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Canada Looks to Plain Packaging for Cigarettes
Big tobacco was dealt another blow this week after Canada kicked off a process to strip cigarette packs of their branding, following similar moves by Australia and the U.K.. Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Tuesday a public consultation ...

Gold Medal flour recall
General Mills has issued a voluntary recall on certain Gold Medal flour products due to possible E. coli contamination. This recall is being issued because of a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 that may involve Gold Medal flour, although General ...

Concussion Rate In Children May Be Vastly Underestimated
Pediatric concussion rates in the U.S. may be vastly underreported, according to a new report from CHOP and the CDC. The authors recommend seeking pediatric care for these cases instead of rushing to the ER right away. Shown above is a subject in a ...

FDA Issues New Guidelines on Salt, Pressuring Food Industry
The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The proposed ...

First baby born with Zika-linked microcephaly in New York tri-state area
A baby delivered Tuesday in New Jersey is the first in the continental U.S. to be born with the Zika virus-related brain condition, giving rise to new fears about the spread of the disease. Doctors, including Fox News Health Senior Managing Editor Dr ...

Parents, beware: These are the 100 deadliest days for teens
Kelly Wallace is CNN's digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. She is a mom of two. Read her other columns and follow her reports at CNN Parents and on Twitter. This story was originally published in 2014. (CNN) Here ...

Study: Same-sex experiences are on the rise, and Americans are increasingly chill about it
A rise in bisexuality is driving a sharp increase in same-sex experiences in the United States, according to a new study — and Americans are increasingly open to the shift. Using data from the General Social Survey (GSS), a nationally representative ...

Kids' concussion rates may be vastly underreported: study
Because most young children who suffer a concussion aren't first seen in hospital emergency rooms, official tallies of these injuries may be greatly underreported, a new study finds. "Four in five of this diverse group of children were diagnosed at a ...

ADHD Meds May Pose Heart Risks for Some Kids
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ritalin, a popular drug for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), might increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm shortly after a young person starts taking it, a new study suggests ...

Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking marijuana for decades may result in gum disease and potential tooth loss, a new study indicates. In an analysis of about 1,000 people who used pot and/or tobacco in New Zealand, those who ...

More Americans Engaging in Same-Sex Encounters
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who say they've had sexual activity with someone of the same gender has doubled since the 1970s, a new survey reveals. And, during the past 40 years, the number of Americans ...

FDA Guidelines Target The Sodium Hiding In Our Diets
The Food and Drug Administration is leaning on the food industry to cut back on the amount of sodium added to processed and prepared foods. The FDA on Wednesday released a draft of new sodium-reduction targets for dozens of categories of foods ...

CDC confirms E. coli outbreak linked to General Mills flour
Federal officials identified the current, ongoing outbreak of E. coli in February, but it took until late April for investigators to find the common denominators that led to General Mills' recall of 10 million pounds of flour yesterday. CDC-map-E. coli ...

US death rate rises for first time in a decade
The U.S. death rate rose slightly last year -- the first increase in a decade, health officials reported Wednesday. Researchers think the increase is due to a combination of factors. The death rate from heart disease -- the nation's leading killer ...

What the New Superbug Means for the US
Experts say a Pennsylvania woman's recent case of an antibiotic-resistant infection shows the urgency for new antibiotics. In the case, the E. coli bacteria causing the 49-year-old woman's urinary tract infection were found in lab testing to be ...

Exploring the Link Between Estrogen and Migraines
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are getting a better understanding of the link between estrogen levels and migraine headaches in women. A new study finds that for women who get these intense headaches, levels of the ...

Brain Cancer Treatment Shows Promise in Early Trial
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental viral treatment may extend the lives of patients with a hard-to-treat brain cancer, researchers say. For the phase 1 study, patients with recurrent glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive ...

