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Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

Sierra Leone has declared a state ofemergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims,joining neighboring Liberia...

The Pill linked to breast cancer risk for younger women

A new statistical analysis findsthat women under age 50 who were diagnosed with breast cancerwere also more likely to have...

Uptick seen in U.S. breast-feeding rates

Breast-feeding rates are rising amongU.S. newborns, but most mothers still wean their babies earlierthan experts recommend,...

U.S. advises against non-essential travel to countries hit by Ebola

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention on Thursday issued a travel advisory againstnon-essential travel to Guinea,...

On first meeting, men prefer 'nice' women: study

For heterosexual men, women whoare "nice" are also "attractive," according to a new study, butthe same doesn't hold true...

WHO launching $100 million plan to combat Ebola

The World Health Organization islaunching a $100 million response plan to combat an"unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West...

Smoking linked to risk, progression of macular degeneration

People who smoke, or have smokeda large number of cigarettes over time, are more likely todevelop age-related macular degeneration...

Next Obamacare enrollment period faces bumps -U.S. official

U.S. consumers who purchase privatehealth coverage through the federal Obamacare websiteHealthCare.gov are likely to find...

U.S. hospitals get lift from surge in Medicaid sign-ups

U.S. hospitals are getting astronger-than-expected benefit from a new influx of low-incomepatients whose bills are paid by...

U.S. doctor battling Ebola takes slight turn for worse

The health of a U.S. doctorwho contracted Ebola in Liberia while helping fight anunprecedented outbreak of the deadly disease...

U.S. Justice Department wants workers to carry heroin antidote

U.S. law enforcement agents who dealwith heroin addicts may begin carrying the drug naloxone toreverse overdoses, the Justice...

DNA changes linked to health effects of childhood abuse

Trauma has lasting effects onmental and physical health that may stem from changes to DNAwhich undermine a person's ability...

Whooping cough vaccine safe for pregnant women

Pregnant women in their thirdtrimester can safely receive the whooping cough vaccine toprevent infections in newborns, a...

Lead in teeth holds secrets of person's origins, research shows

The lead in human teeth holdsclues about where a person grew up and can help criminalinvestigators and archeologists working...

Taxis, planes and viruses: How deadly Ebola can spread

For scientists tracking the deadly Ebolavirus in West Africa, it's not about complex virology andgenotyping, but about how...

India's battle against unneeded medical care finds World Bank support

India needs to curtail excessivemedical care that leads to patient overspending as more peopleget health insurance, the World...

Doctor says Australia covering up mental illness in asylum-seeker children

A former healthcare worker at Australia'simmigration detention centers said on Thursday the governmentasked him to cover...

Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center

U.S. border authorities havesuspended the processing of undocumented immigrants at a centerin New Mexico after one of the...

Express Scripts plans to narrow specialty drugs list further

Express Scripts Holding, the largest U.S.pharmacy benefit manager, expects to exclude more expensivespecialty drugs from...

Khosla-backed startup hopes to bring doctors to patients' mobiles

HealthTap Chief Executive OfficerRon Gutman believes paying the doctor a visit is expensive andtime-consuming. So why not...

Federal Obamacare market still faces cost overruns, delays: watchdog

Ten months after the botched rolloutof HealthCare.gov, Obamacare's federal health insurance exchangeis still dogged by cost...

Drug-resistant malaria reaches Southeast Asia borders, could spread to Africa

Drug-resistant malaria parasites havespread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriouslythreatening global efforts to control...

Navigators can help guide breast cancer patients through care

Patient navigators may be ableto help steer women with breast cancer through what can be adaunting treatment process, a new...

Most kids will use shade if provided at outdoor sports camps: study

Without any encouragement fromcoaches, more than two-thirds of kids at an outdoor soccer campused nearby tents for shade...

Depression linked to faster cognitive decline in old age

Among older adults withdementia, those who are also depressed tend to have more rapidcognitive decline, according to a new...

Liberia shuts schools, quarantines communities in bid to halt Ebola

Liberia announced on Wednesday thequarantine of a number of communities and the closure of schoolsacross the country, the...

More in New York, New Jersey infected with chikungunya: CDC

Cases of chikungunya virus, a painful,mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through theCaribbean in recent months,...

Suspected Ebola cases sent home as Liberian isolation unit fills up

An isolation unit for Ebola victims inLiberia's capital, Monrovia, is overrun with cases and healthworkers are being forced...

UK holds emergency meeting over Ebola outbreak in Africa

Britain on Wednesday held a top-levelgovernment meeting to discuss the spread of thehighly-contagious Ebola virus in West...

U.S. relief worker 'fighting through' Ebola virus: son

An American aid workerinfected with Ebola while responding to the outbreak of thedeadly virus in Liberia and neighboring...

Kids are accepting healthier school lunches: survey

A recent study suggests thatmost elementary age students are okay with eating the healthierschool lunches required by the...

U.S. Senate unanimously confirms McDonald to head veterans agency

The U.S. Senate on Tuesdayunanimously confirmed Bob McDonald as the next Veterans Affairssecretary, pinning Washington's...

Minnesota woman who lost husband to Ebola urges aid to fight virus

The Minnesota wife of aLiberian-American man who died last week in Nigeria from theEbola virus said on Tuesday she wants...

Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California

A Northern California man whorefused treatment and disappeared after he was diagnosed withtuberculosis has been arrested...

23andMe lands $1.4 million grant from NIH to detect genetic roots for disease

Home genetics startup 23andMehas secured a $1.4 million two-year grant from the NationalInstitutes of Health (NIH) to build...

U.S. lawmaker takes soda tax battle to Capitol Hill

A Connecticut lawmaker on Wednesdaywill launch the first national effort in years to tax sodadrinks, the latest bid by regulators...

Maryland man leaves hospital after bout with flesh-eating bacteria

A Maryland man who nearly lost aleg and his life to a flesh-eating bacterial infection hecontracted in Chesapeake Bay, has...

Federal panel rules Mississippi abortion law unconstitutional

A Mississippi law that wouldshutter the state's only abortion clinic, forcing women to gooutside the state for the procedure,...

Weekday heart attacks still getting quicker treatment at hospitals

People who arrive at thehospital with a heart attack during business hours are morelikely to survive than those who show...

U.S. appeals court upholds federal meat labeling regulation

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesdayrejected a food industry challenge to a federal rule concerninglabeling requirements for meat,...

U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

One year after the launch of a social mediaeffort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foodsmade from genetically...

Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fightagainst the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the viruson Tuesday, the country's...

American man from Minnesota died from Ebola virus -NBC

A 40-year-old man who died in a Nigerianhospital last week from the ebola virus was an American fromMinnesota, his wife told...

Guilt may spoil restorative effects of entertainment

People who play video games orwatch television to unwind after a hard day may end up feelingworse about themselves, not better,...

Tools for planning end of life care are varied, untested: study

Many tools exist to helpintroduce people to the subject of advanced care planning, butthey vary widely in what they offer...

U.S. lawyer groups launch effort to prevent elder financial fraud

Lawyers will have access to training onidentifying elderly clients who have fallen prey to financialscams under a continuing...

COLUMN-The truth about Social Security and Medicare, straight from the trustees

If you worry about the future of SocialSecurity and Medicare, this is the week to get answers to yourquestions. The most...

Asky suspends Sierra Leone, Liberia flights amid Ebola scare

West African airline Asky has suspendedflights to and from Sierra Leone and Liberia amid increasingconcern at the spread...

Inquiry finds "indications" of organ harvesting in Kosovo conflict

An EU-led inquiry found "compellingindications" that Kosovo Albanian guerrillas extracted bodyorgans from Serb captives during...

Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens -study

A rise in marijuana use among U.S.teens over the past 20 years has no significant tie to thelegalization of marijuana for...

NCAA agrees to settle head injury suit for $70 million

The NCAA has agreed to settle a headinjury lawsuit by providing $70 million for concussion testingand diagnosis of current...

"Interreality" may enhance stress therapies

Using virtual reality to add"real world" challenges to psychotherapy sessions may enhancethe treatment's effect for people...

Family of Texas doctor with Ebola not showing signs of virus

The family of a Texas doctorwho contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa hadtraveled back to the United States before...

Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak as U.S. agencies provide support: U.S. official

President Barack Obama is gettingupdates on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea,Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria,...

Sierra Leone president visits Ebola epicenter

Sierra Leone's president visited theepicenter of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leadersstepped up efforts to...

Short jogs linked to lower risk of death from heart disease

People who run in their sparetime, even if it's not very fast or very far, tend to have alower risk of dying from heart disease...

Dementia patients more likely to get pacemakers: study

People with dementia are morelikely to get pacemakers than people without any cognitiveimpairment, according to a new study....

Slower U.S. healthcare cost rise extending life of Medicare fund: trustees

Slower growth in U.S. healthcarespending and expected savings from Obamacare are shoring up thefunding outlook for the federal...

Fist bumps relay 90 percent fewer germs than handshakes: study

Ditching handshakes in favor of moreinformal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread ofbacteria and illnesses, according...

Drugs to increase "good" cholesterol may not cut deaths

Drugs that have beeninvestigated to increase so-called "good" cholesterol may notprevent deaths, heart attacks or strokes...

Peanut company officials stand trial in Georgia in deadly salmonella outbreak

The federal trial of three former peanutcompany officials charged in connection with a salmonellaoutbreak that killed nine...

Florida support for medical marijuana stays near 90 percent: poll

Support for legalizing medicalmarijuana in Florida is holding steady at 88 percent despiteweeks of vigorous campaigning by...

Dozens of ill Keith Urban fans treated at concert near Boston

Forty-six music fans were treated formostly alcohol-related medical problems at Australian countrysinger Keith Urban's concert...

Kids' packed lunches often fall short of dietary guidelines

Packed lunches that childrenbring from home are often missing the vegetables, milk and otherhealthy items recommended by...

U.S. lawmakers expand probe of federal biolab mishaps

U.S. lawmakers on Monday said theywere expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapsesincluding problems at the...

Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died

The Nigerian city of Lagos on Monday shutdown and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in thefirst recorded case...

U.S. appeals court backs Florida law in 'Docs v. Glocks' case

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday in favor ofa Florida law that bars doctors from asking patients about gunownership,...

U.N. warns of alarming malnutrition rates in Somali capital

The United Nations has reportedalarming rates of malnutrition in the Somali capital where aidagencies cannot meet the needs...

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance

A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whosefamily sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removedher from a treatment center...

Liberia shuts border crossings, restricts gatherings to curb Ebola spreading

The Liberian government on Sundayclosed most of the West African nation's border crossings andintroduced stringent health...

Evidence suggests babies in womb start learning earlier than thought: study

Babies in the womb show evidenceof learning by their 34th week, three weeks earlier thanpreviously thought, new research...

Nigeria government confirms Ebola case in megacity of Lagos

A Liberian man who died inNigeria's commercial capital Lagos on Friday tested positive forthe deadly Ebola virus, Health...

Snowboard injuries while listening to music less frequent, more severe

Snowboarders who use personalmusic players while boarding have fewer injuries but theinjuries they do sustain tend to be...

Campus security policies for citing drinkers vary widely: study

At most colleges, campus policerefer students involved in alcohol-related incidents to schoolofficials for discipline rather...

Parents of obese kids may be more ready to tackle diet than exercise

Parents of overweight and obesekids may want to help their kids be healthier, but they're moreoften willing to make changes...

Suspected Ebola victim dies in quarantine in Nigeria

A Liberian man suspected to have Ebolavirus has died in quarantine in Lagos, Nigeria, a Nigerianofficial in Geneva said on...

Teens speak more openly with doctors in private

Teenagers are more likely todiscuss topics like sexual health and drug use with theirdoctors if their parents are out of...

First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone capital on the run

Sierra Leone officials appealed forhelp on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capitalwith Ebola whose family...

India battles to contain "brain fever" as deaths reach almost 570

Almost 570 peoplein India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonlyknown as "brain fever", health authorities said...

VA bill hits deadlock in U.S. Congress over $15 billion gap

Negotiations over legislation to easethe Veterans Affairs health-care crisis broke down on Thursdayas leaders of the House...

WHO seeks humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded

The World Health Organization (WHO)called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up inGaza to allow aid workers...

Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital lastmonth for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penishad been amputated,...

Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group

As a recent ceasefire deal boostsprospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medicalaid group warned on Thursday...

REFILE-Traumatic childhood events more common among military volunteers

People who served in themilitary tend to have experienced more traumatic childhoodevents, such as being abused or living...

Traumatic childhood events more common among military volunteers

People who served in themilitary tend to have experienced more traumatic childhoodevents, such as being abused or living...

U.S. court upholds FDA animal feed policy despite health concern

A divided federal appeals court onThursday upheld a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policyallowing the use of various antibiotics...

Doctors more likely than public to sign up for organ donation: study

Doctors are almost twice aslikely as the general public to be registered organ donors,according to a study of Canadian physicians....

Behavior therapy may help prevent depression over vision loss

Combining occupational therapyto help older people adapt to central vision loss with behaviortherapy to keep them from becoming...

Child siblings may influence each other's obesity risk

Brothers or sisters might have agreater influence than parents on a child's likelihood of beingobese, suggests new U.S. research....

Too few U.S. youth getting vaccine for sexually transmitted virus -CDC

More U.S. adolescents are receivingvaccines against the sexually transmitted virus that causescervical and other types of...

Liberian man being tested for Ebola after collapsing in Nigerian airport

A Liberian man in his 40s is being testedfor the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital ofLagos, a mega-city...

Massachusetts monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members

Tucked off a two-lane highway ina hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group ofRoman Catholic monks has embraced...

FTC commissioner warns on mobile health-data gathering

Federal Trade Commissioner JulieBrill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concernabout the way apps on smartphones...

S.Africa plans plain cigarette packaging by 2015 - minister

South Africa aims to force cigarettecompanies to sell products in plain packets by next year,despite an ongoing World Trade...

U.S. health insurers to pay $330 mln in premium rebates

U.S. health insurers will send out about $330million in rebates to employers and individuals this summerunder President Barack...

EU finds 'morning after pills' work, regardless of a woman's weight

Emergency contraceptives, known as the"morning after pill," remain suitable for all women who needthem, regardless of a woman's...

GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it isapplying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccineagainst malaria, designed...

Gilead hepatitis C drug Sovaldi racks up $3.5 bln in quarter

Gilead Sciences Inc said on Wednesday that itsnew hepatitis C drug Sovaldi had sales of $3.5 billion in thesecond quarter,...

Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds

Paracetamol, a painkiller universallyrecommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does notspeed recovery or reduce...

Panel's report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance

A White House advisory committee isexpected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobialresistance in humans and livestock...

Robot bladder surgery fails to deliver fewer complications

Using robotic techniques toremove a cancerous bladder doesn't reduce the risk ofcomplications compared with conventional...

Checking pulse could help detect risk of a second stroke

Stroke patients and theirfamilies can be taught to monitor the patient's pulse and detectirregular heartbeats that might...

Hispanic Americans need tailored heart care: report

Hispanic Americans make up thefastest growing minority group in the U.S. and healthcareprofessionals need to better understand...

EXCLUSIVE-CDC says lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

The director of a governmentbioterror lab behind the potential exposure of workers to liveanthrax has resigned, the U.S....

Peer-led stress reduction may help mothers of kids with autism

Programs teaching "mindfulness"and "positive psychology" both helped mothers of children withautism and other mental-development...

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughterof musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related,a coroner ruled on...

More U.S. teens' report using human growth hormone, group says

U.S. teenagers' reported use ofsynthetic human growth hormone more than doubled between 2012 to2013 as they sought to improve...

Bill Clinton says AIDS-free generation "within reach"

An AIDS-freegeneration is within reach if early treatment is provided topeople infected with HIV and help scaled up for women...

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, battling Alzheimer's, steps down

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen isstepping down as he battles Alzheimer's disease, the NationalFootball League team said...

HIV-positive women in Central America pressured to sterilize

HIV-positive womenin Central America are being pressured to undergo sterilizationby prejudiced health workers and misled...

Michelle Obama expands push to get Americans to drink more water

First lady Michelle Obama took to theWhite House lawn on Tuesday along with children from a localYMCA and summer camp to...

Latest Obamacare legal knot won't be easy to untangle

U.S. judges have their work cut out forthem untangling a legal knot created on Tuesday when two federalappeals courts released...

Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

The head doctor fighting the deadlytropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught thedisease, the government said....

Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk

Smoking during pregnancy hasbeen linked to a higher chance of the child havingattention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),...

Fourth bacterial infection death reported at South Carolina hospital

A patient who contracted a rarebacterial infection during surgery at a South Carolina hospitaldied last week, bringing the...

U.S. Senate panel advances global disabilities treaty

A U.S. Senate committee voted onTuesday to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people withdisabilities from discrimination,...

Cartoonist Roz Chast takes on eldercare

Cartoonist Roz Chast, famous forher deceptively simple drawings in The New Yorker magazine, isnow touching a chord with the...

U.S. courts deliver conflicting rulings on Obama health care law

Two federal judicial panels onTuesday delivered conflicting rulings on how the governmentsubsidizes premiums through President...

Pregnancy doesn't drive women doctors out of surgical training

A new study disputes a commonstereotype that women who become pregnant during surgicaltraining often drop out of those training...

Exercise may slow physical and mental decline after menopause

Women who exercise regularlyafter menopause tend to maintain their physical strength andmental acuity longer than those who...

Polio still threatens Middle East after Syria, Iraq cases: U.N.

Thirty-six children in Syria and two inIraq have been paralyzed by polio since October, and the risk ofthe virus spreading...

Schizophrenia has many genetic links, study says

Over 100 locations on the humangenome may play a role in a person's risk of developingschizophrenia, according to a new study....

Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis

A German court ruled on Tuesday that somepeople suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivatetheir own cannabis...

India faces crisis over dwindling numbers of girls, U.N. says

The dwindlingnumbers of Indian girls, caused by the illegal abortion ofmillions of babies, has reached "emergency proportions",...

Parts of Chinese city in quarantine after plague death: Xinhua

China has sealed off parts of itsnorthwestern city of Yumen after a resident died of bubonicplague last week, state media...

U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress

A federal judge has thrown out a U.S.Senator's legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama'shealthcare law that grants...

Britain plans new measures to prevent female genital mutilation

Britain is to make it compulsory forteachers and health workers to report cases of female genitalmutilation (FGM), Prime...

India to probe corruption in healthcare after TV sting

India has ordered an investigationinto doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacksfor referring patients for...

MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn

Saudi scientists have found genefragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)virus in air from a barn housing...

U.S. judge tosses FDA panel report on menthol cigarettes

A federal judge ruled on Monday infavor of two tobacco companies that challenged a 2011 U.S. Foodand Drug Administration...

Chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms

An upstart U.S. food technology companyhas developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms toreduce bitterness in...

U.S. CDC says it 'may never know' how bird flu mishap occurred

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention "may never know" how a fairly harmless form of birdflu was cross-contaminated...

UK study estimates nearly 200,000 girls and women have had FGM or at risk

Almost 200,000 womenand girls living in England and Wales have undergone femalegenital mutilation (FGM) or are at risk of...

Doctors can help human trafficking victims: reports

Healthcare professionals canplay a role in addressing human trafficking and sexualexploitation, according to two new reports....

Johns Hopkins Hospital settles lawsuit with women filmed by doctor

Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190million to thousands of women who were secretly filmed by adoctor during gynecological...

Probiotics might help lower blood pressure

Regularly consuming probiotics,or the "good" bacteria found in yogurt, milk and cheese, mayhelp control blood pressure, according...

Babies of anxious mothers more likely to cry excessively: study

Women with anxiety disorders maybe more likely to have babies who cry excessively, suggests anew German study. Researchers...

"Bad" laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told

After Uganda passeda law that punished gay sex with long prison sentences, DaisyNakato got a visit from the police. The country's...

Poland to challenge EU ban on menthol cigarettes

Poland will appeal to Europe's top courtover a European Union ban on flavored tobacco products, sayingit will be unfairly...

AIDS conference vows to honor colleagues killed in plane downing

Delegates at aglobal AIDS conference vowed on Saturday to renew efforts to endthe deadly disease in honor of the commitment...

Hoopsters put circus-inspired spin on cardio workout

It has been a circus prop, a toy and a1950s fad, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as aworkout tool that fitness...

Florida jury awards record $23 billion against RJ Reynolds

A Florida jury has awarded thewidow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years agorecord punitive damages of more...

Sierra Leone religious leaders criticize government handling of Ebola

Religious leaders in Sierra Leonecriticized the government's handling of an Ebola outbreak thathas killed 194 people in the...

Illinois legalizes medical marijuana for children with seizures

Illinois children and adults with epilepsy willsoon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under alaw signed...

HIV diagnosis rate falls by a third in U.S. - researchers

The annual rate of diagnosis withHIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by a third in the UnitedStates between 2002 and 2011,...

Rates of abdominal obesity leveling off among kids

After rising steadily for morethan 10 years, the proportion of U.S. kids defined as obese dueto a large waist circumference...

U.S. Medicare program scales back hospice drugs restrictions

The Obama administration on Fridaybacked down on restrictions of private insurance coverage forhospice drugs under Medicare,...

Three more cases of rare human plague found in Colorado

Three more people in Colorado have beendiagnosed with the plague after coming in contact with aninfected dog whose owner...

Musicians On Call' bring music for the soul to patients' beds

Musicians On Call, a nonprofitproviding live music to the seriously ill, hopes to aggressivelyexpand to other major cities...

HPV test better than Pap for assessing cervical cancer risk: study

Testing for human papillomavirus(HPV) may be the best way to know whether a woman is at risk ofdeveloping cervical cancer...

Indian minister backs calls to end health sector corruption

India's healthcare system is riddledwith corruption and the national drug approvals agency is a"snakepit of vested interests",...

Life-threatening reactions to diet drug on the rise in the UK

Use of a diet drug known as DNPhas been linked to five deaths in the UK since 2007, accordingto a new report. The compound,...

Preemies treated in high-volume neonatal units more likely to survive

Babies born very early stand abetter chance of surviving if they are treated in neonatalhospital units that see a large number...

U.N. aid agencies step up emergency aid to Gaza

The United Nations said on Friday it wasstepping up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel's militaryoffensive has made water...

British police target airports in anti-FGM operation

As British schoolsclose for summer holidays, police will be trying to combatfemale genital mutilation by intercepting potential...

Medication errors may be common after hospital discharge

More than half of heart patientsin a new U.S. study made mistakes taking their medications ormisunderstood instructions given...

Washington state says marijuana brownies OK, but no lollipops

Marijuana stores in Washington state cansell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved bakedgoods but cannot put...

AIDS community mourns as top experts feared killed in downed plane

The world of AIDS research wasin a state of shock on Friday after dozens of leading experts inthe field were feared killed...

Threat rises in U.S. from mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

The first two locally acquired cases of apainful mosquito-borne viral illness, chikungunya, have beenreported in Florida,...

