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Alternative cancer therapies double risk of death

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:08:40 GMT

Patients who chose alternative therapies to treat a common, curable cancer instead of opting for the recommended medical treatment double their risk of death, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Teen overdose death rate climbed 19% in one year

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:49:11 GMT

The rate of teen drug overdose deaths climbed 19% from 2014 to 2015, from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 teens to 3.7 per 100,000, according to data released this week. The new numbers involve teens ages 15 to 19 and were released by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Eclipse: Tips for safe viewing

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:19:33 GMT

No matter what your plans are for the total solar eclipse on August 21, do not look directly at the sun without your ISO-standard eclipse glasses on -- unless the sun is being completely blocked by the moon.

Charlottesville, hate crimes are public health issue, experts say

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:57:22 GMT

The American College of Physicians has released a new policy statement calling hate crimes "a public health issue." Doctors and public health leaders weigh in on how and why racism and hate crimes can hurt public health.

Most moms aren't putting babies to sleep safely

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:59:43 GMT

Despite a 23-year campaign urging that babies be put to bed on their backs, only 43.7% of US mothers report that they both intend to use this method and actually do so all the time, according to a new study.

Paralyzed man making brain-computer tech a reality

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:22:52 GMT

Ten years after an accident left him paralyzed, Tom Nabarro is using multiple forms of technology to live the live he wants. He hopes brain-computer interfaces could take him even further.

Awkward! The tough transition to middle school

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:05:36 GMT

There is a reason why when people post pictures of themselves during their middle school years on Facebook for "Throwback Thursday," we all stop and take notice.

Asthma, on rise in older adults, tends to be ignored

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:19:31 GMT

In early June, Donna Bilgore Robins stood on a patio in Beaver Creek, Colo., under a crystal-clear blue sky and tried to catch her breath.

When a mom makes her child sick

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:32:20 GMT

"I never saw it coming," said Susan, whose family requested that we not use their last names.

Florida hurt kids to help big GOP donors, doctors say

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:50:52 GMT

Father, son 9/11 first responders die of cancer months apart

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:24:04 GMT

In 2001, Robert Alexander and his father Raymond were 9/11 first responders. Now, the men have died less than a year apart from cancer related to ground zero, their family says.

'Fat but fit' still has higher risk of heart disease

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:41:01 GMT

The idea that you can be overweight or obese yet healthy -- if factors such as your blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol levels are normal -- is a myth, according to a new study, and messaging around this should be changed.

White nationalists see a new enemy in pursuit of 'racial purity': Science

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:12:42 GMT

A recent study found that white nationalists use genetic tests to prove their "whiteness," but when they get unfavored results, they find ways to reinterpret or dismiss the science completely.

Is coconut oil healthy?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:50:43 GMT

According to a recent survey, 72% of Americans think coconut oil is a healthy food.

Coffee shop recalls solar eclipse glasses over safety fears

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:17:32 GMT

Safety concerns have prompted a recall of solar eclipse glasses given away at Dutch Bros Coffee stands.

Using emoticons in work emails make you look incompetent

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:58:26 GMT

Pro tip: Keep the smiley faces out of your work emails, or else the person receiving the message may think you're incompetent.

Caregiver convicted of rape in nursing home

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:30:56 GMT

At first, no one believed them when they said the charming, well-liked aide in the nursing home where they lived had raped them. Now he's going to prison.

Family farm is heaven on earth for dying dogs

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:17:45 GMT

Michele Allen has had many dogs over the years. But a 13-pound shelter dog with heart problems and bad teeth changed her life forever.

Ten-year-old rape victim gives birth in India

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:22:16 GMT

A ten-year old rape victim who was denied an abortion has given birth in northern India.

Why teen pregnancy prevention funding is going away

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:58:21 GMT

The Trump administration is cutting current teen pregnancy prevention programs, due to "poor evaluation results." Yet many researchers, program directors, youth advocates, and city health officials argue otherwise.

These states are best, worst for raising children

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:17:27 GMT

New Hampshire is the best state in which to raise a child, while Mississippi is the worst, according to a report published Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417 million in talcum powder case

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:42:23 GMT

On Monday, a jury awarded a California woman $417 million because she developed ovarian cancer and had used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for decades. The award includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.

Why whiskey tastes better with a little water

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:53:20 GMT

If anyone has suggested adding a little water to your whiskey, you may want to give it a try. Rather than watering it down, the addition may act as a flavor enhancement, and we now know the science behind it, thanks to a new study.

How can we tell how fat we are?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:14:43 GMT

When Kate Townsend took her kids for their back-to-school health checkups last month, she got a surprise.

The best and worst countries to be a kid

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:51:50 GMT

Children growing up in Niger are at the highest risk of having their childhood cut short, according to a report by Save the Children.

Many more children will suddenly be diagnosed with high blood pressure

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:37:26 GMT

More children and teens are likely to be categorized as having abnormal blood pressure during their annual wellness visits, based on new recommendations released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Classic racing returns to most cycle-loving state in America

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:27:54 GMT

When is a race more than a race? When it's an event.

Are probiotics safe?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:09:04 GMT

How exactly has our understanding of probiotics changed over time? Here's a look at probiotics' steady rise in popularity, from Europe to America, and where health experts now stand on their benefits.

Why astronauts are using 3-D printers in space

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:14:53 GMT

Astronauts have always had to pack light. Luckily, when they've visited the moon or lived on the International Space Station, Earth is literally in sight. And if they had a medical issue or injury, home wouldn't be far away.

Australian bodybuilder with rare disorder dies after high-protein diet

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:05:10 GMT

Meegan Hefford, a 25-year-old bodybuilder, was found unconscious on June 19 in her Mandurah, Western Australia, apartment, according to CNN affiliate Australia News 7. Days later, Hefford was pronounced dead. Only after her death did her family learn that Hefford, the mother of a 7-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son, had a rare genetic disorder that prevented her body from properly metabolizing her high-protein diet.