Latest HIV vaccine doesn't work; govt halts study
2013-04-28 05:35:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest bad news in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine: The government halted a large U.S. study on Thursday, saying the experimental shots aren't preventing HIV infection.
Nor did the shots reduce the amount of the AIDS virus in the blood when people who'd been vaccinat...
Study: chicken, ground beef are riskiest meats
2013-04-28 05:33:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — An analysis of more than 33,000 cases of foodborne illness shows that ground beef and chicken have caused more hospitalizations than other meats.
The report by the Center for Science in Public Interest says chicken nuggets, ham and sausage pose the lowest risk of food...
UK experts: Cosmetic surgery needs tighter rules
2013-04-28 05:31:53 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A group of independent experts has slammed Britain's cosmetic surgery industry for not protecting patients adequately and is calling for stricter controls in the aftermath of a breast implant scandal in Europe last year that left tens of thousands of women with cheap silicon...
The Toxic Truth About Sugar
2013-04-15 15:42:28 UTC
Is sugar a poison? Professor Lustig’s the number one enemy of the sugar lobby. According to him sugar is clearly poisonous in larger quantities. Now Lustig’s published a well written article in the prestigious scientific journal Nature.
The negative health effects of todays sugar consumption c...
Death toll from bird flu in China rises to 13
2013-04-14 17:06:00 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Two more people have died in China from a new strain of bird flu, raising the death toll from the virus to 13, state media reported Sunday.
The official Xinhua News Agency said the two deaths were reported in Shanghai and that three new cases were also confirmed in the f...
Implanted 'bracelet' helps treat chronic heartburn
2013-04-14 04:33:57 UTC
A tiny magnetic bracelet implanted at the base of the throat is greatly improving life for some people with chronic heartburn who need more help than medicine can give them.
It's a novel way to treat severe acid reflux, which plagues millions of Americans and can raise their ris...
Medicare hike could also hit some in middle class
2013-04-14 04:31:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired as a city worker, Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque, N.M., and drives an 18-year-old Subaru.
Pugach doesn't see herself as upper-income by any stretch, but President Barack Obama's budget would raise her Medicare p...
Louisiana company recalls 468K pounds of meat
2013-04-14 04:25:33 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Louisiana-based meat packing company has expanded a recall of meat products because of possible bacterial contamination. No illnesses have been reported
The Manda Packing Company recall announced this past week now includes 4...
Mexico City tries to get salt shakers off tables
2013-04-14 04:02:54 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Salt and lime with tequila. Salt with your iced "michelada" beer. Salt and chili on fruit and even candy. Mexicans love salt, so much so that some estimates show them eating nearly three times the recommended amount and significantly more than what Americans pu...
4-year-old boy recovers from new bird flu in China
2013-04-14 03:57:25 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A 4-year-old boy has recovered from a new strain of bird flu that has killed nine people in China, a doctor said Wednesday, as the country's premier said the outbreak was under control.
The child from Shanghai is among 33 people confirmed to have been infected with the H...
Nobel prizewinner, IVF pioneer Robert Edwards dead
2013-04-10 16:06:10 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Robert Edwards, a Nobel prizewinner from Britain whose pioneering in vitro fertilization research led to the first test tube baby and has since brought millions of people into the world, died Wednesday at age 87.
The University of Cambridge, where he was a profes...
Physicist Stephen Hawking visits LA stem cell lab
2013-04-10 05:51:23 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Hawking toured a stem cell laboratory Tuesday where scientists are studying ways to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurological disorder that has left the British cosmologist almost completely paralyzed.
After the visit, the 71-year-o...
Study Bolsters Link Between Routine Hits and Brain Disease
2013-04-06 14:27:33 UTC
The growing evidence of a link between head trauma and long-term, degenerative brain disease was amplified in an extensive study of athletes, military veterans and others who absorbed repeated hits to the head, according to new findings published in the scientific journal Brain.
The study, which...
Four of the most common claims you see on skincare labels can be misleading.
2013-04-02 07:22:41 UTC
Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, explains what these popular terms really mean.
What you think it means: Free of any fragrances.
What it really means: The product doesn’t have a detectable odor—but may contain fragrances to mask its natural scent. If you’re trying to avoid ...
Are Your "Comfortable" Spring Shoes Causing Foot Pain?
2013-04-02 06:54:22 UTC
Spring is here, and so are chic ballet flats, flip-flops, and sky-high platform sandals. They're trendy, seemingly comfortable shoes, but are they good for your feet?
Not so much, says Dawn Olsen Figlo, a certified foot surgeon in New York City. Even though many women think flats are better th...
US launches new batch of graphic anti-smoking ads
2013-03-28 17:34:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Government health officials launched the second round of a graphic ad campaign Thursday that is designed to get smokers off tobacco, saying they believe the last effort convinced tens of thousands to quit.
The ads feature sad, real-life stories: There is Terrie,...
Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32 pct
2013-03-26 23:02:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.
That's likely to increase premi...
CDC: 105 US children died this flu season .
2013-03-22 16:30:33 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu season is winding down, and it has killed 105 children — about the average toll.
The flu season started earlier than usual and ended up being moderately severe.
Roughly 100 children die in an average flu season. One exception was...
Masks galore: Japanese ward off pollen, pollution
2013-03-22 15:40:10 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — On the sidewalks and the subways it's clear: Japan is becoming a sea of surgical masks. It's about pollen, about germs and even a little about China, its polluting rival across the sea.
Simple masks. High-tech masks. Scented masks. Masks in pink and purple. Yano Re...
Ga. lawmakers OK crackdown on so-called pill mills
2013-03-21 20:13:37 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia's lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing powerful painkillers to drug dealers and addicts for an illicit high.
The dozens of pain clinics across Georgia that authorities bel...
Report: 1 in 3 seniors dies with, not of, dementia
2013-03-20 18:43:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A staggering 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, says a new report that highlights the impact the mind-destroying disease is having on the rapidly aging population.
Dying with Alzheimer's is not the same as dying from it. Bu...
Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism
2013-03-20 05:09:11 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.
Health officials say the new number doesn't mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing au...
Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide
2013-03-20 21:28:31 UTC
(CNN) -- Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide each year, according to new research presented this week at an American Heart Association conference.
"This means about one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases is caused by drinking ...
NYC plan would keep tobacco products out of sight
2013-03-18 17:06:48 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.
The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco p...
Grieving husband pushes bill for unproven remedies
2013-03-16 19:57:02 UTC
LONDON (AP) — After the best-selling Irish novelist Josephine Hart died from ovarian cancer in 2011, her husband was so devastated he often went to her grave to have breakfast.
And even now, Lord Maurice Saatchi describes his wife's cancer treatment as "medieval." A member of Par...