Health News
7/5/2015

Possible Link Between Eye Color and Alcoholism Risk Revealed in New Study


Possible Link Between Eye Color and Alcoholism Risk Revealed in New StudyThere's a new potential clue in the ongoing effort to understand the genetic links to alcoholism: eye color. People with lighter eye colors appear to be more likely to develop alcoholism, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics. The study, published this week, examined genetic samples from 1,263 people with alcohol dependency and found that those with lighter eyes, especially blue eyes, appeared to develop alcoholism at a higher rate.



California cancer patient with amnesia identified by family


A Southern California cancer patient unable to recall her identity or family since she was found dazed on a street four months ago has finally reconnected with relatives after a nephew spotted her on the evening news, media reported on Thursday. The woman, whose Facebook image has circulated widely on the Internet and was previously known only as Sam, was identified on Wednesday night as Pennsylvania native Ashley Manetta, 53, according to San Diego's NBC television affiliate. The TV station, which originally broke the story about a California cancer patient with amnesia, said the two siblings then spoke by telephone.

Minnesota burn survivor leaves hospital after 264 days


She Yan Chen folds his hands on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Chen, who survived being badly burned in a lawnmower explosion was discharged Friday, July 3 after 264 days in Regions Hospital, but not before his caregivers gathered to say farewell to one of their favorite patients. (Jean Pieri/The St. Paul Pioneer Press via AP)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who survived being badly burned in a lawnmower explosion was discharged Friday after 264 days in the hospital, but not before his caregivers gathered to say farewell to one of their favorite patients.



Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003


SEATTLE (AP) — A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.

Weight-loss surgery edges out lifestyle changes for type 2 diabetes


Patient takes a blood glucose test during event aimed to help people with diabetes to cope with their illness at Saint Luka diagnostics medical center in SofiaBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People with type 2 diabetes who have weight loss surgery are more likely to have significant improvements in their diabetes three years compared to diabetics who try lifestyle changes, a small new study suggests. "One of the most important things to take away is that there is durability of remission over time," said Dr. Anita Courcoulas of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who led the research. Past studies have found that weight loss surgeries sometimes result in improvement for people with type 2 diabetes, but it remains to be seen if the surgeries are better at treating the condition than lifestyle interventions, the researchers write in JAMA Surgery.



Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts


Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $37B dealAetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.



Colombian man dies by euthanasia with government backing


BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die by euthanasia with the full backing of the government.

Change in LGBT health sparked 50 years ago in Philadelphia


By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - On July 4, 1965, with protest signs raised above their heads, 40 marchers outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall showed many people their first glimpse of lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans. The protesters and their leaders, Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, were setting in motion the decision by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality as a mental illness less than a decade later. The events of 50 years ago are the focus of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration being held this weekend throughout Philadelphia.

Overweight U.S. women need better pre-pregnancy counseling: study


By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Better care and counseling is needed to teach overweight women hoping to become pregnant about the health dangers of their excess weight and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, a new U.S. study concludes. “Overweight women trying to conceive largely misperceive their weight, which is concerning because they may not try to adopt healthier behaviors,” said study author Mahbubur Rahman of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2006 recommended improved pre-conception care, including screening for obesity and education about its risks, they add.

Screening teens for obesity may not help them lose weight


By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Weight screenings in high school were not enough to get overweight and obese kids on track toward a healthier weight, a recent U.S. study found. With obesity rates soaring among Arkansas teenagers, the state implemented a screening program in schools in 2003, with alerts sent to parents of kids with weight problems. While the screening and reporting measures in Arkansas have been both popular and controversial, there is no evidence to support their use, said study author Kevin Gee of the University of California, Davis School of Education, in email to Reuters Health.

Row breaks out over Greek medicine supplies


Wholesalers trading medicines across European borders have criticized a suggestion by manufacturers that Greek exports should be restricted to prevent shortages of life-saving drugs in the country. The European Association of Euro Pharmaceutical Companies (EAEPC), representing firms involved in this so-called parallel trade, said drugmakers were wrong to say supplies could be in jeopardy if Europe did not take such emergency action. "The wealthy pharmaceutical industry is exploiting the potential advent of another crisis in Greece for their own commercial purposes in portraying a medicines shortage," EAEPC wrote in a letter to EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.

How To Make Coffee Even Healthier


How To Make Coffee Even HealthierWe've all heard that phrase, "It's not what you said, but how you said it."Well, that's sort of what it's like with coffee, because we're hearing that it's not so much the coffee that creates problems but, rather, the way it's brewed... and stored... and ground.As a health coach, I do have my concerns about negative health impacts, but I also...



