Pregnant women in US with Zika spikes on new counting method

The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is reporting cases. Previously, officials had reported how many pregnant women had both Zika symptoms and positive blood tests. In a change announced Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s […]

U.S. e-cigarette use stalls as health concerns grow

Use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices has stalled in the United States as more Americans question their safety, according to a new online Reuters/Ipsos poll. About 10 percent of the 9,766 adults surveyed between April 19 and May 16 use the devices, the same percentage as in a similar Reuters/Ipsos poll in May, […]

Is it time to change how we label ‘healthy’ food?

Ever find yourself zipping through the aisles of a grocery store, crunched for time, and grabbing whatever highlights itself as “healthy,” “nutritious” or “wholesome”? Your strategy could be flawed. Experts warn that these labels do not really mean very much and can even be misleading in some cases. But changes could be in motion to […]

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 […]


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