Health News
3/5/2015

Why we have to #Get2Equal


Why we have to #Get2EqualWomen are often paid far less than men, while they also perform mostof the world's unpaid care work. © Mariana Ceratti/World BankWomen are emerging as a major force for change. Countries that have invested in girls' education and removed legal barriers that prevent women from achieving their potential are now seeing the benefits.Let's take...



As heroin trade grows, a sting in Kenya


A heroin addict smokes heroin in LamuBy Drazen Jorgic MOMBASA (Reuters) - One evening last November, a handful of policemen in Kenya's sweltering port city of Mombasa were handpicked to help in the final stages of a U.S.-led drugs sting that spanned three continents. The quarry that night were the alleged leaders of the "Akasha organization." The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had spent years infiltrating Akasha and alleges that the gang is part of a heroin supply chain that stretches from the poppy fields of Afghanistan through east Africa to the cities of Europe and the United States. Inside a mansion girded by palm trees and a two-meter cobblestone wall, police captured the alleged leader of the crime syndicate, Baktash Akasha, his brother Ibrahim, and two other men. Kenyan police charged them with trafficking narcotics to the United States.



Washington state cannabis retailer opens in defiance of county ban


An attendee holds out several marijuana buds at the High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup in SeattleBy Eric M. Johnson PARKLAND, Wash. (Reuters) - Sealed bags of marijuana dangle behind a counter, curved glass pipes glimmer on shelves, and a steady trickle of middle-aged customers gleefully buys cannabis strains nicknamed Charlie Sheen and Godzilla. "The Gallery" is similar to more than 100 other lawful state-licensed marijuana retail shops and hundreds of medical dispensaries in Washington state, with one exception: It is operating in defiance of local law. Its opening on Sunday set up a potential showdown with authorities in Pierce County, about an hour outside Seattle, which has effectively banned recreational pot shops in unincorporated areas so long as the drug remains illegal under federal law, even as medical pot businesses flourish virtually unregulated. "We didn't do this to pick a fight with the county," said co-owner Tedd Wetherbee, 47, in between chatting up customers in his shop in Parkland, in unincorporated Pierce County.



Wear blue on Friday to raise colon cancer awareness


By Daniel Gaitan (Reuters Health) - Advocates hope that people with colorectal cancer and their caregivers will dress in blue on Friday to raise awareness about the disease, which is the second-leading cancer-related cause of death in the U.S. Each year on the first Friday in March, supporters hold “Dress in Blue Day” to encourage more Americans to be tested for the disease. In 2000, President Clinton designated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. “You need to be screened, and Dress in Blue Day is about getting people to recognize that,” said Eric Hargis, CEO of Colon Cancer Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit patient advocacy organization. Andrea Shepherd, executive director of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, a Kentucky-based nonprofit working to eliminate preventable colon cancer death, hopes that all health care organizations participate in the day.

Chain of kidney transplants begins in San Francisco hospital


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first of a series of interlinked kidney transplants involving six patients and six donors has started at a San Francisco hospital.

FBI to open field office in North Dakota's oil capital


By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - The FBI said on Thursday it will open a field office in Williston, North Dakota, capital of the state's oil patch and an area grappling with a rise in drug use and sex trafficking. At least two agents from the FBI, the national law enforcement agency, will have jurisdiction over western North Dakota's oil counties, where the population has spiked due to the development of the Bakken shale formation, one of the world's largest reserves of crude. Williston alone has seen its population more than double since 2010 to roughly 30,000. State demographers forecast that, even with the recent dip in crude oil prices, the population will double yet again to 60,000 by the end of the decade.

Fresh coat: scientists develop tough new self-cleaning paint


British and Chinese scientists say they have developed a new paint that can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel to make resilient surfaces that can self-clean even after being scratched or scuffed. In research published in the journal Science on Thursday, the scientists said the paint, made from coated titanium dioxide nanoparticles, is extremely repellent to water but, unlike other waterproof coatings, continues to work even when damaged or exposed to oil. "The biggest challenge for self-cleaning surfaces is finding a way to make them tough enough to withstand everyday damage," said Claire Carmalt, a professor of inorganic chemistry at University College London, who co-led the research.

