Health Wellness

  • Report: Nation's kids need to get more physical
    2013-05-24 04:25:58 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reading, writing, arithmetic — and PE? The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject. The report, released Thursday, says only about half of the nation's youngster...
  • Report: Nation's kids need to get more physical
    2013-05-23 17:53:41 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reading, writing, arithmetic — and PE? The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject. The report, released Thursday, says only about half of the nation's youngster...
  • Doctors save Ohio boy by 'printing' an airway tube
    2013-05-23 04:53:00 UTC

    In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day. It's the latest advance from the booming field of regenerative medicine, making body parts in the lab. In the case of Kaiba (KEYE'-buh) Gionfridd...
  • Tunisia announces 3 cases of coronavirus, 1 death
    2013-05-23 04:49:32 UTC

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A 66-year-old Tunisian man has died from the new coronavirus following a visit to Saudi Arabia and two of his adult children were infected with it, the Tunisian Health Ministry reported. His sons were treated and have since recovered but the rest of the family remains under medical observation, the mini...
  • Cancer Society hits 100 as US cancer rate falls
    2013-05-23 04:48:06 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — The American Cancer Society — one of the nation's best known and influential health advocacy groups — is 100 years old this week. Back in 1913 when it was formed, cancer was a lesser threat for most Americans. The biggest killers then were flu, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and stomach bugs. At a time when average l...
  • Portland, Ore., rejecting water fluoridation
    2013-05-23 04:46:55 UTC

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Ore., has conceded defeat in an effort to add fluoride to the city's drinking water. With more than 80 percent of the expected ballots counted late Tuesday night, the Multnomah County election website showed the fluoride proposal failing, 60 percent to 40 percent. Mayor Charlie H...
  • FDA panel backs experimental Merck insomnia drug
    2013-05-23 04:23:27 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal panel of medical experts said that an experimental insomnia drug from Merck & Co. Inc. appears safe and effective, despite evidence from company trials that the pill can cause daytime sleepiness and difficulty driving. A majority of Food and Drug Administration panelists voted Wednesday that Merck...
  • Parents face tough choice when tornadoes bear down
    2013-05-22 17:47:07 UTC

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) — With an ominous storm approaching, the Moore Public School District flashed a text alert to parents: "We are currently holding all students until the current storm danger is over. Students are being released to parents only at this time." Parents had a gut-wrenching choice, and only a few minutes to make ...
  • Senate rejects bid to let states run food stamps
    2013-05-22 17:20:08 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected a Republican amendment to turn the federal food stamp program over to the states. The current food stamp program is administered by the Agriculture Department and federal dollars are unlimited as long as recipients qualify. It cost $78 billion last year, more than double what it cost i...
  • NPS hantavirus response followed policy
    2013-05-21 04:32:35 UTC

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators probing the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommended on Monday that design changes to tent cabins and other privately run lodging first be reviewed by National Park Service officials. The report released by the Interior Department'...
  • Measles surges in UK years after flawed research
    2013-05-20 18:22:26 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of now discredited research that linked the vaccine to autism. Now, health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing epidemic of the contagious disease. This year, the U.K. has had more than ...
  • Special K churns out products in brand evolution
    2013-05-20 17:48:29 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Special K was once just a line of cereals. Today, it's a diet food empire. The brand first hit shelves in 1955 as a no-frills breakfast alternative but now caters to dieters who see its airy chips and pastries as a way to beat cravings and lose weight. And this summer, Kellogg Co. is building on its biggest mon...
  • Seamless and GrubHub to combine, no terms revealed
    2013-05-20 17:37:42 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rival online takeout services Seamless North America and GrubHub on Monday announced plans to combine and create a new company covering more than 20,000 restaurants in 500 cities across the U.S. Financial terms were not disclosed and it's unclear what the combined company will be called. GrubHub CEO Matt Malone...
  • Official: Va. driver likely had medical condition
    2013-05-20 04:42:38 UTC

    DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) — Authorities believe the driver who plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a Virginia mountain town parade suffered from a medical condition and did not cause the crash intentionally, an emergency official said Sunday. Officials did not have a formal confirmation or any specifics on the condition, but based...
  • Flesh-eating disease victim gets prosthetic hands
    2013-05-18 16:15:50 UTC

    ATLANTA (AP) — A metro Atlanta woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease was on her way back from Ohio Friday after being fitted with prosthetic hands. Aimee Copeland, 25, is returning from Hilliard, Ohio, where she was fitted with a pair of "bionic" hands with 24 programma...
  • WHO says single yellow fever shot is enough
    2013-05-18 16:14:18 UTC

    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says a yellow fever booster vaccination given 10 years after the initial shot isn't necessary. The U.N.'s global health agency said Friday that its expert group on immunization believes a single dose of vaccination is sufficient to confer lifelong immunity against the disease. The Gen...
  • Tiny preemies get a boost from live music therapy
    2013-05-18 16:13:29 UTC

    CHICAGO (AP) — As the guitarist strums and softly sings a lullaby in Spanish, tiny Augustin Morales stops squirming in his hospital crib and closes his eyes. This is therapy in a newborn intensive care unit, and research suggests that music may help those born way too soon adapt to life outside the womb. Some tiny preemie...
  • St. Louis doctor with cerebral palsy offers hope
    2013-05-18 16:10:26 UTC

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dr. Jan Brunstrom-Hernandez gently but sternly admonishes a teenage cerebral palsy patient who clearly hasn't been doing his exercises, stressing the importance of keeping muscles loose and limber. "We know it's not fair, but that's the way it is," Brunstrom-Hernandez tells 15-year-old patient Sam Ward. "Do ...
  • Afghan lawmakers block law on women's rights
    2013-05-18 16:06:29 UTC

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked legislation on Saturday aimed at strengthening provisions for women's freedoms, arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience. The fierce opposition highlights how tenuous women's rights remain a dozen years after...
  • OAS drug study eyes marijuana legalization
    2013-05-18 15:42:50 UTC

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — An Organization of American States study released Friday is calling for a serious discussion on legalizing marijuana. Drug policy reform advocates called the report historic, though it made no specific proposals and said there was "no significant support" among the OAS' 35 member states for legalizing cocai...
  • Alaska volcano shoots ash 15,000 feet into the air
    2013-05-18 05:32:54 UTC

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air Friday in an ongoing eruption that is visible for miles when the weather allows. An air traffic controller in the region said small planes have flown around the plumes from Pavlof Volcano. Ash would have to rise tens o...
  • Indonesia extends forest-clearing ban for 2 years
    2013-05-18 05:30:54 UTC

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has approved a two-year extension to a landmark ban on clearing primary rainforests and peatlands, officials said Thursday. Environmentalists praised the move but said the government must do more to curb the nation's burgeoning production of greenhouse gases. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono s...
  • Pew survey questions Gen X, baby boomer savings
    2013-05-18 05:13:23 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — A research report by the Pew Charitable Trusts says younger baby boomers and Generation Xers face an uncertain retirement because of reduced savings, high levels of debt, and losses during the Great Recession. The study found that members of Generation X, who are now between 38 and 47 years old, lost almost h...
  • EU to ban reusable olive oil bottles in eateries
    2013-05-17 17:51:42 UTC

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The small glass bottle filled, and refilled, with golden olive oil has long been a staple on many restaurant tables across Europe. Now, the European Union is going to ban it. The European Commission, the EU's executive, said Friday that, as of next year, restaurant customers will only be allowed to use oil fr...
  • Organic industry clout grows with consumer demand
    2013-05-17 17:34:39 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The organic food industry is gaining clout on Capitol Hill, prompted by rising consumer demand and its entry into traditional farm states. But that isn't going over well with everyone in Congress. Tensions between conventional and organic agriculture boiled over this week during a late-night House Agricultu...