First US penis transplant recipient released from hospital
Last Updated Jun 1, 2016 7:44 PM EDT. BOSTON -- A man who received the nation's first penis transplant calls the operation a success and is going home. Thomas Manning left Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after the grueling ...

Severe Obesity May Boost Infection Risk After Heart Surgery
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Severely obese people may have a higher risk of certain complications after heart bypass surgery than normal-weight patients, a new study suggests. The researchers found that severe obesity was linked to ...

FDA Looks to Cut Salt Content in Food
A fight at the dining table is escalating between regulators and the food industry, this time over government proposals to cut Americans' average salt intake by almost one-third. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday issued long-awaited ...

Brain cancer treatment shows promise in early trial
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 -- An experimental viral treatment may extend the lives of patients with a hard-to-treat brain cancer, researchers say. For the phase 1 study, patients with recurrent glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive brain tumor ...

New program may cut catheter-associated urinary tract infections
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 -- If you find yourself hospitalized, you've got a one in five chance of needing a urinary catheter -- raising your risk for a urinary tract infection. Now, researchers report that a new program shows it might be possible to ...

US Birthrate Falls Slightly While Death Rate Rises
U.S. births declined and the death rate rose last year in a sign of continuing pressure on the country's population growth, newly released federal figures show. Preliminary numbers out Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show ...

Most Children Receive Concussion Care in Primary Care, Not ED
Most children with concussions go first to their primary care provider, rather than an emergency department (ED), for treatment, a new study shows. The findings suggest that current incidence estimates for concussions are too low, and that primary care ...

Program Cut Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you find yourself hospitalized, you've got a one in five chance of needing a urinary catheter -- raising your risk for a urinary tract infection. Now, researchers report that a new program shows it might ...

Fox News Exclusive: Mom of New Jersey Zika baby with small head talks about illness
A young Honduran woman who on Tuesday delivered what is believed to be the first baby in the continental U.S. to be born with a Zika virus-related brain condition recalled in an exclusive interview how her initial symptoms were underestimated by ...

The US Death Rate Went Up For The First Time in a Decade
The Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, New York, seen in August 2015. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA. Health. The US Death Rate Went Up For The First Time in a Decade. By Sydney Lupkin. June 2, 2016 | 12:31 pm. This story is part of a ...

Salt Industry Shaken As FDA Targets Sodium In The American Diet
Hoping to prevent thousands of premature deaths each year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued draft, voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. The targets, which are broken into short-term (two-year) and long-term ...

Chronic marijuana use is about as bad for your health as not flossing, researchers find
Long-term marijuana use is not associated with a raft of physical health problems, according to a new study, with one surprising exception: gum disease. Researchers led by Madeline H. Meier of Arizona State University tracked the marijuana habits of 1 ...

Reversing long-term trend, death rate for Americans ticks upward
The long decline in Americans' death rates has reversed course, according to preliminary 2015 numbers for all causes of mortality as compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many factors are implicated in the turnaround, including a ...

4 people in Michigan among those sickened in E.coli outbreak...
4 people in Michigan among those sickened in E.coli outbreak...

We Finally Know the Source of That Massive E. Coli Outbreak
This week, General Mills announced a voluntary recall of 10 million pounds of its flour over possible E. coli contamination. Now, the FDA has traced the outbreak back to its source: a single factory in Kansas City. The CDC had been looking into the ...

Zika Discoverer Tells Of 'Human Bait,' Draws Monkeys In Overlooked Archive
Back in 1947, Alexander John Haddow made a discovery that didn't seem particularly important. He was part of a team doing research on yellow fever in Uganda, and he identified a new virus that was making a monkey in his lab sick. Haddow was a talented ...

Bats In The Bedroom Can Spread Rabies Without An Obvious Bite
An elderly woman died and more than two dozen people were treated for possible rabies exposure after her family failed to realize that a nighttime encounter with a bat put her at risk of rabies. Last August, the woman awoke in her Wyoming home and felt ...