Recovering Heroin Addict Explains Why You Should Care That Overdose Deaths Have Tripled


Recovering Heroin Addict Explains Why You Should Care That Overdose Deaths Have TripledDr. Joseph Shrand, who runs the CASTLE substance abuse treatment program in Massachusetts, said seven of his former patients have died in the past month, when he normally sees four or five deaths a year among his 1,900 former patients over the past seven years. "It looks like there are more heroin addicts in their 20s, 30s, 40s," Shrand said.



AbbVie boosts cancer drug pipeline with $21 billion Pharmacyclics deal


A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeAbbVie Inc is to buy Pharmacyclics Inc for about $21 billion, giving it access to what is expected to be one of the world's top-selling cancer drugs and expanding its reach in the profitable oncology field. The deal -- the latest example of a big drugmaker swooping on a biotech firm to refill its medicine pipeline -- confounds expectations that Pharmacyclics would sell out to Johnson & Johnson . AbbVie will pay $261.25 per share in cash and stock, a 13 percent premium to Pharmacyclics stock's closing price on Wednesday. AbbVie failed last October to buy Dublin-based Shire Plc for $55 billion after the United States took steps to deter such tax-lowering deals.



New Siemens healthcare unit to start in May: sources


German industrial group Siemens will house its German healthcare operations in a standalone unit in the form of a GmbH legal entity on May 1, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Siemens wants to give the investment-hungry unit independence within the group, creating standalone companies in major markets that will be capable of holding their own licenses for products such imaging equipment independently of Siemens AG. Siemens, whose core operations are business-to-business, is also increasingly threatened by technology firms like Google and Samsung who give more diganostics control to consumers through apps and other software. Chief Executive Joe Kaeser has said the healthcare unit will not be floated this year, and trade unions say he has promised to keep the global headquarters in Germany.

FDA study finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk


FILE - In this June 8, 2007 file photo, a glass of milk sits on the table in Montgomery, Ala. In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms. In response to concerns, the agency in 2012 took samples of raw milk on the farms and tested them for 31 drugs. Results released by the agency Thursday show that less than 1 percent of the total samples showed any evidence of drug residue. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.



Warning: Self-Kindness Can Be Habit-Forming!


One of the most common themes I have noticed with my clients over the years is self-criticism. Regardless of the presenting issue -- be it depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship conflicts, you name it -- so many people are unkind to themselves, in thought and in actions. I work with people all the time who have developed a habit of...

How to Solve Big Problems: Lessons Learned From Cancer Scientists


How to Solve Big Problems: Lessons Learned From Cancer ScientistsIn late November of 1991, a 3-year-old girl was diagnosed with leukemia. There was a 30 percent chance she would die.In the coming months, she would receive a long list of chemotherapy drugs: 6MP, asparaginase, methotrexate, prednisone, and vincrinstine. The miracle was not only that these drugs could potentially cure her, but that they existed...



Suicide by suffocation increasing among U.S. youths: study


Young Americans are increasingly using suffocation and hanging to commit suicide, according to government data released on Thursday. Deaths by those means rose every year from 1994 to 2012 among females and males aged 10 to 24 year olds, for reasons that remain unclear, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unlike suicide attempts that involve poisoning, suffocation and hanging are much more likely to result in death, the researchers noted. "A person's first attempt may be their last attempt," said Dr. Eric Caine, director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, who was not involved in the new report.

Staying Healthy After Losing Someone to Suicide


Staying Healthy After Losing Someone to SuicideIn the days after my brother's suicide, my cousin asked me how often I found myself sighing. She said, "When I'm too tired to cry, I sigh. I sigh a lot." After the exchange I noticed my own frequent sighs. According to one study, sighing serves as a mental and physical reset button and may bring some relief. Such relief is sorely needed for...



Mallinckrodt buys respiratory drug maker to boost hospital presence


Dublin-based drugmaker Mallinckrodt Plc strengthened its presence in U.S. hospitals as it agreed to buy privately held Ikaria Inc, a maker of a respiratory drug and its delivery system, for $2.3 billion. The deal gives Mallinckrodt access to INOmax, which Ikeria says is the only approved product to treat hypoxic respiratory failure in infants. Hypoxic respiratory failure affects about 25,000-30,000 babies born each year in the United States. INOmax currently caters to about half of that population, Mallinckrodt CEO Mark Trudeau said in a call on Thursday.

