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E-Cigs May Help Smokers Quit, But …
THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes can help smokers quit, but only if they discard tobacco in favor of vaping nearly every day, a new study suggests. Former smokers are nearly three times more likely to abstain from cigarette ...

The States With The Highest Rates Of Obesity [Infographic]
Data journalist covering technological, societal and media topics Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. One third of U.S. adults are obese along with one in six children, according to a new report released by the Trust for America's ...

Germans in Aachen get free iodine amid Belgium nuclear fears
The western German city of Aachen has started issuing free iodine tablets to some 500,000 residents and people living nearby because an ageing Belgian nuclear plant is seen as a risk. People can register on the city website to receive coupons ...

Obesity report: One-third of US adults are beyond overweight
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One-third of American adults and one in six children are now obese, although an annual report released Thursday by two nonprofit groups found that rates could be stabilizing. The report released by the Trust for America's Health ...

How antidepressants are ending up in Great Lakes fish
A new study might depress anyone concerned with Great Lakes water quality. Antidepressant drugs, making their way through an increasing number of people's bodies, getting excreted in small amounts into their toilets, and moving through the wastewater ...

American obesity report: 1 in 3 adults are beyond overweight
Here are five facts about weight gain in the United States. (May 15, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here (link) 2n6VKPR). John RabyAssociated Press. While a third of American adults and one in six children are obese, a report ...

FDA approves Mylotarg for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Mylotarg (gemtuzumab ozogamicin) for the treatment of adults with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia whose tumors express the CD33 antigen (CD33-positive AML). The FDA also approved ...

How mood-altering drugs are ending up in Great Lakes fish
DETROIT — A new study might depress anyone concerned with Great Lakes water quality. Antidepressant drugs, making their way through an increasing number of people's bodies, getting excreted in small amounts into their toilets, and moving through the ...

St. Kitts Government Objects
Now, KHN reports, the government of St. Kitts and Nevis has launched an investigation into the clinical trial because it says its officials were never notified the experiments were taking place within its borders. "The Ministry of Health states ...

The Age Of First-Time Fathers Is Creeping Up, And That Might Be Great
There's plenty of research done on the age of women when they become mothers for the first time, and how that number has been rising for the past few decades. Of course, looking at that information makes some sense — women are the ones who carry the ...

In Today's Sad News, Half of Men (and Almost as Many Women) Don't Know Where the Vagina Is
At least 50% of guys couldn't identify the vulva either, according to a startling new survey. We're facepalming. Amanda MacMillan. September 01, 2017. We concede that the vagina is a body part that's a little mysterious. But we were pretty shocked by ...

With a new designation for ecstasy, the US government is finally acknowledging its potential to treat PTSD
The US Food and Drug Administration classifies MDMA—the primary active chemical in ecstasy and molly—as a Schedule 1 drug. From the perspective of the US government, MDMA (used recreationally as a party drug because it gives users a sense of ...

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for Pediatric Leukemia
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first gene therapy available in the United States, tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah; Novartis), for the treatment of pediatric and young adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor ...

Childhood cancer survivors may face decades of high medical costs
(Reuters Health) - Childhood cancer survivors may face steep out-of-pocket medical expenses well into adulthood, a recent U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on 580 adults who had been diagnosed with cancer an average of three decades ...

3 Californians have died of West Nile virus this summer, officials say
California health officials said Friday that three people have died of West Nile virus this summer, marking the first deaths in what could be a particularly dangerous season for the disease. The three people lived in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and ...

UNC Campus Health believe Norovirus outbreak 'contained'
NC Campus Health officials have confirmed one case of Norovirus after a female student tested positive for the virus. (WTVD). WTVD. By DeJuan Hoggard. Friday, September 01, 2017 07:17PM. CHAPEL HILL, NC (WTVD) --. UNC Campus Health officials ...

Five things to know about the new Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav "Tom" Mihaljevic
"Though healthcare is in the midst of a major transformation, Cleveland Clinic is very well positioned for the future," Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic says in a statement about his appointment as the Clinic's new CEO. (Photo: Cleveland Clinic). "Though ...

