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Yo-Yo Dieting May Pose Serious Risks For Heart Patients
So-called 'yo-yo dieting' — where people lose weight and gain it back again – doubles the risk of a heart attack, stroke or death in people who've already got significant heart disease. That's the conclusion of an international study published ...

A generation of heroin orphans
(CNN) It was bedtime in the Flynn household but the kids were wide awake, excited by the arrival of CNN reporters to their colorful, crowded Kentucky home. The entry is crammed with bunk beds on one side and, separated by a bookshelf, a makeshift den ...

Rethinking antibiotic use in early pregnancy: Some linked to miscarriage
(CNN) When used in early pregnancy, many classes of common antibiotics are associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, according to a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines ...

What Is 'Stealthing'?: Disturbing Sex Act Detailed in Report
Are you surprised former Bachelor star Chris Soules was arrested after a fatal hit and run? Yes; No; I have no take on this. Privacy policy · NEWSLETTERS. Receive the latest national-international updates in your inbox. Email. Privacy policy | More ...

As Zika season approaches, states step up efforts to combat virus
The warm weather that is arriving in the U.S. is bringing mosquitos and, following last year's outbreak of Zika, states hard hit by the virus are stepping up their efforts to prevent the spread of the bug-borne illness even as the future of federal ...

Low-dose aspirin linked to lower breast cancer risk, study says
(CNN) More potential good news for people who regularly take a low-dose aspirin: Women who took one had a lower risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research on Monday. The study used data from more than ...

A Team Effort: Sportscaster Holly Rowe and Melanoma Research Foundation Spread Skin Cancer Awareness
Since being diagnosed with desmoplastic melanoma in 2016, Holly Rowe has teamed up with the Melanoma Research Foundation to spread awareness of skin cancer. ALLIE CASEY. PUBLISHED: MAY 01, 2017. Be the first to discuss this article on CURE's ...

Does fasting on alternate days work? A new study weighs in
(CNN) Whether you watch what you eat by counting your daily calories or practicing intermittent fasting, either approach can be effective for weight loss, a new obesity study suggests. Intermittent or alternate-day fasting requires routinely ...

Unemployment linked to higher risk of death
Being unemployed leads to a 50% higher risk of death in patients suffering from heart failure, said new research from the European Society of Cardiology. It's more dangerous than having a history of diabetes or stroke because of the toll it takes on a ...

It's tick time, and Lyme season, in the Capital Region
State Health Commissioner Richard Daines visits the "Tick Lab" at Hudson Valley Community College and talks about preventing Lyme Disease. (Cathleen F. Crowley/Times Union). Media: Times Union. Word on the street (and in the woods) is that it's it's ...

Investing in Hope & Health in the Corporate World
Today is the first official day of Mental Health Awareness Month. However, as I've shared in previous posts, with the energy and hopefulness that's been so evident at the many events we've attended in April, I feel as though it started weeks ago. At ...

Many US babies and toddlers still don't have a balanced diet
(Reuters Health) - Despite some recent improvements in how U.S. parents feed young children, more than half of babies aren't getting any breast milk and many toddlers don't eat enough fruits and veggies, a new study suggests. About two in five infants ...

AstraZeneca immunotherapy wins first approval in bladder cancer
FILE PHOTO: The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on a medication package at a pharmacy in London April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo. By Ben Hirschler, Divya and Grover. U.S. regulators have approved AstraZeneca's key immunotherapy ...

Science funding spared under congressional budget deal, but more battles ahead
The lights will stay on in the federal government, and also in the countless laboratories and universities that depend on federal funding for scientific and medical research. That's one upshot of the bipartisan budget deal congressional negotiators ...

Who might take over for Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove? (videos)
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove today announced he will step down as CEO of the hospital system. The CEO gave few clues about who will fill his role, saying only that there is a search committee and a pipeline of potential ...

Fasting studies clash with our desire to eat what we want, when we want it
It turns out it's difficult to get people to adhere to the various dietary restrictions that come with participating in a fasting study. Xsandra/Getty Images. 158506 full. Share. Share via Email email; Share on Twitter; Share on Facebook. A new study ...

California regulators release first draft of revised medical marijuana rules
California on Friday published detailed plans to regulate its multibillion-dollar medical marijuana industry for the first time since the Golden State legalized cannabis as medicine more than 20 years ago. The proposed plan — drafted in three parts by ...

