Health News
7/28/2015

Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study


Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.     The study of more than 500,000 Americans found improvements in insurance coverage, access to primary care and prescription medicine, affordable healthcare and overall health since late 2013.     "Trends for these measures before the Affordable Care Act were significantly worsening for all outcomes," said Dr. Benjamin Sommers, who led the research as an adviser at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The law created exchanges that sell subsidized health insurance to all individuals regardless of their health.     Based on the study results, approximately 15.8 million adults gained coverage under the law, better known as Obamacare, said Sommers, who is now at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.     About 7 million adults obtained a personal physician, about 4.8 million more adults can afford medicine, about 11 million more adults say healthcare is affordable and about 6.8 million more people consider themselves in excellent or very good health, he said.     The study analyzed results from the 2012-2015 Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, a daily national telephone survey, to determine trends before and after the government expanded insurance.

What I'm Googling: "Only Guy In Yoga Class"


What I'm Googling: "Only Guy In Yoga Class"2015 has been the year of getting my crap together in the health department. But there are only so many burpees you can do before the gym thing starts to get monotonous. So to try something new, I signed up for a yoga class.I mean, professional male athletes are doing it, several of my guy friends have done it, Don f'ing Draper did it. And...



Health care spending to accelerate, US report says


In this photo taken Sept. 1, 2010, Douglas Holtz-Eakin speaks on Capitol Hill Washington. Health care costs appear to be accelerating again, the government says. That poses a challenge for millions of Americans and the next president as health spending looks set to outpace U.S. economic growth the next 10 years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.



U.S. predicts 5.8 pct average rise in healthcare spending through 2024


By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government expects healthcare spending to increase by 5.8 percent annually on average from 2014 through 2024 as more Americans gain insurance coverage and the improved economy drives patients to visit doctors and hospitals. The aging population's higher healthcare costs will also push health spending higher starting in 2019, according to a study from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Suspicious envelopes mailed to Oregon police contained no toxins: FBI


Twenty suspicious letters delivered to Oregon law enforcement agencies, including a rural sheriff who was sent to a hospital after opening one of them, showed no evidence of a toxic substance, the FBI said on Tuesday. "To date, field testing by hazardous materials crews has shown no toxic substance on any letter or in any envelope," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was sent to a local hospital on Monday when he developed a rash after opening one of the letters, said Eric Schmidt, communications manager for the Association of Oregon Counties.

Skipping breakfast may be bad for diabetics


By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People with type 2 diabetes who skip breakfast and fast until noon may have blood sugar spikes throughout the day, a small study suggests. When 22 patients with type 2 diabetes missed their morning meal, they had higher-than-usual surges in blood sugar after lunch and dinner, the study found. Skipping breakfast was also linked to less efficient processing of glucose by the body, or a reduced ability to convert blood sugar into energy.

Celebrate 50 Years of Medicaid by Expanding It to Cover More People


Celebrate 50 Years of Medicaid by Expanding It to Cover More PeoplePersistence pays off. Let's remember this as we celebrate 50 years of Medicaid on July 30. In 1965, Medicaid entered the world as a Medicare add-on for low-income families. Now, the program provides comprehensive coverage to more people than any other insurer in the United States. Almost 70 million people in the U.S. turn to Medicaid for their...



Obama says aid to farmers cuts child stunting across Africa


U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with dignitaries at the end of his remarks at the African Union in Addis AbabaBy Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President Barack Obama, wrapping up a visit to the continent of his father's birth, toured an Ethiopian factory making baby food on Tuesday to show how investment in farming can cut hunger and stunting. Child stunting has fallen by up to one-third over the past few years in African countries targeted by the U.S. government's global hunger initiative, Feed the Future, a report released on Tuesday said. Obama has made food security a priority of his development agenda, saying in 2013 it was a "moral imperative" to end hunger on the world's poorest continent.



What Every Mom/Startup Founder Can Learn From Having a C-Section Without Anesthesia


It's only after the doctor begins cutting my abdomen that I realize the local anesthesia didn't take. In order to reach my baby, I know she needs to cut through skin, muscle, fat, and finally my uterus. I'm screaming. The C-section is pain like I've never felt. And I can't do anything about it.As I think about my son just inches away from being...

