To mayor, NYC soda ruling just 'temporary setback'
2013-03-12 23:23:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bullishness, political realities and legal questions make for an uncertain future for one of the premier pieces of his legacy: a ban on supersized sugary drinks that was struck down by a judge.
The city lost no time Tuesday getting sta...
Whole Foods GMO Labeling To Be Mandatory By 2018
2013-03-10 05:16:13 UTC
Whole Foods has announced that by 2018, all products in U.S. and Canada stores must be labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This is the first national grocery store to set a deadline from GMO labeling.
“We are putting a stake in the ground on GMO labeling to support t...
Nutrition experts offer 25 great ideas for losing weight and keeping it off.
2013-03-04 17:08:08 UTC
Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. Fad diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes to weight loss, it's calories that count. Weight loss comes down to burning more calories that ...
Nitrogen pollution drives harmful algae growth
2013-03-20 18:43:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO - Nitrogen from pollution, natural sources causes growth of toxic algae.
Nitrogen in ocean waters fuels the growth of two tiny but toxic phytoplankton species that are harmful to marine life and human health, warns a new study published in the Journal of Phycology.
Mediterranean diet = happy heart
2013-03-20 18:38:16 UTC
Mediterranean-style diets found to cut heart risks.
Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older ...
CDC app lets you solve disease outbreaks at home
2013-02-19 21:55:56 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — You may not be a disease detective, but now you can play one at home.
The nation's public health agency has released a free app for the iPad called "Solve the Outbreak." It allows users to run through fictional outbreaks and make decisions: Do you quarantine the village? T...
Costlier robotic surgery soars for hysterectomies
2013-02-19 21:43:41 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women's hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found.
The technique was used in just 0.5 percent of operations studied in 2007, but that soared to ...
Rules would make school snacks healthier
2013-02-01 19:50:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.
Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday...
What school foods are in and what foods are out
2013-02-01 19:31:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department is proposing new nutritional rules that would apply to most all foods sold in schools. The rule would apply to "a la carte" lines in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars and any other food sold regularly on campus. It wouldn't apply ...
Lilly drug chosen for Alzheimer's prevention study
2013-01-18 20:48:25 UTC
Researchers have chosen an experimental drug by Eli Lilly & Co. for a large federally funded study testing whether it's possible to prevent Alzheimer's disease in older people at high risk of developing it.
The drug, called solanezumab (sol-ah-NAYZ-uh-mab), is designed to bind to and help clea...
Large study confirms flu vaccine safe in pregnancy
2013-01-17 04:05:40 UTC
Large study confirms flu vaccine safe in pregnancy
NEW YORK (AP) — A large study offers reassuring news for pregnant women: It's safe to get a flu shot.
The research found no evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of losing a fetus, and may prevent some deaths. Getting the flu whi...
Lung cancer scans backed for older, heavy smokers
2013-01-14 11:00:36 UTC
After decades of qualms about lung cancer screening, the American Cancer Society says there now is enough evidence to recommend it, but only for current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74 and after a frank talk about risks and benefits.
The new guidelines, announced Friday, are a cautious ...
Risk to all ages: 100 kids die of flu each year
2013-01-15 22:22:33 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — How bad is this flu season, exactly? Look to the children.
Twenty flu-related deaths have been reported in kids so far this winter, one of the worst tolls this early in the year since the government started keeping track in 2004.
But while such a tally is tragic, that does n...
Report: Death rates from cancer still inching down
2013-01-11 10:17:50 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Death rates from cancer are continuing to inch down, researchers reported Monday.
Now the question is how to hold onto those gains, and do even better, even as the population gets older and fatter, both risks for developing cancer.
"There has been clear progress," said D...
Retooling Pap test to spot more kinds of cancer
2013-01-13 07:46:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, doctors have lamented that there's no Pap test for deadly ovarian cancer. Wednesday, scientists reported encouraging signs that one day, there might be.
Researchers are trying to retool the Pap, a test for cervical cancer that millions of women get, so that it ...
SC woman, oldest living US citizen, dies at 114
2013-01-06 07:08:55 UTC
A 114-year-old South Carolina woman who was the oldest living U.S. citizen has died, two of her daughters said Saturday.
Mamie Rearden of Edgefield, who held the title as the country's oldest person for about two weeks, died Wednesday at a hospital in Augusta, Ga., said Sara Rearden of...
Pro-marijuana campaign looks ahead after 2012 victories
2012-12-30 23:03:32 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After a decades-long campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with victories in Washington state and Colorado, its energized and deep-pocketed backers are mapping out a strategy for the next round of ballot-box battles.
They have their sights set on ballot...
7 Misconceptions About Male Sexuality
2012-12-25 15:15:48 UTC
"Guys just want sex and aren't interested in relationships." "Men are just Casanovas, players or studs." It's the story we typically hear about male sexuality, whether it's guys like Barney on "How I Met Your Mother," Charlie on "Two and A Half Men" or even General David Petraeus. It's the experi...
Bionic women (and men) get closer to reality
2012-12-24 06:43:01 UTC
Prosthetics and new therapies restore abilities to move, see, walk.
Science News Magazine - Outfitted with a bionic eye, arm, legs and fantastic ’70s hair, Steve Austin was a cyborg whose implants allowed him to recover stolen atomic weapons, fight aliens and protect cryptographers in distress...
Diet Pepsi quietly changes sweetener
2012-12-24 05:29:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — If that can of Diet Pepsi tastes sweeter than normal, there's a reason.
PepsiCo Inc. is quietly changing the sweeteners in the drink, with the goal of helping the soda maintain its potency longer. Cans of Diet Pepsi around the country now list a mix of two artificial sweete...
Top 10 Things That Make a Relationship Work
2012-12-05 16:31:17 UTC
If things aren’t going too well between you and your partner, don’t you worry! Here are some tips to keep in mind for a successful relationship with your partner. Top 10 things that make a relationship work and deepen the bond…
1. Spend Time Together
Take out at least half an hour from your b...
Study finds mammograms lead to unneeded treatment
2012-11-22 18:14:31 UTC
Mammograms have done surprisingly little to catch deadly breast cancers before they spread, a big U.S. study finds. At the same time, more than a million women have been treated for cancers that never would have threatened their lives, researchers estimate.
Up to one-third of breast cancers, o...
More American workers to pick their insurance
2012-11-15 19:51:32 UTC
For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock.
In a major shift in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, companies such as Sears Holding...
Study: Multivitamins may lower cancer risk in men
2012-10-29 09:32:57 UTC
America's favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found.
The result is a surprise because many studies of individual vitamins have found they do...
FDA regulation of pharmacies has knotty history
2012-10-13 04:24:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated pain injections has prompted calls for tighter federal regulation of compounding pharmacies, which have periodically been blamed for crippling and sometimes fatal injuries. But this isn't the first time Congress has pushed fo...