CDC: Homeopathic “healing bracelet” poisons baby with high levels of lead
Beads tested positive for lead after baby found to have 8X worrying levels in blood. Beth Mole - 9/1/2017, 2:03 PM. J.K. Califf · reader comments 0. Share this story. A nine-month-old baby in Connecticut had dangerously high levels of lead in her blood ...

Moon Area kicker raising money for cancer research
Nick Morrow, a senior at Moon Area High School, launched a fundraiser asking people to donate money for every point he scores this season for the Tigers. It's the second year he's led a fundraiser, after raising more than $1,500 last year in honor of ...

In Pennsylvania, 3 in 10 are obese, report says
Pennsylvania is in the middle of the pack when it comes to adult obesity rates. Three in 10 Pennsylvania adults were obese in 2016, the 25th highest obesity rate in the nation, according to a report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health ...

Why West's low-fat diet advice could be deadly for Asia's poor, because they'll likely eat even more carbs
Widely promoted guidelines to reduce fat intake could be unhealthy for people in low- and middle-income countries whose diets are already too starchy, say researchers. Health authorities in Europe and North America recommend eating more fruit and ...

First 3 deaths from West Nile Virus of 2017 confirmed in SoCal
The first three deaths from West Nile Virus contracted in 2017 in California have been confirmed, state health officials said. The three people who died from the mosquito-borne virus were from Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Kern counties. The Los ...

Domestic violence ups death risk in Indian women, says study
Indian men were more likely to die after sustaining any one of the three categories of injury than either Indian women or US men and women. IANS · [email protected] September 2, 2017 | UPDATED 12:51 IST. A +A -. Photo: Pinterest ...

FDA approves first 'living drug' for tough childhood leukemia
Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The Food and Drug Administration said ...

The hormone that regulates sleep may help treat blood cancer
According to researchers, melatonin, a hormone made by a small gland in the brain, may treat blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. more lifestyle Updated: Sep 02, 2017 16:28 IST. Asian News International, Washington D.C.. Melatonin boosts the ...

Triple Threat: New Pneumonia Is Drug-Resistant, Deadly And Contagious
In the past few years, there have been so many "superbugs" appearing in hospitals around the world, that we here at Goats and Soda haven't had the time or resources to report on all of them. But a new type of pneumonia emerging in China seems so ...

The Rise Of Mock Meat: How Its Story Reflects America's Ever-Changing Values
Monday is Labor Day — the last hurrah of grilling for much of America. And at many of these summertime cookouts, you'll find veggie burgers alongside (or instead of) the traditional beef and brats. Whether for health, environmental or ethical reasons ...

Danger not over: Gas leaks, mold loom for Harvey evacuees
Hurricane Harvey evacuee Lakeithia Bankhead, accompanied by son Russell McCoy, tosses items into the back of a vehicle as she leaves a mass shelter in Houston bound for home on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Bankhead said her home was badly flooded and ...

Huge discovery about Dads stuns scientists
Scientists have found that the average age of new fathers is getting older and older, and that may actually be a very good thing for society. A fascinating new study out of Stanford University Medical Center has found that the average age of new dads ...

The hidden health dangers of flooding
Texas (CNN) - Even after Hurricane Harvey's immediate flooding threat goes away, Texas residents will face a host of potential health problems from the water -- and from what the water leaves behind. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price ...

Obesity discovery shocks scientists
An incredible new report claims that a third of all Americans are overweight, but a positive development in the report my surprise you. A groundbreaking report released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation discovered ...

San Diego County Declares Emergency Amid Hepatitis Outbreak
Officials in San Diego County have declared a public health emergency due to the spread of the liver disease hepatitis A. Sept. 2, 2017, at 2:55 p.m.. San Diego County Declares Emergency Amid Hepatitis Outbreak ...

St. Kitts launches probe of herpes vaccine tests on US patients
St. Kitts and Nevis has launched an investigation into the clinical trial for a herpes vaccine by an American company. Photo by Flickr user Kreg Steppe. The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has launched an investigation into the clinical trial for a ...

3 deaths from West Nile Virus confirmed in SoCal
Three deaths from West Nile Virus contracted in 2017 in California have been confirmed, state health officials said. The three people who died from the mosquito-borne virus were from Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Kern counties. The Los Angeles County ...

