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Expert views: How can the world outpace resistance to eradicate malaria by...
Expert views: How can the world outpace resistance to eradicate malaria by...

Deadly measles complication is more common than thought, study says
(CNN) Measles is highly infectious, and new research shows that complications from the infection may be even more deadly than originally thought. Researchers figured this out by looking at records of people who had a neurological disease called ...

Exclusive - India's tobacco industry, government face off ahead of WHO con...
Exclusive - India's tobacco industry, government face off ahead of WHO con...

Device Use During Bedtime Doubles Risks Of Poor Sleep In Children
Device use has been shown earlier to lead to sleeping problems. Now, researchers are saying using smartphones or tablets in bed specifically doubles risks of poor sleep in children. ( Christopher Furlong | Getty Images ). Advertisement. Here's further ...

Industry-funded studies don't find sweet drinks linked to obesity, diabetes
Do sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and fruit drinks cause obesity and diabetes? The answer may depend on who funds the research asking the question. An analysis of 60 studies found 26 out of 26 papers that failed to find a link between ...

California Today: A New Target of Gun Control Advocates — Bullets
California voters are weighing tougher gun control measures, including a broader ban on large capacity magazines. Credit Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press. Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Sign up.) California has the nation's ...

1 of 8 Washington children with mysterious polio-like illness dies
One of the eight children sickened by a mysterious polio-like illness in Washington has died, Seattle Children's Hospital confirmed Monday. Q13Fox.com reported that state health officials are treating the cases like acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a ...

Opioid poisonings are sending more kids than ever to the hospital
Among younger children, the biggest problem is accidental opioid poisoning, such as when a child gets into an adult's prescription drug supply. by Rita Giordano, Staff Writer @ritagiordano · Email @ritagiordano 215-854-2391 ...

Washington mother allegedly used heroin as 'feel-good medicine' for children
A Washington mother of three was charged and jailed on Monday, under accusations that she gave her three small children heroin to get them to sleep. Child Protective Services (CPS) removed the children of Ashlee Hutt, 24— a 6-year-old boy, a 4-year ...

Zika Damages Male Fertility, in Mice Anyway
The Zika virus can get into the testes of mice, shrinking them and damaging them so badly that sperm production drops, researchers report this week. There's no evidence it can do the same thing in human men, but the virus has thrown many surprises at ...

Woman whose daughter died after skipping flu shot raising awareness of vaccine
When the time came for a flu shot during the 2015-2016 season, Pegy Lowery decided her 12-year-old daughter Piper's fear of needles outweighed the potential benefit the vaccine could provide. But nearly a year later, after her daughter lost a battle ...

Parents injected children with heroin as 'feel good medicine,' police say
A Washington state couple is facing numerous charges after police said the parents kept their three young children in a home littered with rat droppings and drug needles and injected them with heroin, which they called “feel good medicine.” Ashlee Hutt ...

The Different Stakes of Male and Female Birth Control
In the past couple decades, scientists have been slowly moving toward developing birth control for men. A recent clinical trial of an injectable hormone contraceptive for men showed super promising results: It was 96 percent effective at preventing ...

Do soda taxes work? Experts look to Mexico for answers
(CNN) Should you have to pay an added tax for that soda? Voters in four American cities will face that question next week as they decide whether the sugary beverages sold in their neighborhoods should be taxed. Initiatives to tax the sale of sodas and ...

A Japanese woman passed gas during laser surgery. She was badly burned.
Ninety-nine percent of the colorless, but certainly not odorless, gas released when one “passes gas” is a combination of carbon dioxide, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and methane. The last 1 percent is made of bacteria from your intestines, which is what ...

DC Council gives initial approval to a bill to let terminally ill patients end their lives
The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to legislation that would allow physicians to prescribe fatal drugs to terminally ill residents in the District, making the District the sixth jurisdiction nationwide to allow the practice. It is the ...

Premature Births Rise Once Again, Despite Efforts To Prevent Them
The number of preterm births in the United States rose in 2015 for the first time in eight years, according to data presented Tuesday by the March of Dimes. Babies born too early face a risk of health complications that can last a lifetime. The ...

6-year-old dies of mysterious polio-like illness
A 6-year-old boy from Bellingham, Washington, has died after falling ill from a mysterious polio-like illness that has affected seven other children in the state and dozens more across the country. Daniel Ramirez was rushed to Seattle Children's ...

