Health Wellness

  • New drug, study method show breast cancer promise
    2013-12-13 19:29:44 UTC

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A novel way to speed the testing of cancer drugs and quickly separate winners from duds has yielded its first big result: an experimental medicine that shows promise against a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer. The method involves studying drugs in small groups of people and using advanced statistical techniques...
  • FDA takes steps to phase out antibiotics in meat
    2013-12-11 21:04:10 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat. Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics regularly to ensure that they are healthy and to make the animals grow fast...
  • Fight against malaria slows, fewer nets given out
    2013-12-11 21:00:10 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — Global efforts to curb malaria are stalling after a drop in funds to buy bed nets, according to the latest report Wednesday from the World Health Organization. For the second year in a row, WHO noted a dramatic decline in the number of bed nets given out to protect people from the mosquitoes that spread malaria. In 201...
  • Studies: Some cancer treatments can be skipped
    2013-12-11 20:50:16 UTC

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer — which can include surgery, heavy chemo and radiation — without greatly harming their odds of survival, new research suggests. The research is aimed at curbing overtreatment, a big problem in canc...
  • Indian food vendors get lessons in hygiene
    2013-12-05 07:03:21 UTC

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The millions of food vendors peddling tasty morsels from roadside stalls and rickshaws across India have long been an emblem of the country's boisterous, chaotic spirit. But now, Indian officials have a stern message for these often-unregulated roadside chefs: Wash your hands after using the toilet. Don't sneeze int...
  • French drugmaker warns on morning-after pill
    2013-11-27 08:37:50 UTC

    PARIS (AP) — A French contraceptive maker said Tuesday its morning-after pill doesn't work when taken by women who weigh more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds) and plans to change its labels to warn patients. The decision to change its labels by HRA Pharma is based on a previous study of levonorgestrel, one of the active ingredients in...
  • How to Live a Simple and Peaceful Life
    2013-11-25 08:37:27 UTC

    In our daily lives, we often rush through tasks, trying to get them done, trying to finish as much as we can each day, speeding along in our cars to our next destination, rushing to do what we need to do there, and then leaving so that we can speed to our next destination. Unfortunately, it’s often not until we approach our final de...
  • Thanksgiving Recipes — Swap
    2017-11-23 17:47:50 UTC

    <blockquote><h3>Cellophane noodles with crab (Mien xao cua)</h3>My family has no problem with multiple carbs at a meal. Rice and potatoes, noodle soup and stir-fried noodles, jasmine rice and sticky rice, spaghetti and rice — bring it on. However, we can't get our heads around eating both sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes at Thanksg...
  • 12 Ways to Help Your Child Cope With ADHD
    2013-11-23 08:03:43 UTC

    <h3>Try these methods to help your child manage ADHD without taking meds.</h3> If your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), he or she is not alone. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that in a classroom of 25 to 30 schoolchildren, at least one is likely to have the disorder. ADHD ...
  • US survey: More than 1 in 10 kids has ADHD
    2013-11-23 07:19:48 UTC

    ATLANTA (AP) — The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows. More than 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed more than 95,000 parents in 2011. ADHD dia...
  • Study ties nuts to lower cancer, heart death risk
    2013-11-21 07:32:35 UTC

    DALLAS (AP) — Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study. Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortalit...
  • Doctors: Telling patients to lose weight is not enough
    2013-11-14 06:47:03 UTC

    ATLANTA (AP) — Next time you go for a checkup, don't be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight. The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation's obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds. Doctors should calc...
  • New guidelines for preventing heart attack, stroke
    2013-11-13 07:45:21 UTC

    The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have issued the first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes. Among other things, they call for twice as many Americans — one-third of all adults — to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. WHAT'S NEW The guidelines take aim...
  • US doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs
    2013-11-13 07:50:02 UTC

    The nation's first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans — one-third of all adults — to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. The guidelines, issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, are a big change. They offer do...
  • Enjoy a higher quality of life
    2013-11-12 21:07:29 UTC

    One of the most important things people can do for their health is to engage in regular physical activity. A life that includes exercise is one with less likelihood of serious physical and mental ailments. The benefits are wide-ranging, from stronger bones, greater lung power, and a healthier heart to a lower cancer risk, a sharper bra...
  • Rickets making a comeback in the UK, doctors say
    2013-11-08 19:46:57 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era, is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain. Rickets results from a severe deficiency of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Rickets was historically considered to be a disease of ...
  • No more trans fat: FDA banning the artery-clogger
    2013-11-07 22:39:07 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of them for good. Condemning artificial trans fats as a threat to public health, the FDA an...
  • Award-winning Chicago chef Charlie Trotter dies
    2013-11-05 21:12:32 UTC

    CHICAGO (AP) — Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter, a self-taught culinary master whose namesake Chicago restaurant elevated the city's cuisine and provided a training ground for some of the nation's other best chefs, has died at the age of 54. Paramedics were called around 10 a.m. Tuesday to his Lincoln Park home, where they found T...
  • Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?
    2013-10-23 07:35:04 UTC

    What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates. Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional d...
  • At these coffee klatches, death is on the agenda
    2013-10-21 05:38:35 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — It can be tough to get a conversation going if you want to talk about the late stages of dementia, your last will and testament or the recent passing of your mother. "When you're at a cocktail party and you lead off by saying, 'What do you think about death?' it'll be, 'C'mon, man, it's a party! Chill out!' says Len ...
  • Exercise 'can be as good as pills'
    2013-10-02 19:49:19 UTC

    Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, a study has found. The work in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) looked at hundreds of trials involving nearly 340,000 patients to assess the merits of exercise and drugs in preventing death. Physical activity rivalled some heart drugs a...
  • Millions Try Obamacare Enrollment
    2013-10-02 07:34:36 UTC

    CHICAGO (AP) — For millions of Americans trying to log in, the online insurance marketplaces created by the new health care law began with a stalled website, an error message or a menu that didn't work. But the debut of the new insurance marketplaces might have been a victim of the law's own success. The initial sign-up day appeared...
  • In cancer drug battle, both sides appeal to ethics
    2013-10-02 20:01:33 UTC

    (CNN) - Andrea Sloan is dying of ovarian cancer. Having exhausted all standard treatment options, her doctors say her best hope now is a new class of cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors. The California pharmaceutical company BioMarin makes one version of these drugs called BMN 673. Earlier this year, the company presented very early d...
  • Midday naps help preschoolers learn, study says
    2013-09-24 19:20:34 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Any parent knows that a daytime nap can help keep preschoolers from getting cranky. Now a small study suggests that it helps them learn, too. The lesson for grown-ups: Don't cut out the naps if you try to cram more learning activities into a preschooler's day, say researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amhe...
  • 99-year-old Iowa woman gets high school diploma
    2013-09-24 19:01:55 UTC

    WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 99-year-old Iowa woman who dropped out of a high school more than 80 years ago despite needing only one credit to graduate has finally received her diploma. Audrey Crabtree, of Cedar Falls, smiled Monday as she received an honorary diploma for her time at Waterloo East High School. "And I feel so much smar...