Bioethics panel urges more gene privacy protection
2012-10-12 19:20:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds like a scene from a TV show: Someone sends a discarded coffee cup to a laboratory where the unwitting drinker's DNA is decoded, predicting what diseases lurk in his or her future.
A presidential commission found that's legally possible in about half the states — and...
Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules
2012-09-14 07:52:57 UTC
ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub.
Leaner, greener school lunche...
Feel Happier in 11 Steps
2012-09-11 06:18:23 UTC
Find out what makes you happy so you can keep it going. Find Your Happy Place.
Are you happy? It's such an important question because happiness has such a huge impact on your health, from your arteries to your heart, from the glow in your skin to the pep in your step. Happy feelings influence ...
Swimmer Nyad steady in Cuba-Fla. record attempt
2012-08-20 04:40:51 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — Endurance athlete Diana Nyad forged ahead in the Straits of Florida with renewed vigor Sunday in pursuit of a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim in open waters without the aid of a shark cage.
The 62-year-old Los Angeles woman was said to be comfortable, confident a...
Healthy Eating: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Whole Grain Foods
2012-09-11 06:16:45 UTC
Discover exactly what whole grain foods are, how they work, and what makes them some of the healthiest foods you can eat.
It seems everything these days is touted as "whole" this or that. Whole grains, whole wheat, a whole lot of health: It's the latest in food marketing. Why? Because food man...
Australian court OKs logo ban on cigarette packs
2012-08-15 06:17:40 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court upheld the world's toughest law on cigarette promotion on Wednesday despite protests from tobacco companies that argued the value of their trademarks will be destroyed under new rules that will strip all logos from cigarette packs.
Italy claim Team Foil gold
2012-08-02 20:33:52 UTC
Italy's version of the 'Dream Team' did what was expected at the ExCeL Fencing arena tonight, adding Team Foil gold to the three Individual medals they won on Saturday.
Valentina Vezzali, Elisa Di Francisca - now a double gold medal-winner in London - and new world number one Arianna Errigo w...
Olympics gymnastics: Gabby Douglas wins all-around gold
2012-08-02 20:21:24 UTC
Gabby Douglas declared American gymnastics domination as she wrapped up the women's individual all-around title to sit alongside her team Olympic gold.
Douglas, the 16-year-old, whose nickname "the Flying Squirrel" has been borne out by the heights she is hitting at London 2012, outscored Rus...
Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte to win 20th Olympic medal
2012-08-02 20:16:31 UTC
Michael Phelps won his first individual gold at London 2012 and his 20th Olympic medal by beating Ryan Lochte in the men's 200m individual medley.
The American led from the front and looked as if he might break the world record but touched for a historic 16th gold medal in 1:54.27.
Mariah Carey Joins 'American Idol' Season 12
2012-07-24 06:41:30 UTC
Mariah Carey has officially joined "American Idol."
Following weeks of speculation, Fox's entertainment president Kevin Reilly made the announcement at the Fox executive session panel at the Television Critic's Association Summer Press Tour.
"I'm so excited to be joining 'Idol.' I wanted to...
How to protect kids from whooping cough outbreaks
2012-07-22 09:26:55 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Whooping cough was once a terrible menace to U.S. children, with hundreds of thousands of cases reported annually. Then a vaccine drove cases down, and the illness became thought of as rare and even antiquated.
But it never totally disappeared, and now there's been a spike in ca...
Doctors use eggs to reverse egg allergies in kids
2012-07-18 23:48:42 UTC
First peanuts, now eggs. Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them.
In the best test of this yet, about a dozen kids were able to overcome allergies to eggs, one of the mos...
FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV
2012-07-17 22:31:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, the latest milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS.
The agency approved Gilead Sciences' pill Truvada as a preventive measure for healthy p...
CDC trying out free rapid AIDS test at drugstores
2012-06-26 17:32:51 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Would you go to a drugstore for an AIDS test?
Health officials want to know, and they've set up a pilot program to find out.
The $1.2 million project will offer free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and in-store clinics in 24 cities and rural communities, the Centers for Disease...
Older dads linked to grandkid health, study hints
2012-06-11 20:13:43 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Finally, some good news for older dads. A new study hints that their children and even their grandchildren may get a health benefit because of their older age.
It's based on research into something called telomeres — tips on the ends of chromosomes.
Some previous studies hav...
First lady applauds NYC plan to ban sugary drinks
2012-06-05 19:15:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level but she applauded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday for proposing to do just that at city eateries.
It was a telling example of the fine li...
Dark Chocolate Consumption For 10 Years Could Protect The Heart: Study
2012-06-02 18:59:48 UTC
LONDON, (Reuters) - A scientific study likely to stir the souls of chocoholics has suggested that eating dark chocolate every day for 10 years could reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes in some high-risk patients.
A team of researchers from Australia used a mathematical model to ...
Study: Simple scope exam cuts colon cancer deaths
2012-05-22 04:26:34 UTC
A simple, cheaper exam of just the lower part of the bowel can cut the risk of developing colon cancer or dying of the disease, a large federal study finds.
Many doctors recommend a more complete test — colonoscopy — but many people refuse that costly, unpleasant exam. The new study shows that...
Healthy eating can cost less, study finds
2013-06-04 04:01:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it really more expensive to eat healthy?
An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt.
That counters a common perception among some consumers that it's chea...
Coffee buzz: Study finds java drinkers live longer
2012-05-17 18:49:54 UTC
MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of life's simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or dec...
Blood drive set for flesh-eating bacteria survivor
2012-05-15 17:28:07 UTC
CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — A blood drive is being held at University of West Georgia for a student fighting a flesh-eating bacteria that threatens her life.
Aimee Copeland's left leg has been amputated, and her parents say she will likely lose her fingers as well after the infection spread rapidly...
Advocates: HIV prevention pill could save lives
2012-05-11 17:40:56 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — A pill to prevent HIV infection is already being given to some healthy people, but without government approval, it remains out of reach and too costly for many who need it.
Doctors, patients and advocates say that would change if the Food and Drug Administration takes a landmark...
Guinness recognizes surfer for riding 78-foot wave
2012-05-11 14:19:36 UTC
HONOLULU (AP) — Dude, that was the gnarliest wave ever. Guinness World Records says so.
The record-keeping agency is acknowledging a 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer for catching a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November run beats a 2008 record by more than 1 foot.
CDC: Half of young adults get sunburned
2012-05-10 19:01:39 UTC
TLANTA (AP) — Half of U.S. adults under 30 say they have had a sunburn at least once in the past year, a government survey found — a sign young people aren't heeding the warnings about skin cancer.
The rate of sunburn is about the same as it was 10 years earlier, reversing progress reported ju...
Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag
2012-05-10 18:57:04 UTC
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon investigators have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag that members of a Beaverton girls' soccer team passed around when they shared cookies.
The soccer team of 13- and 14-year-olds traveled to Seattle for a weekend tournament in October 2010....