3 dead from West Nile virus in California, officials say
A field sample of mosquitoes that could carry West Nile Virus is seen at offices of the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health on April 26, 2007 in Hemet, California. David McNew/Getty Images. 169497 full ...

San Diego County declares emergency amid hepatitis outbreak
In this Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 photo, Edwin Gonzalez from United Site Services delivers a 2-station sink to the Neil Good Day Center on 17th Street downtown San Diego, Calif. Officials in San Diego County have declared a public health emergency due to ...

Disturbed sleep patterns may be key to ADHD, study finds
A growing number of disorders are being linked to disruptions to the circadian rhythm, the work suggests. Photograph: KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty Images/iStockphoto. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder · The Observer ...

Chicago police chief leaves hospital after kidney transplant
CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has left the hospital three days after undergoing a kidney transplant. Johnson was discharged on Saturday afternoon. On Wednesday, doctors removed a kidney from Johnson's son and then ...

Has Salt Gotten An Unfair Shake?
For such a simple compound, salt is complicated. Sodium is a key element in table salt, and it's also essential for life. It helps regulate our blood volume. It shuttles nutrients into our bodies and brains. It allows our muscles to contract and our ...

Pets Deserve Evidence-Based Medicine, Too, Says The SkeptVet
Hunting for good medical advice for your ailing kitty or pup? You'll find no shortage of ardent testimonials and ads for sketchy or unproven treatments on the Web. Silicon Valley veterinarian Brennen McKenzie worries that some of the same pseudoscience ...

Lad, 10, died after his heartbroken mum mistook CARBON MONOXIDE poisoning caused by a faulty fridge for the flu
A TEN-year-old boy was killed when a fridge and at his family's holiday home started leaking carbon monoxide. Gavin Klebs' parents thought the little lad had got the flu when he began throwing up and thought he'd passed it on to his sister who was also ...

Struggling to sleep? Make sure to get adequate rest to avoid risk of ADHD
Lack of regular circadian sleep may be behind attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which affects around 75%?of children and adults, according to a new study. ADHD, which is associated with many sleep-related disorders, including restless ...

Hunters, government, industry at odds over deer urine
Deer hunters who like to lure their quarry with a dab of eau de doe-in-rut will have to find another way to attract a trophy buck in New York if state wildlife biologists have their way. Proposed regulations would add New York to a growing list of ...

Does sleep deprivation cause ADHD? A new study says maybe
Could lack of sleep be an underlying cause of ADHD? Maybe, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that many people with ADHD, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, have problems with their biological clocks, causing them to fall asleep ...

Neanderthals were distilling tar 200 thousand years ago in Europe
Tar collected in a birch bark container from the "pit roll" experiment. This technique uses only glowing embers placed over a roll of bark in a small pit. Paul Kozowyk. The maximum yield of birch bark tar obtained from a single experimental attempt (15 ...

Report: Massachusetts among fittest states in the country
A report published last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health found Massachusetts is the third least obese state with an adult obesity rate of just under 24 percent. The report isn't all good news. It reveals a ...

Fatherhood After 40 Is Far More Common These Days, But Children Of Older Dads Face Some Risk
New research suggests that fatherhood after the age of 40 is not as uncommon as what you may think. In fact, there are now far more men over that age who are becoming fathers to newborn babies. The study published Thursday in the journal Human ...

First SC death from West Nile Virus reported. What can you do to avoid the disease?
The West Nile Virus has claimed its first South Carolina victim of 2017, the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control reports. The individual who died was a resident of Anderson County, the DHEC said. No additional information about them ...

US Study Finds Traces of Antidepressant Drugs in Niagara River Fish
The Niagara River separating the United States and Canada. Researchers found 22 different drugs and their by-products in the bodies of fish in the river. CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS. Feeling depressed? Try saffron, not Prozac · Joint Israeli-U.S. research ...

Cancer? She thought so, and so did her doctor
In an awful way, it all made perfect sense, Gail T. Wells remembers thinking as neurologist Thy Nguyen matter-of-factly explained that she was ordering tests to check for an underlying cancer. Cancer would explain the worsening symptoms - abdominal ...

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