Recreational marijuana, cigarette tax and ammunition limits expected to pass in California
A new poll shows voters are not likely to approve a proposition that would eliminate the death penalty in the state. Tweet. SHARE. Recreational marijuana, cigarette tax and ammunition limits expected to pass in California. Print Photo. Email This Share ...

Palatin female sexual desire drug succeeds in trials; shares soar
A drug meant to boost the libido of pre-menopausal women distressed by lack of sexual desire met the main goals of a pair of late stage clinical trials, according to initial results released on Tuesday by its developer, Palatin Technologies Inc (PTN.A ...

Palatin Technologies (PTN) Announces Bremelanotide Phase 3 Met co-Primary Endpoints in HSDD
Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN)announced positive, statistically significant top-line results from the Reconnect Studies, its Phase 3 clinical trial program of lead drug candidate bremelanotide. The Reconnect Studies, investigating bremelanotide ...

Boy's death linked to polio-like 'mystery illness'
(CNN) The death of 6-year-old Daniel Ramirez on Sunday is the very first to be linked to a mysterious illness cropping up across the country. Daniel's parents, Marijo De Guzman and Jose Ramirez of Washington state, told CNN affiliate KOMO that they ...

San Jose City Council approves ban on recreational marijuana sales
A pro-cannabis law firm has filed a lawsuit against Antioch, asking a judge to overturn parts of the city s anti-marijuana cultivation ordinance, which outlaws the practice of cultivating and distributing medical marijuana, even for personal use. (AP ...

Physician-assisted suicide gets green light from D.C. Council
Sponsored by Ward 3 Democrat Mary M. Cheh, the Death With Dignity Act passed by an 11-2 vote. (Associated Press) more >. 0. Share. 0. Tweet. 0. Share. 0. Pin. 0. Share. 0. Mail. 0. Share. View Comments Print. By Bradford Richardson - The Washington ...

The campaign to legalize marijuana is flush with cash from billionaire activists and the pot industry
Activist billionaires Sean Parker and George Soros and companies hoping to profit from legalizing marijuana in California have helped this year's campaign for Proposition 64 raise close to $16 million, about four times the amount spent on a failed ...

Surge in prescription opioid poisoning among US youth
The number of children and teens hospitalized for prescription opioid poisonings has more than doubled in recent years, with both accidental overdoses and suicide attempts on the rise, a U.S. study suggests. Annually, the rate of these opioid ...

Zika Virus Shrinks Testicles, Reduces Sperm Counts In Mice: Should Men Worry About Infertility Risks?
Zika virus infection causes shrinkage of testicles and low testosterone levels in male mice, reports a study. Male mice infected with Zika virus are four times less likely to fertilize healthy female mice than their healthy male counterparts. ( Uriel ...

Mother of boy who died from rare polio-like illness desperate for answers
A cluster of polio-like illness in children is under investigation in Washington state. So far, two of nine suspected cases have been confirmed as a rare condition known as AFM. One child has died. At the Seattle Children's Hospital, three patients ...

The non-weed biz world is zeroing in on legalization
The talk of expanded marijuana legalization is starting to pop up in SEC filings for non-cannabis firms in sectors such as alcohol, pharmaceuticals, finance and behavioral health. Pictured: A man sports a marijuana leaf lapel pin at the Colorado ...

FDA highlights liver safety issues in Cempra drug review
Cempra Inc's experimental drug to treat community acquired pneumonia, the kind suffered by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently, causes a potentially concerning rise in liver enzymes, according to a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and ...

Canola oil may trim belly fat — study
Cooking with canola oil may cut belly fat in just four weeks, according to a Penn State report released at The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting on Wednesday. Canola oil, which is pressed from the yellow-flowered rapeseed plant, consists ...

Father shares photo of daughter near end of cancer battle to raise awareness
On Oct. 27, doctors at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital informed 4-year-old Jessica Whelan's parents that she would only have weeks left to live. Her father, a photographer, snapped a photo showing his child suffering from the pain caused by ...

Can energy drinks cause hepatitis?
(CNN) A 50-year-old man developed acute hepatitis from excessive energy drink consumption, according to a new case report published this week in BMJ Case Reports. The man, who was not identified, is a construction worker who worked long, ...