AbbVie CEO says new form of Humira could thwart generics


A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange(Reuters) - An updated experimental form of AbbVie Inc's Humira arthritis drug has clear advantages over the original that could help the company confront looming cheaper biosimilar forms of the blockbuster medication, Chief Executive Richard Gonzalez said in an interview. "It's a fundamental change in the formulation of Humira," Gonzalez said.



Liberia releases last known Ebola patient from care


By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's last Ebola patient left hospital on Thursday to cheers of delight from friends and family, a year after the West African country reported its first case. Liberia's capital, Monrovia, was once at the heart of an epidemic that has killed nearly 10,000 across West Africa. Liberia has reported no new Ebola cases in 13 days, but can be deemed Ebola-free only after 42 days have passed -- double the normal incubation period for the virus. Dressed in a bright orange T-shirt and multi-colored beads, a joyous Beatrice Yardolo greeted a small crowd outside the Chinese Ebola treatment center in the Paynesville suburb of Monrovia, where she was hospitalized for two weeks.

3 Easy Steps To Improve Your Health and Wellness


3 Easy Steps To Improve Your Health and WellnessMy grandmother lived to be 99 years old...Of her four sisters, each lived to be at least 95 years old and one is still going strong at almost 103. Looking at how they were raised and what they were fed is pretty incredible. They never heard about "organic" or "grass-fed." The word "fat-free" was non-existent. It seems that it wasn't until...



Dentists might be able to screen for diabetes


Man receives dental care from volunteer dentist during free medical clinic organized by non-profit group Remote Area Medical at O.Co ColiseumBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Dentists may be able to screen patients for diabetes while cleaning their teeth, a small study suggests. Researchers found that testing for diabetes using blood that appears on the gums during a routine oral cleaning might be just as accurate as a standard screening that gets a blood sample by pricking the finger with a tiny needle. "There are more than 8 million people in this country who have diabetes and don't know it, and many of these people see a dentist much more regularly than they see a primary care provider," said lead study author Sheila Strauss. "If dentists can screen for diabetes, it may help people get treated sooner when we can get better results managing their disease," said Strauss, an associate professor of nursing and co-director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for New York University's colleges of nursing and dentistry.



FDA staff backs injection to reduce double chin


(Reuters) - An injection for "double chin" reduction developed by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc cleared the first hurdle toward approval as U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff concluded the drug's benefits outweighed its risks. Kythera's stock jumped as much as 25 percent as investors bet on what could be the first approved drug in the United States to reduce localized fat deposits. No safety issues associated with long-term use of ATX-101 have been identified so far, FDA reviewers said on Thursday. An independent panel of experts will meet on Monday to discuss the drug and recommend to the FDA whether it should be approved.

Soccer-Sherwood welcomes Petrov return to Villa


(Adds Sherwood quotes) LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Former Bulgaria international Stiliyan Petrov is returning to Premier League club Aston Villa as part of the coaching set-up, two years after retiring following treatment for leukaemia. I have had a lot of chats with him about the game," new manager Tim Sherwood told Villa's website (www.avfc.co.uk) on Thursday. "He is a great asset." Petrov, 35, played more than 200 games for Villa and wore the captain's armband. He was at Villa Park on Tuesday when Villa beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 to ease their relegation fears and give Sherwood a first win since taking over at the Midlands club.

Last Ebola patient is released in Liberia


Ebola patient Beatrice Yardolo, celebrates with Ebola health workers as she leaves the Chinese Ebola treatment center were she was treated for Ebola virus infection on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old English teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. 'I am one of the happiest human beings today on earth because it was not easy going through this situation and coming out alive,' Beatrice Yardolo told The Associated Press after her release. She kept thanking God and the health workers at the center.(AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.