Canadian abortion clinic turns to crowd-funding to keep doors open

A crowd-funding campaign to save a Canadianabortion clinic has surpassed its C$100,000 ($93,100) goal butthe Fredericton,...

Alcohol, energy drink mix tied to urge to drink: study

Mixing alcohol and energy drinksincreases the urge to drink more than drinking alcohol alone,according to a new study from...

Healthy living may slow early dementia: study

A program that emphasizeshealthy eating, brain and social engagement, physical activityand heart health may slow dementia...

Before anthrax mishap, CDC made similar lab safety pledges-lawmaker

U.S. lawmakers investigatingrepeated safety lapses at government laboratories questionedThursday whether the U.S. Centers...

Is organic chicken worth the price?

Just because a chicken is labeled "organic" doesnot mean that the bird on your plate lived a bucolic farm lifebefore you...

Depression may keep some men from fighting prostate cancer

Depression may be source ofdisparities in the treatment men get for prostate cancer,according to a new study. In the analysis,...

UnitedHealth plans to be major Obamacare player in 2015

UnitedHealth Group Inc, after wading cautiouslyinto Obamacare insurance exchanges this year, on Thursday vowedto become a...

Send the kids outside to play: study

Children who spend time outdoorsafter school are more likely to be physically fit, a new studyshows. Researchers found that...

U.S. lawmakers, lawyers argue over House Republican plan to sue Obama

The Republican effort to suePresident Barack Obama over his use of executive powers gotunder way in Congress on Wednesday...

Young adults drive record U.S. trend of multi-generational homes

A record 57 million Americans, or18.1 percent of the U.S. population, lived in households withtwo or more generations in...

Scientific review finds asthma drugs suppress child growth

Corticosteroid drugs given via inhalersto children with asthma may suppress their growth, according totwo systematic reviews...

Extreme obesity can be disability at work -EU court adviser

A European Union law barring jobdiscrimination against the disabled may apply to extremely obesepeople, an adviser to Europe's...

Proposed U.S. food label changes fall short, says former FDA head

A proposal to overhaul nutrition labelson packaged foods sold in the United States does not go farenough to influence consumer...

REFILE-Nurses could manage chronic care on doctors' orders

Expanding the role of nurses inmanaging chronic conditions such as diabetes, high bloodpressure and high cholesterol could...

Chicago archdiocese seeking to help child immigrants

Roman Catholic officials in Chicago wantto provide services, which may include housing, to undocumentedimmigrant children...

U.S. Senate Democrats' Hobby Lobby bill fails to move forward

An attempt by U.S. Senate Democratsto override the Supreme Court's controversial birth controlruling failed to muster enough...

Social ties linked to lower suicide risk among men: study

Men who have more socialconnections such as through marriage and religious participationtend to have a lower risk of suicide,...

U.S. strokes, stroke deaths decreased over past decades

The number of Americans havingstrokes and the number dying following strokes decreased overthe past 20 years, according to...

King of Pops recalls fruit ices over mislabeling

King of Pops, a Charleston, SouthCarolina, maker of fruit ices, is recalling mislabeled bananapudding pops and Key lime pie...

Gene therapy creates 'biological pacemaker' cells for the heart

Researchers have succeeded in turningordinary cardiac muscle cells into specialized ones that delivera steady heartbeat using...

Massachusetts lawmakers take up bill on abortion clinic buffer zones

Massachusetts lawmakers took upconsideration on Wednesday of a bill to limit protests aroundabortion clinics after the U.S....

U.S. veterans agency needs $17.6 billion to clear wait times: acting head

The U.S. Department of VeteransAffairs needs $17.6 billion in additional funding over the nextthree years to eliminate long...

U.S. lawmakers press CDC chief over 'dangerous pattern' of lapses

U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesdaythere was evidence of a "dangerous pattern" of safety lapses atgovernment laboratories dealing...

Some kidney donors struggle to buy life insurance: study

Although people who have donateda kidney have passed a rigorous battery of tests and tend to behealthier than the average...

Stress, depression may affect how the body processes fat

Stress and depression have longbeen linked with a heightened risk of weight gain, but a newstudy sheds light on how those...

Jawbone adds food-tracking to its wristbands

Jawbone, maker of wirelessheadsets and wristbands, is pushing a new food-tracking serviceit hopes will catch on with health-conscious...

L.A. mayor welcomes undocumented kids in need of temporary refuge

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti saidon Tuesday he is working with local charities to find temporaryrefuge for some of the...

U.S. House panel to probe if there was cover-up in CDC lab mishap

A congressional panel probing themishandling of dangerous pathogens at federal laboratories willtry to determine if U.S....

Global AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030, U.N. says

New HIV infections and deaths from AIDSare decreasing, the United Nations said on Wednesday, making itpossible to control...

Chinese town trades lead poison test results for milk

After a test showed farmer ZhaoHeping's toddler grandson had high levels of lead in his bloodtwo years ago, local officials...

In Thailand, baby gender selection loophole draws China, HK women to IVF clinics

At 26, with a baby daughter, aHong Kong mother and her husband wanted a second child. To makesure it would be a boy, they...

Government report finds 2.3 percent of Americans gay or bisexual

U.S. government data released on Tuesday showedthat 2.3 percent of American adults are either gay or bisexualand that these...

Brazilian son of ex-slave may be world's oldest person -rest home

A Brazilian rest home for theelderly believes it may be home to the world's oldest man, aformer agricultural laborer born...

Nurses could manage chronic care on doctors' orders

Expanding the role of nurses inmanaging chronic conditions such as diabetes, high bloodpressure and high cholesterol could...

CORRECTED-More evidence "poppers" may damage eyesight

A club drug and aphrodisiac since the1970s, inhaled "poppers" are increasingly linked to eye damage -possibly due to a new...

Biggest threats for sleep-related infant death change with age: study

Creating a safe sleepenvironment is important for all infants, but when it comes topreventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome...

Weight loss may be an appealing way to ease hot flashes

Women will try, and stick to, aweight loss plan if it promises to ease their hot flashes, asmall new study suggests. "Most...

U.S. officials purge biosafety board in midst of anthrax crisis

Federal officials, amid the worst U.S.biosafety crisis in years, have dismissed 11 eminent scientistsfrom a 23-member panel...

Nigeria hopes to eradicate polio despite insurgency

A Nigerian military offensiveagainst Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has opened up acorridor for mobile units of health...

Heart patients might go off medication after changes in pill appearance

People are more likely to stoptaking their medication after a heart attack if the appearanceof their pills suddenly changes...

Novartis and Google to develop 'smart' contact lens

Swiss drugmaker Novartis has struck anagreement with Google to develop "smart" contact lenses thatwould help diabetics track...

Oklahoma lawmaker wants quarantine of migrant children housed in state

An Oklahoma state lawmaker calledon Monday for the quarantine of unaccompanied immigrantchildren housed at an Oklahoma military...

Death toll from West Africa Ebola outbreak jumps to 603 -WHO

The death toll from an Ebola outbreak inWest Africa has risen to 603 since February, with at least 68deaths reported from...

Novartis to test Alzheimer's drugs in patients without symptoms

Novartis said it would test twoexperimental Alzheimer's drugs on people with a genetic risk ofdeveloping dementia, aiming...

Nickel in early iPad likely triggered allergy in boy -study

Nickel in a first-generation iPadlikely triggered an allergic skin reaction in an 11-year-oldboy, a case that highlights...

Doctor characteristics may influence prostate cancer treatment

Whether a man's low-riskprostate cancer gets treated with surveillance, surgery oranother method may have more to do with...

If your friends feel like family, there's a good reason for it

The truism that friends are thefamily you choose may be more accurate than you might suppose. A study published on Monday...

U.S. inspectors find further anthrax violations, mishandling

A second U.S. investigation into the anthraxbreach at federal laboratories found major safety lapses, fromkeys left in supposedly...

Doctors find strategies to reduce medication errors among kids

Many kids are not taking theirprescribed medications, or take an incorrect dose, due toweaknesses in the chain from prescribing...

U.N. chief flies to Haiti to address cholera crisis

United Nations Secretary-General BanKi-moon flew to Haiti on Monday to discuss efforts to alleviatea cholera epidemic that...

Weather not tied to back pain: study

Back pain is no more likely tostrike on cold, rainy days than in fair weather, according to anew study from Australia. Temperature,...

Young Hispanic men face rising testicular cancer rates

Testicular cancer rates areincreasing more than three percent per year among young Hispanicmen, at a time when rates among...

German database study hints diabetes drug cuts Alzheimer's risk

A large German study is the latest clinicaltrial to suggest that a cheap generic treatment for diabetes canstave off symptoms...

Vixen workouts fuse foxy cardio fitness with girls' night out

Before the music begins members of thewomen-only exercise class, dressed in shredded tank tops, fullmakeup and wedged sneakers,...

How to fix U.S. biosecurity leaks? Close some labs

In the wake of disclosures that top governmentlabs mishandled anthrax, smallpox and avian flu, U.S. healthauthorities are...

As Ebola stalks West Africa, medics fight mistrust, hostility

Governmentsand health agencies trying to contain the world's deadliest everEbola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion...

U.S. House panel sets witness list for CDC anthrax hearing

A U.S. congressional committee saidon Sunday that it will hear from half a dozen witnesses thisweek about dangerous lapses...

U.S. Medicaid enrollment nears 7 million since Obamacare rollout

New enrollments in Obamacare'sMedicaid expansion and other healthcare programs for the poorhave reached 6.7 million people...

In the brain, sex addiction looks the same as drug addiction

Pornography triggers brain activity insex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains ofdrug addicts, researchers...

UPDATE 1-Anthrax probe reveals new incident with bird flu, widespread safety lapses

Federal health officials on Friday disclosed anew safety breach at a high-security U.S. laboratory involvingdangerous avian...

FDA recommendations on tobacco grants prompt transparency concerns

Last year the U.S. Food and DrugAdministration recommended that millions of dollars in researchgrants be awarded to scientists...

Early ACL surgery has benefits for young athletes

Young athletes who put offsurgery after tearing their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) maybe more likely to sustain a second...

Anthrax probe reveals new incident with bird flu, widespread safety lapses

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention said on Friday it had uncovered a new safety breachat its bioterror research...

Mustaches may raise burn risk with home oxygen therapy

A new case report from U.Sdoctors suggests that men who use home oxygen therapy shouldconsider a clean-shaven look to reduce...

Singing familiar songs may help prompt Alzheimer's patients to speak

With advanced Alzheimer'sdisease, language deteriorates and patients spontaneously speakless and less. In a small study from...

More than half of rugby tournament players lost time from injuries

Nearly 55 percent of rugbyplayers were sidelined by injuries during a 2012 internationaltournament, according to a new report....

Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

Ebola continues to spread in SierraLeone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined44 new cases and 21 deaths...

Key high-risk HIV groups threatens AIDS progress, warns the WHO

Five key groups, including gaymen, prostitutes and prisoners, have stubbornly high rates ofHIV that are threatening progress...

Sanofi dengue vaccine promising but questions remain

The first vaccine against dengue fever,from France's Sanofi, provided moderate protection in a largeclinical study, but questions...

Measles cases hit 18-year high in Washington state

Washington state health officials reported onThursday the highest number of measles cases since 1996 andurged residents to...

U.S. House Republicans to focus Obama lawsuit on Obamacare

U.S. House of RepresentativesRepublicans said on Thursday they intend to make PresidentBarack Obama's changes to his signature...

Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio

Combining two types of polio vaccine,including one that is injected rather than given orally, appearsto give better immunity...

Californians lacking health insurance halved under Obamacare: study

The number of Californianswithout health insurance has been cut in half since theimplementation of Obamacare, according to...

Gaza healthcare services on brink of collapse: WHO

Health services in the occupiedPalestinian territory are on the brink of collapse amid severeshortages in medicines and fuel...

Mississippi baby thought cured of HIV no longer in remission

A toddler thought to have been cured of HIV nowhas detectable levels of the virus in her blood, the child'sdoctors and U.S....

Negative emotions may raise stroke risk: study

People who suffer from highlevels of stress, hostility and depression may be more likely tohave strokes, suggests a new study....

Extreme fat photos may undermine message on overweight risk

Photos of morbidly obese peoplealongside a news story about the health threat from beingoverweight may cause moderately heavy...

Massachusetts curbs compounding pharmacies after 2012 meningitis outbreak

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patricksigned a law Thursday to rein in compounding pharmacies, aftertainted drugs produced...

Severe childhood obesity shows a decline in New York City

Appearing to buck national trends, theprevalence of severe obesity among school children in New YorkCity was down by almost...

Shorter sleep may speed brain aging

With less sleep, normalaging-related structural changes in the brain progress slightlyfaster in middle-aged and older people,...

WTC cleanup workers may renew health claims -U.S. appeals court

A federal appeals court in New York hasrevived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensationfor their alleged exposure...

World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 billion more by 2050-UN

More than half of the world'sseven billion people live in urban areas, with the top "megacities" - with more than 10 million...

Combining aerobic, resistance exercise may be best for diabetes

Exercise programs that combineaerobic exercise and resistance training may be better athelping people with diabetes control...

EU Commission warns Italy over contaminated drinking water

The Italian government has failed toimprove the quality of its drinking water, leaving peopleexposed to health risks from...

New form of U.S. healthcare saves money, improves quality, one insurer finds

In one of the largest tests of a novelway to deliver and pay for healthcare, insurer CareFirstBlueCross BlueShield announced...

Man diagnosed with rare pneumonic plague in Colorado

A Colorado man diagnosed with pneumonicplague, a rare form of the disease that is also the mostlife-threatening, is the state's...

EU Commission sues Denmark for not outlawing snus sales

The European Commission took Denmark tocourt on Thursday for allowing the sale of snus, despite aEuropean Union sales ban...

CORRECTED-As millions vape, e-cigarette researchers count puffs, scour Facebook

One team of researchers assessing therisks of electronic cigarettes is counting the puffs taken byvolunteer "vapers." Another...

Berkeley, California orders free pot for poor patients

A California college townknown for its liberal activism has voted to make medicinalmarijuana dispensaries give away free...

Weight associated with diabetes risk differs by ethnicity

Black and Asian adults may be atrisk for developing diabetes at a lower weight than whites,according to a new study. Based...

Asthma inhaler lodged in chest highlights importance of warning labels

A new case report from Franceoffers a reminder of why people who use medical devices likeasthma inhalers should take warnings...

NY insurer to pay up to $31 million for denied mental health claims

A New York-based health insurancecompany has agreed to reimburse members up to $31 million forpreviously denied mental health...

CORRECTED-Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking-study

That obesity can cut life short bycausing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but astudy reported on Tuesday...

CORRECTED-Advocates for blind, deaf want more from Apple

Advocates for the blind aredebating whether to use a carrot or a stick to persuade one oftheir oldest allies, Apple Inc,...

Poland asks: should a doctor serve God, or patients?

In April this year, a pregnant womanasked Dr. Bogdan Chazan, director of Warsaw's Holy FamilyHospital, for an abortion because...

Older adults and their children move closer together after health issues

Seniors who have a stroke orheart attack are more likely to end up living closer to theiradult children afterward, according...

Doctors should do more to encourage flu shots during pregnancy: study

Most doctors do not recommendflu shots to their pregnant patients, who are more likely todevelop serious complications if...

Vitamin D linked to improved survival chances in bowel cancer: study

Bowel cancer patients with high levels ofvitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease,according to new...

Advocates for blind, deaf want more from Apple

Advocates for the blind aredebating whether to use a carrot or a stick to persuade one oftheir oldest allies, Apple Inc,...

WHO urges China to tackle state tobacco monopoly in battle on smoking

China must separate the conflictingpromotion and prevention roles of its state tobacco monopoly toreduce smoking-related...

San Francisco passes law allowing forced treatment of mentally ill

San Francisco lawmakers approved alaw late on Tuesday allowing the forced treatment of mentallyill patients under certain...

U.S. Democrats aim to turn contraception into campaign drive

U.S. Democrats hope to turn theirlegal setback on Obamacare and contraception into a winningautumn campaign issue by pushing...

Alcohol ads linked to underage drinkers' favorite brands

The brands of alcohol thatunderage drinkers choose most often also happen to be the onesadvertised in magazines read most...

New Hampshire law creating clinic buffers is target of lawsuit

A conservative religious grouphas sued the state of New Hampshire to block a law from takingeffect later this week that would...

Smoking cessation more effective with pills and patch: study

People trying to quit smokingmay be more likely to succeed if they combine the patch with apill, suggests a new study from...

Baby dies inside car parked in affluent Connecticut town

A 15-month-old boy has died after beingleft inside a car parked in an affluent Connecticut community insweltering summer...

UnitedHealth: New doctor payment plan cut cancer care costs

An experiment changing how U.S. cancer doctorsare compensated cut healthcare costs by a third, with nodiscernible decline...

Two dead in shooting at Washington state medical center -police

Police said two people died on Tuesday in ashooting at a medical center in Spokane, Washington, and that itappeared a man...

US CDC says finds smallpox vials from 1950s in FDA storage room

CHICAGO (Reuters) -The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention said on Tuesday they found smallpox vials from the1950s...

U.S. senators say federal action may be needed to curb 're-homing'

U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday that the federal government may haveto take a stronger role to stop parents from transferring...

Former NYC hospital exec charged with $5.6 mln painkiller theft

A former pharmacy executive at a majorNew York City hospital was arrested on Tuesday and charged withstealing $5.6 million...

Upgraded mammograms raised Medicare spending: study

Between 2001 and 2009, Medicarespending on breast cancer screening rose markedly but did notlead to earlier detection of...

Adoption of new surgical technology linked to complications

Patients may be more likely tohave complications when a new surgical device is first beingadopted, suggests a new study looking...

Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking-study

That obesity can cut life short bycausing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but astudy reported on Tuesday...

Why most seniors can't afford to pay more for Medicare

Should seniors pay more for Medicare?Republicans think so; they have repeatedly called for replacingthe current program with...

More evidence "poppers" may damage eyesight

A club drug and aphrodisiac since the1970s, inhaled "poppers" are increasingly linked to eye damage -possibly due to a new...

Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa - WHO

Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deathshave been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea sinceJuly 3, as the deadly virus...

Washington state issues retail pot licenses

Washington state took the final step inlegalizing recreational marijuana use on Monday when officialsbegan issuing retail...

Study paves way for simple blood test to predict Alzheimer's

British scientists have identified a setof 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset ofAlzheimer's and call this...

China tells hospitals not to deny emergency care to the poor

China's hospitals must not turn awayinjured people who need emergency care, the country's NationalHealth and Family Planning...

Seven ways to keep kids hydrated

Don't wait for your kids to tellyou they're thirsty before offering them water, experts say.Instead, offer them water and...

U.S. citizen in Ghana tests negative for Ebola

A U.S. citizen suspected of having Ebolabecause he fell ill after visiting West African states battlingthe disease has tested...

New York governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

Governor Andrew Cuomo said onMonday he had signed legislation making New York the 23rd stateto allow medical marijuana, calling...

Preventive services differ between primary care docs and OB/GYNs

The services women receiveduring annual preventive care visits may partially depend onwhat type of doctor they see, suggests...

Police seek life insurance records in Georgia toddler's death in hot car

Police in suburban Atlanta are seekingmedical and life insurance records for a toddler who died lastmonth after his father...

Rural residents with disabilities less likely to get colon cancer screening

People with disabilities areless likely to get screened for colon and rectal cancer if theylive in rural areas, according...

'Re-homing' to be topic of U.S. Senate hearing

A U.S. Senate subcommittee will heartestimony Tuesday about how the federal government can stopparents from transferring...

British government announces historical child abuse inquiry

The British government has ordered awide-ranging inquiry into historical child sex allegationsstretching over several decades,...

Maturity, patience pay off for the long-distance swimmer

Marathon swimmer Doug McConnellcircumnavigated the island of Manhattan to clinch the TripleCrown of open water swimming and...

Wealthier teens more likely to smoke hookah: study

Wealthier high school studentsmay be more likely to try smoking hookah, according to a newstudy. The water-pipe device with...

How to fix a broken market in antibiotics

The drugs don't work - and neither doesthe market, when it comes to antibiotics. When sophisticated bugs that medicines used...

As millions vape, e-cigarette researchers count puffs, scour Facebook

One team of researchers assessing therisks of electronic cigarettes is counting the puffs taken byvolunteer "vapers." Another...

U.S. citizen tested for Ebola in Ghana

A U.S. citizen in Ghana is being testedfor Ebola after he fell ill following a trip to two countries inthe region battling...

Smartphones allow do-it-yourself stress hormone tests

The next addition to thecollection of health apps coming online for smartphones may be astress test, researchers said at...

UK children's TV star Rolf Harris jailed for child abuse

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, ahousehold name in his native Australia and adopted home Britain,was jailed for almost six...

Hidden casualty of conflict and crisis: Reproductive health

The chaos of armedconflict and other humanitarian emergencies exacts a high priceon reproductive health - a problem that...

European Commission urges "health" warning for online gambling

The European Commission will urgecountries to demand that online gambling advertisements displaywarning messages like cigarette...

Canada court strikes down limits on refugee claimant health care

A top Canadian court on Fridayinvalidated the Conservative government's decision to limithealth coverage for many people...

How well do people identify stinging bugs?

Most adults have a tough timetelling hornets, wasps and bees apart, which could spell troubleif a sting causes a severe allergic...

After drug deaths, Mass. lawmakers seek to curb compounding pharmacies

Massachusetts lawmakers have passed abill this week to rein in compounding pharmacies after tainteddrugs produced by a local...

U.S. "concerned" about GlaxoSmithKline-linked China trial

The United States is worried that itsofficials have been barred from attending the Aug. 7 trial inChina of British investigator...

North Carolina joins states allowing limited medical marijuana

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Thursdaysigned a law allowing limited use of medical marijuana to treatseizures, joining...

West African authorities adopt common strategy to fight Ebola

West African countries and internationalhealth organizations adopted a fresh strategy on Thursday tofight the world's deadliest...

Overweight osteoarthritis patients have more pain: study

Overweight and obese people witharthritis in their knees tend to report more pain than slimmerpeople with the chronic joint...

Would you rather sit and think or get shocked? You'd be surprised

So you say all you want to do is totake a few minutes to sit down and think without anyone oranything bugging you? Maybe...

Mandatory life jackets rule saves lives

Drowning deaths among boaters inVictoria, Australia, fell from almost 60 in the years before alaw required everyone to wear...

Study finds little benefit, some harm from steroid shots for back pain

Steroid injections widely usedto treat back pain offer little or no real benefit, according toa new study of 400 patients....

Britain must act now to tackle "national FGM scandal"-report

British courts shouldgive victims of female genital mutilation the same anonymity asrape victims, and Britain needs an immediate...

Bone marrow transplant safe, effective for adult sickle cell patients: study

Bone marrow transplants, whichhave already been used to cure sickle cell disease in children,may also hold promise for adults,...

CORRECTED-Californians spent $250 mln on excessive health premiums, group says

Californians paid a quarterof a billion dollars in health insurance premiums during a19-month period ended last year that...