Sudan summons EU diplomat over statement on humanitarian needs


People walk to fill water containers at the Zamzam IDP camp in North DarfurSudan's foreign ministry summoned the European Union's representative in Khartoum on Tuesday to complain about "false information" it said the EU had disseminated about the number of refugees and displaced people in the country. In a statement released on July 17, the EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, Christos Stylianides, said that the humanitarian situation in Sudan was getting worse and that an increasing number of refugees escaping South Sudan's civil war had exacerbated conditions. The EU announced a 4 million euro ($4.4 million) increase in humanitarian aid to Sudan, where it said that 5.4 million people in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, the scene of insurgencies, were in "need of lifesaving aid." A foreign ministry official expressed to the EU representative his "outright rejection of the misleading and incorrect information" on the number of refugees and displaced people as well as the general humanitarian situation, the ministry said.



Depression Can Lead to Individuals Questioning Their Value(s)


Value -- whether it's personal, family, financial, moral, or spiritual -- is pursued by everyone. It can be a driving force, an artificial projection, or sometimes used as a weapon to diminish, demoralize, or devalue someone's contributions. Notwithstanding, the issue with assessing value is that it's an artificial evaluation of worth based...

Centene considers snapping up Medicare Advantage plans from rivals


Health insurer Centene Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and said it would consider buying the Medicare Advantage plans its rivals are likely to divest during the current phase of consolidation in the managed care industry. U.S. health insurers are consolidating in an attempt to cut costs and improve their bargaining power with doctors and hospitals. Anthem Inc said last week that it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer, while Aetna Inc agreed to buy Humana Inc for $37 billion this month.

Don't Want to Diet? Choose Your Food Like You'd Choose Your Outfit


Don't Want to Diet? Choose Your Food Like You'd Choose Your OutfitI help women stop dieting and learn how to trust themselves around food. It's an amazing process, but also a very challenging one.One of the most common questions I get asked is: "If I don't use a diet or some other external 'system' of eating (e.g., Paleo, the Mediterranean diet, etc.) to decide what I should eat, how should I decide?"This is...



Shift work doesn't increase the risk of prostate cancer compared to day work


To reach their conclusion, the scientists studied a total of 27,828 male industrial production workers (15,219 daytime and 12,609 shift) residing in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate who worked for at least one year in a chemical company.Contrary to what scientists previously believed, a study by German researchers has suggested that rotating shift work has no effect on the occurrence of prostate cancer. The results of their study were published in the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International journal. Recent studies have shown that employees who work in rotating shifts may be more susceptible to cancer than salaried employees working traditional daytime hours.



'Leaky' vaccines may strengthen viruses: study


'Leaky' vaccines may strengthen viruses: studyDefective or 'leaky' vaccines may lead to even more powerful viruses, according to a study on poultry that raises concerns about vaccine development in humans. "Our research demonstrates that the use of leaky vaccines can promote the evolution of nastier 'hot' viral strains that put unvaccinated individuals at greater risk," said co-author Venugopal Nair of the Pirbright Institute in the UK. "These vaccines ... allow the virulent virus to continue evolving," he said.



Healthcare improving for older Americans


Findlay and his wife Delores Findlay, of Erie, Pennsylvania, read the morning newspaper inside their home at Limetree Park where spend the winter months in Bonita Springs"Although our health care system has its failings, we are making remarkable progress," said Dr. Harlan Krumholz, the study's lead author from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. "We will continue to identify our flaws and seek to improve, but people should feel good that all our efforts, collectively, are paying off." For the new study, the researchers used data on over 68 million people on Medicare, the U.S. health insurance for the elderly and disabled. Between 1999 and 2013, they found deaths from any cause fell among Medicare beneficiaries from 5.30 percent to 4.45 percent.



Instead of curbing drinking, college kids try to curb consequences


A boutique cocktail called El Pepino with tequila, cucumber, mint and lime is seen at Contigo restaurant in Austin, TexasBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - A new study of college students finds that some of their “protective strategies” when they plan on drinking are actually tied to greater alcohol use. This study, and other studies of protective drinking strategies, “seem to be finding similar results, whether looking at 21st birthday drinking, spring break drinking, or college student drinking more generally,” said lead author Melissa A. Lewis of the University of Washington in Seattle. “The surprising result is that some types of protective strategies are associated with greater alcohol use and an increased number of consequences,” she added in an email.