Bats In The Bedroom Can Spread Rabies Without An Obvious Bite
A silver-haired bat, the type that transmitted rabies to a woman in Wyoming after apparently biting her while she slept. An elderly woman died and more than two dozen people were treated for possible rabies exposure after her family failed to realize ...

Doctors detail story of devastated mom of first Zika-affected baby born in NY area
Across the United States, more than 340 pregnant women infected with Zika virus are waiting to find out what fate holds for their unborn children. The odds are not encouraging. Researchers estimate that the chances that a fetus will develop a severe ...

How Salt Shakes Out
From what I know courtesy of friends and colleagues who work there, it's always busy at the FDA. Still, the agency seems to be in the midst of a particular flurry of activity. Even if the activity has not picked up, the profile of it certainly has. In ...

Stanford researchers 'stunned' by stem cell experiment that helped stroke patient walk
Stanford researchers studying the effect of stem cells injected directly into the brains of stroke patients said Thursday that they were "stunned" by the extent to which the experimental treatment restored motor function in some of the patients. While ...

Stem Cells May Offer New Hope to Stroke Survivors
THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research suggests that injecting adult stems cells directly into the brain may give stroke patients a new shot at recovery long after their stroke occurred. "We don't want to oversell this ...

Why Stroke in Middle Age Is More Deadly for Blacks Than Whites
THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A higher stroke rate -- not differences in care after a stroke -- is the reason why middle-aged black Americans are more likely to die from a stroke than whites, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data ...

Zika reinforces the importance of insect repellent
WASHINGTON — The Zika virus has been identified in many locations, including reported cases here in the United States. The virus — which is specifically dangerous for pregnant women where it can lead to birth defects in infants — has been identified ...

Migraines tied to cardiovascular problems among women
(Reuters Health) - Women who suffer from migraines may be at an increased risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes, according to a new U.S. study. Researchers analyzed data from 115,541 female nurses aged 25 to 42 who entered the ...

Survey: Americans more accepting of same-sex experiences
Charlotte Kawa (left), 27, smiles as partner Natalie Smith, 33, kisses her cheek at a rally at City Hall after the U.S. Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States on Friday, June 26, 2015 ...

Flour recall: What you need to know to stay healthy
General Mills says the 10 million pounds of its flour recalled over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak in 20 states largely was produced at the company's Kansas City, Missouri, plant. But company spokesman Mike Siemienas says the E. coli strain ...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Boost Survival
THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery might significantly lower obese people's risk of premature death, a new study finds. About five years after surgery, the death rate was just over 1 percent for those who had weight-loss ...

Marijuana's only major possible side effect? Gum disease
Long-term marijuana use is not associated with a raft of physical health problems, according to a new study, with one surprising exception: gum disease. Researchers led by Madeline Meier of Arizona State University tracked the marijuana habits of 1,037 ...

Cancer survivorship to be celebrated at tonight's dinner
Around 200 cancer survivors are expected to attend the annual Newton County Relay For Life's Cancer Survivor Dinner on Friday. email · print. Comment. By Todd G. Higdon. Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO. By Todd G. Higdon. Posted Jun. 2, 2016 at 9:56 ...

What the new superbug means for the US
Experts say a Pennsylvania woman's recent case of an antibiotic-resistant infection shows the urgency for new antibiotics. In the case, the E. coli bacteria causing the 49-year-old woman's urinary tract infection were found in lab testing to be ...

Finding overdose killed Prince just the beginning of probe
Want more news? Sign up for free newsletters to get more of the AJC delivered to your inbox. MINNEAPOLIS — Word from authorities that Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, is far from ...

Clif Bar Recall 2016: List Of Products Affected By Possibly Listeria-Contaminated Sunflower Kernels
Be careful if you've got a box of Clif Bars in your pantry. The company that produces the brown paper-wrapped granola and energy bars announced Thursday it was starting a voluntary recall of certain products over concerns they were contaminated with ...

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