UPDATE 1-Illinois high court rules constitution protects health benefits

Illinois' unfunded pension liability is$100 billion, while its unfunded liability for retireehealthcare stood at nearly $34.5...

Short rest periods between shifts linked to shift work disorder

Nurses who often return to workwith less than 11 hours between shifts are at higher risk ofsleep problems and severe fatigue...

Target tuberculosis in rich world as model for poor - WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) onThursday launched an ambitious plan for rich countries tosharply reduce tuberculosis...

Illinois high court to rule on reach of pension protections

A ruling expected Thursday from theIllinois Supreme Court involving a change to public workerbenefits could provide insight...

Pistorius has "heightened fight response", defence witness says

Double-amputee Olympic and Paralympicsprinter Oscar Pistorius can't flee dangerous situations and hasa "heightened fight...

Pot shops buzz, crime eases as Colorado law marks 6 months

At the Native Roots Apothecary, adiscreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver's busy16th street shopping mall,...

Scientists find how magic mushrooms alter the mind

Scientists studying the effects of thepsychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the humanbrain displays a similar...

Californians spent $250 mln on excessive health premiums, group says

Californians paid a quarterof a billion dollars in health insurance premiums during a15-month period ended last year that...

Ohio teenage wrestler died from caffeine overdose -coroner

A healthy 18-year-old Ohio high schoolwrestler died last month from an overdose of powdered caffeine,a county coroner said...

Fear, cash shortages hinder fight against Ebola outbreak

West African states lack the resources tobattle the world's worst outbreak of Ebola and deep culturalsuspicions about the...

England convicts more offenders than ever for domestic violence

Conviction rates fordomestic violence rose for the third year in a row to reach anall-time high in England and Wales, but...

Could strenuous exercise at night mean better sleep?

Young adults who exercisedvigorously before bed ended up getting better sleep than theirpeers who reported less strenuous...

Dark chocolate tied to better walking with artery disease

Older people who have troublegetting around because of poor blood flow to their legs may beable to walk a little longer and...

Walking may ease Parkinson's symptoms, study suggests

Going for regular brisk walksmay improve symptoms among people with Parkinson's disease andboost their quality of life, according...

Injuries responsible for most deaths during first decades of life

More Americans die from injuriesand violence before age 30 years than from any other cause,according to U.S. health officials....

Nature journal retracts stem cell paper citing "critical errors"

A stem cell paper published by a team ofJapanese and American scientists in the influential journalNature has been retracted...

Cameron enlists ex-Goldman economist in global superbug fight

Prime Minister David Cameron called onWednesday for global action to tackle the threat ofdrug-resistant superbugs and said...

Berkeley residents to vote on soda tax in November

A California college town knownfor its liberal activism will vote in November on whether toplace a penny-per-ounce tax on...

Red Cross suspends Ebola operations in southeast Guinea after threats

The Red Cross in Guineasaid on Wednesday it had been forced to suspend operationstackling Ebola in the country's southeast...

CORRECTED-Experimental Ebola drugs should be tried in Africa, disease expert says

People at high risk of dying in WestAfrica's Ebola outbreak should be offered experimental medicinesto see if they work,...

Experimental Ebola drugs should be tried in Africa, disease expert says

People at high risk of dying in WestAfrica's Ebola outbreak should be offered experimental medicinesto see if they work,...

Arizona psychiatry professor says fired over marijuana research

A University of Arizona researcherhoping to explore whether marijuana can help veterans withpost-traumatic stress disorder...

CORRECTED-Massachusetts family says VA offer of help came two years late

Last month, Suzanne Chase opened a letterfrom a Veterans Affairs hospital offering her husband medicalhelp - an offer that...

One quarter of U.S. kids ride ATVs, most without helmets: study

Twenty-five percent ofadolescents in the U.S. have ridden an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)but less than half of them regularly...

Massachusetts family says VA offer of help came two years late

Last month, Suzanne Chase opened a letterfrom a Veterans Affairs hospital offering her husband medicalhelp - an offer that...

Baby birthed by teenage mother found buried in North Carolina -police

A North Carolina teenagerappears to have concealed her pregnancy from her parents beforegiving birth to a baby girl whose...

Obamacare exchanges not properly verifying applicant data -watchdog

Online insurance marketplaces createdunder President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law arestruggling to verify whether...

In school-work transition, sleep changes may be jarring

For recent college grads who areused to staying up late and sleeping in, switching to a regularjob schedule might make it...

Too much TV tied to premature death

Not all sitting is the same,according to a new study from Spain that found adults who watchthree or more hours of TV per...

Ebola toll jumps to 467 as ministers mull response

The number of deaths attributed to anepidemic of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leonestood at 467 by Monday, out...

Real-life "Call of Duty" for Chinese teens battling Internet addiction

Baby-faced teenagers in armyuniforms practice drills in locked dormitories in China, closelysupervised by former soldiers,...

More evidence that moderate drinking may benefit the heart

Two large studies published inJune, one covering 52 countries around the globe and the otherfrom Scandinavia, link low-to-moderate...

Pain killer prescription practices vary widely among U.S. states- study

Wide state-by-state variations in howoften U.S. doctors prescribe opioid pain killers underline theneed for tighter regulations...

U.S. agency taps medical centers to investigate rare diseases

The U.S. government's leading healthresearch agency said on Tuesday it has selected six U.S.academic medical centers to help...

Judge overturns conviction, frees New York's 'cannibal cop'

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered NewYork's "cannibal cop" released from jail after overturning theformer city police officer's...

Deep-frozen testicle tissue used to produce baby mice

Scientists have for the first timeproduced live offspring from testicle tissue that wascryopreserved, or deep frozen, and...

U.S. birth control ruling fuels battle over corporate rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has opened upa new front in the battle over corporate rights by ruling thatfamily-owned and other...

Donald Sterling's mental fitness won't feature at Clippers trial

The mental capacity of Los AngelesClippers co-owner Donald Sterling will not be part of anupcoming probate trial over whether...

PA woman 'doctor' charged after giving physicals to truckers

A Pennsylvania woman using bogusmedical credentials to pose as a doctor was accused of identitytheft and other charges after...

U.S. CDC tests suggest anthrax exposures 'highly unlikely'

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention is advising some employees to stop taking antibioticsto ward off a possible...

One-third of knee replacements in the U.S. may be inappropriate

Judging by the symptoms ofpeople with knee arthritis, one-third of knee replacementsurgeries may be inappropriate, according...

Doctor group suggests skipping routine pelvic exams

Most women should not getroutine pelvic exams, according to a new guideline from a groupof U.S. internal medicine doctors....

Students who send explicit texts more likely to be sexually active

Parents who catch their middleschool-aged children sexting may be justified in suspectingsomething more, a new study suggests....

Fear, suspicion undermine West Africa's battle against Ebola

When Mohamed Swarraycontracted the deadly Ebola disease in June, he was confined toa tented isolation ward at Kenema in eastern...

White House says Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes women's health

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling thatsome business owners are not required to provide birth controlcoverage to employees puts...

Videoconferencing linked to reduced stress for some hospitalized kids

The ability to videochat withfamily and friends might help relieve stress among somehospitalized kids, according to a new...

U.S. top court rules for companies on birth control mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Mondayruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to aprovision of President Barack...

Patients recruited for vital studies on Saudi MERS virus

Saudi Arabia says it has recruitedpatients for a crucial study on the source of the deadly MERSvirus, acknowledging it is...

Desert ultra-marathoners test spiritual and physical mettle

In the world of long-distance runningthere are the marathoners, ultra-marathoners and the desertrunners who trek for days...

Israel's top court says mother need not have son circumcised

Israel's Supreme Court has overturneda ruling by a court of rabbis that would have forced a mother tohave her son circumcised...

CDC didn't heed own lessons from 2004 anthrax scare

When a Maryland labaccidentally sent a batch of live anthrax to a children'shospital in California in 2004, the U.S. Centers...

Most Spaniards oppose plan to tighten abortion law: poll

Most Spaniards do not want the governmentto change abortion laws to make it harder to terminate unwantedpregnancies, a poll...

U.S. military hospitals plagued by avoidable errors: NYT

The U.S. military hospital system,which cares for the 1.6 million active-duty service members andtheir families, is rife...

On eve of court ruling, Americans oppose contraceptive ban

A majority of Americans opposeletting employers, based on their religious views, excludecertain contraceptives from workers'...

White House review of Veterans Administration finds 'corrosive culture'

A scathing review of thescandal-plagued U.S. Veterans Administration found significantand chronic failures across the board...

Canola oil-enriched diet may benefit people with diabetes

Switching to a diet low insimple sugars and high in healthy fats, like the types found incanola oil, could help people with...

New Jersey may be first state to ban smoking on beaches, in parks

New Jersey could become the first statein the nation to ban cigarettes, cigars and other tobaccoproducts in all public parks...

Philip Morris seeks review of EU tobacco law

Marlboro cigarette maker Philip MorrisInternational is seeking to challenge Europe's new laws ontobacco products, the latest...

Few lifestyle factors influence sperm shape and size: study

For couples struggling withinfertility, there are few lifestyle changes men can make toimprove the size and shape of their...

Massachusetts abortion clinics boost security, lawmakers seek fix

Massachusetts is beefing up securityaround abortion clinics and scrambling for a legal fix after theU.S. Supreme Court voided...

Sydney Olympics didn't make Australians more active: study

Hosting the Olympic Gamesusually entails a whirlwind of new construction, an influx ofinternational tourism and worldwide...

Treating gum disease linked to improvements in other conditions

People who were treated forperiodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewerhospitalizations for other medical conditions...

Bigger health warnings for Thai cigarette packs

Cigarette packs in Thailand will be 85percent covered with graphic health warnings and a quit smokinghotline telephone number...

In virus hunt, Saudi Arabia suspects African camel imports

Saudi Arabia suspects a virus that haskilled hundreds of people there may have arrived in camels fromthe Horn of Africa,...

West African nations should be prepared for Ebola: WHO expert

West African nations neighboring thosehit by the Ebola epidemic - Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal andGuinea Bissau - should prepare...

CORRECTED-U.S. government scientists retrace events leading to anthrax breach

Scientists at the U.S Centers forDisease Control and Prevention are conducting tests to seewhether the procedure they followed...

U.S. government scientists retrace events leading to anthrax breach

Scientists at the U.S Centers forDisease Control and Prevention are conducting tests to seewhether the procedure they followed...

Nets to catch suicide jumpers may be placed beneath iconic Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridgemay soon be less of a magnet for people trying to commitsuicide, as regional officials...

U.S. warns against lidocaine as painkiller for teething babies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationwarned on Thursday against using a lidocaine solution as a painreliever on teething...

CDC recommends combo HIV test for faster detection of virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) said on Thursday it has recommended a new typeof HIV testing that...

Women prefer longer labor over more intense pain: study

If you were giving birth, whatwould be your choice: a longer labor with relatively less pain,or a shorter labor with terrible...

Quitting snus after a heart attack halves death risk: study

Heart attack survivors who stopusing snus, a Swedish smokeless tobacco, were half as likely todie in the next two years as...

U.S. court strikes down protest bar on Massachusetts abortion clinics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursdaystruck down a Massachusetts law that mandates a protectivebuffer zone around abortion clinics...

Dozens hospitalized after Boston rave concert

Dozens of people were taken to hospitalsafter a house music concert at Boston's TD Garden late onWednesday night, potentially...

Men at high risk for HIV may misjudge their vulnerability

Many gay, bisexual and queer menwho are good candidates for a drug that prevents HIV don'tbelieve their risk of being infected...

New drug policy too burdensome, hospices say

The Centers for Medicare andMedicaid Services met Wednesday with 30 hospice and healthcareorganizations after outcry over...

High blood pressure tied to impaired color vision

Japanese men with higher bloodpressure were more likely to have impaired color vision, a newstudy has found. Researchers...

State high court rules NYC ban on large sodas is illegal

Former New York City Mayor MichaelBloomberg's plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants andother eateries was rejected...

COLUMN-Retirement and same-sex couples, a year after DOMA ruling

Something big happened in the world ofretirement benefits a year ago today: The U.S. Supreme Courtstruck down the Defense...

Two top Republicans back generic drugmakers in fight with FDA

Two senior Republican lawmakersvoiced support on Wednesday for the generic drug industry'sfight against a proposed U.S. rule...

Britain pushes ahead with plans to ban cigarette packet branding

Britain on Thursday published draftregulations that would force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes inunbranded packaging with...

Drastic action needed to halt world's worst Ebola outbreak: WHO

An Ebola outbreak that began in Guineahas turned into a cross-border crisis that could spread to morecountries, the World...

More Americans use cannabis, seek treatment: U.N. drugs agency

More Americans are consuming cannabis astheir perception of the health risks declines, the U.N. drugsand crime agency said...

Two top Veterans Affairs officials leave agency, VA says

The Department of Veterans Affairs onWednesday announced the departure of two senior officials in thewake of a scandal over...

Consumer group wants U.S. FDA to order warning on energy drinks

A consumer advocacy group on Wednesday asked theU.S. Food and Drug Administration to add a safety warning onenergy drinks...

Scatological science: oldest human poop fossils no laughing matter

Don't laugh, but the discovery of theoldest known human poop is offering valuable scientific insightinto the life of Neanderthals...

Platelet injections don't speed hamstring repair: study

Injecting platelets from theblood into a damaged hamstring muscle does nothing to speedhealing, according to a new study...

Doctors lack tools to discuss toxic exposures with pregnant patients: survey

Obstetricians recognize thatexposure to chemicals and metals can affect a pregnancy, butsaid in a new survey that they face...

Grand jury accuses Florida agency of undercounting child deaths

A Miami grand jury has released a damning30-page report criticizing the state's embattled child welfareagency for hiding...

Georgia man charged with murder after leaving son in car seat

After having breakfast with his son at arestaurant last week, a suburban Atlanta man was supposed todrop the 22-month-old...

ADVISORY-Doc visits after high-risk surgery tied to fewer readmissions

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Doc visits after high-risk surgery tied to fewer readmissions

People who visit their primarycare doctors shortly after high-risk surgeries are less likelyto end up back in the hospital...

Study links traumatic brain injury to increased dementia risk

Older military veterans who havesuffered a serious head injury are more likely to be diagnosedwith dementia than uninjured...

Alabama abortion clinic closing ahead of tougher standards

One of Alabama's four abortionclinics will close this week ahead of a new law taking effectthat requires clinics to meet...

FDA warns of serious allergic reactions with acne products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned onWednesday that popular acne products sold over-the-counter underbrand names...

NFL agrees to eliminate cap on player payments in concussion lawsuit

The National Football League has agreed toeliminate the cap on money awarded to former players who werepart of a major lawsuit...

Soccer-Too hot for the beach but not for football, says Bento

Portugal's World Cup match againstGermany was played in conditions which are normally consideredtoo hot for the beach, coach...

Efforts to lower maternal and child deaths fall short, USAID targets 24 high-risk countries

Countries arefalling short in meeting the global goal to end preventablechild and maternal deaths by 2035, despite a U.S.-led...

Montana health record hackers compromise 1.3 million people

A data security breach of Montana's state healthrecords has compromised the Social Security numbers and otherpersonal information...

U.S. lawmakers slam veterans health bill cost estimate

Cost estimates of up to $50 billion ayear for a veterans emergency medical care bill drew sharpcriticism on Tuesday from...

Ban on inmate sterilizations moves forward in Calif. legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters)A bill to ban sterilizationsurgeries on inmates in California prisons advanced on Tuesday,days...

Advocates say more time needed to seek out N.C. sterilization victims

An effort by North Carolinato compensate hundreds of people forcibly sterilized during thecountry's longest-running eugenics...

Europe court tells France to suspend right-to-die ruling

The European Court of Human Rights hastold France to maintain life support for a tetraplegic man whohas spent nearly six...

Britons lose right-to-die case but campaigners see progress

A paralyzed car crash victim and thewidow of a man who had locked-in-syndrome lost a legal bid atBritain's highest court...

Washington state moves to keep recreational pot from kids

Washington state, which is movingforward on allowing stores to sell pot for recreational use,will require child-resistant...

White House weakened draft of FDA's proposed tobacco regulations

White House changes to proposed rulesfor tobacco products significantly weakened language detailinghealth risks from cigars...

From birth, U.S. pediatricians urge reading aloud to children

Parents bringing infants to the doctor forroutine immunizations and growth charting can expect to hear newadvice from their...

Ex-TV host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer

Former U.S. television host JoanLunden said on Tuesday she has been diagnosed with breast cancerand has already begun chemotherapy...

3-D technique improves on standard mammograms: study

Combining digital mammographywith a 3-D technique may improve doctors' ability to identifybreast cancers and decrease the...

District of Columbia approves 'yoga tax' as part of budget

The District of Columbia Council onTuesday approved a "yoga tax" on gymnasiums and yoga classesthat has angered fitness buffs...

Obese mothers have babies with more belly fat, study finds

Babies of obese mothers tend tobe born with more fat, especially around their middles, thanbabies with leaner mothers, according...

U.S. FDA cites GSK flu vaccine plant for quality violations

A GlaxoSmithKline Plc plant in Canadathat makes the flu vaccine Flulaval has been cited by the U.S.Food and Drug Administration...

Death or immobility often follows hip fractures in nursing homes

Half of nursing home residentswho have a hip fracture either die or lose the ability to walkon their own in the six months...

Polio spread feared as nearly 500,000 Pakistanis uprooted: UN

About 50,000 Pakistanis have crossed intoeastern Afghanistan to escape air strikes over the past 10 daysand 435,000 have...

Enriched exercise may help with mild memory loss

An exercise program thatchallenges the mind while mimicking daily tasks may improvemental functioning in older adults with...

YOUR MONEY-Coping with the high costs of raising an autistic child

When Linda Mercier's son Sam was aroundtwo years old, she knew something wasn't right. Sam was becoming withdrawn, not speaking...

COLUMN-The state of senior health: It depends on your state

What are the best and worst places tostay healthy as you age? For answers, take out a map and followthe Mississippi River...

Indonesia rolls out graphic health warnings on cigarette packs

Cigarette manufactures in Indonesia, oneof the world's biggest tobacco markets, began printing graphichealth warnings on...

With heat and humidity, areas will be 'unsuited for outdoor activity'

The old adage, "it's not the heat, it'sthe humidity," will come into play more often and in more placesbecause of climate...

Study finds genetic links between schizophrenia and cannabis use

Genes that increase the risk of a persondeveloping schizophrenia may also increase the chance they willuse cannabis, researchers...

California's top court says Target not required to carry in-store defibrillators

California's top court on Mondayunanimously ruled that large retailers are not required toprovide automated external defibrillators...

U.S. Senate panel calls on CDC to explain anthrax incident

A U.S. Senate health panel on Mondaycalled on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for adetailed explanation of...

Web program may improve teen driver training

A Web-based program for parentsand teens may maximize the time they spend together on drivinginstructions, and ultimately...

Keeping the aging brain active may also keep it sharp: study

Challenging the mind early witheducation and stimulating work, and later in life with reading,socializing and computer use,...

Chest-pain follow-up linked to better survival, heart health

After an emergency-room visitfor chest pain, people who follow-up with a doctor are lesslikely than those who don't do so...

Polio virus found in Sao Paulo sewage, no human case - WHO

The polio virus has been found in sewagesamples near Sao Paulo, Brazil, one of the venues for thecurrent World Cup soccer...

Soccer's many moves boost fitness skills, experts say

Young soccer players may never reachthe dazzling athleticism on display at the World Cup in Brazil,but fitness experts say...

Nestle takes step toward customizable vitamins

Nestle said on Monday it was working on anew research project that could one day lead to the developmentof made-to-measure...

FDA approves new drug to treat acute skin infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasapproved a new antibacterial drug, Sivextro (tedizolidphosphate), to treat adults...

License to boogie: Japan moves to ease dancing ban

Japan's government is consideringrelaxing a law that forbids late-night dancing in publicestablishments, according to a draft...

Apple, Google, Samsung vie to bring health apps to wearables

For decades, medical technologyfirms have searched for ways to let diabetics check blood sugareasily, with scant success....

Arsenic pollution sows despair in Chinese cancer village

Xiong Demin could not haveforeseen that the mine he worked at for 32 years would leave hishome village poisoned and hundreds...

West African Ebola epidemic "out of control" - aid group

An Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia andSierra Leone is out of control and requires massive resourcesfrom governments and...

U.S. top court rejects Wisconsin abortion case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Mondaydeclined to intervene in the legal fight over a new Wisconsinlaw that requires any doctor...

INSIGHT-Multiple protocol breaches behind anthrax exposure at U.S. federal labs

The safety breach at a government labthat may have exposed 84 workers to live anthrax centered on apivotal lapse in procedure:...

EXCLUSIVE-CDC reassigns director of lab behind anthrax blunder

The U.S. Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention has reassigned the director of thebioterror lab behind the potential anthrax...

CORRECTED-Smoking, extra weight in pregnancy tied to obesity throughout childhood

Women who smoke during pregnancyand are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to havechildren who become obese as...

Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism

In a new study from California,children with an autism spectrum disorder were more likely tohave mothers who lived close...

Medical pot bill wins final passage in New York state legislature

New York state lawmakers gave finalapproval on Friday to allow limited access to medical marijuanaand make New York the 23rd...

Genetics startup 23andMe takes step on path to FDA approval

Genetics startup 23andMe said onFriday it is one step closer to resuming sales of itsfull-fledged health product, with the...

U.S. CDC says more lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax

U.S. authorities increased to 84 peopletheir count of government workers potentially exposed to liveanthrax at three laboratories...

FDA asks for wider warning on testosterone products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said alltestosterone products on the market should include in theirlabels a general...

Standing meetings may improve group productivity

Walking while working, usuallyon a treadmill, has been gaining popularity in recent years, butthe next office innovation...

Pope Francis warns on 'evil' of drugs, opposes legalization

Pope Francis warned on Friday againstlegalizing drugs, calling addiction an "evil" which he said hadto be resisted without...

U.S. creates new CEO position for Obamacare insurance marketplace

President Barack Obama's new healthsecretary moved swiftly on Friday to shore up administrationoversight of Obamacare with...

Shorter time between pregnancies linked to earlier delivery

Women who become pregnant againless than 18 months after having a baby are more likely todeliver early, according to a new...

Metal allergies may affect joint replacement success

Metal sensitivities can lead tofailure of replacement joints, and patients should be carefullyevaluated for a possible reaction...

COLUMN-China can learn from U.S. how to cut smog

New air pollution standards on emissionsof mercury and other heavy metals from coal-fired power plantswill avert up to 11,000...

Stalled measles campaign shows health challenge in rebel-held Syria

A measles vaccination program innorthern Syria has stalled amid disagreement over who shouldcoordinate it, highlighting the...

CDC anthrax scare conjures up real Friday the 13th nightmare

It is a Friday the 13th Dr. Paul Meechanwill not soon forget. On that night last week, bioterrorism researchers at theU.S....