Happify: The Science of Emotional Wellbeing in a Mobile App


Happify: The Science of Emotional Wellbeing in a Mobile AppDisclosure: Tom Vander Ark is CEO of Getting Smart and a partner at Learn Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in educational technology. Having a bad day? Join more than a million users of Happify and log in and cheer up.What is happiness? It's not being rich or feeling good all the time. It's a set of habits more than a...



MovNat fitness movement hones hunter-gatherer skills


A tourist climbs up to reach the top of a rock at the Stolby national nature reserve outside KrasnoyarskNatural movement is at the heart of MovNat, an international fitness system that reclaims hunter-gatherer skills to achieve strength, flexibility and power. “Originally, we humans were all able to run, catch and jump, but then we turned it into specialized sports,” MovNat founder Erwan Le Corre said. Le Corre bemoaned an exercise culture that limits physical movement to sessions spent manipulating modern machines.



Experimental MERS vaccine shows promise in animal studies


Researchers in the United States trying to develop a vaccine against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus say they have had early signs of success in animal experiments. Using a two-step approach in mice and rhesus macaques, scientists at the vaccine research center of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said they had managed to provoke an immune response in the animals. In results published in the journal Nature Communications, vaccinated mice produced antibodies against multiple strains of MERS, they said, and vaccinated macaques were protected from severe lung damage when exposed to the virus.

Understanding the Controversy and Science of GMOs


Understanding the Controversy and Science of GMOsBy Nirvana Abou-GabalThe subject of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is one of the most hotly-debated food and environmental topics in the world today. Just look at the response to Chipotle's recent announcement that the chain would cease to include GMO ingredients on its menu. Health advocates applauded the move as a step in the right...



U.S. Army lab faulted over lax anthrax procedure


Techniques used by a U.S. Army laboratory in Utah failed to neutralize live anthrax spores on many occasions over more than a decade and the lab should have realized the procedure was inadequate, a top health official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Despite warning signs, the lab, at the Dugway Proving Ground, persisted with the same process for inactivating anthrax samples for researchers, resulting in the unintentional shipment of live spores of the deadly bacteria to 192 labs in the United States and abroad, officials said. "This hearing is astounding, honestly," Representative Larry Bucshon, a heart surgeon, told witnesses during testimony on an investigation into the shipments.

U.S. Congress moves to 3-month highway extension; trade bank stays idled


By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rapidly shifting battle, Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday prepared to pass a three-month highway funding extension while leaving the idled Export-Import Bank's fate hanging at least into September. With the House of Representatives and Senate rushing toward a five-week summer recess, Republican leaders in both chambers embraced the newest version of a bill to temporarily fund road and mass transit construction projects. Failure by Congress to act by Friday would lead to a cutoff of federal transport funds, disrupting projects nationwide.

The Greatest American Hikes You Need to Take Before Summer Ends


When you think of summertime, do you think of long days in the sun, warm fire-side nights and weekends spent on the trail?Click Here to see the Complete List of Great American Hikes You Need to TakeIf that's how you imagine spending your summer than you know there's nothing more liberating than lacing up your hiking boots and taking on a...

You Are Not Your Cancer: Keeping Struggles in Perspective


You Are Not Your Cancer: Keeping Struggles in PerspectiveAs a writer and survivor, I'm often asked to contribute freelance articles about cancer and all it's effects. It doesn't hurt that I also started a blog, HerAfter.com, on what it's like to live 'normally' after such a life-altering fight for survival. For the most part, I'm flattered when my perspective as a woman and writer is respected for...



US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers.

California lawmaker battles recall by anti-vaccine activists


The California lawmker who made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children, a stance that earned him death threats, is now launching a campaign to save his job, days after the state certified a recall effort against him. Democratic State Senator Richard Pan, a Sacramento pediatrician who introduced a measure eliminating California's personal beliefs exemption to vaccination requirements for schoolchildren in response to a measles outbreak at Disneyland, plans to go public on Wednesday with a website and social media campaign aimed at fighting off the recall drive, a spokeswoman said. "I won't be detoured from taking on the tough issues that are important to people in my district simply because there are some that use anti-science rhetoric to ignite division and fear," Pan said in a text message to Reuters.

Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis


FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, the City of Toledo water intake crib is surrounded by algae in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days announced Monday, July 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days.



FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss


WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach.