Local family warns about dangers of Lyme disease, tick explosion
TOPSFIELD, Mass. - A local family is pleading with members of the public to be cautious about ticks and get tested for Lyme disease if they are showing symptoms. Alexandra Reardon, now 22, had been to more than 30 doctors for medical issues ranging ...

North Coast marijuana producers react to California's draft medical marijuana rules
The first draft of rules for California's medical marijuana industry would establish a highly regulated business environment, with strict limits on the hours of operation and the amount of THC infused into oils, and in turn set standards for cleaner ...

New USDA secretary announces rollback of Obama-era nutrition standards for school lunches
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Monday that he would roll back part of former First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy eating initiative: stricter nutritional standards for school lunches. Perdue, who became head of the agency last week, announced ...

Overcoming Opioids: When pills are a hospital's last resort
In this photo taken Feb. 15, 2017, anesthesiologist Dr. Ron Samet performs an ultrasound-guided nerve block at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Bathing the nerves responsible for certain types of pain in a numbing drug allows many patients to ...

The Lyme Wars: Meet The Players
Whether you know it or not, there has been a fierce battle — called “The Lyme Wars” by everyone from The New Yorker to NPR to Dutch scientific researchers — for at least a decade. Lyme disease arguably is politicized as much as AIDS was when it ...

NY triplets born with same skull malformation get surgery
A set of New York triplets has made medical history by being the first born with a rare skull malformation, and to be the first to receive corrective surgery. Newsday reports ( (link) 2qrOa4b ) the three 6-month-old boys — Hunter, Jackson and ...

Top health officials to simulate disease outbreak response
An unlikely coalition in Nevada is trying to force pharmaceutical drugmakers to refund insurance companies and diabetics if insulin prices surpass inflation.More >>. An unlikely coalition in Nevada is trying to force pharmaceutical drugmakers to refund ...

Trump administration loosens Obama-era school lunch requirements
In a move to roll back former first lady Michelle Obama's healthy lunch initiative, the Trump administration unveiled a rule on Monday to eliminate some of the nutritional standards currently set in place. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said ...

Doctors Prescribe More Generics When Drug Reps Are Kept At Bay
When teaching hospitals put pharmaceutical sales representatives on a shorter leash, their doctors tended to order fewer promoted brand-name drugs and used more generic versions instead, a study published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American ...

11 Facts About Marijuana
Every morning I walk down Santa Monica Blvd. by the Shake Shack past the vacant house the legendary rock band The Doors made famous and cross over to La Cienega Blvd. On the other side is the infamous Alta Motel, a seedy joint where cheap escorts ...

Doctors repair skulls of triplets born with rare condition
NEW YORK -- Doctors on Long Island performed the first-ever operation of its kind on triplets born with a rare skull condition, CBS New York reports. In January, the Howard triplets — Hunter, Jackson and Kaden — underwent surgery at Stony Brook ...

'Exercise pill' could deliver benefits of fitness in tablet form
The study's findings might also explain why runners, cyclists and others athletes can “hit the wall” when they push themselves hard. Photograph: Tim Flach/Getty Images. Medical research. 'Exercise pill' could deliver benefits of fitness in tablet form ...

FDA approval of first-ever Batten treatment 'bittersweet' for family battling disease
Though it may not help their family, the VanHoutans are celebrating the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent approval of the first treatment for Batten disease, a rare, terminal genetic disorder that primarily affects children. The agency's ...

'This isn't the end of my story'; DC woman opens up about female genital mutilation
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - It's like "eating food without actually tasting any flavor." That's how a 31-year-old D.C. woman, a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) described how sex feels to her. RELATED: How common is female genital mutilation in the ...

Cure for Vitamin D deficiency? More sun, less block: study
A study cautions overuse of sunscreen, as it blocks vitamin D activation in the skin. Enjoy the sun, then layer on the sunblock. (yaruta/Getty Images/iStockphoto). BY Constance Gibbs. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 3:38 PM. There's a ...

Black Americans living longer, but racial gap remains, CDC says
(CNN) When it comes to the overall health of black Americans, there's good news and bad news, according to a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday. The good news is that the overall death rate for black people ...

Durbin pleads against Obamacare cuts as he prepares for 'heart tune-up'
Washington (CNN) Preparing for a procedure to fix an abnormal heart rhythm Thursday, Sen. Dick Durbin called on his colleagues in Congress to reconsider their plans to cut funding for medical research and repeal Obamacare. "My Congressional ...

