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The Canadian Cancer Society is driving smokers to quit
If you need a little incentive to get those New Year's resolutions off the ground, look no further. The Canadian Cancer Society's annual anti-smoking challenge, Driven to Quit, is in high gear and looking for entrants. The prize is not small either: a 2015 Toyota ...

Ebola outbreak: 1st case with 2-year-old boy linked to bats
Scientists have come up with the likely possibility of how Ebola's first victim — Patient Zero — contracted the deadly disease that has ravaged parts of West Africa. Patient Zero, who has since been identified as two-year-old Guinean Emile Ouamouno, may ...

Pharma and biotech on a roll as drug approvals hit 18-year high
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. drug approvals in 2014 hit their highest level in 18 years and recommendations in Europe also came at a rapid rate, driven by expensive new treatments for cancer and rare diseases. After suffering a wave of patent losses on ...

Ala. hospitals not identifying 2015 New Year babies
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Administrators of several hospitals in Alabama are citing safety concerns as the reason they won't release the identities of babies born on New Year's Day. Jackson Hospital spokeswoman Miranda Nobles told the Montgomery ...

Hangover Remedies for the Desperately Hung-Over
The only true hangover cure is likely prevention, and there's an app for that. It's called Hang Over, and it's one of several apps that keep tabs on your drinking. Simply tap in your drinks as you consume them -- including non-alcoholic beverages like water and ...

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company Sells its Remaining Stake
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company, an American multinational private equity firm sold its remaining stake in the British drugstore chain Alliance Boots. Walgreen & Company shareholders approved the purchase of the 55% of Alliance Boots that Walgreen ...

CDC: Flu reaches epidemic in Florida and most states; 837 deaths reported
Deaths due to influenza and pneumonia have hit “epidemic” levels in the U.S. as flu activity became widespread in 36 states including Florida, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials reported 837 flu and pneumonia deaths to ...

Massachusetts Issued its First Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Ever
On New Year's Eve 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued the state's first ever medical marijuana Certificate of Registration. The recipient is Alternative Therapies Group, Inc. in Salem, Mass. Not a bad way to kick off 2015. The certificate ...

Cancer mortality in the US has witnessed a decline of 22% since 1991
According to latest statistics from The American Cancer Society' cancer mortality in the U.S dropped 22 percent since 1991. The figure has been arrived at using information acquired between 2007 and 2011. The conclusions were published in two scientific ...

Winter weather alerts may signal greater fall risk for elderly
(Reuters Health) - In Canadian winters, older people fall 20 percent more often after a freezing rain alert, according to a new study. That suggests a need for stronger cautions against going outside in icy conditions and more help from local governments, ...

Is fast food getting any healthier?
An investigation into the nutrition offered in meals from three major fast food chains finds little change in calories, salt or saturated fat from 1996 to 2013. A team led by Alice Lichtenstein, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cardiovascular Nutrition ...

Judge: Florida's health care for needy kids violates US laws
A federal judge has ruled that Florida's health care system for impoverished and disabled children violates several U.S. laws. In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan said lawmakers had for years set the state's Medicaid budget at an ...

Possible measles exposure at Philly's touch museum
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State health officials are warning of a possible measles exposure this week at Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum and a suburban pharmacy. Officials say a person showing symptoms of the virus visited the hands-on learning ...

14 Apps That Will Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions On Track
It's 2015—of course there are a ton of apps that will help you keep your New Year's resolutions. If you don't yet have a resolution for the New Year, then this is your final boarding call, because, well, it's already January now, so get on it. Don't worry, you and ...

Bye, bye Baby New Year: Why many communities are keeping the identities of ...
Bye, bye Baby New Year: Why many communities are keeping the identities of ...

Most cancers are due to mutations; death rates down: studies
Two-thirds of cancer cases are due to random mutations and not hereditary factors or risky behaviors, according to a new study. DNA mutations were mostly to blame for 22 of 31 cancer types that Johns Hopkins researchers studied, including leukemia, ...

Why Champagne Hangovers Are the Worst
It's New Year's Day -- and for those that rang in 2015 with a little too much champagne, that can only mean one thing: a hangover. The bubbly New Year's Eve treat gets a bad reputation for bringing on a killer hangover the next day, and there may be some ...