Conservation group finds haze, ozone problems at U.S. national parks


By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A conservation group found 36 U.S. national parks had moderate or worse levels of ozone pollution in a report card released on Tuesday, with four parks in California receiving the worst grades for health effects. The National Parks Conservation Association study singled out Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree and Yosemite national parks with "F" grades in the report's "healthy air" category for ozone pollution. In part, that is because those four parks in California, like other parts of the state, suffer from geography that traps air pollution in vast basins or valleys, said Ulla Reeves, who manages the nonprofit group's clean air campaign.

Iowa extends bird flu disaster proclamation through August


(Reuters) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Tuesday extended the state's bird flu disaster proclamation by a month until Aug. 30, keeping in place a raft of state resources for poultry farms recovering from an outbreak of the disease, country's worst-ever. Without the extension, the disaster proclamation would have expired on July 31 even though a cleanup had not yet been completed, the governor's office said in a release. More than 48 million birds, mostly chickens and turkeys, have died from highly pathogenic avian influenza or been culled to control its spread since late last year.

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states


FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.



What You Need to Know About Outbreak Linked to Cilantro


What You Need to Know About Outbreak Linked to CilantroA surge of outbreaks related to a microscopic parasite has officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banning all cilantro imported from a Mexican state. Cilantro farms in Pubela have been blamed for causing repeated cyclospora outbreaks in the U.S. in recent years, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The disease is caused by a parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis and can cause intestinal illness with causes flu-like symptoms.



After videos, Senate Republicans target Planned Parenthood vote


The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in BostonBy Richard Cowan and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans are planning a vote in coming days on legislation to cut $500 million in annual federal funding for Planned Parenthood, reigniting a fight in Congress over abortion that has long been dormant. For years a target of conservatives, Planned Parenthood has come under increasing scrutiny recently due to secretly recorded videos about its role in supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research. Anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress on Tuesday released the third of a series of videos that it says prove Planned Parenthood staff sell fetal material from abortions for profit.



Insulin resistance might increase Alzheimer’s risk


By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Insulin resistance may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease by depriving the brain of sugar needed for normal cognition, a small study suggests. “By altering insulin resistance in midlife, it may be possible to reduce future risk of Alzheimer’s,” said study co-author Barbara Bendlin, an Alzheimer’s researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in an email to Reuters Health. Insulin resistance, the body’s failure to respond to the hormone, is a hallmark of diabetes.

While Working to Eradicate Malaria, Let's Eliminate Malaria Deaths


While Working to Eradicate Malaria, Let's Eliminate Malaria DeathsLast week, there was a glimmer of hope for everyone that suffers from malaria: the world's first-ever malaria vaccine received a green light from European authorities. While we aren't out of the woods yet, this is a positive step toward eliminating this deadly foe. While RTS,S, does provide hope for a tomorrow without malaria, we cannot be...



I Was Lost and Found in the Mojave Desert


A little over a year ago, I had somewhat of a meltdown. It wasn't the kind of meltdown that caused me to go into a depression or try to find myself in religion or therapy. I had already done all that the year prior. I tried a lot of different things to achieve the kind of "spiritual wellness" and "positive energy" all those inspirational...

Boy who lost hands to infection gets double-hand transplant


Double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.



Surgeon who helped pioneer key CPR technique dies at 87


MIAMI (AP) — Dr. James Jude, one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has died. He was 87.

Father of Colorado movie gunman pleads with jury for his life


The father of the Colorado movie massacre gunman pleaded on Tuesday for his son's life, showing the jury photos of family vacations when he said James Holmes was "a really excellent kid" who became mentally ill and is not to blame for his July 2012 rampage. Bob Holmes, who with his wife Arlene has attended the proceedings on the outskirts of Denver almost every day since they began in late April, made his long-anticipated appearance on the witness stand during the trial's punishment phase. Arlene Holmes is expected to testify on Wednesday.

How to help your hangover



Are you an e-hypochrondriac?



A billion at risk for music-related hearing loss



New frontier in apples: Red or golden but never brown



Measles was no big deal -- until my daughter got it



How to really lose weight



'Twin fetuses' found inside newborn baby in Hong Kong


A team of Hong Kong doctors has described an extremely rare medical occurrence -- what appeared to be a pair of fetuses inside the body of a newborn baby girl.

How the Peace Corps continues to fight Ebola



Florida woman gives birth to 14.1-pound baby boy



'Frozen': Why kids can't 'Let It Go'



Aspirin a day may not be necessary for everyone's heart health



Man shows off his double arm transplant


A 40-year-old quad amputee was all thank yous at a news conference as he showed off his two new arm transplants.