Ancient parasite highlights humans' role in spread of disease

The discovery of a schistosomiasisparasite egg in a 6,200-year-old grave in Syria may be theearliest evidence that agricultural...

California bill would limit football practices to reduce concussions

California lawmakers onThursday moved to restrict the number of football practices inwhich students are allowed to tackle...

California inmate sterilizations violated informed consent rules: audit

California failed to followits own rules for obtaining consent from female prison inmateswho were sterilized by having their...

UPDATE 1-U.S. says 75 government scientists possibly exposed to anthrax

As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federalgovernment laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to liveanthrax bacteria...

New York poised to become 23rd U.S. state to allow medical marijuana

Governor Andrew Cuomo and statelawmakers announced a deal on Thursday that would allow limitedaccess to medical marijuana...

Parents limit reproduction after autism diagnosis: study

After having one child diagnosedwith an autism spectrum disorder, parents are about a third lesslikely to go on to have another...

Shared decision making still lacking for cancer screening

When it comes to cancerscreening, doctors often do not adequately discuss the balanceof pros and cons with their patients,...

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. says 75 government scientists possibly exposed to anthrax

As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federalgovernment laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to liveanthrax bacteria...

Sun worshippers beware: tanning may be addictive

This may give dedicated sunworshippers reason for pause. A new study suggests that regulartanning not only may raise the...

Bay Area techies ditch phones, tablets at 'digital detox' camp

Tired of the social mediatreadmill and hoping to unplug for a couple days? Consider thisfast-growing summer camp three hours...

More support for texting to help smokers quit

Smokers using a text-messagingservice for support while quitting were twice as likely to besmoke-free after six months, compared...

U.S. senators, safety groups fight over truck driver rest mandates

The U.S. Senate is wrestling overwhether to repeal federal regulations that require truck driversto take nighttime rest breaks,...

U.S. CDC survey shows reported decline in asthma, but experts wary

Self-reported U.S. asthma rates havefallen significantly for the first time in four years to anine-year low, according to...

High hopes for hypoallergenic peanuts

Hypoallergenic peanutproducts could someday be available to the millions of Americansallergic to regular peanuts. Researchers...

Obamacare insurance holders rate themselves sicker -survey

Individuals who purchased health insurance setup under U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform lawrate their personal...

For young women, depression tied to risk of heart problems

Women under age 55 withsuspected heart problems are twice as likely to have a heartattack, require artery-opening procedures...

Drugmakers link with academia in giant UK dementia project

Drugmakers are linking with eight Britishuniversities in a 16 million-pound ($27 million) public-privatepartnership to speed...

As sequencing moves into clinical use, insurers balk

Aimee Robeson just wants an answer. Her son, Christian, was born in 2010 with multiple,mysterious syndromes that leave him...

Pope to miss procession but no health alarm, Vatican says

Pope Francis will not walk in atraditional religious procession through the streets of Rome onThursday night in order to...

Republicans accuse Obama administration over Healthcare.gov crash

Two Republican senators on Thursdayissued a report accusing the Obama administration of pushingahead with last October's...

California bill would restore funding for adult day care centers

California lawmakers advanceda bill on Wednesday that would restore adult day care servicesas a benefit under Medi-Cal, the...

U.S. senators excoriate e-cigarette company marketing practices

U.S. senators heavily criticized themarketing practices of e-cigarette companies on Wednesday,saying their use of glamorous...

Antidepressant warnings tied to suicide attempts in youths

A move by U.S. health officialsto warn the public of an increased risk of suicidal thoughtsamong young people taking antidepressants...

Antidepressants in pregnancy pose little heart risk for fetus: study

Records from nearly a millionwomen and their newborn children offer new evidence that commonantidepressants taken during...

Smoking, extra weight in pregnancy tied to obesity throughout childhood

Women who smoke during pregnancyand are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to havechildren who become obese as...

Uruguay set to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis

Uruguay, which recently passed a lawmaking it the first country to legalize the production and saleof cannabis, will also...

Parents of Texas quintuplets say two babies released from hospital

Baby by baby, week by week, theparents of 3-month-old quintuplets are bringing their childrenout of a Dallas hospital, preparing...

Air pollution linked to cognitive decline in later years

The tiny particles in vehicleexhaust and other sources of air pollution may hasten cognitivedecline in older adults, according...

Death toll from West Africa Ebola hits 337: WHO update

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebolain Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has hit 337 since February,the U.N. World Health...

Big Tobacco squares up as EU rules aim to track every cigarette

It takes a British AmericanTobacco factory machine three minutes to load 4 millioncigarettes onto a truck in northern Bavaria...

White House asks healthcare experts for help in picking VA head

The White House has turned tohealthcare experts and industry leaders in its effort to pick anew head for the troubled Department...

Oregon takes steps toward lawsuit over defunct health exchange website

Oregon is taking the next steptoward a possible lawsuit against the company that developed theembattled Cover Oregon website...

Lawmakers push bill to end sex bias in medical studies

Biomedical research backed by theU.S. National Institutes of Health must use both male and femalelab animals, tissues and...

California bill to require warning labels on sugary drinks dies

A California bill to requiresugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetesand tooth decay died in the Legislature...

German court clears helmetless cyclists from injury blame

Germany's highest court ofappeal ruled on Tuesday that cyclists who sustain head injuriesin an accident are not automatically...

U.S. Senate panel scolds TV's Dr. Oz over diet claims

A U.S. Senate panel probing bogusdiet product ads took celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz to task onTuesday for touting weight-loss...

U.S. healthcare law tied to benefits for young adults

Young adults were more likely toreport better physical and mental health after the U.S. passedsweeping changes to its healthcare...

Least accurate online videos on blood pressure are most popular

Online videos can be a goodsource of guidance for do-it-yourselfers, but consumers lookingfor help managing high blood pressure...

New England states joining forces to take on heroin crisis

The governors of five New Englandstates said on Tuesday they would begin to share data onprescriptions to cut down on "doctor...

U.S. FDA proposes social media guidelines for drug industry

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationon Tuesday issued proposed guidelines for the pharmaceutical andmedical device industries...

Stopping fluids at the end of life: a dilemma not just for Kasem's family

In the family disputes thatsurrounded American radio icon Casey Kasem's last weeks of life,his daughter's decision to carry...

Could ignorance of illness be better for mental health?

People who don't know they havehealth problems rate their own health as good, according to anew study, but their self-image...

YOUR MONEY-How to get a grip on your child's therapy bills

When I signed up my kids for therapyafter my divorce, I made some financial mistakes. The biggestwas choosing an out-of-network...

In France, woman sang during throat surgery to save voice

A professional singer said on Monday shesang through a throat surgery carried out under hypnosis inFrance to ensure that...

Wal-Mart China to raise food safety spending to $48 million

The world's biggest retailer, Wal-MartStores Inc, said on Tuesday that it will increase its spendingon food safety in China...

ADVISORY-Florida governor signs law allowing limited medical marijuana use

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Whooping cough reaches epidemic levels in California

Public health officials warn thatwhooping cough poses the greatest risk to young children asCalifornia deals with its worst...

Link seen between sitting and certain cancers

In a new review of pastresearch, people who spent lots of time watching TV or otherwisesitting were more likely to be diagnosed...

Ebola kills at least four in Liberia's capital

At least four people have died from Ebolain Liberia's capital, a World Health Organization (WHO) and agovernment official...

Comic Tracy Morgan improving after crash, out of critical condition

Comedian Tracy Morgan's health was upgraded tofair condition on Monday as he continued to show signs ofimprovement after...

Many in U.S. push to share heroin overdose antidote with civilians

Health worker Warren Nicoli gotthe call late one February night, from a Massachusetts dad whohad just seen police revive...

WHO says MERS virus of concern before haj, surge abating

The deadly MERS virus remains aserious public health problem, especially with the approach ofhaj pilgrimages, but a recent...

E-cigarettes mostly used by young smokers, would-be quitters

Nearly 30 million people across Europenow use e-cigarettes and are most likely to be aged between 15and 24, who smoke tobacco...

Study links processed red meat to heart failure among men

Men who report eating lots ofsausages and cold cuts are more likely to wind up in thehospital for heart failure, according...

For parents of children with food allergies, dietary counseling can help

Children with food allergieshave a tough time getting all the nutrients they need, but asmall study suggests that working...

Florida governor signs law allowing limited medical marijuana use

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed alaw on Monday allowing for the limited use of a special strainof marijuana to treat epileptic...

Staring at screens all day linked to changes in eye secretions

Office workers who spend longhours looking at computer screens have changes in their tearfluid similar to people with the...

Scientists ask U.N. health group for strict rules on e-cigarettes

A group of 129 physicians,epidemiologists and others from 31 countries sent an open letterto the World Health Organization...

Support for Massachusetts health law unscathed by website woes: poll

Public support for Massachusetts' 2006healthcare law has remained above 60 percent despite a rockyrollout of the state's...

Casey Kasem's end-of-life drama: a lesson for the rest of us

The dysfunction and drama of thefinal months of Casey Kasem, a radio personality who died Sundayfrom complications of dementia,...

Healthy habits linked to lower stroke risk

A new study confirms that peoplewho maintain a healthy weight, exercise, eat well and abstainfrom smoking and heavy drinking...

Female mutilation a means of male power over women: UN rights chief

Female genital mutilation, the excisionof the clitoris practiced widely in African and many Muslimcountries, is a means for...

UK cost agency not ready to back Gilead hepatitis C drug

Britain's healthcare cost-effectivenesswatchdog NICE said on Monday it needed more information aboutGilead Sciences' pricey...

Mini trampolines add bounce to boot camp, interval workouts

Mini trampolines, the go-to fitnesstool for people seeking a joint-friendly cardio bounce, are alsoadding spring to the push-ups,...

China official suggests 'biting pencils' to blame for child lead poisoning

A Chinese official has suggested thebiting of pencils as a possible explanation for excessive levelsof lead found in children...

Summer concerts amp up drug screening after 'Molly' deaths

Sniffer dogs, pat-downs and other drugscreening measures await concertgoers during this summer musicfestival season in the...

Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection

Bangladesh on Sunday reported its firstcase of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirusinfection in a man returning...

Baby boom for ticks, Lyme disease carriers, seen in New England

Large numbers of ticks, theparasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in NewEngland in the coming weeks, experts...

What difference could a mobile app make in ending wartime rape?

Lost records,insufficient evidence, poor roads that cut off access to remoteareas where crimes are taking place, long delays...

U.S. joins Jolie's call to end use of rape in war

U.S. Secretary of State JohnKerry joined Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and the Britishgovernment on Friday in calling...

Google developing health data service: report

Google Inc is developing a servicethat will combine information from health apps and personalfitness devices, in another...

Bergdahl in stable condition at Army medical center in Texas

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl,who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before beingreleased on May 31, was in...

Brazil takes advantage of World Cup crowds to test for HIV

Brazilian health officials handed outcondoms to World Cup fans in Sao Paulo on Friday and tookadvantage of festivities in...

Weight-loss surgery can improve diabetes: studies

Two small studies provide moreevidence that weight-loss surgery may benefit people who areobese and have diabetes. Both studies...

Salmonella found in health food powder sickens 21 in U.S.

Salmonella has been found in a health foodpowder, spurring product recalls in the United States and thelaunch of a multistate...

Patient punctuality affects clinic schedule

Patients arriving on time foroutpatient appointments make a big difference in helping aclinic to run smoothly, according...

Lethal drugs leaked in botched Oklahoma execution -report

Oklahoma failed to properly insert anintravenous line to deliver lethal drugs to an inmate during abotched execution in April,...

Needle biopsies may be underused for breast cancer patients

Most women should undergo aneedle biopsy for breast cancer diagnosis, but some surgeons optfor a more invasive procedure...

Standing paraplegic patient kicks ball to open World Cup

Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, normally based atNorth Carolina's Duke University, has developed a roboticexoskeleton...

Canadian cannabis producers set their sights high

By unlocking the once-obscure medicalmarijuana market, Canada has created a fast-growing, profitableand federally regulated...

Public knows little about head and neck cancers: study

Few Americans know the signs andsymptoms of head and neck cancers, a new study shows. What's more, only about one in eight...

Shire to test its ADHD drug in 4 to 5-year olds in U.S.

Shire Plc has agreed to a U.S. Foodand Drug Administration request to study its stimulant Vyvansein preschool children as...

Texas military hospital to treat Bergdahl has long history with POWs

The sprawling San Antonio MilitaryMedical Center where freed prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl willsoon make his return to the...

Startup launches 'first wearable health record' for Google Glass

Google Inc's futuristic eyeglassesare finding their way into hospitals and clinics throughout theUnited States. To meet...

Texas man sues doctors for removing wrong kidney

A Texas man has filed a lawsuit seekingmore than $1 million in damages from two doctors he said wereresponsible for removing...

Apps for gay, bisexual men tied to STI risk

Gay and bisexual men who usesmartphone apps to meet other men for sex are at an increasedrisk of some sexually transmitted...

CORRECTED-Sierra Leone suspends trade fairs, closes schools to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone suspended cross-bordertrade fairs with Guinea and Liberia on Wednesday and closedschools, cinemas and nightclubs...

More states report cases of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

A painful, mosquito-borne viralillness has surfaced across the United States, carried by recenttravelers to the Caribbean...

Louisiana governor signs into law new abortion restrictions

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindalsigned new restrictions on abortion clinics into law onThursday, a move his critics have said...

Missouri firm recalls over 4,000 pounds of beef over mad cow concerns

A Missouri slaughter house recalled 4,012 pounds(1,800 kg) of fresh beef over concerns that nervous tissue thatcould contain...

U.S. teenagers smoke less, but texting while driving a concern: CDC

Fewer U.S. teenagers are smokingcigarettes, fighting or having sex, but texting while driving isprevalent among high school...

Women with breast cancer don't get enough exercise: study

Only one in three women livingwith breast cancer is meeting current physical activityguidelines, suggests a new study. African...

U.S. rules for POM against Coke in labeling dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled onThursday that drink producer POM Wonderful can sue overallegations that Coca-Cola Co has misled...

Weight gain differs with various antidepressants

People who take antidepressantstend to put on a few pounds, a new study confirms, and some ofthe drugs are linked to more...

Saudi MERS response hobbled by institutional failings

When Saudi Arabia announced lastweek it had found 113 more cases of the deadly Middle EastRespiratory Syndrome (MERS), it...

EU ministers back deal with option to ban or approve GM crops

A compromise deal to give EuropeanUnion states the option of banning genetically modified cropswon approval from EU environment...

COLUMN-Retirement healthcare costs: Not as scary, but still daunting

The remarkable recent lull in retirementhealthcare inflation isn't fading - not yet, at least. A 65-year-old couple retiring...

Self-compassion may help ease burden of menopause symptoms

Women who are kind to themselvesin tough situations may have an easier time dealing with hotflashes during menopause, a recent...

Anger rises as India swelters under record heatwave

Swathes of north India are swelteringunder the longest heatwave on record, triggering widespreadbreakdowns in the supply...

Arizona woman has nearly 50-pound tumor removed from abdomen

An Arizona woman was recovering athome on Wednesday after having a 47.5-pound (21.5 kg) tumorremoved from her abdomen during...

Senate passes bill aimed at fixing veteran healthcare delays

The Senate on Wednesdayoverwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure aimed at easinghealthcare delays for veterans by giving...

FDA aims to develop e-cigarette standards, nicotine policy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationis working to develop strong product standards for electroniccigarettes and other nicotine...

New psych ward to open on California's death row: report

Under pressure to improvemental health treatment for inmates in California's massiveprison system, officials plan to build...

REFILE-Study finds pre-diabetes rate in England almost as high as U.S.

More than one-third of adults inEngland have pre-diabetes, putting the country nearly on parwith rates in the United States,...

Study finds pre-diabetes rate in England almost as high as U.S

More than one-third of adults inEngland have pre-diabetes, putting the country nearly on parwith rates in the United States,...

Skin moles tied to breast cancer risk: studies

The number of moles a woman hasmay be tied to her risk of developing breast cancer, accordingto two new studies. The studies...

Sierra Leone shuts borders, closes schools to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone shut its borders to tradewith Guinea and Liberia on Wednesday and closed schools, cinemasand nightclubs in a...

Study links eating more protein to lowered stroke risk

According to a new analysis ofpast studies, people with the most protein-heavy diets are about20 percent less likely to have...

COLUMN-Excuse me, is that snake oil gluten free?

As consumers, we like to think of ourselves assavvy and rational. But marketers have always known better. Thehealth food...

Rate of smokeless tobacco use in U.S. unchanged: CDC

While the portion of U.S.working adults smoking tobacco shrank appreciably between 2005and 2010, the use of smokeless tobacco...

Medicare patients: Beware of 'observation' status in hospitals

People on Medicare who spend oneor two nights in the hospital are finding out, and often toolate, that they weren't really...

After major surgery, simple ice packs may help reduce pain

Patients given ice packs for thefirst 24 hours after major abdominal surgeries reported lesspain and needed fewer narcotic...

Breathalyzer selfies paint a picture of U.S. drinking

The first data from breathalyzerselfies - measurements of blood-alcohol content by a newsmartphone app - show that users...

Senate panel seeks $2.28 billion to aid immigrant children

A Senate panel, responding to whatPresident Barack Obama calls an urgent humanitarian situation,on Tuesday advanced legislation...

U.S. FDA moves to dampen fears it will ban cheese aged on wood

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationmoved on Tuesday to tamp down fears among artisanal cheesemakersthat it was poised to...

CDC report says 29 million Americans have diabetes

The number of American adults withdiabetes has soared to 29 million with another 86 million athigh risk of getting the chronic...

California city to consider taxing soda to combat obesity

An effort to combat obesity by placing an extratax on sugary drinks was proposed by the California city ofBerkeley on Tuesday,...

U.S. lawmakers urge ban on e-cigarettes on airplanes

E-cigarette use should be banned ondomestic flights and those to or from the United States, sevenU.S. senators said on Tuesday...

'The car flipped,' witness told 911 of Tracy Morgan crash

A witness to a collision on a NewJersey highway that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan andkilled one of his associates...

Out-of-pocket costs for insulin rose during the 2000s

In the decade between 2000 and2010, more people with type 2 diabetes in the U.S. startedfilling prescriptions for insulin...

U.S. House votes to give veterans access to private care to ease delays

Eager to address the crisis overdelays in healthcare for veterans, the U.S. House ofRepresentatives voted unanimously on...

Indoor cold may threaten safety of elderly women

Turning down the thermostat tosave some money could cost older women by raising their risk offalls, according to a new European...

Don't weaken school lunch standards, supporters say

Supporters of WhiteHouse-backed nutritional standards for school lunch programs saya proposed bill that exempts some school...

FDA advises pregnant women to eat more low-mercury fish

U.S. regulators recommended onTuesday that pregnant women, nursing mothers and women who mightbecome pregnant increase the...

Mass. Gov. unveils $20 million plan to tackle opioid drug abuse

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick onTuesday unveiled a $20 million package of proposals to tacklewhat he described as...

Ireland to investigate adoptions, baby deaths at church homes

The Irish government has ordered acomprehensive investigation into the treatment of children atCatholic church homes for...

U.S. FDA advisors set to review opioid constipation drugs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers areset to vote this week on whether more clinical trials are neededto assess cardiovascular...

Poor quality of life may affect teens' diabetes management

In the years after beingdiagnosed with diabetes, adolescents struggling with social andpsychological burdens of managing...

Genetically modified mosquitoes offer hope in malaria fight

Scientists have found a way ofgenetically modifying mosquitoes to produce sperm that onlycreates males, offering a potential...

Israeli law to force-feed Palestinian hunger-strikers gets initial nod

Israel's parliament has given initialapproval to a law to enable the force-feeding of Palestinianprisoners on a hunger strike,...

Harassed on Facebook or Twitter? You're not the only one - poll

Nearly half ofAmericans under 35 have been bullied, harassed or threatenedonline, while women make up 57 percent of victims,...

Paul McCartney reschedules U.S. tour dates on doctors' orders

Former Beatle Paul McCartney, followinghis doctors' orders as he recovers from a viral illness afterfalling ill in Japan...

Judge orders ailing deejay Casey Kasem to be hydrated, fed

A Los Angeles judge on Mondayordered longtime radio deejay Casey Kasem, who is in criticalcondition in a Washington state...

Seattle physician suspended over allegations of sexting during surgery

A Seattle physician accused of sexting duringsurgeries and improperly accessing medical images for sexualgratification has...

Perms, dyes linked to concerning compounds in hairdressers

In a new study, hairdressers whooften used light colored hair dyes or hair-waving products onclients had more potentially...

U.S. to open third military base to illegal child immigrants

The Obama administration on Mondayannounced it is designating a third U.S. military base foremergency housing of children...

Costs of autism add up: study

The cost of supporting peoplewith autism spectrum disorders throughout their lives could beas high as $2.4 million per person,...

U.S. says infant formula makers must test for germs, nutrients

U.S. health officials on Mondayfinalized manufacturing guidelines for infant formula makersthat aim to ensure products sold...

Putting dying wishes in medical record helps them happen

When patients' end-of-lifepreferences are entered as instructions in their medical record,their wishes are more likely to...

VA audit finds thousands of U.S. veterans waiting for health care

The U.S. Department of VeteransAffairs said on Monday that around 100,000 veterans areexperiencing long waits for health...

Higher doses of statins linked to diabetes risk

People with heart problems whowere started on cholesterol-lowering statins were more likely todevelop diabetes if they were...

Prenatal alcohol exposure tied to balance, coordination problems

Children who are diagnosed withfetal alcohol spectrum disorder are at higher risk of havingimpaired gross motor skills, according...

Death toll from Ebola in Sierra Leone more than doubles to 12

The death toll from Ebola in SierraLeone has doubled to at least 12 in a week, local healthauthorities said on Monday, deepening...

Rotavirus vaccine keeping more kids out of the hospital

As the rotavirus vaccine hasbecome more common, the number of children hospitalized forrotavirus-related diarrhea has dramatically...

Climb stairs, cut calories: Southeast Asia fights flab

Singapore's Sean Chin had a body fatpercentage of 24 percent seven years ago. He is now lean withjust 9 percent fat and as...

New wave of water workouts attracts the young and fit

While older, overweight or injuredexercisers have always valued the cushioning effects of waterworkouts, a new wave of trendy,...

Psoriasis linked to worse quality of life for family members, too

Both psoriasis patients and thepeople who live with them say psoriasis negatively impacts theirquality of life, according...

WHO experts find hospital breaches worsened MERS outbreak in UAE

Lapses in hospital infection controlmeasures exacerbated an outbreak of a deadly new viral diseasewhich has infected more...

Does the Pill change what women want in a mate?

Women who take oralcontraceptives desire different traits in an imaginary man thanwomen not on the Pill, according to a small...

Inflammation may help explain depression, diabetes link

People with both depression anddiabetes have higher markers of inflammation in their blood thanthose with diabetes alone,...

Young kids recognize unhealthy food brands more than healthy ones

For very young children,awareness of food brands increases greatly between ages threeand four and is highest for unhealthy...