Tips to realise your New Year's resolutions in 2015
LOSING weight, quitting cigarettes and spending more time with family and friends rank among the top New Year's pledges Australians make each year — and they rarely change. With the New Year just a few days old research shows just 8 per cent of ...

Calories of fast food meals never changed according to a new study
2 According to a new investigation, the calorie, salt and saturated content of fast food meals have been the same in the past 17 years. The study led by Alice Lichtenstein, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory ...

Most Types of Cancer Just 'Bad Luck,' Researchers Say
Researchers have found that bad luck plays a major role in determining most types of cancer, rather than genetics or risky lifestyle choices such as smoking. The results, published in the journal Science on Thursday, found that random DNA mutations that ...

Flu season cranks up early
Local hospitals have seen an influx of patients with flu-like symptoms recently, following a trend statewide. The CDC says the vaccine this season is not as effective against the most common strain of the virus due to a drift in the virus. THE ASSOCIATED ...

How to ensure you stick to your new year's resolutions
By the end of the cold, dull month of January, 92pc of resolutions are dead on arrival. Also in this section. Look back at 2014 fashion: The six key trends we may remember this time next year · Plus-size models go mainstream: how 2014 saw a touch of reality ...

Fat Beneath Skin May Ward Off Infections
Mature adipocytes. Image: Database Center for Life Science, WikimediaWhen it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly upon what lies beneath. In a new paper published in today's Science, researchers at the UC ...

Why champagne hangovers ARE the worst: Bubbles help you absorb the ...
Why champagne hangovers ARE the worst: Bubbles help you absorb the ...

Aethlon Medical, Inc. (AEMD) Receives FDA Clinical Protocol Approval of Ebola ...
Aethlon Medical, Inc. (AEMD) Receives FDA Clinical Protocol Approval of Ebola ...

5 powerful benefits of 'pro-aging' thinking
(CNN) -- From magazine covers to billboards, youth is glamorized as the image of beauty and the prime of life. We are inundated with the message that aging is something we should dread and perhaps even fight. You may unquestioningly accept this as a fact ...

Is it too late to get a flu shot?
Syracuse, N.Y. -- It is never too late to get a flu shot as long as the flu is circulating, according to public health officials. As flu activity increases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising people to get vaccinated if they have not already ...

Italian Ebola patient released from hospital in Rome
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's only Ebola patient is fully recovered and was released from hospital on Friday more than a month after being flown to Rome from Sierra Leone where he worked as a doctor treating others stricken by the disease. The 50-year-old ...

Philadelphia Health Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure at Please ...
Philadelphia Health Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure at Please ...

Atypical hyperplasia related to high risk of breast cancer than previously thought
According to a new study by researchers from the Mayo Clinic, risk of breast cancer in women due to atypical hyperplasia could be higher than previously thought. Atypical hyperplasia is a precancerous condition in which abnormal cells accumulate in the ...

Cancer Is More Bad Luck Than Bad Behavior, Study Says
Cancer in most cases may be the result of biological bad luck rather than caused by genes or behavior, with the random division of stem cells making people more vulnerable to mutations, a new study shows. A formula that plotted the number of stem-cell ...

Oncologists work to help patients quit smoking
LANSING, Mich. Oncologists in Michigan are working together to help their cancer patients quit smoking. The Tobacco Cessation Collaborative is supported by the Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium, a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan-funded ...

Multiple Pay Cuts Hit Doctors In 2015
A flurry of pay cuts for doctors hit today as physicians struggle to implement electronic health records, deal with new measurements to improve quality and deal with myriad changes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement formulas. The biggest pay ...

Children with pet reptiles risk severe Salmonella infections
(Reuters Health) - One in four children younger than age five who were infected with Salmonella got the disease from a pet reptile in a recent UK study. The children with reptile-associated infections were significantly younger than other kids with Salmonella ...

Orlando Senior Home Health Care: Creating Effective New Year's Resolutions
As the New Year approaches, many Americans begin making resolutions to address lifestyle changes. As the end of the year comes to a close, seniors and middle-aged Americans often find themselves bombarded with the hype of new expectations and a ...