Avoiding pool bacteria, other summer health concerns



Kids with autism don't react to these smells



Will same-sex marriage make America healthier?



Corset training, a celebrity weightloss trend



Mother, son both fighting cancer



Want to be an optimist? Pick up these positive habits



9 ways to fall asleep faster



Unbroken: Husband, wife battle rare cancers



The lamest workout excuses trainers ever heard



Coping with infertility: Don't give up hope, and more advice


When we asked readers to share their infertility stories with us on iReport, they opened up about their personal journeys, but also provided advice for people experiencing infertility, and the families of these couples, as well.

Infertility: When adoption is not an option


Many infertile women are asked, "Why don't you just adopt?" But adoption is too costly for some women. For others, it's not right for their family.

Infertility: Causes and solutions



At a crossroads: 4 infertility journeys



Hospital gowns get fashion makeovers



Will this remove stink from body odor?



A workout for your face?



Can't fully expect when expecting? Accurate gender


What happens when instead of the little girl everyone has been expecting and buying clothes for a little boy ends up being born? Making the wrong call happens more frequently than we realize, perhaps as high as one out of ten times.

Instilling empathy among doctors pays off


This skill is increasingly considered essential to establishing trust, the foundation of a good doctor-patient relationship.

Most Alzheimer's patients aren't diagnosed



The huge Influence of 'Lunch Lady Land'



If you must smoke, do it away from the kids



Men's memories worse than women's



Loneliness increases risk of death?



Doctors claim first successful penis transplant



Child receives his own 'Iron Man' arm



Your diet could be killing you



The secrets to aging gracefully



Where newly banned trans fats are hiding



Where sugar might be hiding in your child's food



Trick your brain to avoid 'portion distortion'



Fit Nation: Training through an injury



Finding your inner champion



What pushed you out of your comfort zone?



Swimming past issues with fear



Time for medical marijuana revolution



Emergency on helicopter as Nepal quake victim stops breathing



President Obama links climate change, public health



Real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple reunited after lung transplant



'Fearless' Ebola nurse trains at Emory University



Angelina Jolie's genetic tests can help you too



One couple in sickness and in help



Father loses son to addiction, ends up in recovery himself



Embracing life with a bucket list



Why I cried the day my son turned 6



Blind swimmer holds 12 national records



Reddit's 'bullies' pushed me to fight weight gain


If all goes according to plan, in a little less than four months I'll be having gastric bypass surgery. As of this writing I need to lose 149 pounds to be on the upper range of the "normal weight" for my height. That's my Everest, and in a year's time, I plan to conquer it.

When your daughter has anorexia



100 days without fear


From the time she was a little girl, Michelle Poler was afraid of the world. She avoided big, playful dogs, scared they might bite her. Terrified of pain, she dreaded dentist's and doctor's appointments. She missed dinner parties and networking events that required her to drive at night, nervous about getting in an accident. A fear of vomiting kept her from trying foods with unusual textures or flavors.

Ill mom writes lifetime of notes for daughter



One year later, your ALS Ice Bucket money goes to...



How the world's deadliest venoms save lives



What would Atticus Finch do?



Don't let the bugs bite



Life on the world's biggest floating hospital



Fatherhood makes you fat



New car seat could prevent hot car deaths


Walmart and Evenflo announced this week a new infant car seat with technology designed to remind drivers of their backseat passengers, and stop children from dying in hot cars.

Results are in: Hike for your mental health



Does a teen hold the key to curing HIV?



This road trip could save your life



Blind athlete prepares to tackle NYC Triathlon



You won't believe the cost to treat this snake bite



Foods that double as medicine



The science of 'hangry'



Why you stress eat and how to stop it



New weight loss drugs, but no magic pill



Hidden reasons for your overeating



Family workouts that strengthen bodies and bonds



Poser or pretzel - which yoga type are you?


Seasoned yoga instructor Mariza Smith has a confession. "Nobody wants to see the inside of what's happening in your shorts," she told CNN. "You do see a lot of that in yoga classes."

What you're eating that could cause food poisoning



Transgender people fighting for access to care



Breakthrough: Patients stand up despite paralysis



Why ab workouts are a waste of time


You've been trying forever to get that elusive six-pack: the holy grail of fitness goals. None of the gizmos and doodads advertised online or on TV have worked, so you figure it's time to sign up for that 30-minute abs class at the gym.