D'oh! Summer makes kids fat, study says
Lead researcher Paul von Hippel at The University of Texas at Austin studied the body mass index (BMI) and obesity rates in a nationally representative sample of more than 18,000 students who started kindergarten in 2010 through the end of their second ...

New Alzheimer's Drug Clears Milestone in Human Clinical Trial
Cerebral autopsy specimen of a patient diagosed having Alzheimer Disease. In the HE stain numerous plaque formations within the neuropil background are visible. Credit: WIKIPEDIA, CC BY-SA 3.0. Advertisement |. Report Ad. On Monday President Obama ...

Absentee ballot changes for Trump looks unlikely
MADISON, Wis. — Donald Trump is urging early voters for Hillary Clinton to change their ballots for him, but it's unlikely enough will heed his call to affect the presidential race. At a rally in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, Trump urged early ...

Accurate Facebook posts about Zika virus were plentiful, not popular
Social media is an important source of news for many Americans, but the health stories that are most popular may also be the least accurate, suggests a study of Facebook posts about Zika virus. In May and June 2016, a period of heavy media coverage of ...

Pap Smear Early in Pregnancy Could Reveal Genetic Disorders Earlier
Prenatal screening for genetic disorders could be done as early as five weeks into a pregnancy with a simple Pap smear, according to a small new study. Current methods for screening fetuses for genetic disorders are more invasive, and cannot be used ...

Gov. Jerry Brown slams Prop 53, omits analysis on mega-project measure
California Gov. Jerry Brown says in a new ad that Prop 53 could increase the cost of state transportation and hospital projects. Gov. Jerry Brown is no fan of California's Proposition 53. The measure would require the state to place a public works ...

What does study backlash mean for future of male birth control?
Who's in charge of preventing pregnancy? For years, available contraception methods have generally made this a woman's responsibility. But researchers report they may be getting closer to changing the calculation, according to findings published last ...

Prostate Surgery Rates Fall After Screening Advice, Study Finds
Fewer U.S. men got prostate biopsies and surgery after new recommendations steered most men away from routine prostate cancer screening, researchers reported Wednesday. Their findings add to a growing body of research that's adding to the debate ...

Nutella maker tells FDA, 'We're not just for dessert anymore'
U.S. consumers are putting more of their Nutella on toast and less on ice cream, and now the federal government may change its view of the smearable treat. The Food and Drug Administration is looking into reducing Nutella's serving size to one ...

Zika Makes Mouse Testicles Smaller, Raises Questions About Male Fertility In Humans
“We started looking at the placental barrier and seeing if the virus could cross there,” says Dr. Jen Govero, a scientist who worked on the study at Washington University in St. Louis. Govero says part of what makes Zika unusual is that it has a ...

Wolf takes aim at state opioid crisis
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed five new laws Wednesday to address the state's opioid addiction and abuse problem, including limits on how much can be prescribed in an emergency room or issued to children. The Democratic ...

Daylight Saving Time 2016 Ends This Weekend: Precisely When Do Clocks Fall Back?
It's beginning to look a lot like DST time, when our circadian rhythms are forcefully interrupted, something endured twice annually. By Tony Cantu (Patch Staff) - November 3, 2016 12:23 am ET. Daylight Saving Time 2016 Ends This Weekend: Precisely When ...

National Sandwich Day 2016: Best freebies, deals you can grab
John Montagu probably had no idea what he was doing back in 1762 when he asked for a slice of meat stuffed between some bread. But as Montagu – also known as the 4th Earl of Sandwich – quickly discovered, there's something quite delicious about the ...

Lawmakers who cross aisle on abortion face ouster
Republicans who support abortion rights are already an endangered species. But they're likely to become nearly extinct next year in a political winnowing that is knocking off moderates on both sides — and turning the politics of abortion even more ...

Exclusive: Global tobacco treaty leaders propose ejecting delegates with t...
Exclusive: Global tobacco treaty leaders propose ejecting delegates with t...

Energy drink 'fuel hepatitis risk'
A man developed an acute liver problem because of his daily energy drink intake, doctors suggest. The case occurred in Florida when a 50-year-old construction worker sought help after developing vomiting, jaundice and abdominal pain. He already had an ...

US government asks: How much Nutella do you eat?
The US food regulator is asking Nutella fans how big a portion they eat, in a row over the average size of serving of the sweet spread. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went public after Nutella's makers asked for it to be reclassified. It ...

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