Liberia's last Ebola patient discharged


Liberia is slowly emerging from the Ebola epidemic, after more than 4,000 people died from the epidemic which began in Guinea in December 2013Liberia discharged its last confirmed Ebola patient on Thursday, as it reported for the first time in nine months it had gone a full week without any new infections. Beatrice Yordoldo left the Chinese-built Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in the Paynesville suburb of the capital Monrovia to cheers from healthcare workers, government officials and aid workers. Liberia "reported no new confirmed cases" during the week to March 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report late Wednesday. Almost 24,000 people have been infected with the virus since December 2013, almost all in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and 9,807 of them have died, according to (WHO).



U.S. begins auction for 50,000 bitcoins tied to criminal website


A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday started auctioning off 50,000 bitcoins following the conviction of Ross Ulbricht for running Silk Road, the underground website where authorities said drugs and other illegal goods could be bought using the virtual currency. The six-hour online auction of roughly $13.5 million worth of bitcoins at current prices began at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT). The Marshals Service conducted auctions in June and December for nearly 80,000 bitcoins seized during the Silk Road raid in 2013. Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper said he would be a bidder.



Lumber Liquidators faces class-action lawsuit in Florida


A Lumber Liquidators store sign is shown outside one of the companies retail locations in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A $5 million class-action lawsuit filed this week in Florida accuses hardwood and laminate flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, Inc of selling products laden with cancer-causing chemicals. The case, filed on Tuesday in federal court in Miami, claims the company "deceptively manufactured, labeled and sold the toxic laminate flooring." A similar lawsuit was filed late last year in California. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, called on federal agencies Wednesday to investigate the Delaware-based company's flooring. The report sampled Chinese-made laminate flooring sold in California, Virginia, Florida, Texas, and Illinois.



Wisconsin Mom and Daughter Diagnosed with Cancer 13 Days Apart


Missy and Brooke Shatley are determined to beat cancer together.

Ten sheriffs challenge Colorado marijuana laws in federal court


By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Six Colorado sheriffs and four from neighboring states challenged Colorado's marijuana legalization in federal court on Thursday, saying the voter-approved measure violates the U.S. Constitution and their oath of office. Pot is illegal under federal law, but Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize recreational use by adults in landmark ballots in 2012. The sheriffs filed their civil action in U.S. District Court in Denver, naming Governor John Hickenlooper as defendant. "The Constitution and the federal anti-drug laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed-distribution schemes throughout the country which conflict with federal laws," it said.

States on edge about the future of health insurance markets


FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, John Phillips works at his auto repair shop in Decatur, Ill. Phillips is quick to say he’s not a fan of President Barack Obama’s health care law, but says he’s worried about the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the law’s subsidies in roughly three dozen states, including Illinois. After mixed signals from the Supreme Court, states may have to take over quickly to prevent millions from potentially losing their coverage. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)MIAMI (AP) — Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning.



Report: Suicides by girls and young women continue to climb


NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the suicide rate for girls and young women continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males.

Exclusive: Commerzbank nears $1.4 billion-plus settlement with U.S. - sources


A man walks past a branch of Commerzbank ahead of the bank's annual news conference in FrankfurtCommerzbank AG is nearing an agreement to pay U.S. authorities more than $1.4 billion to settle allegations it violated U.S. sanctions and a separate investigation that stemmed from the Olympus Corp accounting scandal, according to two people close to the case. Margarita Thiel, a spokeswoman for Commerzbank, Germany's second-largest lender, declined to comment. The U.S. Justice Department and other U.S. authorities involved also declined to comment. The other agencies include the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the Manhattan District Attorney's office, the U.S. Attorneys in Washington, D.C. and Manhattan, and New York's financial regulator, the Department of Financial Services.



Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $5.7 million in California mesh trial


A California jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Inc unit to pay $5.7 million in the first trial over injuries blamed on the TVT Abbrevo, one of numerous transvaginal mesh products that are the subject of thousands of lawsuits. Following more than three days of deliberations in Kern County, California, jurors found Ethicon liable for problems with the TVT Abbrevo's design and for failing to warn about its risks, according to a lawyer for plaintiff Coleen Perry. The Abbrevo, one of Ethicon’s newer models of mesh products, was cleared for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010 to treat stress urinary incontinence.