Exclusive: Hospira wins French biosimilar drug tender at 45 percent discount


By Matthias Blamont PARIS (Reuters) - A major French hospital group has chosen a cheap copycat version of a top-selling drug for treating its patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and psoriasis in a victory for a new type of medicine known as biosimilars.    In a document seen by Reuters, the central purchasing agency for the Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) said on Friday it had decided to buy the biosimilar version of infliximab from Hospira , after the company offered a discount of some 45 percent to branded Remicade. AP-HP caters for nearly a quarter of the country's population and the tender decision will allow the copycat to make significant inroads in the French market. Hospira, which is being acquired by Pfizer , sells its drug under the brand name Inflectra.

U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes


By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to prosecute alleged war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza war and to cooperate with the International Criminal Court's preliminary investigation. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, presented by Muslim states, by a vote of 41 to one, with five abstentions. Israel's closest ally, the United States, was the only country to vote against.

Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion in largest insurance deal


A trader points up at a display on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeHealth insurer Aetna Inc on Friday said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. The deal will face antitrust scrutiny but if it goes through it would dwarf the previous largest insurance deal announced just this week, where Swiss property and casualty giant ACE Ltd announced it was buying Chubb Corp for $28 billion.



Liberia works to contain Ebola, find source of new cases


In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the home where a 17-year-old lived before he died of Ebola is seen after it was placed under Ebola quarantine, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Authorities say that contact tracing has intensified in the town where a 17-year-old died from Ebola on Sunday, June 28, 2015, as a third person has been found to have the deadly virus. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week.



Scientists convinced European heat waves boosted by climate change


By Laurie Goering LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is "virtually certain" that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. In real-time data analysis released on Friday, a team of international climate scientists from universities, meteorological services and research organizations said the kind of heat waves hitting Europe this week – defined as three-day periods of excessive heat – are becoming much more frequent in the region. In De Bilt in the Netherlands, for example, a heat wave like the one forecast for the next few days would have been a roughly 1-in-30-years event in the 1900s, according to the scientists.

Tests rule out MERS in Czech tour guide


South Korean workers spray antiseptic solution at the customs, immigration and quarantine office (CIQ) of Gimpo international airport in Seoul on June 17, 2015 in measures to prevent the spread of MERSTests have ruled out the potentially fatal MERS virus in a Czech tour guide hospitalised in Prague, the health minister said Friday. "Based on laboratory tests on the patient... I can definitely confirm the disease was not MERS," Svatopluk Nemecek told reporters without elaborating. The 33-year-old tour guide spent a week in May in South Korea, where the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has killed 33 people out of the 184 diagnosed since the latest outbreak in late May.



Kenya port workers end strike, warn of further protests


A ship docks at the main port in the Kenyan coastal city of MombasaBy Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - Striking workers at East Africa’s biggest port in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa returned to work on Friday after being warned they could lose their jobs, but said protests over higher health care costs could resume next week. The work stoppage has disrupted business at the biggest in the region, which handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia but the port's management has said normal services would resume by Monday. Workers protesting higher deductions for the government's national health insurance scheme refused to work on Wednesday and Thursday, paralysing operations at the port and prompting port management to advertise their positions in local media.



Thailand's only known MERS patient is virus-free


BANGKOK (AP) — A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus was declared free of the illness by the Health Ministry on Friday.

Thai hospital discharges only MERS case after found virus-free


Thai hospital staff work in the isolation ward where a 75-year-old man from Oman was being treated for MERS at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi provinceA 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was discharged from hospital Friday after being declared free of the deadly virus, officials said. Thailand now appears to be MERS-free after the Omani patient tested negative for the virus and the 176 other people who were under surveillance for having been in contact with him also showed no signs of the disease. "A communicable diseases expert has confirmed that he's free from MERS," Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said in a statement.



Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills California Woman


Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills California WomanA 21-year-old woman from Bishop, California, has reportedly died from a rare but devastating infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba.Inyo County public health officials told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the woman died on June 20 after being infected by Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic amoeba usually found in warm freshwater and soil. The...



Thailand's first MERS case to leave hospital


An Omani man who became Thailand's first case of Middle East Respiratory Sydnrome (MERS) has made a full recovery and will be discharged from hospital on Friday, Thailand's health minister said. The 75-year-old man, who had traveled to Bangkok for treatment for a heart condition and was then diagnosed with the virus, was declared free of the disease earlier this week. "The medical team looking after the patient and three of his relatives have decided that they can return home," Thai Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin told reporters, adding that the man and three of his relatives who traveled with him to Bangkok were preparing to leave an infectious diseases facility.

Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges


Health workers collect the body of a suspected Ebola victim from a street in the town of KoiduBy Alphonso Toweh and James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case on Thursday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had spread through animals before resurfacing. Dr Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia's Ebola task force, said the three villagers who had tested positive for the disease "have a history of having had dog meat together." Dog meat is commonly eaten in Liberia. The first new Liberian sufferer, 17-year-old Abraham Memaigar, died on Sunday in the village of Nedowein, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital Monrovia.



Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer


In this photo taken Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Hayden Murphy, 13, sits for a photo with his medicine at his home in Plainfield, Ill. Hayden is among more than 400 children and adults participating in U.S. government-funded international research investigating whether experimental insulin capsules can prevent or at least delay Type 1 diabetes. To enroll, participants must first get bad news: results of a blood test showing their chances for developing the disease are high. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) — For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?



VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close


This photo taken April 13, 2015, shows exterior of the grand rotunda entry to the historic Black Hills VA in Hot Springs, S.D. The 108-year-old veteran’s hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red, tiled roofs in a Spanish mission-style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, a scenic escape that’s become a haven known for healing veterans over the last century. (AP Photo/Kristina Barker)HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century.



Montana polygamist vows to fight for marriage license


Undated handout shows self-styled Montana polygamist Nathan Collier posing with his wives Christine and VickiNathan Collier, 46, said his bid to make his marriage to his second wife “legitimate” was influenced by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that legalized same-sex marriages in the United States. Collier, his lawful wife and a woman he said he married in a “spiritual” ceremony earlier this week sought a license from officials in Billings to legalize their plural marriage. Bigamy and polygamy are illegal under both federal and Montana state law.



Suspected Congo Ebola victims test negative for the virus


A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during a training session for Congolese health workers to deal with Ebola virus in KinshasaSix hunters in the Democratic Republic of Congo who fell sick and were suspected to have Ebola have tested negative for the virus, the health minister said on Saturday. The government and World Health Organization investigated a possible outbreak about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital when the hunters developed Ebola-like symptoms after eating an antelope that appeared to be sick when they killed it. "All of the samples are negative ... There is not an Ebola epidemic," Health Minister Felix Kabange said in an interview on state-run television.



Boom starts Tour despite low cortisol levels


Astana rider Nibali of Italy cycles with team mate Dutch rider Boom during a training session in UtrechtBy Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - Dutchman Lars Boom started the Tour de France on Saturday despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race. Boom had an outside chance of victory in Saturday's 13.8-km time trial but eventually finished 23rd, 44 seconds behind winner Rohan Dennis of Australia. "I did not have the best preparation," Astana rider Boom told reporters.



Cycling-Boom starts Tour despite low cortisol levels


(Writes through) By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 4 (Reuters) - Dutchman Lars Boom started the Tour de France on Saturday despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race. Boom had an outside chance of victory in Saturday's 13.8-km time trial but eventually finished 23rd, 44 seconds behind winner Rohan Dennis of Australia. "I did not have the best preparation," Astana rider Boom told reporters.

Kenya's main port sacks 27 strike leaders as losses hit $2 mln


By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - East Africa's biggest port in the Kenyan city of Mombasa said on Saturday it had dismissed 27 workers it believed were behind a strike this week that paralysed operations for two days and cost the port at least $2 million. Over 2,000 workers went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday in protest against higher deductions for the government's national health insurance scheme, prompting port management to threaten to fire them, having advertised their positions. The work stoppage has disrupted business at the biggest port in the region, which handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.

Boom to start Tour despite low cortisol levels


Astana rider Nibali of Italy cycles with team mate Dutch rider Boom during a training session in UtrechtBy Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - Dutchman Lars Boom will start Saturday's first stage of the Tour de France despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race, his Astana team manager said. "Boom will take the start," Alexander Vinokourov told reporters. Astana, the team of defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali, are members of the MPCC (Movement for Credible Cycling) that applies stricter rules than the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).



Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup


In this June 19, 2015 photo, Dr. Gustavo Quintana, who helps people with terminal illnesses end their lives, speaks during an interview in Bogota, Colombia. Most of the procedures he performs are in people’s home, with the patient surrounded by loved ones. Sometimes music is played. During the nine minutes the procedure typically lasts he whispers the same soothing mantra while injecting a cocktail of lethal drugs: “Rest, you’re going to sleep for the last time, a restorative sleep.” (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.



Pedal power rules the roads in Utrecht


A Tinkoff-Saxo mechanic checks a bicycle before a training session in UtrechtBy Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - Rush hour has a distinctive soundtrack in Utrecht. Two wheels rather than four rule the roads in this pleasant Dutch city that claims to have 900,000 bicycles -- that's about three for every one of its inhabitants. No wonder organizers of the Tour de France felt they were in safe hands when they selected Utrecht for Saturday's Grand Depart of the 102nd edition of the famous race.