U.S. Air base in Texas shelters wave of immigrant children

Ahalf-century-old section of a U.S. Air Force base in Texas hasbeen transformed into a holding and processing center forthousands...

New gene tests may give cancer patients quicker path to treatment

A new way of evaluating tumors may soonhelp cancer patients identify the underlying genetic link totheir disease - and the...

California residents support soda tax to fight obesity, health study shows

Fighting obesity by taxing sugary drinks andrestricting junk food advertisements aimed at children hassupport from a wide...

Suit on behalf of Arizona prisoners gets class-action status

A lawsuit on behalf of Arizona inmates thataccuses the state of neglecting their health needs and misusingsolitary confinement...

New Jersey court rules for nurse who refused vaccine on non-religious grounds

A New Jersey appeals courtruled on Thursday that First Amendment protections allowingpeople to refuse medical procedures...

Florida governor to sue VA, seeking state inspection of hospitals

Florida Governor Rick Scottannounced a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department ofVeterans Affairs on Thursday, seeking...

NY nursing home workers face charges stemming from resident death

Nine employees of a troubled New Yorknursing home, including the top administrator, were indicted onThursday on charges stemming...

U.S. backs new genetic research on infectious diseases

The U.S. National Institutes ofHealth has awarded $25 million to the J. Craig Venter Instituteto back an initiative to study...

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on veterans' healthcare

Key U.S. senators announced onThursday a bipartisan proposal to address a crisis in veterans'healthcare, seeking quick action...

Vaginal gel as good as shots for IVF: study

Pregnancy outcomes don't differamong women who use a vaginal hormone gel during in vitrofertilization or a hormone shot,...

U.S. Senate approves Burwell as health secretary

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmedSylvia Mathews Burwell as President Barack Obama's new healthsecretary, making her chiefly...

Japanese firm to start selling personal robots next year

Japan's SoftBank Corp said on Thursday itwill start selling human-like robots for personal use byFebruary, expanding into...

New York drops surgery rule for changing sex on birth certificate

Transgender people born in New Yorkstate, with the exception of New York City, will no longer haveto prove that they have...

Texas man fourth in U.S. to die from rare brain disease-CDC

A Texas man has died of the fatalbrain illness variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the fourthperson to die of the disease...

Virtual training may help adults with autism ace job interviews

A simulated training programhelped adults with autism spectrum disorder improve their jobinterview skills and confidence...

Pakistani woman survives after being shot for marrying for love

An 18-year-old Pakistani hassurvived being shot and thrown in a canal by her family formarrying the man she loved, police...

Scientists question Saudi openness on deadly MERS virus outbreak

A dramatic upward revision in the numberof people killed by the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia may signal afresh approach from...

UPDATE 1-Animal-rights group calls for MIT fine after death of rabbit in lab

An animal-rights group hascalled on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine theMassachusetts Institute of Technology over...

Oral contraceptives are a good option for women's acne: study

Birth control pills seem to workas well as antibiotics for long-term treatment of acne in women,according to a new review...

Wanted: A watchdog for the mobile medical app explosion

A smartphone app that rids you ofacne. Another that monitors your heart rate 24-7. One thatdetects skin cancer by looking...

Oregon school district to offer condoms to students starting in 6th grade

An Oregon school district plansto offer condoms to students starting in sixth grade as partof an updated sex education policy...

New York City seeks to reinstate large soda ban

An attorney for New York City hasasked the state's top court to revive a ban on large sugarydrinks, saying the city's health...

REFILE-Animal-rights group calls for MIT fine after death of rabbit in lab

An animal-rights group hascalled on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine theMassachusetts Institute of Technology because...

Animal-rights calls for MIT fine after death of rabbit in lab

An animal-rights group hascalled on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine theMassachusetts Institute of Technology because...

Florida facing threat from two mosquito-borne diseases

Two mosquito-borne diseases -dengue fever and chikungunya - are posing a serious threat toFlorida and residents should take...

Physical activity is tied to strong bones, but most teens don't get enough

Young people who are more activegrowing up tend to end up with stronger bones, but many olderteenagers don't get enough exercise...

Saudi study strengthens case against camels in MERS outbreak

A Saudi man who became infected with anddied of the new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) viruscontracted the disease...

U.S. says 2.2 million Obamacare enrollees have data problems

About 2.2 million people, or morethan one in every four Americans who signed up for privatehealth coverage under President...

People don't usually complete allergy shots or drops

Doctors may recommend allergyshots or under-the-tongue drops to their patients, but mostdon't start the treatments, reports...

Medicaid logs 6 million new enrollees since Obamacare rollout

Six million people have enrolled ingovernment healthcare programs for the poor, including Medicaid,since the launch of Obamacare...

Telemedicine detects eye problems, but doctors must prepare for more patients

Setting up a telemedicinescreening option for patients in primary care clinics can catchmany potential eye problems early...

U.S. lawmakers rush to craft bill on veterans health crisis

Under pressure to solve a crisisinvolving delayed medical care for veterans, U.S. lawmakersbegan talks on Wednesday on bipartisan...

When parents are injured, children may get PTSD

Children are susceptible todeveloping symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD,when their parents are seriously...

Guinea, Sierra Leone see spike in Ebola cases: WHO

At least 21 people died and 37 new casesof suspected Ebola were recorded in Guinea between May 29 andJune 1, the World Health...

Californian county votes in health services measure for illegal immigrants

Voters in California's AlamedaCounty passed a measure on Tuesday that is expected to raise$100 million a year for health...

Diet and exercise may help maintain weight loss

Programs focused on both dietand exercise may help people who have lost weight keep thepounds from creeping back on, according...

California voters support plan to spend $600 million for homeless veterans

California residents have votedfor a plan to spend $600 million to build houses for homelessveterans in the state with the...

Dan Marino will withdraw from NFL concussion suit

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marinoon Tuesday said he will withdraw from a lawsuit that accuses theNational Football League...

In rush to embrace diversity, firms overlook the disabled

Caroline Ashrafi, who built a successful careeras a manager at KPMG in Britain while privately struggling withmental health...

A second language may keep the brain young

Being able to speak more thanone language may help you think more clearly in later life, evenif you've learned the second...

Having babies may be contagious among friends

Young women whose high schoolfriends have had a baby are more likely to follow suit,according to a new study. Researchers...

Arizona abortion drug restrictions to stay blocked pending appeal

Enforcement of Arizona regulationscurbing access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibitingoff-label uses of the medication...

CORRECTED-Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein: study

After a night of no sleep, evena healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the proteinthat forms the signature tangles...

Quality Egg admits to selling tainted eggs, bribing official

Quality Egg LLC and two top executiveson Tuesday admitted to selling substandard eggs containing a"poisonous" substance and...

Chicago sues painkiller makers for deceptive marketing

The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit againstfive large narcotics makers alleging they contributed to thecountry's prescription...

Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein: study

After a night of no sleep, evena healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the proteinthat forms the signature tangles...

Florida officials take custody of child protection worker's kids

Florida child protectioninvestigators took custody of six children from one of theirco-workers whose house was raided by...

COLUMN-How to know when a 'gray gambler' is a problem gambler

Once upon a time, bingo was the biggestgame in town at the local senior center. But you're far morelikely to find today's...

Poorer countries lack midwives to cut birth deaths -report

The majority of the world's poorercountries, which account for nearly all childbirth-relateddeaths among newborns and mothers,...

Circumcision linked to lowered prostate cancer risk

Something about being circumcised mayoffer men a degree of protection from developing prostate cancerlater in life, suggests...

U.S. unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

The U.S. power sector must cut carbondioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels underfederal regulations unveiled...

Saudi Arabia says has 113 more MERS cases than previously thought

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that areview of health data had identified an additional 113 confirmedcases of the sometimes...

Saudi Arabia sacks minister criticized over handling of MERS

Saudi Arabia has sacked DeputyHealth Minister Ziad Memish who has been criticized by someinternational scientists over his...

Clowning around in a time of war

Does aid work always have tobe serious? Do you have to be a doctor working on the frontlineor an aid worker distributing...

UK scientific panel backs potential "three-parent" IVF babies

A British expert scientific panel gaveits backing on Tuesday to potential new 3-way fertilitytreatments that would for the...

UK firm evacuates some staff from Sierra Leone over Ebola virus

Iron ore producer London Mining hasevacuated some non-essential staff from Sierra Leone and imposedtravel restrictions due...

Obama creates group to handle children entering U.S. illegally

President Barack Obama established aninteragency group on Monday to handle the growing influx ofchildren coming to the United...

See doctor before heading to the World Cup: health officials

Before heading to Brazil forthis month's World Cup or the 2016 Olympic Games, people shouldvisit their doctors for appropriate...

Day-planning apps aim to help users achieve healthier lifestyle

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed andfinding it difficult to fit everything into the day? New appsare designed to help people...

One in eight U.S. children experiences maltreatment: study

About one in eight Americanchildren and adolescents will experience maltreatment byadulthood, according to a new study. The...

Immigrant parents less likely to read to their children: study

Minority children often lagbehind their peers in language development when they startpreschool. According to a new study,...

France experiments with paying people to cycle to work

France has started a six-month experimentwith paying people to cycle to work, joining other Europeangovernments in trying...

Roche returns to antibiotic research as superbug threat grows

Roche is betting the same tools that madeit the world's largest producer of cancer drugs will help ittackle the growing public...

Aerobics for the brain? Fitness experts praise mindfulness meditation

Fitness experts call it bicep curls forthe brain and aerobics for the mind. Whatever the name, athletesand gym addicts are...

Dressing the VA's wounds: What Obama faces now

When U.S. President Barack Obamaaccepted the resignation on Friday of Veterans Affairs SecretaryEric Shinseki, he said his...

Vienna rides Conchita wave with AIDS charity ball

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst toppedthe bill at Vienna's Life Ball on Saturday night, outshiningguests such as former...

FDA cancer chief says 'escalating' drug prices can't continue

By law, Dr. Richard Pazdur, the U.S.Food and Drug Administration's cancer drug czar, is not allowedto consider the cost of...

Senator plans bill to offer military veterans option on medical care

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said onSunday he will introduce legislation this week that would offermilitary veterans the option...

FDA calculates costs of lost enjoyment if e-cig rules prevent smoking

As U.S. health regulators consider whatrules to impose on electronic cigarettes, in their tally ofcosts and benefits they...

Personalized therapy helped women with advanced cervical cancer

A new type of personalized cancertherapy in which immune cells are harvested from patients'tumors, grown in the lab and infused...

Medicare ends blanket ban on sex change surgeries

Medicare can no longer deny requests for sexchange surgeries, the U.S. government said on Friday, in adecision that recognizes...

Cancer doctors urged to consider value when treating patients

Cancer doctors should consider thefinancial as well as the medical impact of treatment forpatients as healthcare costs continue...

E-cig advertising seen by U.S. youth on the rise

The amount of televisionadvertising for electronic cigarettes that American adolescentssaw jumped by more than 250 percent...

CORRECTED-Antidepressant may be hormone alternative for hot flashes

A low dose of antidepressant maybe almost as effective as estrogen at reducing the number of hotflashes menopausal women...

Oregon governor seeks lawsuit over health exchange website debacle

Oregon's Democratic governorwants the state's attorney general to sue the technology vendorthat developed the embattled Cover...

A nice, bright smile: Scientists use lasers to regrow teeth

Scientists have come up with a brightidea - literally - to repair teeth. And they say their concept - using laser light...

Pennsylvania man accused of stealing human skin from hospital

A Pennsylvania skin-graft salesman is facingcharges that he stole $350,000 worth of human skin from aPhiladelphia hospital...

Canada will not fund abortion abroad, issue too divisive, PM says

Canada will refrain from fundingabortions abroad as it promotes maternal and children's healthin poor countries because the...

UPDATE 1-Obama accepts US veterans affairs chief resignation with 'regret'

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary EricShinseki resigned on Friday after a political firestorm overwidespread delays in veterans'...

Certain kids with diabetes are most at risk for excess weight: study

Children and teens with type 1diabetes are already at increased risk for becoming overweightor obese, but certain traits...

REFILE-Brains know the difference between carbs and artificial sweeteners

Carbs activate brain regionsthat are not affected by artificial sweeteners, even whenthey're only tasted but not swallowed,...

Carbohydrate mouth rinse activates brain regions involved in perception and performance

Carbs activate brain regionsthat are not affected by artificial sweeteners, even whenthey're only tasted but not swallowed,...

Millennials highly competitive, yearn to be noticed - study

The first generation of people raised in theinternet age, so-called millennials, are more competitive thanprevious generations...

U.S. House OKs plan to protect state medical marijuana laws

The U.S. federal government would notbe allowed to spend money to block states from implementingtheir own medical marijuana...

In treating some cancer patients, less is more: U.S. studies

Doctors can scale back treatment forcertain cancer patients, based on evidence that some drugs canbe used less frequently,...

Treatment helps prevent early menopause in breast cancer patients

A new treatment approach may helpthousands of women with early-stage breast cancer avoidpremature menopause and preserve...

Despite opposition, Russia bans smoking in restaurants and bars

Russia risks igniting the ire of its 44million smokers when it extends bans on cigarettes torestaurants and bars on Sunday...

Cynical attitude in golden years linked to dementia risk

An individual's personality andoutlook on life may affect their risk of developing dementia,according to a new study from...

U.S. veterans affairs chief resigns over healthcare scandal

Embattled Veterans Affairs SecretaryEric Shinseki, facing calls for his ouster by lawmakers andveterans groups, resigned...

Exposure to smoke in cars may worsen asthma: study

People with asthma may faceincreased risk from secondhand smoke exposure while riding inthe close quarters of a vehicle,...

Warning label for sugary drinks passes California Senate

A bill to require sugary softdrinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and toothdecay passed the California Senate...

Shaking Shakespeare: Richard III was no hunchback after all

William Shakespeare excoriatedRichard III, the last king of England to die in battle more than500 years ago, with vibrant...

North Carolina lawmakers adopt tax on electronic cigarettes

North Carolina, the top U.S.tobacco-producing state, will levy a modest tax on increasinglypopular electronic cigarettes...

War documentary 'Korengal" explores consequences of combat

Director and writer Sebastian Jungertook audiences into a combat zone with U.S. soldiers inAfghanistan in his first documentary...

Antidepressant may be hormone alternative for hot flashes

A low dose of antidepressant maybe almost as effective as estrogen at reducing the number of hotflashes menopausal women...

Missouri should fund state drug lab to make lethal injections-AG

Missouri should fund and operate its own druglaboratory to mix lethal injections for executions, a move thatcould help circumvent...

Bail reduced for mother who drove kids into ocean off Florida

Bail was reduced to $90,000 onThursday for a South Carolina mother who drove a minivancarrying her three children into the...

Republicans attack Obama over veterans scandal

Republicans stepped up their attackson the Obama administration over a deepening Veterans Affairshealthcare delay scandal...

Two drugs are better than one for asthma control: study

People with asthma are likely tobenefit from combining medications to manage their symptoms, astrategy that requires doctors...

Previous hip, groin injury predisposes athletes to another

Soccer and rugby players whohave injured their hip or groin are between two and seven timesmore likely to sustain another...

Obama: when it comes to head injuries in sports, don't just 'suck it up'

President Barack Obama said onThursday more effort is needed to prevent concussions in youngathletes, including greater awareness...

Tanning beds must carry skin cancer warning -U.S. FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isstrengthening its regulation of tanning beds, which have beenshown to increase the...

U.S birth rate hits lows for teens, rises among older women

The birth rate among U.S. teens andyoung women dropped to record lows last year, while the rateamong older women hit highs...

Measles cases reach 20-year high in the United States - CDC

Measles cases have hit a 20-year high inthe United States, a troubling increase fueled by internationaltravel by people who...

Low adult supervision tied to injuries among kids

Young kids are more likely toget hurt when they are not fully supervised by adults, andespecially when they are out of arm's...

Minnesota governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton onThursday signed into law a bill legalizing medical marijuana inliquid or pill form for a...

Samsung unveils wristband that can measure health, fitness

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd moveddeeper into the wearable technology market on Wednesday as itunveiled a wristband that it...

Weight of the world: 2.1 billion people obese or overweight

Obesity is imposing an increasinglyheavy burden on the world's population in rich and poor nationsalike, with almost 30 percent...

California killings renew call for police mental health training

California lawmakers urgedswift action on Wednesday to better train law enforcementofficials to recognize and deal with mental...

Parents of California gunman describe "hell on earth"

The parents of Elliot Rodger, the gunman whokilled six college students in a rampage in southern California,are suffering...

West Africa Ebola outbreak still spreading, "situation serious" -WHO

Guinea's capital Conakry hasrecorded its first new Ebola cases in more than a month, whileother previously unaffected areas...

Medicare on drugs: 24,000 tests for 145 patients

Three Connecticut doctors billedMedicare for nearly 24,000 drug tests in 2012 - on just 145patients. Despite the extraordinary...

Obama to spotlight risks of head injuries in sports

President Barack Obama will host aconference highlighting the risks of head injuries to youngathletes on Thursday, seeking...

California lawmakers reject bill requiring labeling on GMO foods

California lawmakers on Wednesday rejected abill that would require labels on foods made with geneticallymodified organisms...

Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

A group of 53 leading scientists haswarned the World Health Organization not to classifye-cigarettes as tobacco products,...

Most doctors wouldn't want intensive care at the end of life

Most doctors would not wanthigh-intensity treatment near the end of life, according to anew study from Stanford University...

Consumer Group Sues USDA Over Drug-Resistant Salmonella In Meat

A consumer group on Wednesday accused the U.S.Department of Agriculture of putting the public's health at riskby allowing...

Oklahoma Enacts New Restrictions On Abortions, Louisiana To Follow

Oklahoma, soon to be followed byLouisiana, has joined other socially conservative states inadopting laws that place new restrictions...

U.S. Salmonella Outbreak Widens, 574 Sick: Health Agency

Another 50 people have sufferedsalmonella poisoning linked to Foster Farms chicken, bringingthe total to 574 cases in the...

U.S. MERS Patient Did Not Infect Illinois Resident: CDC

U.S. health officials on Wednesdaywalked back their earlier conclusion that a healthcare workerwho traveled from Saudi Arabia...

Veterans Health Probe Confirms Cover-Up Of Care Delays

The Veterans Affairs department'sinspector general on Wednesday substantiated allegations thatstaff at Phoenix VA medical...

Skin cancer risk from tanning even without burn: study

Getting a "base" tan at atanning salon before spending time in the sun may protectagainst sunburn, but it won't protect against...

Porn may be messing with your head

Men who report watching a lot ofpornography tend to have less volume and activity in regions ofthe brain linked to rewards...

Pentagon Chief Orders Medical Care Review Amid Problems At Hospital

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordereda comprehensive review of the U.S. military's healthcare systemon Tuesday after the...

California Assembly Passes Bill Mandating Porn Film Condoms

A bill requiring pornographicfilm actors to wear condoms during sex scenes easily passed theCalifornia State Assembly on...

Deadly 2012 outbreak at "medical spa" linked to workers

Outbreaks of group AStreptococcus infections at weight loss clinics in Maryland andDelaware in 2012 were probably caused...

Florida woman, 46, sets record for birth via in-vitro fertilization

A 46-year-old Orlando woman hasbecome the oldest mother in the United States, and possibly inthe world, to give birth to...

REFILE-Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

Having a baby alters new mothers' brainactivity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the firstevidence of such changes...

George W. Bush undergoes partial knee replacement

Former President George W. Bushunderwent successful surgery for a partial knee replacement, aspokesman said on Tuesday. ...

U.S. top court rules for Florida death row inmate over IQ test

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesdaythrew out a Florida man's death sentence by finding that thestate's method for assessing...

U.S. regulator urges law to force disclosures by data brokers

Companies known as data brokerscollect and sell information about "nearly all" U.S. consumers,drawing potentially harmful...

Cancer center ads more emotional than informative

Television and magazineadvertisements from cancer centers often tug at people'sheartstrings, but rarely provide information...

Iran's population drive worries women's rights, health advocates

Iran's supreme leader has called for apopulation increase, in an edict likely to restrict access tocontraception that critics...

Brain activity changes seen after chemo

For some women with breastcancer, changes in brain activity while multitasking couldexplain "chemo brain" - reduced mental...

Exercise reduces mobility problems among older adults: study

People in their 70s and 80s whotook part in a moderate-intensity exercise program over severalyears were more likely to retain...

Economic slowdown tied to rise in obesity in richer nations -OECD

The rate of obesity continues toclimb across the world's most developed countries, with certainnations and groups of people...

Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

Having a baby alters new mothers' brainactivity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the firstevidence of such changes...

Angry mothers meet U.S. EPA over concerns with Roundup herbicide

Questions about Roundup, the world's mostpopular herbicide, are on the agenda at the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency...

Doctors call for stricter limits on checking in youth hockey

Body checking should be kept outof youth hockey until boys are at least 15 years old,pediatricians said on Monday. Even then,...

Soccer-Bad food confiscated from Italy, England World Cup hotels

Brazilian health and safetyofficials raided the England and Italy team hotels for nextmonth's World Cup and confiscated fish,...

Up to 200,000 Somali children could die from malnutrition - U.N.

Up to 200,000 children under the age offive could die from severe malnutrition in Somalia by the end ofthe year unless the...

Quality issues push e-cigarette production to U.S. from China

Some of the leading U.S. producers of electroniccigarettes are moving their manufacturing to the United Statesfrom China...

Stressful relationships may raise risk of death

Worries, conflicts and demandsin relationships with friends, family and neighbors maycontribute to an earlier death suggests...

Home walking program may help clogged leg arteries

People with poor circulation intheir legs benefit from a home-based walking program and aremore likely to keep it up over...

On the road and wanting to work out? Apps help travelers find gyms

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitnesscenter in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment,classes and amenities...

Fitness experts differ on best running techniques

Humans may be born to run but fitness expertsdiffer on exactly how to embark on what has been called the mostnatural cardiovascular...

Bill to put warning label on sugary drinks advances in California

A measure to require sugary soft drinks to carrylabels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay advanced inthe California...

Five dead as Sierra Leone records first Ebola outbreak

Five people have died in Sierra Leone's firstconfirmed outbreak of Ebola virus, the World Health Organization(WHO) said on...

Pregnant women should take iodide supplement: docs

Pregnant women should take aniodide-containing supplement to protect the brain development oftheir babies, according to the...

Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus spreads in the Caribbean

A painfulmosquito-borne virus spreading quickly through the Caribbean iscausing alarm in Haiti and neighboring Dominican...

Guinea announces 2 new cases of Ebola in previously unaffected area

Guinean health officials announcedtwo new confirmed cases of Ebola on Friday in an area previouslyuntouched by the virus,...

Weight could be a factor in treating rheumatoid arthritis

People who are overweight whenthey are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis are less likely tobe able to control the disease...

U.S. Republicans map campaign attack plan on veterans scandal

Republicans who hope to wrest controlof the U.S. Senate from Democrats see medical care delays forveterans as a potent line...