If You're Going to Go Gluten Free Don't Be Dumb About It
Gluten is incredible for its ability to piss off a diverse spectrum of people: Folks who are giving it up for a diet, folks who say it's stupid to give up gluten, and folks with celiac disease who probably just wish they could avoid their symptoms and ...

New York triplets get same surgery for rare skull condition
Three New York infants are recovering after undergoing the same surgery to treat a rare birth defect that affected their skulls. Last October Amy and Mike Howard welcomed their three sons Hunter, Jackson and Kaden. While Hunter and Jackson are ...

Frozen ahi sold on Oahu tests positive for hepatitis A
Straub Medical Center nurse Janelle Carroll administered a Hepatitis A vaccine to Brian Murdock in September. An additional Hep A vaccine booster is required six months later and is effective for about 25 years. STAR-ADVERTISER STAFF Sarah Park, state ...

Duke researchers feel threatened by the prospect of budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health, other agencies
In President Donald Trump's proposed budget, NIH faced a 20 percent budget cut and the Environmental Protection Agency saw a 31 percent slash in funding. Boasting multiple Nobel Prize winners and hundreds of scientific laboratories, Duke has long been ...

Sunscreens May Cause Vitamin D Deficiency
While sunscreens are known to protect against skin cancer, they may be inadvertently making you deficient in Vitamin D, causing muscle weakness and bone fractures, researchers warned. According to the study, published in the Journal of the American ...

Experts warn of increases in tick-borne Powassan virus
(CNN) Summer is nearly here, and it's bringing fears of a rare tick-borne disease called Powassan. This potentially life-threatening virus is carried and transmitted by three types of ticks, including the deer tick that transmits Lyme disease. Over the ...

President Trump's Budget Should Boost Rather Than Cut Funding For The NIH
By agreeing to an increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health through the end of the fiscal year, Congress is sending a clear message to President Trump: federal support for scientific research is too important to be subject to a blunt ...

Scientists hail 'promising cure' for HIV after study in mice
A “promising cure” for HIV and Aids has been discovered, according to scientists who managed to almost entirely eliminate the devastating immune disease from infected mice. The researchers said they had demonstrated the “feasibility and efficiency” of ...

Powerful new drug Gray Death gaining popularity
A new drug on the street -- Gray Death -- concerns law enforcement because it is very potent: made of three opiates and heroin or fentanyl. The drug got its name from its appearance, looking like cement mix. "We have put out the bulletin to all of the ...

After Struggles, Medical Marijuana Program Evolves
The New York State Health Department in Albany. The state is planning to issue up to five additional medical marijuana licenses in the first half of 2017. Credit Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times. ALBANY — When the State of New York approved the ...

Hepatitis A vaccinations being offered to state employees in wake of ahi cube recall
Hepatitis A vaccination shots will be offered at the Hawaii State Capitol to state employees Wednesday in wake of the recent voluntary recall of ahi tuna cubes that were used to prepare ahi at businesses across Oahu. The vaccinations will be offered ...

Researchers use gene editing to eliminate HIV infection in mice
Have researchers taken a step closer to developing an eventual cure for HIV? A Temple University-led team hopes so, by using a gene editing technique to successfully remove HIV infection from lab mice. The gene-editing tool called CRISPR — which ...

Mice given 'exercise in a pill' show 'huge increase' in endurance
Mice given a compound that activates the gene PPARD were able to run long distances in a Salk study. Share Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print. When scientists at the Salk Institute gave mice a chemical compound that mimics the beneficial effects of ...

Survey reveals how many doctors receive money, gifts from drugmakers
About half of U.S. doctors received payments from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries in 2015, amounting to $2.4 billion, a new study reports. Those payments and gifts very likely encourage doctors to prescribe pricey brand-name drugs and ...

Fasting Offers No Special Weight Loss Benefits
Alternate-day fasting has gained some popularity as a weight-loss technique, but a rigorous trial has found that it works no better than ordinary calorie restriction. Researchers randomized 100 overweight and obese people to one of three groups: ...

Black Americans Are Living Longer But Health Disparities Persist, CDC Says
Health gaps mean African Americans are still more likely to die at a younger age. David Beasley. PeopleImages via Getty Images. ADVERTISEMENT. AdChoices. African-Americans are generally living longer than in 2000, but health disparities mean they are ...

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