Cycling-Pedal power rules the roads in Utrecht


By Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 4 (Reuters) - Rush hour has a distinctive soundtrack in Utrecht. Two wheels rather than four rule the roads in this pleasant Dutch city that claims to have 900,000 bicycles -- that's about three for every one of its inhabitants. No wonder organisers of the Tour de France felt they were in safe hands when they selected Utrecht for Saturday's Grand Depart of the 102nd edition of the famous race.

Malnutrition brings a terrible disease to children in Niger


A young girl operated after suffering noma disease, poses for a photo at the health centre of the NGO Sentinelles, in Zinder, southern NigerMourdja's nose has been eaten away, like one lip and part of her upper gum, leaving the 13-year-old girl atrociously disfigured by noma, a disease that thrives on malnutrition. "It was better before," the teenager says shyly and simply in the arid heartland of Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, clearly ill at ease and fiddling with her bracelets. "The problem is that this is a very fast-acting disease," says nurse Fati Badamasi, who works for the Swiss NGO Sentinelles, active in Niger since 1992.



A Birthday Gift for the Dalai Lama -- Global Compassion Education


A Birthday Gift for the Dalai Lama -- Global Compassion EducationThe Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday Wish Is That We All Live #WithCompassion.While I love his wish, I say let's take it a step further: Let's give His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the gift of global compassion education by mainstreaming compassion training in schools, communities and businesses around the world. From my experience, we are much closer...



MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital


Medical workers outside the emergency ward at the Samsung Medical Centre in Seoul on June 11, 2015Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday. The 25-year-old female doctor at Samsung Medical Centre has become the 185th person infected with the virus in South Korea. The gigantic hospital operated by the powerful Samsung business group now accounts for 90 out of 185 confirmed cases.



Oregon marijuana fans look to cash in on new law


Vendors and marijuana enthusiasts gather at the "Weed the People" event to celebrate the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonMore than a thousand marijuana enthusiasts and entrepreneurs met in Oregon on Friday to swap samples, contacts and business tips in hopes of profiting from the state's new law allowing the recreational use of pot. Licensed growers handed out free tastes, gardening experts displayed organic plant food and artists sold marijuana pipes to participants at the "Weed the People" event. “Cannabis is a great opportunity for us," said D.J. King, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers who wants to unionize workers at marijuana grow operations, distributors and retailers.



Colorado crash of medical transport helicopter kills pilot


No patients were on board, and the helicopter was not on a medical mission at the time, he said. The pilot was killed, and a flight paramedic and flight nurse were seriously injured, according to Air Methods Corp , an Englewood, Colorado-based company that operated the helicopter. “We are deeply saddened by the news that our pilot was fatally injured, and our hearts go out to the pilot’s family," the company said in a statement.

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



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.

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.

Corset training, a celebrity weightloss trend



Mother, son both fighting cancer



Real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple reunited by hope



Angelina Jolie's genetic tests can help you too



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.

Dishwasher lost 100 pounds by eating on the job


Laying at the bottom of a skateboard pool in 2011, Lucas Weaver had -- quite literally -- reached rock bottom.

After divorce, she fought off fear with jiujitsu


Michelle Anthony doesn't feel afraid anymore.

Defeating the cycle of self-sabotage


Candy Barone, 41, can't remember her late twenties.

How a coma made me a happier person


Not everyone gets to have a near-death experience. Kelly Hager considers herself lucky for hers.

From heroin-fueled bank robber to family man


Anthony Sideri hit rock bottom while wrapped in a dirty blanket on the floor of a jail infirmary bathroom in Middleton, Massachusetts. He was 25, shivering, sweating, throwing up and going through the full withdrawals of heroin.

Cuba ends mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis



Patient safety evaluated at St. Mary's hospital



FDA moves to add warnings, child-proof packaging for liquid nicotine



Over 5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's



Happy hour at the lab?



How do men lose weight?



Music opens a 'back door' to the brain



Trick your brain to avoid 'portion distortion'



Quick weight loss habits for your busy day



You can stress-eat these superfoods



Stave off soreness like a pro athlete



Fuel right! 9 triathlon nutrition rules



One-minute solutions to improve your health



Cereal could be the key to long life



Stop drinking soda, for (your own) good



Sleep better with six minutes of bedtime yoga



What pushed you out of your comfort zone?



Swimming past issues with fear



'You can do anything you put your mind to'



Fit Nation challenge update: 'It's launch time!'