U.S. judge allows force-feeding of Guantanamo prisoner to continue

A U.S. judge allowed the military toresume force-feeding a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, saying shewas in no position to make...

Costa Rica to offer medical benefits to same-sex couples

Costa Rica's social security system hasagreed to extend medical benefits to same-sex couples, in afresh step toward equal...

Groups call for more exercise after stroke

People who have had a stroke canoften benefit from moderate exercise, doctors and physicaltherapists report. In a scientific...

Good asthma management may stave off kids' anxiety

Children with asthma are no morelikely than their peers to suffer mental health problems -provided their asthma is well-controlled,...

Athlete anxiety no excuse to skip heart test: study

After finding thatstudent-athletes felt no more distress about heart screeningwith electrocardiograms, or ECGs, than they...

Kenya gets "game changing" record donation for fistula treatment

A "game changing" $2million donation will help Kenyan surgeons to give 1,200 womenlife-transforming surgery to cure incontinence...

New vaccine approach imprisons malaria parasite in blood cells

Scientists seeking a vaccine againstmalaria, which kills a child every minute in Africa, havedeveloped a promising new approach...

U.S. investigates multi-state E.coli outbreak; no deaths reported

U.S. health officials are investigating amulti-state E.coli outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts thathave sickened as many...

Two U.S. companies recall walnuts, hummus over possible listeria

Two U.S. food companies this week issuedvoluntary recalls of walnuts and hummus dips sold at majorretailers after listeria...

Wastewater a source of antibiotic-resistant bacteria: study

Wastewater from cities andhospitals releases some antibiotic-resistant bacteria into theenvironment, according to a new French...

Childhood trauma may leave its mark in blood vessels

Young adults who were exposed toadverse experiences as children have greater signs of unhealthyblood vessel function than...

Use FAST clues to look for stroke

May is National StrokeAwareness Month, and experts are using the time to teachAmericans about the risk factors and warning...

Studies still looking for link between cell phones and brain tumors

The heaviest users of cellphones may be at higher than average risk of being diagnosedwith a brain tumor, according to a...

Yelp helped NYC find unreported food borne illness -report

Reviewers on the online restaurant andbusiness rating site, Yelp, helped New York City healthofficials find hundreds of unreported...

Superbug threat as grave as climate change, say scientists

Superbugs resistant to drugs pose aserious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scaleas efforts to combat climate...

'The Normal Heart' brings early days of AIDS to U.S. living rooms

Mark Ruffalo was puzzled when he wasrecruited to play Ned Weeks, a thinly fictionalized characterbased on AIDS activist Larry...

Saudi Arabia takes heat for spread of MERS virus

In a north London laboratory on aSaturday in September 2012, an email arrived from a team ofvirologists in the Netherlands...

Balkans confronts risk of disease after devastating floods

Serbia's agriculture ministryappealed for chlorine bleach, quicklime and disinfectant onThursday to stem the risk of disease...

Light exercise linked to less disability

People who engage in plenty oflight movement have a lower risk of developing a disability andlosing their capacity to care...

Brains of simple sea animals could help cure neural disorders

A Florida scientist studyingsimple sea animals called comb jellies has found the road map toa new form of brain development...

Colorado tightens control on marijuana edibles, concentrates

Colorado Governor John Hickenloopersigned legislation on Wednesday to tighten controls on edibleand concentrated forms of...

Fake medicines worth $31 million seized in global crackdown

Law enforcement agents have arrested 237people worldwide in a 10-day crackdown on fake drugs, resultingin the seizure of...

Syria calls for help rebuilding health system wrecked by "terrorists"

Syria's government begged the world forhelp on Wednesday to rebuild a healthcare system it said hadbeen destroyed by "terrorists,"...

Fear, MRIs tied to double mastectomy decision

Factors other than medicalhistory and risk may influence women with cancer in one breastto have both breasts removed even...

Time may not reduce brain effects of solvent exposure

Workers exposed to solvents onthe job may experience memory and thinking problems decadeslater, according to a new study....

Too little sleep can affect many aspects of young kids' health

In a new study, children whoregularly got too little sleep had worse physical, emotional andsocial health than those who...

Microbes inhabit the human placenta, but it's not a bad thing

The human placenta, the organ thatnourishes a developing baby, is not the pristine place someexperts had assumed. Researchers...

Obama says he will get to the bottom of Veterans mess

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed onWednesday to get to the bottom of allegations of neglect ofveterans' healthcare and made...

Fatalistic outlook obstructs fight against infant mortality

Every day, 15,000babies enter and leave the world with no record of their everhaving existed, while one in three newborns...

Elderly may have trouble accessing online health records

Electronic medical records willlet patients access their health information over the Internet,but a new study suggests some...

India to double drug inspectors to boost oversight

India will spend 30 billion rupees ($511million) and double the number of drug inspectors in the nextthree years to meet...

Billion-dollar medical project helped fund "Putin's palace"

In 2005, President Vladimir Putinpersonally ordered up a vast program to improve Russia's poorhealthcare facilities. Five...

Casey Kasem's daughter wins new rights to care for him -report

A judge on Tuesday ruled a daughterof Casey Kasem can travel to Washington state, where the ailingradio personality is believed...

U.S. appeals court halts execution of inmate with rare health defect

A federal appeals court onTuesday halted the execution of a Missouri death row inmate justhours before his scheduled lethal...

New Mexico court upholds insurance coverage for medical pot

An injured mechanic who usesmedical marijuana as pain treatment can have his former employerand the company's insurer reimburse...

Nevada to move online healthcare enrollment to federal site

Nevada's health insurance exchange board onTuesday voted to transfer control over its online program fromits vendor, Xerox,...

U.S. health insurers say Gilead hepatitis C drug too costly

The leading U.S. health insurance trade group onTuesday hit out at the extremely high cost of new specialtymedicines, accusing...

UPDATE 1-Ex-football players sue NFL, claiming 'culture of drug misuse'

A group of retired pro football players sued theNational Football League on Tuesday, saying they were illegallyfed painkillers...

NFL players sue, claiming league put profit over player health

A group of former National Football Leagueplayers filed a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming theleague illegally drugged...

Newborns of heavy mothers at risk for breathing problems

Babies of overweight and obesemothers are more likely to have oxygen-deprivation problems atbirth, according to a new study....

Faster vaccination saves lives, money during flu pandemic

Shortening the time between thestart of a severe flu outbreak and mass vaccination saves livesand money, suggests new research....

U.S. House to debate bill on firing rules at veterans' agency

The U.S. House of Representativeswill vote this week on a bill to make it easier for theDepartment of Veterans Affairs to...

Advocates seek probe into ethics of U.S.-funded health study oversight

An advocacy group on Tuesday demandedan investigation into what it called interference by U.S. healthofficials in the oversight...

Many processed foods are heavily dyed: study

Some cereals, candies and cakescontain much more artificial coloring than parents probablyexpect, according to a new study....

Texting improves link between sick teens and doctors

Adolescents with chronicdiseases who were allowed to text their doctors were betterequipped to manage their own healthcare...

Obama to speak about Veterans Administration problems soon

President Barack Obama is to speakout soon about reports of healthcare delays at the VeteransAdministration in an effort...

U.S. meat labeling requirements come under fire in appeals court

The Obama administration's argumentfor keeping its labeling requirements in place for meat vendorsis too broad and would...

Vaccines group seeks $7.5 bln to protect 300 million children

The GAVI global vaccines alliance issueda plea on Tuesday for $7.5 billion to help immunize another 300million children against...

E-cigarettes boost quitting success among smokers, study finds

Smokers trying to quit are 60 percentmore likely to report success if they switch to e-cigarettesthan if they use nicotine...

Researchers to study whether mobile phones affect teenage brains

British researchers are launching thelargest study in the world to investigate whether using mobilephones and other wireless...

Missouri set to execute inmate who has rare health defect

Missouri is set to executeearly Wednesday a convicted killer whose lawyers have said has arare health condition that could...

What do you want in a spouse? Genetic similarity may help

He leaves the toilet seat up, prefersold Japanese monster movies to romantic comedies and fanciesmixed martial arts over...

Icelandic nurses latest to strike over pay as economy recovers

Nurses in Iceland held their secondone-day pay strike in a week on Monday, the latest in a seriesof public sector stoppages...

REFILE-Dogs can sniff out prostate cancer in urine

Highly-trained dogs are able todetect prostate cancer in urine with 98 percent accuracy,according to a study presented May...

Dogs can sniff out prostate cancer in urine

Highly-trained dogs are able todetect prostate cancer in urine with 98 percent accuracy,according to a study presented May...

Study questions role of vitamin D in asthma

Giving people with asthma andlow vitamin D levels extra doses of the vitamin doesn't do muchto help their lungs, a new study...

Exercise tied to decreased diabetes risk among high-risk women

Women who become diabetic duringpregnancy may be able to avoid later developing type 2 diabeteswith exercise, according to...

School nurses save money: study

A Massachusetts program that putfull-time registered nurses in schools more than paid for itselfby averting medical costs...

'Obamacare' taking center stage in Arkansas Republican primary

As voters head into primarieson Tuesday in the southern swing state of Arkansas, one of themost fiercely debated issues among...

Illinois health officials say 3rd U.S. MERS case not infectious

An Illinois man who had tested positivefor antibodies to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus inhis blood is no longer...

U.S. youth activity report card gives poor grades to adults

American children are scoring failingmarks in fitness because of the lure of the Internet,time-pressed parents and the culture...

Michigan meat packer recalls ground beef for possible E.coli

A Michigan meat processing plant hasrecalled 1.8 million lbs of ground beef for possiblecontamination with the E.coli bacteria,...

Foreign doctors, nurses in Saudi Arabia could take MERS global

The biggest risk that Middle EastRespiratory Syndrome will become a global epidemic, ironically,may lie with globe-trotting...

Unhealthy food taxes vital to fight obesity - UN investigator

Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk toglobal health than the increasingly regulated sale of tobaccoand governments should...

U.S. EPA defends enforcement plan to focus on biggest polluters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to focus on cracking down on just the largest polluters will deliver "lasting...

U.S. bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states

A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to...

Probiotic may not help colic

In a large Australian trial of a popular type of "friendly bacteria," colicky babies given the probiotic product cried or...

Drinking milk may slow women's knee arthritis

The more milk women drank in a new U.S. study, the less deterioration they experienced in their arthritic knees. It's not...

For teen girls, fruits and veggies linked to lower risk of breast condition

Teenage girls who eat more colorful fruits and vegetables are less likely to develop benign breast disease as young adults,...

More than one third of Delhi slum children malnourished: survey

More than one third of under five year olds living in the Indian capital's slums are malnourished, a survey conducted by...

Better diet associated with less risk of preterm birth

Norwegian mothers-to-be who maintained "prudent" eating patterns during pregnancy were less likely to have preterm births...

U.S. soda sales fall to lowest since 1995: report

Americans cut back on drinking carbonated soft drinks again last year with soda sales reaching their lowest levels in nearly...

Diet drinks raise heart concern in postmenopausal women

Diet drinks may be linked to a higher risk of heart attacks, stroke and other heart problems in postmenopausal women, according...

U.S. court finds fault with federal water transfer regulation

A U.S. judge on Friday threw out a federal regulation that allowed government agencies to transfer water between different...

Eating cruciferous vegetables may lower inflammation

In a study of more than 1,000 Chinese women, those who ate the most cruciferous vegetables had substantially less inflammation...

Bamboo-munching giant panda also has a sweet tooth

Giant pandas eat plenty of veggies, but apparently they like dessert, too. Scientists studying the endangered black-and-white...

GSK recalls weight-loss drug Alli in U.S. on tampering concerns

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling all supplies of its non-prescription weight-loss drug Alli in the United States and Puerto Rico...

CORRECTED-U.S. drug firms move to bar antibiotic use in livestock growth

U.S. regulators on Wednesday said that 25 out of 26 drugmakers that sell antibiotics used in livestock feed for growth enhancement...

Optimism linked to healthier eating among women

Women with a sunny disposition may also have an easier time adopting healthy habits, according to a new study. Researchers...

Could half of all breast cancers be prevented?

If girls and women of all ages adopted healthier lifestyle behaviors and the highest-risk women took preventive drugs like...

Maker of Four Loko flavored malt liquor accepts marketing limits

The maker of Four Loko has agreed with 20 U.S. state attorneys general and the city of San Francisco to a series of reforms...

Single-serve packs could help overweight people eat less

it could be they are more dissuaded by the extra effort of opening lots of little packages than are healthy weight people....

Probiotic reduces risk of infections for preschoolers

A trial in Mexico suggests probiotics may help protect kids from the mild, but seemingly constant, illnesses they pick up...

Keep low-calorie foods close to choose them more often

In a new study suggesting laziness could be tapped as a tool for healthier eating, people reached for low-calorie apple slices...

Sweet smell of success: human nose discerns giant array of odors

What does your nose know? A lot more than you might expect. Scientists studying the breadth of people's sense of smell said...

Obesity prevention programs might help lower kids' blood pressure

Programs designed to prevent obesity in children may help lower kids' blood pressure, according to a new review of past studies....

You're not alone: Medical conspiracies believed by many

About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to new survey results. Some conspiracy...

Consider culture in counseling on infant feeding: study

Obesity prevention efforts directed at infants may not work if cultural differences in childcare are not taken into account,...

Mothers' monitoring of media tied to kids' weight

Children whose mothers pay close attention to how much time they spend watching TV and playing video games tend to weigh...

Review questions the effects of dietary fats on heart disease

The types of fat people get in their diet may not be as closely related to their risk of heart disease as previously believed,...

Want a cookie? Play Tetris instead

Playing a game of Tetris can reduce the strength of food and nicotine cravings, according to a new study. "Craving is a common...

A plunge in U.S. preschool obesity? Not so fast, experts say

If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded...

Breastfeeding past two years linked to infant tooth decay

Breastfeeding is credited with a long list of benefits, but one downside of extended and intensive breastfeeding may be a...

Exercise video games may add to kids' activity: study

Giving children active video games to play while they follow a weight management program boosts their moderate and vigorous...

Rising Salmonella infections tied to backyard poultry flocks

People who keep small poultry flocks may be at an increased risk for salmonellosis, but the infections are preventable, researchers...

Mindfulness meditation can cut chocolate cravings

Looking to cut cravings? A recent study suggests the key may be attaining a sense of detachment from them through a form...

REFILE-"Love hormone" oxytocin may help anorexics fight food fixation

Oxytocin, a brain chemical known as the "love hormone", is showing promise as a potential treatment for people with the eating...

US cattle deaths linked to Zilmax far exceed company reports-study

The number of U.S. cattle deaths that may be linked to the Merck & Co Inc feed additive Zilmax is much higher than the figures...

ER visits for low blood sugar common among insulin users

Almost 100,000 people in the U.S. are sent to emergency rooms every year for low blood sugar or errors related to a common...

From couch potato to triathlete, U.S. trainer began with small steps

American trainer and health coach Lee Jordan likes to say his personal journey from 450-pound (204-kilogram) couch potato...

Pretty plating can improve likability of foods

Decorative flourishes normally reserved for high-end restaurants can make healthy foods seem more appealing anywhere, researchers...

WHO cuts sugar intake advice to 5 percent of daily energy

Sugar should account for less than 5.0 percent of what people eat each day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight...

Energy drinks linked to risky behaviors among teens

Consuming highly caffeinated energy drinks like Amp, Red Bull or Rockstar could be a telltale sign of other problems for...

Global diets get more similar in threat to food security: study

Increasing similarity in diets worldwide is a threat to health and food security with many people forsaking traditional crops...

Food stamp program may reduce food insecurity for children

A program that provides nutrition assistance to millions of low-income families may be linked to improved well-being among...

YOUR MONEY-Road warrior tips to stay healthy while traveling

When you travel a lot - particularly when the journeys involve going to unfamiliar places many time zones away - your health...

U.S. expands healthy food assistance to women, infants and children

Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government's so-called WIC...

UPDATE 1-US proposes major update to food labels in bid to combat obesity

Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar...

Indoor tanning tied to risky behaviors among teens

U.S. teenagers who use indoor tanning devices are more likely to take part in other risky behaviors, according to a new government...

Supplement users are seeking wellness: study

People who use multivitamins and other nutritional supplements tend to lead healthier lives overall, so taking supplements...

Hundreds of foods in U.S. contain "ADA" plastics chemical -report

Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as "healthy," contain...

CORRECTED-Obesity rates remain high, but stable in the U.S.

More than a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of kids and teens are obese, rates that haven't changed much in a decade,...

YOUR MONEY-Bloated cost of a gluten-free diet is hard to digest

When Alice Bast was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, she had to scour local health-food stores and send away to Canada...

Obesity rates remain high, but stable in the U.S.

More than a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of kids and teens are obese, rates that haven't changed much in a decade,...

Anti-GMO crop, pesticide ballot initiative launched in Hawaii

A citizens' group on Maui on Monday launched a petition to allow voters to consider temporarily suspending production of...

Vegetarian diets may lower blood pressure

People who eat a vegetarian diet tend to have lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians, according to a new review of past...

WHO sees risk of obesity becoming the new norm in Europe

Being overweight is so common in Europe that it risks becoming "the new norm," with around a third of teenagers now heavier...

Night eating disorder needs more study

A fairly rare eating disorder whose signature is excessive eating - though not necessarily binging - at night needs further...

Pregnancy not the best time to lose weight: study

Overweight and obese women who gain too few pounds, or even lose weight, during pregnancy may be putting their unborn child...

U.S. proposes new safety rules for farm pesticide use

Farm workers, children and other people working or living near farm fields would have more protection from hazardous pesticides...

Mothers' voices can help train preemies to feed

A pacifier-activated recording of mother singing may improve a premature baby's feeding, which in turn could lead to its...

Calif. lawmaker proposes warning labels for sugary drinks

All sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California would be required to carry warning labels for obesity, diabetes...

Hempseed oil has healthy potential: study

With an ideal ratio of omega-6 and -3 fatty acids and some plant chemicals thought to lower high blood pressure, hempseed...

GMO group intensifies social media push for U.S. consumer acceptance

A group of biotech companies battling to increase U.S. consumer acceptance of genetically modified foods is increasing paid...

REFILE-Older kids can teach younger peers to be healthy

Elementary school children who took part in a healthy living program with older peers reduced their waist sizes and showed...

Weekend cheating might help dieters succeed

Go ahead and eat a few French fries or a couple of bites of chocolate cake - as long as it's the weekend, when diets tend...

Tweaking an exercise routine to stay strong after 50

People turning 50 may want to consider tweaking their exercise routines because as they age stiffer joints, slower recovery...

Teens' poor breakfast choices predict later health problems

Teenagers who didn't eat a good breakfast were more likely to be obese and have elevated blood sugar in middle age, a new...

Team spirit may help men lose weight

Men who took part in a weight loss program designed specifically for male soccer fans lost an average of 12 pounds (5 kg)...

A low-sodium diet is still the best bet: study

Eating less than one teaspoon of salt per day remains the ideal goal for Americans, according to a new study. Most research...

FDA issues new rule to ensure safety of infant formula

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a new rule to better regulate and set safety standards in the manufacture...

Fortified foods make up for some missing nutrients: study

Fortification of foods with additional nutrients does have an impact on kids' intake of vitamins and minerals, but many children...

Flavor-pairing may teach kids to like vegetables

Parents have long poured on cheese sauce, peanut butter and the like to coax kids to eat their vegetables, but a new study...

Americans need to eat more whole grains, study suggests

Most children and adults in the U.S. are getting less than the recommended amounts of whole grains and dietary fiber, according...

Alcohol-linked deaths a problem for the Americas

Liver disease and brain disorders due to alcohol abuse are important causes of premature death in the Americas, a new study...

West Virginia wants action on chemical spill

Frustrated West Virginians demanded information about the safety of their drinking water in the wake of a chemical spill...

Parents often underestimate children's weight: study

Half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are, according to a new...

Sodium intake tied to obesity among teens

Teenagers who eat a high-sodium diet tend to be heavier and have more body fat than those who eat less salt, according to...

Added sugars abundant in U.S. diets, linked to death

Most U.S. adults are eating too much sugar and that's linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease, according...

Study finds deregulation fuelling obesity epidemic

Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market...

All alcohol, even wine, raises risk of gout flare-ups: study

Bad news for gout sufferers who enjoy drinking the fruit of the vine - new research finds that all types of alcohol, even...

FDA proposes rule to prevent food contamination during transport

Food transportation companies will be required to adhere to certain sanitation standards to prevent food from becoming contaminated...

Passion for vodka kills Russian men in their thousands

A quarter of all Russian men die before they reach their mid-fifties and their passion for alcohol - particularly vodka -...

Many chronically ill Americans unable to afford food, medicine

One in three Americans with a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis or high blood pressure has difficulty paying for...

Antioxidants including vitamin E can promote lung cancer: study

A decades-old medical mystery - why antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta carotene seemed to accelerate the growth of early...

Flavonoid-rich foods linked to lowered diabetes risk

Women with diets rich in foods like berries, chocolate, red wine and tea also have reduced inflammation and insulin resistance...

Colorado farmers sentenced to home detention for 2011 listeria outbreak

A federal court judge on Tuesday sentenced two Colorado farmers to six months of home detention and five years probation...

U.S. senators propose bill to prevent chemical spills after W.Va. leak

Three U.S. senators introduced legislation on Tuesday aimed at preventing chemical spills like the one that left 300,000...

Drug critic slams FDA over antibiotic oversight in meat production

The Food and Drug Administration allowed 18 animal drugs to stay on the market even after an agency review found the drugs...

Kids' vitamins often surpass daily recommendations

Vitamin supplements marketed for infants and children often contain more than the recommended amount of individual vitamins,...

REFILE-Omega-3 intake inversely linked to signs of brain aging

Older women with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had slightly less brain shrinkage than women with low...

Company in West Virginia spill failed to disclose second chemical

The company behind a chemical spill that left about 300,000 people in West Virginia without tap water failed to disclose...

Omega-3 intake linked to signs of brain aging

Older women with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had slightly less brain shrinkage than women with low...

Mediterranean diet may be good for leg arteries, too

People who eat a Mediterranean diet high in olive oil or nuts may reduce their likelihood of developing clogged leg arteries,...

West Virginia looks to tighten rules after chemical spill contaminated water

West Virginia's governor on Monday proposed legislation to regulate above-ground storage tanks, a move that comes after a...

Overweight Americans who pick diet drinks eat more food -study

Heavy Americans who drink diet beverages rather than those sweetened with sugar appear to eat more, according to a study...

Community programs may help dads lose weight

Men who participated in a community fitness program for obese fathers lost weight and increased their activity levels in...

Organic food and farm groups ask Obama to require GMO food labels

Four U.S. lawmakers joined with more than 200 food companies, organic farming groups, health and environment organizations...

Pregnant women warned off West Virginia water in cleared areas

West Virginia officials said Thursday they have lifted a ban on drinking tap water for two-thirds of the customers affected...