Prenatal blood tests detect cancer signal in some women


By Julie Steenhuysen LA JOLLA, Calif. (Reuters) - A new genetic test that sequences the blood of pregnant women for signs of diseases such as Down Syndrome in their fetuses are turning up unexpected results: a diagnosis of cancer in the mother. In as many as 40 cases, women who took Sequenom Inc's MaterniT21 test, which scans their genetic code and that of their fetus, had abnormal changes that could signify cancer. Such tests from Sequenom and other companies, sequence the mother's blood, which includes both the mother's DNA and fetal DNA from the placenta. Dr. Eunice Lee, 40, a San Francisco anesthesiologist, was one of those women.

U.S. says inaction on online piracy risks public safety


Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma reacts while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in TaipeiBy Krista Hughes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. trade office on Thursday urged a crackdown on website name registrars who fail to take action against sellers of illegal goods such as counterfeit medicines and warned that turning a blind eye puts public safety at risk. The U.S. Trade Representative also said it is keeping an eye on China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's  consumer shopping website for sales of fake and pirated goods, but refrained from putting the site back on its piracy blacklist. Representatives of Alibaba, the world's largest e-commerce company, could not immediately be reached for comment. USTR named a domain name registrar, a company which manages the registration of internet names, for the first time in its annual list of so-called "notorious markets." The registrar, Canada's Tucows Inc, was one of 10 such services nominated by the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, which said they ignored or supported illegal online pharmacies, for example by not blocking their activities.



Superman Fan Saves 2 Lives After Donating Kidneys the Day He Died


A Superman-obsessed dad in Washington left behind two kids when he died Saturday but saved two lives through kidneys he donated just hours after he passed.

Jodi Arias escapes death penalty after Arizona jury deadlocks


Jodi Arias looks toward the jury entering the courtroom during the sentencing phase retrial in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury failed to reach a verdict on Thursday in the sentencing retrial of Jodi Arias after a lone juror refused to back the death penalty, a development that spared the former waitress from execution for murdering her former boyfriend. It was the second time a jury has been unable to decide whether the 34-year-old Arias, convicted of murder in 2013, should be executed for the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander. "We are hung and additional time will not change this," the foreman of the jury of eight women and four men wrote in a note read by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens, who swiftly declared a mistrial, drawing sobs from Alexander's relatives. "The real justice will be in the afterlife, when Jodi burns in hell," Alexander's sister, Tanisha Sorenson, tearfully told reporters outside the court.



Startup 'Simply Aware' Aims to Improve Public Health With At-Home STD Testing


Startup 'Simply Aware' Aims to Improve Public Health With At-Home STD TestingThe CDC estimates that there are over 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections every year. The majority of these new cases go untreated because they are never identified. Without treatment, STDs can lead to immediate and lasting complications, like infertility and even death. Together, cousins Tommy and Brian Peacock created a...



San Francisco hospital begins rare six-way kidney transplant chain


Doctors at a San Francisco hospital began an unusual series of kidney transplants on Thursday with six living donors providing organs to six patients in a chain that began with a woman described as an altruistic donor unrelated to any of the recipients. The first donor and recipient went into surgery at California Pacific Medical Center at 7:30 a.m., with two more donor-recipient pairs on the schedule for Thursday, then the remaining three pairs on Friday, hospital spokesman Dean Fryer said. The chain of donations began when Zully Broussard, 55, of Sacramento, whose son and husband both died of cancer, offered to donate a kidney to a friend, but the friend ultimately had to use another donor, according to hospital officials. "I'm excited, not nervous," Broussard told San Francisco’s KNTV news on the eve of surgery.

A drink a day may not be good for everyone


By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Based on a new analysis, the health benefits of having a drink a day may be exaggerated, UK researchers say. Only women over age 65, if anyone, might get a protective effect from light drinking, compared to people who never drank, the study found. Much past research has shown that people who drink a low to moderate amount of alcohol – about one drink per day – fare better than both heavy drinkers and those who abstain completely.

Prosthetic leg stolen from California blade-runner


By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A leading U.S. amputee athlete seeking to compete in next year's Paralympic Games in Brazil has been sidelined from training after his $30,000 prosthetic running leg was stolen from his car in San Francisco, he said on Thursday. The prosthesis, consisting of a carbon fiber blade and titanium, hydraulic-operated knee socket, had been specially designed to allow Ranjit Steiner to bend his right leg with human-like mechanics when he runs, he said. Steiner said he had been driving to work on Tuesday, his 24th birthday, when he realized that a rear window of his car had been smashed - apparently while parked on the street overnight in the Mission District - and he discovered that his laptop computer and prosthesis had been stolen. "There's no value to anybody who can't use this thing," he said of the artificial leg.