Quiz: Do you have a happy brain?



When parents compete through their kids



Norovirus is not just on cruise ships



Third Planned Parenthood video released



Doctors try novel way to save severed hand



Sources: Nation's disabled work program mired in corruption, fraud


The nation's premier federal program that provides work for people who are severely disabled is mired in widespread corruption, financial fraud and violations of the law, numerous sources tell CNN. And instead of helping the severely disabled find work, the taxpayer-funded agency is at times allowing jobs to be taken away from the disabled, the sources say.

FDA approves new cholesterol lowering drug



New saliva test may catch Alzheimer's



Cell phones and risk of brain tumor



Boys suffer severe sunburns at day care, says mom



FDA bans some cilantro, cites human feces in fields



Frozen yogurt only sounds healthier than ice cream



How speaking up can save lives


How speaking out can save lives

Malaria vaccine: How good is good enough?


Pros and cons of using first licensed malaria vaccine

IVF since the first 'test-tube baby'


How has IVF changed since the first 'test-tube baby'

Moving legacy of Ebola worker who died saving children


Moving legacy of Ebola worker who died saving children

Can you lower your cholesterol through diet?


Michael Mosley on how to reduce cholesterol

Foil sachet saving babies from HIV


The ketchup packet saving babies from HIV

South Korea declares 'end' to Mers


South Korea's PM Hwang Kyo-ahn declares a "de facto end" to the Mers virus outbreak, after no new infections are reported for 23 days.

Malaria vaccine one step closer


The world's first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final regulatory hurdles prior to being used to immunise children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stroke drug is safe, says review


A panel of independent experts has decided that a clot-busting drug often used to treat strokes is "safe and effective".

Cheap drugs cut breast cancer deaths


Cheap drugs normally used to strengthen bone can cut deaths from breast cancer, research shows.

Drug 'may delay Alzheimer's decline'


The first details of how a drug could slow the pace of brain decline for patients with early stage Alzheimer's disease have emerged.

Diabetes pill 'hope for Parkinson's'


A type of diabetes drug may provide a glimmer of hope in the fight against Parkinson's disease, research in the journal Plos One suggests.

Bionic eye implant world first


Surgeons in Manchester have performed the world's first bionic eye implant in a patient with the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world.

Sugary drinks 'harmful even if slim'


Having regular sugary drinks can increase the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, even for slim people, researchers say.

Poor sleeping patterns link to cancer


Irregular sleeping patterns are "unequivocally" shown to lead to cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests.

Cell transplant 'regenerates' liver


Transplanting cells into livers has the potential to regenerate them, say scientists.

Robotic surgery linked to 144 deaths


A study says that surgical robots were involved in operations that resulted in at least 144 deaths over a 14-year period in the US.

Teenager 'in 12-year HIV remission'


An 18-year-old French woman is in remission from HIV - despite not having taken any drugs against the virus for 12 years.

NHS should welcome 'citizen whistleblowers'


Why the NHS should listen to people who see something amiss

'Cancer made me want mashed potato'


The strange effects of cancer on appetite

VIDEO: The dangerous health legacy of war


Childhood vaccinations missed due to the conflict in Bosnia has now led to a huge rise in the numbers of measles cases.

VIDEO: How and why a mosquito bites you


Malarial mosquitoes are posing a new threat - they have started biting during the day in some parts of Africa

VIDEO: Losing your family to Ebola


Lucinda Samuka survived Ebola, but she lost members of her family to the disease.

VIDEO: Researchers study Ebola side effects


Researchers are investigating whether male survivors of Ebola could still transmit the disease through sexual contact.

VIDEO: Leaders set out future health goals


As the Millennium Development Goals become Sustainable Development Goals, how much progress has been made?

VIDEO: Inside Liberia Ebola medical facility


Nearly two months after Liberia was declared Ebola-free, five new cases have raised questions about the programme to eradicate the disease. The BBC's Anne Soy reports from the medical facility where they are being treated.

VIDEO: Best foot forward for a full life


Clubfoot used to mean a life of unemployment and illiteracy for children born in developing countries - but now effective treatments mean they have a better chance at a full life.

VIDEO: India fails to publish UN health report


The Indian government is not publishing the results of a vast national survey of the health of the country's citizens.

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