Study: Fish oil doesn't help prevent heart attacks
2013-05-10 05:53:18 UTC
Eating fish is good for your heart but taking fish oil capsules does not help people at high risk of heart problems who are already taking medicines to prevent them, a large study in Italy found.
The work makes clearer who does and does not benefit from taking supplements of ...
GOP boycotts health care advisory board
2013-05-09 19:02:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Republican leaders told President Barack Obama Thursday that they will refuse to nominate candidates to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under the new health care act.
House Speaker John Boehner, w...
Gene test may help guide prostate cancer treatment
2013-05-08 16:23:26 UTC
A new genetic test to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer may help tens of thousands of men each year decide whether they need to treat their cancer right away or can safely monitor it.
The new test, which goes on sale Wednesday, joins another one that recently came on th...
Syrian women giving birth in exile of refugee camp
2013-05-08 05:20:41 UTC
ZAATARI, Jordan (AP) — In a tent hospital bed, a Syrian woman who was four months pregnant when she fled her country's civil war cradles one of the newest residents of this dust-swept refugee camp: Her newborn son, just delivered by cesarean.
Around a dozen babies are born ever...
A bit slimmer: Christie has weight-loss surgery
2013-05-08 05:11:15 UTC
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie, who once famously called himself "the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen," disclosed Tuesday he had secretly undergone weight-loss surgery, a major new step by the potential Republican presidential contender to address both his health and a ...
FDA wants cancer warnings on tanning beds
2013-05-07 06:03:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Indoor tanning beds would come with new warnings about the risk of cancer and be subject to more stringent federal oversight under a proposal unveiled Monday by the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA has regulated tanning beds and sun lamps for over 30 year...
FDA warns pregnant women of migraine drug risk
2013-05-06 18:33:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are warning doctors and women of child-bearing age that half-a-dozen medications used to treat migraine headaches can decrease children's intelligence if taken while their mothers are pregnant.
The Food and Drug Administration says the drugs, includin...
Bashful? Buy the little blue pill online
2013-05-06 17:28:12 UTC
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Men who are bashful about needing help in the bedroom no longer have to go to the drugstore to buy that little blue pill.
In a first for the drug industry, Pfizer Inc. told The Associated Press that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pi...
Hepatitis B no barrier to health practice
2013-05-05 17:15:47 UTC
Peter Nguyen was a promising medical student when his school learned that he had tested positive for the hepatitis B virus. He said he was blackballed by school administrators and forced to halt his studies.
"I knew the stigma" that came with a hepatitis diagnosis, Nguyen said. But he th...
Proposed SC budget says no junk food for governor
2013-05-05 05:00:38 UTC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Lawmakers in South Carolina are trying to keep junk food out of the governor's mansion.
State senators inserted a clause in the 2013-14 budget plan that would bar Gov. Nikki Haley's office and the Governor's Mansion from buying junk food with public money, whether ...
Study: Exercise cuts kidney stone risk in women
2013-05-05 04:53:13 UTC
Women have another reason to exercise: It may help prevent kidney stones. You don't have to break a sweat or be a super athlete, either. Even walking for a couple hours a week can cut the risk of developing this painful and common problem by about one-third, a large study found.
China city quashes protest against petro plant
2013-05-04 15:56:01 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — After word spread about an environmental protest that was planned for Saturday in the central Chinese city of Chengdu, drugstores and printing shops were ordered to report anyone making certain purchases. Microbloggers say government fliers urged people not to demonstrate, an...
Kaiser workers to stay in service employees union
2013-05-03 05:01:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of workers at health care giant Kaiser Permanente have voted again to remain with the Service Employees International Union rather than switch to a smaller rival.
The National Labor Relations Board says Kaiser workers in California voted 58.4 percent to 40...
US suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged
2013-05-02 19:16:14 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday.
The trend was most pronounced among white men and women in that age group. Their suic...
Decades-old question: Is anti-bacterial soap safe?
2013-05-02 19:08:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's basinet.
But federal health regulators are just now deciding whether triclosan — the g...
Food, skin allergies increasing in children
2013-05-02 05:15:35 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found.
Experts aren't sure what's behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can tri...
China automaker to open electric bus plant in CA
2013-05-01 16:04:48 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Chinese company whose mantra is Build Your Dreams plans to build all-electric buses in California's Mojave Desert.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and officials of BYD Automotive scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce plans to open the first Chinese-owned ...
UK police to track dementia patients using GPS
2013-05-01 16:01:35 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A British police force is hoping to save time and money by giving a few dementia patients GPS tracking devices, a move condemned by some campaigners as "barbaric."
Last week, Sussex police announced a plan to buy GPS devices for 15 people with dementia who are at high risk of g...
NYC elementary school adopts all-vegetarian menu
2013-05-01 15:59:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili.
Public School 244 is the first public school in the city to go all-veggie. The animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it might be the...
FDA: Morning-after pill OK for ages 15 and up
2013-05-01 04:40:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Tuesday lowered to 15 the age at which girls can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription and said the emergency contraception no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters.
The decision by the Food and Drug Administration is an attempt to...
2-year-old girl gets windpipe made from stem cells
2013-04-30 18:24:04 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.
Hannah Warren has been unable to breathe, eat, drink or swallow on her own since she was born in South...
Manage pain with these healthful foods
2013-04-30 16:54:17 UTC
No single food can completely stop chronic pain, but a healthful diet is a powerful part of your pain-management strategy. The Mediterranean diet, for example, is rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthful unsaturated fats. These foods can help build strong bones and muscles, and ...
Army amputee completes air assault school
2013-04-30 06:34:45 UTC
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson has become the first amputee to complete Army air assault school, a course so grueling his prosthetic leg broke twice over the 10 days spent rappelling down ropes, navigating obstacle courses and completing strenuous road marches.
FDA will investigate added caffeine in foods
2013-04-30 06:28:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trail mix. Potato chips. And now gum.
With a growing number of foods boasting added caffeine for an energy boost, the Food and Drug Administration says it's time to investigate their safety.
The FDA's new look at added caffeine and its effects on children and adolesc...
Irish court: No 'right to die' for paralyzed woman
2013-04-30 06:14:14 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — A paralyzed Irish woman who wants to die cannot legally commit suicide with her partner's help, Ireland's Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that moved some in the courtroom to tears.
The seven-judge court said nothing in the country's Catholic-influenced 1937 constitut...