer to HIV Vaccine
Researchers were able to capture molecular images of a spike protein, which is an evil-clone form of an antibody-producing plasma cell. Instead of producing a normal quantity of the disease-fighting antibody like the plasma cell would, the spike protein ...

New blood test could better assess breast cancer risk
Current statistical methods that women can use to assess their breast cancer risk are woefully inadequate. They consider such factors as age, family history, and whether a woman has ever had any breast biopsies to calculate whether she's at average or ...

Malaria At 40-Year High in U.S.: 5 Simple Tips to Help You Prevent and Deal ...
Malaria At 40-Year High in U.S.: 5 Simple Tips to Help You Prevent and Deal ...

Close-up of HIV could ease vaccine research
The search for an HIV vaccine has taken an important step forward after researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla managed to capture molecular images of a protein spike that allows the deadly virus to invade human immune cells to hack their ...

Don't bug out, but there's 'filth' in your spices
You may inadvertently be getting more than you bargained for when you put paprika in your chicken paprikash. A new Food and Drug Administration report, "Pathogens and Filth in Spices," says that 12% of U.S. spice imports are contaminated with bug parts, ...

CDC warns of rise in imported malaria
Despite the slowly decreasing global malaria burden, US malaria case hit a 40-year high in 2011, part of a rise that likely reflects growth in international travel and lapses in precautions among overseas travelers, the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Spice rack beware, your seasonings may contain bugs and bat hair
A whopping 12 percent of spices imported to the U.S. are contaminated with some type of filth, according to a new report by the FDA. The average for all other FDA-regulated imports is 7 percent. Worldwide, 14 outbreaks of illness were attributed to dirty spices ...

Intersex woman: 'This pink and blue thing is nonsense'
As Germany becomes the first country in Europe to allow babies with the characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female, with the introduction of an X designation on passports to follow. Sarah Graham, an intersex woman and ...

Two cases MRSA confirmed at Hernando High School
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Regular Photo Size. advertisement. alt. Posted: 11/01/2013. By: Carson Chambers. HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. - Two cases of ...

Hundreds of poorer breast cancer patients dying needlessly each year
Researchers from Cambridge and Leicester Universities studied the records of 20,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in the East of England between 2006 and 2010, and at what stage their disease was identified. Their findings showed that women ...

FDA approves breakthrough Genentech leukemia drug
Genentech won federal approval Friday for its Gazyva drug for patients with leukemia, the first medicine approved by the Food and Drug Administration under its new breakthrough therapy designation. It represented the fifth cancer medicine approved by the ...

Mexican businesses vow fight on new tax laws
MEXICO CITY — Hardly had the ink dried on President Enrique Peña Nieto's contentious $14-billion tax plan when big business — especially the powerful maquiladora industry on Mexico's border with the U.S. — raised a loud voice of protest, vowing to fight ...

Huntsmans donate to cancer center expansion
(CNN) -- Utah multimillionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. said Friday the Salt Lake City cancer center that bears his name will get a $100 million addition, half of which is coming from his family. The 220,000-square-foot addition will be used to find cures for childhood ...

Poverty 'linked to breast cancer deaths'
Hundreds of women from the poorest backgrounds in England are dying needlessly of breast cancer, according to researchers. Data presented at the National Cancer Research Institute conference showed poverty was linked to 450 breast cancer deaths a ...

Doctors, vets explore shared medical problems
That is among the questions related to fighting diseases affecting both animals and people that physicians and veterinarians are teaming up to explore at a conference in New York on Saturday. A global authority on breast cancer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering ...

About 12 percent of Spice Imports is Contaminated with Rodent Hair, Insect parts ...
About 12 percent of Spice Imports is Contaminated with Rodent Hair, Insect parts ...

High cure rates seen with Merck oral hepatitis drugs: study
By Bill Berkrot. Sat Nov 2, 2013 1:37pm GMT. (Reuters) - A combination of two oral hepatitis C treatments developed by Merck & Co led to high cure rates in previously untreated patients, indicating the company is a contender in the race to find new treatments ...