Vaccines are a matter of fact, not opinion



Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin



Adam's story: 63 pills a day


The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.

Chimps still stuck in research labs despite promise of retirement



Baby buried by 2010 Haiti quake: See her now


For 10 days following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, two CNN colleagues and I lived in a tent hospital run by Project Medishare. Our hearts ached as we heard the cries of the injured, as we watched surgeons performed amputations without general anesthesia, as people died in front of our eyes.

Ebola fighter coming to U.S. for nursing school


A young Liberian woman who saved three of her relatives by nursing them back to health after they contracted the Ebola virus is coming to the United States to finish her nursing degree.

The great American sleep recession


I won't take it personally if you yawn while reading this story.

6 ways to improve odds and beat heart disease



Sit smarter with yoga



Meet the mental wellness warriors



Natural family planning gets trendy


More women are saying no to hormonal birth control and yes to pregnancy prevention that sounds old-fashioned, natural family planning, also called FAM.

People who feel younger at heart live longer


Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life.

Learn to live with it: Becoming stress-free


People the world over believe that stress comes from external sources.

5 ways to fat-proof your home, no willpower necessary


Think you're immune to temptation? Let's be honest: Even the most disciplined healthy eater will occasionally give in to "runger" (running hunger). One minute you're walking past a box of granola sitting on the kitchen counter; five minutes and 500 calories later, you probably wish you'd hidden that box in a cabinet instead.

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.

Goodbye to artificial colors?


When food giant Nestle USA (to which I am, alas, not related) last month announced plans to remove all artificial flavors and colors from its chocolate candies, it understandably made headlines. According to the company, by the end of 2015, none of a group of 250 chocolate products including Butterfinger and Baby Ruth will contain artificial flavors or colors such as Red #40 or Yellow #5.

Deadly bacteria at your doctor's



The health risks of cyberbullying in college


In a new study, researchers found college-age females are just as likely to suffer the negative effects of cyberbullying as younger adolescents.

FDA knew for years that scopes were a problem



Change the world, not disabled son



Less smoking = more lung cancer deaths?



Lethal injection explained



A science tale behind two dresses


Before you strangle your best friend who sees the colors in the now-famous dress differently than you do, please know that there's a scientific explanation.

Snowed in? Here's how to beat the winter blues



Gerbils replace rats as prime plague suspects


For a long time, rats have taken the heat for the waves of plague that killed millions of people across Europe starting in the 14th century.

Death reveals new virus



Poll: Majority want vaccines to be required



Study: Eat peanuts early to avoid allergy


A new study suggests that peanut allergy can be prevented at a young age by embracing peanuts, not avoiding them.

Baby born completely encased in amniotic sac


We all know that every baby is special, but Silas Philips pulled off a rare feat right out of the womb.

Bionic eye helps man see wife


A Minnesota man who got a bionic eye implant was able to see his wife for the first time in 10 years.

Deadly superbug 101


The deaths of two patients at a Los Angeles hospital are linked to the deadly bacteria CRE and more patients may have been exposed to the drug-resistant superbug.

Coffee is a health food: Myth or fact?



A subway workout goes viral



4 reasons you should learn to cook



Cholesterol in food not a concern, new guidelines say



Fit Nation: Sweet dreams lead to better health



3 breakfast rules to follow to lose weight



9 things no one tells you about losing weight



Fit Nation: Want to lose weight and find romance? Start cooking at home



Meet the new Fit Nation team



They lost weight; so can you



Science to Carson: You're wrong


Researchers say Dr. Ben Carson may be a brain surgeon, but science shows he's dead wrong about how sexual orientation works.

White House has no Obamacare Plan B



Deadly scopes sold without FDA approval



Can you find the 'best' hospital for you?



LGBT people in rural areas struggle to find good medical care


When Ryan Sallans, an activist in the Nebraska transgender community, first went to the doctor in 2005 to talk about what he medically needed to do for his gender transition, his doctor wanted to offer medical help. That was the good news.