Time for medical marijuana revolution



Emergency on helicopter as Nepal quake victim stops breathing



President Obama links climate change, public health



'Fearless' Ebola nurse trains at Emory University



Best sunscreens of 2015


Keep yourself safe this summer with our tips.

Avoiding pool bacteria


From bacteria in the pool to sunburns, we've got you covered.

Fireworks safety 101


With high temperatures, wicked weather and wildfires across the country, there are more warnings than usual posted about fireworks safety. In addition to harming themselves, people are also in danger of lighting up their entire neighborhoods -- unless you're in one of the cities getting pounded with rain.

What to do when lightning strikes



Don't fear shark attacks


The headlines lately have screamed terrifying news about vicious shark attacks.

Why I cried the day my son turned 6



The secrets to aging gracefully



How combat veterans are coping with fireworks



PTSD might increase heart attacks, strokes in women



Where newly banned trans fats are hiding



Kids with autism don't react to these smells



Make your stress work for you



Where sugar might be hiding in your child's food



Sweet comparisons: How much sugar is in that drink?


How much sugar is in your drink? You might be surprised. Find out how much sugar is in soft drinks, milk, juice and more.

9 things we know about turn-ons



Will same-sex marriage make America healthier?



Bill Clinton: How we can fight childhood obesity


In the early 1990s, fried foods, carbohydrates and desserts dominated Marybelle's high school lunch choices. Vending machines lined the school hallways, offering sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks. With limited healthy options, Marybelle unsurprisingly developed habits that led to high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

10 things you didn't know about hospice care



Caregiving for the one you love


For 67-year-old Joe Fabiano, every morning is the same. After helping his wife, Anita, also 67, out of bed, he helps her bathe and dress, then guides her through their home of 45 years to the kitchen.

The results are in: Tanning beds, antipsychotics and heart disease



What you need to know about the dog flu outbreak


New cases of canine influenza have spread across several states, and veterinarians are urging vigilance.

Washington reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years



Are mass killings 'contagious'?



FDA to evaluate risk of codeine cough and cold meds for children



HIV risk for Sydney patients


At least 11,000 patients may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis at Sydney dental clinics over the past decade.

New S Korea Mers case after pause


South Korea reports a new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome after a four-day break in infections, bringing the infection total to 183.

California enacts tough vaccine law


California governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that imposes one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the US.

Drone flies abortion pills to Poland


A Dutch women's rights group uses a drone to fly abortion pills into Poland, in protest at the country's restrictive laws.

Liberia quarantine after Ebola case


Liberia's authorities quarantine the area where a 17-year-old boy died of Ebola - the first reported case in the country in seven weeks.

Sun cream labelling 'confuses buyers'


There is huge confusion over the labels on sun creams, and manufacturers should all use the same rating system, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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: 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.

VIDEO: South Africa's fight to tackle HIV


Nomsa Maseko looks at how South Africa, with one of the greatest numbers of people with HIV, is tackling the disease.

VIDEO: Feeding Chad's children with Unicef


Medical editor Fergus Walsh visited a Unicef nutrition centre in Chad to see what is being done to tackle the problem of child malnutrition.

VIDEO: Blue targets reduce sleeping sickness


The lure of a bright blue target is helping to reduce numbers of tsetse flies which pass on the parasite responsible for sleeping sickness.

VIDEO: 3D printer to help build girl's nose


A 3D printer is to be used in ground-breaking surgery on a two-year-old girl.

VIDEO: Australians react to skinny jeans warning


Australians in Melbourne and Adelaide give their reaction to a warning that skinny jeans can cause damage to nerves and muscles.

VIDEO: Fish tank pump helps premature babies


A fish tank pump is among some of the simple, locally designed medical equipment helping to save children's lives in African countries like Malawi.

Canvassing support: Helping children with clubfoot


Helping children with clubfoot

The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex


The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

Colour blue may stop sleep illness


The UK scientists who've found out how to trap the tsetse fly

Can you teach people to have empathy?


Can you teach people to have empathy?

Australia reviews organ donations


Australia reviews its organ donation scheme

TTIP talks: Food fights block EU–US trade deal


EU-US food disputes delay a key trade deal

Mass vaccination call for rabies


Renewed efforts are needed to vaccinate dogs against rabies, health experts warn.

Call for improved urinary catheters


A leading researcher says industry must "wake up and invest more" in urinary catheters

Sniffing could provide autism test


The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.

Cystic fibrosis gene therapy boost


A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.

Liberia's new Ebola outbreak spreads


Two more cases of Ebola are confirmed in the Liberian village where a teenager died on Sunday - the first case for seven weeks.

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV


Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization says.

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