5 Tips to 'Fall Back' From Daylight Saving Time
What's better than sleeping in on a Sunday? How about dodging the days-long consequences of rolling the clocks back this weekend. Sure, you'll gain an hour when daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. But spending said hour in bed after sunrise will ...

A sudden increase in Minnesota's pre-term birth rate
ST. PAUL, Minn.: Minnesota's rate of pre-term births elevated slightly in the past year, in contrast to the declines seen in most other states. A report from the March of Dimes showed 33 states had their premature birthrate drop, Minnesota Public Radio News ...

Deep sleep: ObamaCare site goes offline for extended maintenance
Oct. 2, 2013: A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustration.REUTERS. ADVERTISEMENT. The problem-plagued ObamaCare website will be shut down Saturday night for ...

Syrian government says aid, vaccinations will reach all
BEIRUT | Mon Nov 4, 2013 10:43am EST. BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government promised on Monday to ensure delivery of vaccinations and humanitarian aid across the country, after an outbreak of polio in the northeast and warnings of malnutrition in ...

Despite workplace ban, many blue-collar workers still exposed to secondhand ...
Despite workplace ban, many blue-collar workers still exposed to secondhand ...

No magic bullet for keeping off the pounds: story of one couple
(CNN) — Stories about weight loss usually have a beginning, middle and end. How did these people gain so much weight? What made them decide to change? And how much do they weigh now? But in real life, weight loss isn't that linear. Matthew Shack ...

Idling Buses Can Reduce Pollution by 76 Percent if They Shut Engines Off
A new study outlined the dangers of air pollution near schools, and showed that air quality could be greatly improved if idling school buses simply turned off their engines. "The concentration of air pollutants near schools often significantly exceeds background ...

Online daters often willing to cross racial lines
What people say they'll do and what they actually do doesn't always match, suggests new research that finds online daters are often more willing than they thought they'd be to respond to interest from someone of another race. Such studies, including one ...

HPV vaccine: One dose may be enough
A single dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may be enough to protect women against infection with the virus over the long-term, a new study from Costa Rica suggests. In the study, women who received one, two, or the standard three doses of ...

Obesity linked to early puberty in girls, study finds
Obesity may be a factor in early puberty in U.S. girls, a new study finds. About 17 percent of American kids ages 2 to 17 are obese, according to the CDC. There's yet another reason to worry about the obesity epidemic among America's kids: Extra weight may ...

Doctor Shortage Could Ease As Obamacare Boosts Nurses, Physician Assistants
New new research by RAND Corp. indicates new primary care models pushed by the Affordable Care Act that use nurse practitioners and physician assistants could help eliminate the physician shortage. (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Though a physician ...

Healthy Diet In Middle Age Leads To Healthier Old Age
New results from a long-running study offer fresh evidence that a “healthy” diet is actually good for you. The study shows that women who followed a healthy diet while in middle age had a much better chance of reaching 70 without any of the major illnesses or ...

At-home tool may predict who needs strep tests - study
By Andrew M. Seaman. NEW YORK | Mon Nov 4, 2013 5:16pm EST. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Plugging a few symptoms into an at-home tool may help people avoid unnecessary doctors' visits and tests for strep throat, suggests a new study. The tool ...

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2B in US health care fraud settlement
WASHINGTONHealth care giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay over $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations of promoting three prescription drugs for off-label uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, ...

Kirk gives rare Senate speech, backs bill against anti-gay bias
WASHINGTON —. Sen. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican who suffered a major stroke in January 2012, made a rare speech from the Senate floor today to endorse a measure to ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender ...

Fast-food experts analyze 5427 kids' meals -- only 33 are healthful
It's not often that the so-called food cops have kind words for the fast-food industry, but there are a few of them in a new report on the offerings from restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC and Taco Bell -- and how they are marketed to kids. Analysts from the ...

Surgery effective for Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes isn't a disease most people think can be treated with surgery, but a growing body of research may change that. For many patients, bariatric weight loss surgery can be more effective in controlling diabetes than diet, exercise and medication ...

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