VIDEO: 'Bionic eye' allows man to see wife


An optical implant allows a man to see his wife again for the first time in years, and other technology highlights.

VIDEO: Finger on the pulse of bionic research


Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.

VIDEO: Ex-pilot warns over 'toxic plane fumes'


Former pilot John Hoyte describes how he had to retire on medical grounds after he was affected by aerotoxic syndrome.

The art of before-and-after pictures


Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

Healthy dose of hope for one-use syringes


Could new "auto-disable" syringe help stem outbreaks of HIV?

Liberia looks forward to end of Ebola


On the verge of achieving "a miracle" in Liberia

Are humans getting cleverer?


Why are people getting better at intelligence tests?

Why Sam's 'wobbly brain' is important


Why everyone should be aware of Sam's symptoms

Seeing inside dead bodies


What do forensic pathologists really do?

The blind breast cancer detectors


The blind breast cancer detectors who may save lives

VIDEO: The smart bandage treating wounds


Futuristic ways to deliver medical treatment

Viewpoint: 'Children see a person not a disability'


'Children don't see my boy as Down's syndrome; adults do'

Wine-tasting without a larynx


The winemaker forced to relearn how to taste and smell

Coffee linked to 'cleaner' arteries


Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - South Korean researchers believe.

Ebola nations 'need huge aid plan'


Liberia's president calls for an aid package for the Ebola-affected countries of West Africa along the lines of the post-WWII Marshall Plan.

Pakistan anti-vaccine parents held


Hundreds of parents are arrested in north-west Pakistan for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio.

S Leone vice-president in quarantine


The vice-president of Sierra Leone puts himself into quarantine after one of his bodyguards dies from the Ebola virus.

Distinct ME stages found, says study


Scientists say they have found distinct changes in the immune systems of patients with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment.

Tablet video game combats lazy eye


Video games firm Ubisoft is working on a title that it believes can treat lazy eye, a condition that can result in reduced vision.

Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO


People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests.

Age-related leukaemia cases may soar


It is "almost inevitable" that your blood will take the first steps towards leukaemia as you age, researchers show.

'Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men'


Healthy gay men should be offered daily HIV drugs to prevent infections, say campaigners.

Concern over online gonorrhoea care


Some websites offering treatment for gonorrhoea are putting patients at risk by failing to follow national guidelines, BBC 5 Live Investigates finds.

India urges calm on deadly swine flu


The Indian health minister urges the public not to panic as the number of deaths so far this year from swine flu passes 900 from 16,000 cases.

WHO 'taken aback' by measles outbreaks


Measles vaccinations must be immediately stepped up across Europe and central Asia after a series of outbreaks, the World Health Organization says.

Skin clues to Alzheimer's disease


Scientists have proposed a new idea for detecting brain conditions including Alzheimer's - a skin test.

UK approves three-person babies


The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

Peanut allergy 'cut by early exposure'


Eating peanut products as a baby dramatically cuts the risk of allergy, a study suggests.

Huddles 'help children's hospital care'


Small measures that could boost children's care

The battle for control of the cigarette packet


How health warnings are changing cigarette packet design

VIDEO: Fears for future of Ebola orphanage


There is growing concern about the future of an orphanage run by a British charity in Sierra Leone, after one member of staff died last week from Ebola.

VIDEO: How much coffee is good for you?


BBC News asks whether coffee really is healthy after a study appeared to show that moderate consumption may help people avoid heart disease.

VIDEO: Painful legacy of Ebola in Liberia


The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed almost 10,000 people, but it appears the number of people dying from the virus is finally slowing down.

VIDEO: Improving palliative care in Mexico


The fight to bring pain relief and comfort to terminally ill patients in Mexico.

VIDEO: Hidden victims of the Ebola crisis


The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed almost 10,000 people, but it appears the number of people dying from the virus is finally slowing down.

Liberia releases last Ebola patient


Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases for the first time since May 2014, according to health officials.

Billions 'have untreated tooth decay'


Billions of people have untreated tooth decay across the globe, an international study has found.

Adults get flu 'every five years'


Adults catch real flu about once every five years, while children get it every other year, scientists calculate, based on a field study in China.

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