Avoid These 5 Pitfalls That'll Undermine Your New Year's Resolutions
Fewer than 10% of New Year resolutions are kept for the entire year. In fact, most are toast by Valentine's Day. This year can be different, and avoiding these classic resolution mistakes will give you a fighting chance. man handing credit card ...

Think fast food is getting more healthful? Um, no.
Popular fast-food chains have engaged in plenty of publicity over the last decade or so about their more healthful menu options (such as McDonald's “Favorites Under 400”. Two new reports, however, show that the portion size, calorie count and sodium ...

2014 New Drug Approvals Hit 18-Year High
2014 was a good year for pharmaceutical innovation – the best, in fact, since the industry's all-time record of 1996. FDA approved a total of 44 drugs – 39 by CDER, and 5 by CBER (Exhibit 1). As usual, this total excludes imaging agents (i.e., Lumason and ...

Study: Pot Smokers Get Better Grades Than Cigarette Smokers
Drop-outs, delinquents, dealers, and dummies. These are the four D's (stereotypically (and unjustly) tagged to the youth that choose weed over far more lethal cigarettes or booze. Smoking weed has long meant, in the eyes of pot detractors, you (allegedly) ...

Mark Chanko's widow reveals horror of watching husband's death on Dr Oz show
Mark Chanko, 83, a Korean War veteran and father-of-five, was killed by a truck in 2011. His death was featured on ABC show NY Meds without his family's permission. A widow whose husband died after being hit by a truck has revealed the horrifying moment ...

Pa. officials warn of measles exposure at end of record-breaking year
This is the skin of a patient after three days of measles infection. (Image courtesy of CDC/ Heinz F. Eichenwald, MD). Carolyn Beeler. By Carolyn Beeler. About; Follow · Contact. About Carolyn Beeler. author's-bio-image. Carolyn has covered health and ...

Flu outbreak is now an epidemic; how bad will it be?
The flu is now so widespread across the USA that it's officially considered an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but it's too soon to tell how particularly bad it will be, says Michael Jhung, a medical officer with the CDC's influenza ...

New diet guidelines might pull back from meat
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, a cow eats in a feedlot at Suwannee Farms in O'Brien, Fla. Dietary guidelines released by the government every five years lay out recommendations for healthy eating. Next year's version may ... more >. By MARY CLARE ...

UN Ebola envoy says can only accept zero Ebola case
ACCRA, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- The head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) said Friday that zero Ebola case is the only acceptable outcome. "We are engaged in a big battle with this disease," said Anthony Banbury at a press ...

Travellers on flight told to check for Ebola symptoms
PUBLIC health officials have traced all the passengers who travelled on board the same flight as Scots Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey, they announced yesterday. In total, 21 of those returning 100 healthcare workers on board the Casablanca to Heathrow ...

Scientists explain how stem cells and 'bad luck' cause cancer
Why are some types of cancer so much more common than others? Sometimes it's due to faulty genes inherited from one's parents and sometimes to behaviors like smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. But in most cases, it comes down to something else ...

11-year-old wins parents' no-pop challenge....and $500
Jon Sarisky, 11, of Livingston, Mont., won a challenge from his parents, going without sweet drinks for a year. Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 9:00 pm. 11-year-old wins parents' no-pop challenge....and $500. LIVINGSTON, Mont. - As people across the United ...

Chanko family filed $5 lawsuit against ABC for broadcasting their father's death ...
Chanko family filed $5 lawsuit against ABC for broadcasting their father's death ...

New York City Requiring Flu Shots for Preschoolers
New York City preschoolers will be heading back to class next week with memories of new holiday toys, vacation adventures, and, health officials hope, a flu shot. In fact, because of a new city requirement, young children can, for the first time in the city's ...

Iraq's Peshmerga desperate for US arms in fight against ISIS
At left, a Peshmerga fighter examines the damage from ISIS artillery hitting close to their frontline position near Mosul Dam. At right, another proudly displays Kurdish flag. (FoxNews.com). MOSUL, Iraq – Under a gloomy late November sky that dumped cold ...

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