Rare TB case shows diagnosing, treating children is tough

When a 2-year-old returned sick from a visit to India, U.S. doctors suspected tuberculosis even though standard tests said no. It would take three months to confirm she had an extreme form of the disease — a saga that highlights the desperate need for better ways to fight TB in youngsters in countries that can’t […]

Judge rules against mom in legal fight for new family

A judge ruled Friday that a mother convicted in connection with the drowning of her three children is an abusive and neglectful parent, a major defeat in her legal battle for her new family. Amanda Hamm was convicted of child endangerment in the 2003 deaths, while her then-boyfriend was convicted of first-degree murder. Now remarried, […]

No, Bacon Won’t Kill You

The hysteria surrounding the headlines last week declaring bacon a carcinogen — comparing its consumption to the risks of smoking cigarettes — has calmed down a bit. And that’s good because the media hype with headlines like, “Processed Meats Rank Alongside Smoking as Cancer Causes — WHO” is largely just that, hype. While the World […]

Bigger bite for health law penalty on uninsured

The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact to help drive its new pitch for health law sign-ups. That means the 2016 sign-up season starting Nov. 1 could see penalties become a bigger […]

Restless leg syndrome linked to heart and kidney problems

Previous studies have linked sleeplessness to a variety of health problems. A new study provides the strongest evidence yet that patients with restless leg syndrome are at a higher risk of stroke, heart and kidney disease. The study, published this week in the Journal of Sleep Research, took a unique approach to selecting study participants […]

FDA’s new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth

Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will spend $128 million on the “Fresh Empire” campaign, which incorporates advertisements, local events and outreach to […]

How to end your sugar addiction

Energy drink: Red Bull – Three-quarters of a cup of generic-brand frosted flakes contains about 11 grams of sugar. This 16-ounce can of Red Bull has 52 grams of sugar. Red Bull and many of the companies in this gallery offer lower or no-sugar versions of their drinks. “Nearly half — 45% — of all […]

Understanding your electronic medical records

The days when doctors riffled through a folder bulging with papers to find crucial information about a patient’s medical history are disappearing. Today, health care providers at many physician practices, hospitals and health systems across America rely on electronic medical records that give the medical team, patients and their family members easy access to the […]

Chronic marijuana use in teens not linked to later health issues

The study’s results show no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that were measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana use during adolescence. A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University has indicated that smoking marijuana in your teens is not linked to […]

Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure

Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the women’s health group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural […]

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