Obama announces new moves to fight opioid and heroin abuse epidemic

The Obama administration is making it easier for doctors to use anti-addiction drugs in the fight against an exploding epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. It’s part of a package of new initiatives announced Tuesday that includes other efforts to expand addiction treatment and increase coverage for mental health and substance abuse services. These […]

Graphic images on packs may not scare smokers away, study says

While smokers and non-smokers agree in their disdain for graphic images on packs of cigarettes, smokers say the pictures still won’t stop them from lighting up. Researchers at the University of Illinois found the images made people feel like their freedoms were being infringed on, and in some cases encouraged people’s smoking habit. Large warnings, […]

Cancer patients snagged in health law’s tangled paperwork

Walt Whitlow was under treatment for cancer when he got an unwelcome surprise. His financial assistance under President Barack Obama’s health care law got slashed. That meant his premium quadrupled and his deductible went from $900 to $4,600. Hundreds of thousands of people lose subsidies under the health law, or even their policies, when they […]

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 […]

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