Complementary, alternative medicine common with autism

Many families that have children with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disability use complementary and...

Eating cues thrown off in people with back pain: study

People with chronic low back pain enjoy high-fat foods less than others, and don't feel satiated by them either, a small...

Netherlands is country with most plentiful, healthy food: Oxfam

The Netherlands nudged past France and Switzerland as the country with the most nutritious, plentiful and healthy food, while...

Dutch order recall of French horsemeat

Dutch food safety authorities ordered five Dutch companies to recall 11,000 kg (24,000 lbs) of improperly labeled French...

Tens of thousands cleared to start using water in West Virginia

West Virginia officials on Tuesday lifted a ban on drinking tap water from 35,000 customers who had been affected by a chemical...

Screen pregnant women for gestational diabetes: panel

Reinforcing an already common practice, a government-backed panel says women should be screened for gestational diabetes...

Blacks, less-educated more sensitive to fast food prices

Black and less-educated people tend to cut back on their fast food purchases when prices rise more than other consumers,...

Food and drink marketing common in schools

Most children and teenagers in the U.S. go to schools that have partnerships with food and drink companies, according to...

Fad diets can work, but experts find no magic slimming bullet

Resolutions to lose weight are often made in January yet almost as frequently abandoned as heavy hopefuls find diets that...

Eating tree nuts tied to lowered obesity risk

A new U.S. study adds to growing evidence that nuts - once considered too fattening to be healthy - may in fact help keep...

Food, beverage companies slash calories in obesity fight

A voluntary effort by the world's largest food and beverage companies to remove billions of calories from the products they...

Eating slowly may cut meal size

People may consume fewer calories over the course of a meal when they eat slowly, a new study suggests. But it's not clear...

CORRECTED-PepsiCo's workplace wellness program fails the bottom line: study

A long-running and well-respected workplace wellness program at PepsiCo that encourages employees to adopt healthier habits...

RPT-U.S. cracks down on fad weight-loss powders, skin creams

Americans putting their faith in so-called miracle cures to shed unwanted pounds are bound to be disappointed, U.S. regulators...

Apps try to help you keep New Year's resolutions

Keeping New Year's resolutions can be difficult but new apps aim to help people get organized, track progress and stay focused...

Mediterranean diet may protect against diabetes

Without cutting back on calories, adopting a Mediterranean diet rich in extra-virgin olive oil may protect people at high...

PepsiCo's workplace wellness program fails the bottom line: study

A long-running and well-respected workplace wellness program at PepsiCo that encourages employees to adopt healthier habits...

African American women have a harder time losing weight

African American women who follow the same diet as white women and exercise just as much tend to lose less weight because...

General Mills begins selling Cheerios without GM ingredients

General Mills Inc said it has stopped using genetically modified ingredients in the popular breakfast cereal Cheerios as...

U.S. permanently relaxes rules aimed at healthier school meals

U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childhood...

CORRECTED-Teen eating disorders may impact weight later: study

Young teens who binge eat and those who are fearful of weight gain may be more likely to become overweight later in adolescence,...

Parents may want to limit electronic media at mealtime

Parents who let their teens use electronic devices or watch TV during family meals tend to serve less nutritious food and...

UPDATE 1-Antioxidants in diet linked to cataract risk

Women who eat foods rich in antioxidants may have a lower risk of cataracts as they age, according to a new Swedish analysis....

Teen eating disorders may impact weight later: study

Young teens who binge eat and those who are fearful of weight gain may be more likely to become overweight later in adolescence,...

Vitamin E may slow early Alzheimer's decline: study

Taking vitamin E during the early stages of Alzheimer's disease slowed declines in patients' ability to perform basic tasks...

SPECIAL REPORT-Lost Hooves, Dead Cattle Before Merck Halted Zilmax Sales

The U.S. beef industry's dependence on the muscle-building drug Zilmax began unraveling here, on a sweltering summer day,...

Small changes in kids' fast food meal cut calories

Changes made last year to McDonald's Happy Meals selections for children may be helping kids to cut calories, according to...

UPDATE 1-High rates of high blood pressure persist in US Southeast

One third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, but in the southeastern part of the country the rate is well over half,...

Anxiety linked to stroke risk

Men and women with severe symptoms of anxiety may have a higher risk of stroke than their more relaxed counterparts, a new...

Benefit of knee supplements still unclear

The dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate might slow joint damage for people with mild arthritis in their...

China tightens infant formula rules in food safety drive

China will further toughen milk powder regulation next year as it moves to boost confidence in domestic producers and allay...

Longer breastfeeding tied to better development

Children who were breastfed for more than six months scored the highest on cognitive, language and motor development tests...

Is it safe for pregnant women to eat peanuts?

So long as they don't have nut allergies themselves, pregnant women shouldn't be afraid that eating nuts might trigger allergies...

Lactation consultants can boost breastfeeding

Having access to even a few hours with a professional specially trained to help women breastfeed may raise the number of...

'Biggest Loser' trainer says fitness a mental and physical process

As celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince challenges and prods obese, unfit contestants to slim down and shape up on the weight-loss...

CORRECTION-Activity levels may decrease after retirement: study

People may not be as active as they once were after they retire, according to a new UK study. Men and women living in eastern...

'Superbug' bacteria widespread in U.S. chicken -consumer group

About half of the raw chicken breasts in a nationwide sampling carried antibiotic-resistant "superbug" bacteria, a U.S. consumer...

Medical trials for kids don't always match global need

Research trials that evaluate drugs and other treatments for children don't always align with needs around the world, according...

Multivitamins not tied to memory or heart benefits

Taking a multivitamin every day doesn't seem to ward off thinking and memory problems. Nor will it prevent further heart...

Fish oil sales don't reflect evidence

Recent research into the potential benefits of fish oil has been largely disappointing. But sales of the supplements have...

French police swoop on suspected unfit horsemeat ring

Police arrested 21 people in raids on the horsemeat industry across southern France on Monday on suspicion that horses used...

Avoid raw milk due to infection risks: pediatricians

Pregnant women, babies and kids should not drink raw or unpasteurized milk, a group of pediatricians said on Monday. Because...

Healthy eating costs an extra $1.50 per day: study

That healthy foods cost more has become conventional wisdom, but a new study is the most thorough yet in calculating how...

Consumers often confused about types of sugar in drinks

Many Americans don't know how much and what kinds of sugar are in their beverages, according to a new study. But people who...

Stomach acid drugs may increase vitamin deficiency risk

Popular drugs that are used to control stomach acid may increase the risk of a serious vitamin deficiency, suggests a new...

European food safety body sees no new health risk from aspartame

The artificial sweetener aspartame - widely used in low-calorie soft drinks - poses no health risks at currently approved...

Parent-only programs may help obese children, too

The gold standard for treating childhood obesity currently involves using a family-based approach in which both parents and...

Many techniques may slightly reduce sitting time at work

Three different strategies to reduce the amount of time people spend sitting at work seemed effective, in a new study. But...

Heavy kids at slightly higher risk for sports injuries

Exercise can help overweight kids slim down, but a new study suggests they might be at risk for leg, ankle and foot injuries...

Study casts doubt on whether vitamin D prevents disease

Researchers cast doubt on the prevailing wisdom that vitamin D supplements can prevent conditions like cancer, diabetes and...

"Cannibal sandwiches" sicken residents in U.S. Midwest

Residents in the upper U.S. Midwest should ditch their seasonal tradition of eating "cannibal sandwiches" made of raw ground...

Journal withdraws controversial French Monsanto GM study

The publisher of a controversial and much-criticized study suggesting genetically modified corn caused tumors in rats has...

The second coming of Obamacare website - will it work?

President Barack Obama's healthcare law is facing its biggest test this weekend since its disastrous October 1 launch, as...

EU bans South African citrus imports over disease fears

The European Union banned most imports of South African citrus fruit on Thursday for the rest of this year over fears that...

Bigger bowls prompt kids to want more, waste more

Kids who are given larger bowls will ask for more cereal than when they're given smaller bowls, and will more than likely...

U.S. alcohol ads largely comply with standards: study

Advertising for alcoholic beverages in magazines is largely in line with rules set by the U.S. government and industry, though...

Study links high sodium "fizzy" medicines to raised heart risks

Millions of patients worldwide taking effervescent, dispersible and soluble medicines have an increased risk of heart attacks...

Food stamps may not improve food security, diet quality

A program that provides food and nutrition assistance to millions of low-income Americans may not be effective at current...

Amid holiday drives, U.S. food banks take up farming

Surrounded by rows of kale and collard greens, Bill Shick ticks off statistics about yields and the man-hours it takes to...

Obamacare agency rushed in contractor, documents show

Caught flat-footed by the challenges of building the financial-management and accounting parts of the U.S. government's new...

Screen time again linked to kids' extra weight

Children and teenagers who spend lots of time in front of screens - especially TVs - tend to gain more weight as they age,...

Obamacare tech guru says website capacity to double

HealthCare.gov, the ailing website handling health insurance sales under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, will soon...

Chew more, eat less? It could work, study suggests

People who increased the number of times they chewed their food before swallowing ate less over the course of a meal, in...

Before launch, HealthCare.gov couldn't handle 500 users

In the last days before the botched October 1 launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare website, the team in charge was...

Nearly 80,000 Californians sign up for Obamacare plans

Nearly 80,000 Californians have enrolled in private health insurance plans through the state's exchange marketplace created...

Better diet tied to higher quality of life in old age

Older adults who follow dietary guidelines tend to have a better quality of life and less trouble getting around and taking...

Target empty calories in kids' diets at the source - study

About a third of the calories kids eat at school, at fast food restaurants and from grocery stores are "empty calories" that...

Eating nuts tied to fewer cancer, heart disease deaths

People who eat a diet rich in nuts, including peanuts, are less likely to die from heart disease or cancer, new research...

U.S. to screen obese pilots, controllers for sleep apnea

Overweight U.S. pilots and air traffic controllers will soon need to be screened for sleep apnea, a condition that can cause...

Weight-conscious drinkers lured with low-cal wines

Winemakers are luring health-conscious, weight-watching consumers to shops with low-calorie wines that are 100 calories or...

EXCLUSIVE-Expert to warn Congress of HealthCare.gov security bugs

A respected security expert will warn Congress on Tuesday that the Obama administration's healthcare website has security...

Administration was warned of Obamacare risks in March

Obama administration officials, including senior White House staff, were warned last spring of risks to the rollout of President...

Officials say Obamacare website improves

The race intensified on Monday between Republicans trying to discredit President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law...

Chemicals in plastics and cosmetics tied to early births

Chemicals called phthalates, found in plastics and cosmetics, may be linked to a raised risk of babies being born early,...

Weight loss may help steady irregular heartbeat

People with an irregular heart rhythm could see an improvement in symptoms if they lose weight in addition to managing their...

Obesity tied to trouble moving around for elderly women

Maintaining a healthy weight after menopause may improve women's chances of living into their mid-80s while keeping their...

Experimental drug helps patients lose up to 24 pounds

An experimental obesity drug, which unlike other therapies targets the body and not the mind, helped patients lose up to...

Profit bonanza eludes companies chasing obesity business

Steam rises from pipes at a giant industrial complex on the edge of the Baltic Sea whose success is a testament to the world's...

U.S. probing security incidents aimed at health site

U.S. authorities are investigating a series of cybersecurity incidents targeting the HealthCare.gov website at the center...

White House tech chief says health portal on mend

Top government technology officials told an acrimonious congressional hearing on Wednesday that they expected the website...

Childhood trauma may contribute to teen weight problems

Children who have gone through trying times are more likely to be overweight by age 15, a new study suggests. Stress in childhood...

Obama tech chief to testify about healthcare website

A top White House technology adviser will testify at a congressional hearing on Wednesday about the troubled launch of the...

How your company is watching your waistline

Employers tried the carrot, then a small stick. Now they are turning to bigger cudgels. For years they encouraged workers...

New heart guidelines back stronger therapies for high risk patients

New U.S. guidelines on heart health that were a decade in the making recommend stronger measures for patients at particularly...

Heavy but healthy people still at risk of heart disease

Some researchers believe people who are overweight but otherwise healthy don't have a higher-than-normal risk of heart disease....

Consumer, green groups voice fears over EU-U.S. trade deal

Consumers risk losing out in a planned free-trade deal between Europe and the United States if big business succeeds in loosening...

Supplements may not guard against cancer, heart disease

There is little evidence that vitamin and mineral supplements protect people from cancer and heart problems, according to...

California company recalls salads, wraps over E. coli

A California company is recalling more than 180,000 pounds of prepackaged salads and sandwich wraps containing chicken and...

Philippine storm survivors beg for help and supplies

Desperate survivors of one of the most powerful storms ever recorded begged for help and scavenged for food, water and medicine...

Tech expert gets subpoena to testify on HealthCare.gov

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena on Friday to compel Todd Park, the chief technology...

Popcorn makers could face long road to lose trans fats

Microwave popcorn makers could face a long and difficult task ridding their snacks of trans fats, if a U.S. Food and Drug...

Reducing bottle use doesn't prevent toddler weight gain

Toddlers who continue to use bottles beyond 12 to 15 months of age tend to be overweight. But simply switching them to sippy...

After Washington GMO label battle, national fight eyed

Both sides of the costly and high-stakes GMO labeling battle in Washington state say they see an even bigger national fight...

FDA seeks to ban trans fats in processed foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed food ranging from cookies...

Lawmaker calls for Obamacare tech officials to testify

U.S. officials who helped develop or oversee the rollout of the flawed Obamacare website will appear before the House of...

C-sections not tied to obesity later on: study

Babies born by cesarean deliveries are no more likely to be obese later in life than babies born vaginally, says a new study....

Better mid-life diet linked to healthy aging

The way women eat in their late 50s and early 60s may have some connection to how well they age later on, according to a...

U.S. FDA moves to ban trans fats, citing health risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fat in processed food, saying reducing...

Obama gets earful from Senate Democrats on health law

President Barack Obama met on Wednesday with frustrated Senate Democrats, some of whom fear the disastrous rollout of his...

Telluride, Colorado voters reject tax on sugary drinks

Voters in the ski resort town of Telluride, Colorado, overwhelmingly rejected a proposed tax on sugar sweetened drinks, proponents...

Washington state GMO labeling measure headed for defeat-opponents

Opponents of a Washington state ballot measure that would have required labeling of foods containing genetically modified...

Young men may have unrecognized eating disorders

Eating disorders are most often associated with young women, but a new study suggests young men can also become obsessed...

Cargill to change beef labeling in wake of 'pink slime' furor

Cargill Inc, one of the world's largest beef processors, will begin labeling when its finely textured beef is used in the...

Syrian government says aid, vaccinations will reach all

The Syrian government promised on Monday to ensure delivery of vaccinations and humanitarian aid across the country, after...

About 40 percent of Syrians need humanitarian aid: U.N.

The United Nations estimates that around 9.3 million people in Syria or about 40 percent of the population need humanitarian...

Republican Ayotte seeks 'time out' on Obamacare

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte wants to press "pause" on rolling out the U.S. healthcare reform law as anxiety grows about...

U.S. girls keep hitting puberty earlier

Girls are developing breasts at younger and younger ages, a new study confirms. And upward trends in childhood obesity seem...

UN feeds record 3.3 million Syrians, malnutrition rising

The United Nations delivered food to a record 3.3 million people in Syria in October, up from 2.7 million the previous month,...

U.S. lawmaker subpoenas Sebelius for Obamacare documents

A senior U.S. House of Representatives lawmaker subpoenaed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for documents...

Horsemeat found in canned beef at two UK retailers

A batch of canned sliced beef containing horsemeat has been removed from the shelves of retailers Home Bargains and Quality...

For some obese people, surgery beats other options

Diet, exercise, therapy and drugs can help obese people get healthier. But weight-loss surgery does a better job of getting...

Some nutrition and diet studies may overstate results

Doctors, policymakers and everyday people may make decisions or give advice based on the results of published nutrition studies....

U.S. FDA outlines plan to combat drug shortages

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a strategic plan for preventing drug shortages on Thursday and proposed a...

Market closures cut cases of new China bird flu: study

China should close live poultry markets in big cities to disrupt the spread of a new strain of bird flu that resurfaced there...

Merck may bring Zilmax back to U.S., Canada

U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co plans to resume sales of the controversial Zilmax animal feed additive in the United States and...

Food giants pour millions into defeating Washington GMO label measure

Major U.S. food and chemical companies are pouring millions of dollars into efforts to block approval of a ballot initiative...

Vitamin D supplements may not increase bone density

People over the age of 50 often take vitamin D supplements thinking they're making their bones stronger and preventing osteoporosis....

China tightens rules again to promote breast feeding

The Chinese government will tighten rules again on makers of infant formula to promote the use of breast feeding, state media...

U.S. health exchanges say data hub operating again

A key link to federal data used by the websites that sell health insurance under the U.S. health reform law appeared to be...

After tough week, White House buys time for website fix

President Barack Obama promised on Saturday that his troubled healthcare website was just weeks away from a cure as he struggled...

U.S. official faces grilling over Obamacare website

Two months before the troubled Oct. 1 launch of Obamacare exchanges, a key administration official overseeing the program...

Obama's tech expert becomes target over website woes

Todd Park has gone from steering his healthcare information technology company through a blockbuster IPO to occasionally...

Pastor leads Mississippi Obamacare push

When Dr. Michael Minor first became pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, in 1996, he discovered...

Data center glitch is latest 'Obamacare' rollout issue

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare...

Cantaloupe farmers plead guilty on listeriosis outbreak

Two Colorado farmers whose Listeria-contaminated cantaloupes killed 33 people pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal criminal...

Obama taps aide Zients for health care website repair

The Obama administration is turning to top economic adviser, Jeffrey Zients, to manage the government's repair of its troubled...

Republicans probe White House role in Obamacare rollout

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday announced a new investigation into the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's...

Panel raps lack of action to curb drug use in livestock

U.S. regulators and livestock producers have failed to curb the use of antibiotics in livestock despite concerns that excessive...

Obama vows to get malfunctioning healthcare website fixed

President Barack Obama sought on Monday to limit political damage from the problematic launch of the government website for...

Obama to call healthcare website glitches 'unacceptable'

President Barack Obama will declare the glitches in a new healthcare website "unacceptable" on Monday and outline ways for...

Think twice before buying breast milk online: study

Most of the breast milk sold over the Internet is contaminated with bacteria, a new study suggests. Researchers tested 101...

U.S. court may allow suits against Guantanamo forced feeding

A U.S. appeals court showed a potential willingness on Friday to intervene in the forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay hunger...

Diet, exercise key for improving heart health

The American Heart Association wants to improve the heart health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020. To meet that goal,...

UPDATE 1-Emergency allergy needles too short for heavy people?

People with serious allergies who are obese may find out in a moment of crisis their epinephrine injection needles aren't...

New York's high court will hear appeal in soda ban case

New York state's highest court agreed on Thursday to hear Mayor Michael Bloomberg's appeal of a decision striking down a...

'Obamacare' helpers frustrated as enrollment stalls

Community organizations and non-profit groups that were supposed to help millions of Americans sign up for "Obamacare" are...

At-home 'tasting game' helps kids accept vegetables

Using a game at home, parents can help their children learn to like vegetables, a new study shows. Parents often struggle...

Washington state sues anti-GMO labeling lobbyists

A lobbying group for major U.S. food manufacturers has violated campaign finance laws in its attempt to block a measure that...

INSIGHT- As Obamacare tech woes mounted, contract costs soared

As U.S. officials warned that the technology behind Obamacare might not be ready to launch on Oct. 1, the administration...

Hawaii's Kauai Island moves to curb gene-altered crops, pesticide testing

Lawmakers on the tropical island of Kauai, Hawaii, on Wednesday approved a hotly contested measure aimed at reining in widespread...

China milk powder crackdown is tough medicine for doctors, sales reps

A crackdown on corruption in China's infant milk formula sector has made sales representatives and hospital doctors fearful...

Majority of U.S. fast-food workers need public assistance -study

More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely...

Weight Watchers better than self-help for weight loss

Compared to going it alone, using the Weight Watchers diet program helps people shed extra pounds, says a new study. What's...

U.S. President Taft followed a weight loss program too

While celebrities make headlines for losing or gaining a few pounds today, a new account suggests weight trouble is nothing...

Hospital CEO pay not tied to quality of care: study

Hospital CEOs' pay isn't linked to their hospital's benefit to the community. Nor is it linked to the quality of care the...

China punishes 13 medical workers in milk powder case

Chinese authorities in the northern city of Tianjin have punished 13 medical workers for taking bribes from Danone S.A. to...

Texas plant cannot ship beef to South Korea: USDA

A Swift Beef Company plant in Cactus, Texas, is not eligible to ship beef to South Korea, the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

New 'deadline' for fixing Obamacare glitches next month

The U.S. administration has a little over a month to fix the technology problems crippling its online health insurance marketplace,...

Falls tied to post-op complications in older people

The number of falls older people take before surgery may help predict their health during recovery, says a new study. Researchers...

South Korea suspends some U.S. beef imports over feed additive

South Korea has suspended some U.S. beef imports after detecting the cattle feed additive zilpaterol in meat supplied by...

FDA investigates Hawaii outbreak of non-viral hepatitis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is investigating a growing number of reports of non-viral hepatitis...

Probiotics may help combat colic, but evidence mixed

Giving babies "good" bacteria may help ease incessant fussing and crying, says a fresh look at past studies. But researchers...

Hundreds sickened in U.S. from salmonella outbreak

Hundreds of people in 18 states have become sick from a salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken products made at three...

Problems at Obamacare website being fixed: White House

The Obama administration said on Monday it was fixing software and capacity problems at the main website designed to enroll...

Sports superstars endorse sugary, fatty foods

When Miami Heat star LeBron James isn't scoring baskets, he's busy - selling soda, sports drinks and fast food. But James...

EU officials fear tobacco lobby may derail anti-smoking law

European officials complained on Friday that legislation regulating the sale of tobacco products is being held up in the...

Walking tied to fewer breast cancers in older women

Older women who take regular walks are less likely to get breast cancer than their less-active peers, according to a new...

Just what is in that chicken nugget?

Stand-up comedians have long joked that some things, like the actual components of chicken nuggets, are better left mysterious....

Eating disorder specialists not immune to weight bias

Even some mental health professionals that treat eating disorders harbor prejudice against the obese, a new study suggests....

U.S. scrambles to provide access to Obamacare sites

The U.S. government on Wednesday scrambled to add computer capacity to handle an unexpectedly large number of Americans logging...

One in eight people around the world go hungry: U.N.

One in eight people around the world is chronically undernourished, the United Nations' food agencies said on Tuesday, warning...

Online traffic snarls Obamacare sites during launch

The U.S. government launched the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform on Tuesday, opening new...

U.S. cantaloupe farmers charged for bacterial outbreak

The owners of a bankrupt Colorado cantaloupe farm whose listeria-tainted melons killed 33 people in 2011, in one of the deadliest...

