NH hospital calls 8 over brain disease chances
2013-09-06 19:26:59 UTC
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Eight patients who may have been exposed to a fatal brain disease at a New Hampshire hospital have been contacted by the hospital's president, who said Thursday the patients aren't panicking.
Dr. Joseph Pepe called the Catholic Medical Center patients a day after health...
No copays, easier pills may reduce blood pressure
2013-08-22 07:40:15 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a major contributor to poor health and untimely deaths nationwide.
Those efforts were part of a big health care provider's eight-year program, invol...
Study seeks super agers' secrets to brain health
2013-08-22 07:29:04 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — They're called "super agers" — men and women who are in their 80s and 90s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger.
Researchers are looking at this rare group in the hope that they may find ways to help protect others from memory loss. And they've had some tantalizing...
CNN's Gupta: I was wrong about marijuana
2013-08-10 08:12:00 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says he spoke too soon in opposing the medical use of marijuana in the past and that he now believes the drug can have very real benefits for people with specific health problems.
Gupta, the network's chief medical correspondent and a brain surgeon, detai...
Dogs help sniff out ovarian cancer in Pa. study
2013-08-10 08:01:39 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path.
An early detection device that combines old-fashioned olfactory skills, chemical analysis and modern technology could lead to better s...
Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk
2013-08-08 06:33:54 UTC
Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease — by keeping glucose at a healthy level.
Alzheimer's is by far the most common for...
'Obamacare' enrollment launch just 8 weeks away
2013-08-05 18:26:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just eight weeks remain before uninsured Americans can start shopping online for subsidized health insurance under the president's overhaul.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday consumers can now go online to healthcare.gov and create personal acc...
New Zealand botulism scare triggers global recall
2013-08-03 05:47:22 UTC
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities have triggered a global recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy products across seven countries after dairy giant Fonterra announced tests had turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulism.
New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries...
FDA defining what "gluten free" means on packages
2013-08-02 15:31:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers are going to know exactly what they are getting when they buy foods labeled "gluten free."
The Food and Drug Administration is at last defining what a "gluten free" label on a food package really means after more than six years of consideration. Until now, manufactu...
FDA links stomach bug in 2 states to Mexican farm
2013-08-03 00:31:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says an outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in those states and supplied by a Mexican farm.
The outbreak of cyclospora infections has sickened more than 4...
FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods
2013-07-26 22:10:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are that about 15 percent of the food you eat — more if your diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables and cheese — comes from abroad, and the government is taking steps now to make it safer.
New rules proposed Friday by the Food and Drug Administration would make U.S....
Skipping breakfast may increase heart attack risk
2013-07-23 06:47:34 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Another reason to eat breakfast: Skipping it may increase your chances of a heart attack.
A study of older men found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of a heart attack than those who ate a morning meal. There's no reason why the results wouldn't...
McDonald's predicts tough year despite new items
2013-07-22 14:58:36 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is mixing up its menu with healthier, fresher sounding items such as its chicken McWraps, but not enough customers are biting.
The world's biggest hamburger chain on Monday reported a second-quarter profit that rose 4 percent but fell short of Wall Street expectation...
Breastfeeding Note From Pizza Waitress Pays It Forward
2013-07-19 05:07:24 UTC
A breastfeeding mother at a pizza restaurant got the surprise of her life when she received a free pizza and a kind note on her receipt from a waitress.
Jackie Johnson-Smith, 33, a stay-at-home mother from Ankeny, Iowa was celebrating her 33rd birthday on Sunday at Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines ...
Study: Later retirement may help prevent dementia
2013-07-16 07:15:29 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.
It's by far the larges...
FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice
2013-07-12 09:12:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favorite drinks.
The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year o...
Margarine v butter: are synthetic spreads toast?
2013-07-09 08:55:13 UTC
Butter v marg: it's a fight that has gone on for decades. On one side, there's butter – rich, creamy, defiantly full-fat and made for millennia by churning the milk or cream from cattle. On the other, there's margarine: the arriviste spread invented in the 1860s. It might not taste delicious, and...
Goodbye M&M's, hello granola bars as school snacks
2013-06-28 06:40:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is onto you.
For the first time, the Agriculture Department is telling schools what sorts of snacks they can sell. The new restriction...
Do you know your RMR? (resting energy expenditure)
2013-06-24 14:02:03 UTC
Do you know your RMR? Better yet, what is RMR! RMR (resting energy expenditure) is the number of calories your body burns each day with little or no activity. Why is this important? Your RMR makes up the largest (65-75%) of your total metabolism. Knowing your RMR is a key tool in weight mana...
Doctors make progress toward 'artificial pancreas'
2013-06-24 13:51:28 UTC
Doctors are reporting a major step toward an "artificial pancreas," a device that would constantly monitor blood sugar in people with diabetes and automatically supply insulin as needed.
A key component of such a system — an insulin pump programmed to shut down if blood-sugar dips too low whil...
Latest bird flu strain 'kills more than a third'
2013-06-24 13:46:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — More than a third of patients infected with a new strain of bird flu died after being admitted to the hospital earlier this year, Chinese researchers report in a new study.
Since the new H7N9 bird flu first broke out in China in late March, the strain has sickened more than 130 p...
40 percent of women killed worldwide slain by partner
2013-06-22 00:57:29 UTC
LONDON (AP) — In the first major global review of violence against women, a series of reports released Thursday found that about a third of women have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner.
The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, called it...
Morning-after pill is going over-the-counter
2013-06-21 00:36:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter.
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, lifting all age limits on the emergency contraceptive.
The move came a week after the Obama administration ended month...
Palace sheds some light on Kate's baby plans
2013-06-19 15:37:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — With Prince William and the former Kate Middleton expecting their first child in mid-July — and much of the world interested in the birth of a future monarch — officials at Clarence House have released some of the couple's plans, although many details are still being kept priv...
House to consider cuts to food stamps
2013-06-19 15:34:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A wide-ranging farm bill the House is considering would cut food stamps by $2 billion a year and make it more difficult for some people to qualify for the domestic food aid program.
Passage of the five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill could depend on the level of cu...