Canada burger chain taps demand for hormone-free beef

Privately owned Canadian hamburger chain A&W will buy only beef from cattle raised without added growth hormones or steroids,...

McDonald's expands anti-obesity push

Hold the fries, pass the salad. McDonald's Corp on Thursday said it would offer healthy options as part of its popular value...

Body fat tied to heart risks in normal-weight adults

New evidence suggests older adults with a healthy weight but high percentage of body fat are at increased risk of heart-related...

Heart docs call for help for severely obese kids

Rates of overweight and obesity in U.S. children and teens may be leveling off, but kids at the extreme - the severely obese...

Omega-3s not tied to women's mental sharpness

Women who consume plenty of omega-3 fatty acids may not have better thinking and memory skills as a result, according to...

No link between celiac disease and autism: study

There's no link between celiac disease and autism spectrum disorders, a nationwide study from Sweden says. People who were...

Weight loss tied to knee arthritis benefits

Intensive weight loss together with regular exercise did more to ease knee arthritis than exercise alone for overweight and...

China launches juice probe after rotten fruit report

China's food safety watchdog has launched an investigation into local juice makers after a media report said they used rotten...

Burger King to offer lower-fat French fries

Burger King Worldwide Inc, known for its "Whopper" hamburgers, is introducing lower-fat French fries, as consumer groups...

Make healthy food cool to kids, Michelle Obama asks TV executives

First Lady Michelle Obama asked television and food company executives at a White House gathering on Wednesday to sell youngsters...

Harvard study finds food expiration labels are misleading

Americans throw out billions of pounds of food every year because they falsely believe "sell-by" and "best-before" dates...

Google to form health technology company

Google Inc said it plans to set up a new company called Calico, headed by Apple Inc and Genentech Chairman Art Levinson,...

China reminds hospitals not to push baby milk

China's Health Ministry reminded hospitals on Tuesday that they are not allowed to push the sale of baby milk to new mothers...

Louisiana towns step up tests of water after boy dies from infection

Some Louisiana towns intensified testing of water supplies on Monday after a 4-year-old boy died from a rare brain-eating...

China's state TV says Danone bribed hospitals to push baby milk

Chinese state TV said on Monday that Danone had bribed hospital staff to give its milk powder to new-born babies, allegations...

Exercise, diet habits improving among youth: study

Over the last decade, U.S. kids and teenagers have started getting slightly more exercise and reduced their television watching,...

Ukraine, Honduras revive tobacco dispute with Australia at WTO

Ukraine and Honduras are reviving a dispute at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) challenging Australian laws that impose...

COLUMN-Internet access is a vital healthcare tool

When Mark Zuckerberg announced a new private sector initiative last month to make affordable Internet access available to...

Diet quality linked to pancreatic cancer risk

In a large new study of older Americans, researchers find that people with the healthiest eating habits are about 15 percent...

Indian pharma draws more FDA scrutiny as US imports rise

U.S. inspectors visiting a factory in India owned by drugmaker Wockhardt Ltd in March found torn data records in a waste...

Chinese authorities probing German drugmaker Bayer

Chinese authorities visited a local office of German drugmaker Bayer AG in late August to investigate a potential case of...

Sainsbury's recalls watercress products on E. Coli concerns

Britain's Food Standards Agency (FSA) said on Thursday that J Sainsbury is recalling all of its own brand bagged watercress...

Many in U.S. still fight hunger: poll

Four years after the recession ended, one in five American adults is still struggling to buy enough food, according to a...

Obesity tied to semi-frequent migraines: study

Overweight and obese people are at higher-than-average risk of migraines, suggests a new study. Researchers looking at so-called...

Vitamin D disappoints in trial for infant diarrhea

Heavy supplementation of vitamin D did not reduce diarrheal illnesses among children aged three and younger in a large trial...

New U.S. meat label rule survives challenge by meat packers

A U.S. district judge refused on Wednesday to stop the government from requiring labels on packages of beef, pork, poultry...

Paying doctors for better care improves quality: studies

Paying doctors in small practices bonuses for the quality of care they provide leads to a modest increase in the number of...

Homes, families and children are casualties in Syria - UN

A third of Syria's housing stock and thousands of schools have been destroyed during the conflict, forcing some 4.25 million...

Routine changes tied to kids' weight loss: study

Encouraging and counseling minority families to adopt healthier household routines led to a small decrease in children's...

Subtle cues help obese shoppers skip unhealthy choices

Subtle hints may help nudge people toward making healthier food choices at the grocery store, new findings suggest. Obese...

California inmates end hunger strike over prison conditions

California inmates have ended a two-month-old hunger strike that ranked as the largest in state history and took aim at a...

Chobani's pulling yogurt from shelves prompts probe

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it is investigating Greek yogurt maker Chobani's handling of a mold...

Exclusive: Technical snafus confuse charges for Obamacare plans

Technical glitches still plague the display of new healthcare plans to be offered to millions of uninsured Americans starting...

China's pharma probes unfair: EU business lobby

Foreign pharmaceutical firms in China have been unfairly targeted by a string of investigations into bribery and price-fixing...

With safeguards, iron may not raise kids' malaria risk

Despite concerns that iron supplements may increase children's risk of malaria in regions where it is common, a new study...

Can a combination pill help heart patients?

Combining aspirin with cholesterol and blood pressure drugs in a single pill may encourage people to take their medication...

Better diet tied to fewer deaths after heart attack

People who changed their eating habits for the better following a heart attack tended to live longer than those who stuck...

Kids swallowing more magnets since 2002: study

Over the last decade more and more U.S. children have ended up in the emergency room after swallowing magnets, according...

Escalation in Syria will worsen civilians' plight

Any escalation of the Syrian crisis following an apparent chemical weapons attack will worsen suffering of civilians that...

Thailand to appeal after losing tobacco case

The Thai government plans to appeal a court victory by tobacco giant Philip Morris to keep larger health warnings off cigarette...

Tanzania pledges to end child labor in gold mining

The Tanzanian government said it was committed to stamping out child labor in small-scale gold mines after a U.S. rights...

CORRECTION: New entrant in obesity drug race targets body, not the mind

Imagine a weight-loss drug that not only helps you shed a few pounds, but does so without asking you to diet or exercise....

No botulism bacteria in Fonterra products: officials

Dairy giant Fonterra's products at the center of a global contamination scare this month did not contain a type of bacteria...

India's Gandhi back home from hospital

- Sonia Gandhi, the president of India's ruling Congress party who is widely seen as the country's most powerful politician,...

Program may help black women avoid weight gain

A program including self-monitoring, gym access and occasional counseling calls helped black women maintain their weight...

CORRECTED-New entrant in obesity drug race targets body, not the mind

Imagine a weight-loss drug that not only helps you shed a few pounds, but does so without asking you to diet or exercise....

New entrant in obesity drug race targets body, not the mind

Imagine a weight-loss pill that not only helps you shed a few pounds, but does so without asking you to diet or exercise....

U.S. tobacco trade proposal draws fire from both sides

A U.S. trade proposal aimed at eliminating foreign tariffs on U.S. tobacco products while preserving the right of governments...

Omega-3s tied to lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Women who have diets high in omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those...

Antipsychotics tied to diabetes in kids and teens

Children and young adults who are prescribed antipsychotic drugs have a three-fold risk of developing diabetes, compared...

Probiotics linked to lower risk of allergies for kids

Babies whose mothers take probiotics while pregnant and those who are given the so-called "good bacteria" supplements early...

Sri Lanka to test all milk powder for chemical

A Sri Lanka state institute said it would test all milk powder in the market after finding a toxic chemical in products sold...

Fonterra halted China-bound milk powder in May

New Zealand's Fonterra, the world's biggest dairy exporter, caught up in a contamination scandal this month, said on Thursday...

Briton held in China arrested amid pharmaceuticals probe

A British risk consultant held in China since mid-July amid an investigation into the country's pharmaceutical industry has...

California gets OK to force-feed some hunger-striking inmates

California authorities won court approval on Monday to force-feed some prisoners on a hunger strike after officials voiced...

Many young, white women frequently tan indoors

More than one in every four young, white U.S. women uses an indoor tanning facility at least once a year, according to a...

New Zealand announces plan for Fonterra dairy inquiry

New Zealand on Monday announced plans for a government inquiry into how ingredients made by dairy giant Fonterra became contaminated...

China bans more dairy products on contamination scare

More New Zealand milk products sold to China have been banned after elevated levels of nitrates were found, raising further...

Diet beats exercise in weight loss: celeb trainer

Celebrity trainer Bob Harper, of the weight-loss TV show "The Biggest Loser," has built a career putting very obese people...

BPA, phthalates tied to kids' weight, diabetes risk

Children exposed to two chemicals commonly used in food packaging are more likely to be obese or show signs of diabetes precursors...

Merck halts Zilmax sales, to study cattle feed additive

U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co said on Friday it is temporarily suspending sales of its Zilmax animal feed additive in the United...

U.S. obesity leveling off, but still high, data show

Obesity levels among adults appear to be holding steady across the United States, adding to recent evidence that the growth...

Sri Lankan court bars sale of Fonterra milk products for two weeks

A Sri Lankan court on Friday issued an order preventing the sale, distribution and advertising of all Fonterra milk products...

California grapples with inmate illness as hunger strike drags on

California prison officials are grappling with starvation-related ailments among hunger-striking prisoners who have refused...

Soda drinking tied to kids' behavior problems: study

Children who drink soda tend to score slightly higher on scales that measure aggressive behavior than kids who don't drink...

Exercise may cut endometrial cancer risk for heavy women

Overweight and obese women who get plenty of exercise may have a lower risk of endometrial cancer than if they were sedentary,...

REFILE: Ginseng supplements linked to less cancer fatigue

Cancer patients and survivors who felt tired or sluggish reported feeling noticeably better after taking ginseng supplements...

Extra vitamin D doesn't cut high blood pressure - study

In older people with low vitamin D levels and a common type of high blood pressure, vitamin D supplements do not appear to...

Healthy diet in diabetes tied to less kidney disease

People with diabetes who ate a diet consistent with general health guidelines and high in fruit, vegetables, fiber and unsaturated...

Habits linked to obesity may differ for boys and girls

Some behaviors, such as TV watching and eating school lunches, were linked to obesity among sixth grade boys and girls in...

Video of 'lame' cattle stirs new concern over growth drugs

At a beef industry conference in Denver last week, the animal health auditor for meat producer JBS USA presented a video...

Firm linked to tainted salad halts shipments

The Mexican unit of Taylor Farms, a food processor whose salad mix has been identified as at least one source of a widespread...

McConnell seeks delay in 'Obamacare' exchanges

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday called on the Obama administration to delay the Oct. 1 opening of exchanges...

Fonterra pulls 'DCD' milk powder in Sri Lanka

New Zealand-based dairy giant Fonterra Co-operative Ltd said on Sunday it had withdrawn milk powder under orders from the...

China's online food sales boom after health scares

Chinese consumers are responding to a powerful new marketing tactic that plays to a widespread fear of food contamination...

Identical twin U.S. astronauts to serve as research subjects

NASA's only identical twin astronauts are planning to serve as guinea pigs for studies investigating the genetic impacts...

Asthma more common, severe among obese kids: study

Overweight and obese children are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma, according to a new study - and when they do have...

Religions question test-tube burgers

When the world's first test-tube beef burger was cooked and eaten this week, food critics all asked about its taste. For...

Weight Watchers trying to cash in on workers health

Facing increased competition from free calorie-counting apps, Weight Watchers International Inc is targeting a steadily growing...

Fresh, unprocessed baby foods tied to less allergy

Babies who ate more fruits and vegetables and fewer packaged foods were less likely to develop food allergies in a new study...

China watchdog to tighten oversight of milk powder makers

China said it will enhance monitoring of milk powder producers following a contamination scare at New Zealand's Fonterra...

School children consumed recalled Fonterra dairy protein

Students at a high school in New Zealand consumed protein drinks containing whey concentrate which had been recalled by dairy...

China to inspect all imported dairy products

China's commerce ministry said on Wednesday that it would step up inspections of all imported dairy products in the wake...

Cocoa tied to improved brain function in some elderly

Older people with impaired blood flow to their brains saw improvements in thinking skills after drinking two cups of cocoa...

Industry influence found in food additive reports

All of the notices U.S. regulators received to vouch for the safety of common food additives between 1997 and 2012 were submitted...

Obamacare months behind in testing IT data security - gov't

The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to...

Unhealed intestines in celiac disease tied to lymphoma

People with celiac disease whose intestines are slow to heal are at increased risk of cancer of the immune system, or lymphoma,...

Tide might be turning on U.S. childhood obesity: CDC

The obesity rate among low-income children between the ages of two and four is falling in 19 U.S. states and territories...

Anorexic girls also have autistic traits, study finds

Scientists studying girls with anorexia have found they show a mild echo of the characteristics of autism - a finding that...

Antioxidants unlikely to boost female fertility

For women who struggle to conceive, there is little evidence that antioxidant supplements increase their chances, according...

Sugary drinks tied to obesity among preschoolers

Five-year-olds who drink sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks or juices every day are more likely to be obese than those...

CORRECTION: FDA issues new rules for labeling 'gluten-free' foods

Labels declaring foods to be "gluten-free" will need to meet new standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration....

FDA proposes new rules for labeling 'gluten-free' foods

Labels declaring foods to be "gluten-free" will need to meet new standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration....

Serious rash risk with acetaminophen pain pills: FDA

Tylenol and other painkillers containing the ingredient acetaminophen can cause a potentially deadly skin rash known as Stevens-Johnson...

House Republicans to push $40 bln cut to food stamps

U.S. House Republicans plan to propose a $40 billion cut to the nation's food stamp program, the head of the House Agriculture...

Kansas meatpacker recalls beef on contamination fear

A Kansas meatpacker has recalled 50,100 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department...

Obamacare technology testing slated for September

The Obama administration is preparing to subject the information technology backbone of the new state and federal healthcare...

Stomach bug linked to salad mix hits new patients

A severe stomach illness linked to prepackaged salad has struck two new patients in Iowa, state health officials said on...

Appeals court upholds ruling that halted NYC's large-soda ban

New York City's plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants and other eateries was an illegal overreach of executive...

Slaughterhouse workers, truckers fuel deadly piglet virus spread

Questionable hygiene practices among meat processing plant employees, freight truck drivers and others who work at hog slaughter...

Breastfeeding tied to kids' intelligence

Children who were breastfed for more of their infancy scored higher on language and intelligence tests at three and seven...

CORRECTION: Stomach bug linked to produce sickens 285 people

At least 285 people in 11 states have been sickened by a parasitic infection commonly linked to fresh produce, and the exact...

Transplants may benefit obese kidney patients

After kidney transplants, the risk of death over the next year falls just as much among obese kidney failure patients as...

U.S. appeals court upholds $105 mln Exxon payout in NYC case

A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp ordering the company to pay $105 million in damages...

FDA proposes food companies verify safety of imports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a new rule on Friday that would require food companies to verify that products...

Obese former death row inmate dies in Ohio

A convicted Ohio killer who sought to be spared the death penalty because he was obese died Thursday at a Columbus hospital...

Stomach virus linked to produce sickens 285 people

At least 285 people in 11 states have been sickened by a parasitic infection commonly linked to fresh produce, and the exact...

C-sections take longer for obese women

Cesarean sections take longer, on average, when new mothers are obese, according to a recent study. More time isn't necessarily...

Study shows incentives can help poor eat healthier

Getting even a bit of extra money for buying more fruits and vegetables can help the poor improve their shopping habits and...

Silicosis claimants turn to South African courts

A British court has thrown out a lawsuit against Anglo American South Africa brought by miners who contracted the deadly...

India police arrest principal in food poisoning case

Indian police on Wednesday arrested the headmistress of a school where 23 children died after eating a meal laced with pesticide...

Ginseng supplements linked to less cancer fatigue

Cancer patients and survivors who felt tired or sluggish reported feeling noticeably better after taking ginseng supplements...

Syrian authorities blocking access to needy in Homs

Syrian authorities are blocking access to the old city of Homs, where trapped civilians are in dire need of food and medical...

Starbucks and Danone team up to take on growing U.S. yogurt market

Starbucks Corp and Danone SA said on Tuesday they will sell a co-branded yogurt through Starbucks cafes and in grocery stores...

Trying to lose weight? Ditch calorie-rich rewards after exercise

If you're spending more time running, walking or pumping iron in the gym and still not losing weight, fitness experts say...

Fatal Indian school meal contained pesticide, police confirms

An initial forensic report has confirmed that the free school lunch that killed 23 children this week in India's eastern...

Non-stick chemicals not tied to childhood growth

Babies' early exposure to chemicals used in non-stick and stain-resistant products was not linked to small body size at age...

Dubai offers gold to fight obesity epidemic

Dubai's government will pay residents in gold for losing those extra pounds as part of a government campaign to fight growing...

Coke likely to face Vitaminwater class-action

A U.S. federal judge has recommended that Coca-Cola Co face a class-action lawsuit accusing it of misleading consumers by...

Focus on cooking oil container in Indian mass poisoning

Indian police suspect that India's worst outbreak of mass food poisoning in years was caused by cooking oil that had been...

Indian children died quickly after eating meal

Within minutes of eating a meal of rice and potato curry at school, the children began to fall sick, a cook at the center...

Food poisoning kills at least 22 children in India, insecticide suspected

At least 22 children died and dozens were taken to hospital with apparent food poisoning after eating a meal provided for...

Past colon cancer tied to future cancer risks

People who have had colon cancer are 15 percent more likely to be diagnosed with another cancer than those with no history...

Scientists find how "obesity gene" makes people fat

Scientists have unraveled how a gene long associated with obesity makes people fat by triggering increased hunger, opening...

Slapping, shoving tied to kids' future health problems

Children who are punished through pushing, shoving and slapping are more likely to be obese and have other health problems...

Fast-growing U.S. craft brewers struggle with worker safety

Welder Mark Moynihan crawled down a narrow tube into a space the size of a car interior to seal the crack in the fermentation...

Timing of first solid food tied to child diabetes risk

When babies already at increased risk for type 1 diabetes had their first solid foods before four months of age or after...

Alnylam bets on 'gene silencing' to woo biotech investors

A radical new treatment for genetic disorders has catapulted Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc into the crosshairs of investors...

FDA proposes to limit arsenic levels in apple juice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed to put a limit on the amount of inorganic arsenic found in apple juice,...

China case shows war on drug costs in emerging markets

International drugmakers are under fire in emerging markets as governments crack down on high prices and corporate malpractice,...

Anti-smoking Australia prevails in dispute dry run

In a dry run of one of the biggest legal battles in public health, an advocate for Australia's tobacco policies has delivered...

GSK executives confess to economic crimes: China

Executives of GlaxoSmithKline Plc in China have confessed to charges of bribery and tax law violations, the country's security...

U.S. Marine base burn pit poses health risk: report

Open-air burn pits at a U.S. Marine base in Afghanistan pose a health risk to the 13,500 military and civilian personnel...

Eating fruits and vegetables tied to longer life

Eating fewer than five servings of fruit and vegetables each day is linked with a higher chance of dying early, according...

CORRECTION: Cigarette pack warnings, but not plain wrappers -EU committee

Cigarette packs should carry stark health warnings but the EU does not have to adopt the plain wrappers favored by Australia...

Apps aim to help people get fit and stay fit

There's no shortage of health and fitness apps monitoring everything from sleep patterns to calories and caffeine consumption....

State of U.S. health 'mediocre': report

The United States is falling behind its economic peers in most measures of health, despite making gains in the past two decades,...

Soy doesn't prevent prostate cancer return: study

Men who took soy supplements after having their prostate cancer removed were just as likely to see their cancer return as...

Fearing contamination, Chinese pay more for imported infant goods

Sophie the Giraffe is a teething toy taking over the world one baby mouth at a time. The toy, handmade in France from Malaysian...

Fatty acids in formula linked to quick-thinking kids

In a study of six-year-olds, researchers found no IQ differences between kids who were fed formula supplemented with long-chain...

People eat less after harder workouts: small study

High intensity workouts may curb people's appetite shortly afterward, according to a small study. The researchers found that...

Older working women may be healthier as a result

Postmenopausal women who work tend be in better health than their unemployed counterparts, according to a new study from...

Drink more water, lose more weight?

Dieters who drink more water have greater weight loss, according to a new review of several prior studies. In one study that...

Pepsi outside California still has chemical linked to cancer -report

Pepsi-Cola is still using caramel coloring containing a chemical linked to cancer in rodents, a report released on Wednesday...

Sales reps' presence tied to heart stent use: study

Having sales representatives from medical device companies at hospitals may influence which products doctors use and ultimately...

Fiber-rich grains tied to lower diabetes risk

People who eat a diet high in fiber-rich whole grains are less likely to develop diabetes or heart disease, according to...

What's the 'Worst Restaurant Meal in America'?

Calories: 1,320. Trans fats: 33 grams. Sodium: 3,700 milligrams. All that pushed Long John Silver's "Big Catch" fish platter...

Unnecessary repeat cholesterol tests common: study

One-third of people with heart disease have their cholesterol levels checked more often than guidelines recommend, a new...

Red meat tied to worse colon cancer outcomes: study

People who report eating the most red and processed meat before being diagnosed with colon cancer are more likely to die...

States brace for barrage when Obamacare goes live

About 550,000 people in Oregon do not have health insurance, and Aaron Karjala is confident the state's new online insurance...

Regulators pave way for biosimilar drug breakthrough

European regulators have cleared the way for the first serious threat to the makers of multibillion-dollar biotechnology...

CORRECTION: School snack food rules clamp down on calories, fat

Snacks sold in U.S. schools must be lower in fat, salt and sugar, according to federal rules released on Thursday aimed at...

School snack food rules clamp down on calories, fat

Snacks sold in U.S. schools must be lower in fat, salt and sugar, according to federal rules released on Thursday aimed at...

Coke to market first 'natural' mid-calorie cola

Coca-Cola Co announced plans on Wednesday to sell a mid-calorie cola sweetened with sugar and the naturally occurring no-calorie...

Rotting corpses spark fears of epidemic amid India floods

Rotting corpses contaminating water sources and poor sanitation amid devastating floods in northern India could lead to a...

Feces shows Crusaders battled worms and hygiene

Medieval feces discovered at an ancient castle in Cyprus has revealed that the Crusaders suffered from a bad case of the...

Family weight talks tied to dieting, laxative use

Teens were more likely to diet and use other unhealthy measures to control their weight when their parents talked to them...

Methane found in drinking water near natural gas wells-study

Elevated levels of methane, ethane and propane gases were found in drinking water wells in Pennsylvania, close to operations...

Indonesian fires worsen, Singapore smog sets record

Indonesia deployed military planes to fight raging forest fires on Friday that blanketed neighboring Singapore in record...

Does adding exercise to a diet help heavy kids?

Tacking regular exercise on to a diet program for obese kids and teens typically doesn't help them lose any more weight,...

Food safety raised in sale to Chinese meat company

A bipartisan group of fifteen U.S. senators on Thursday urged the Obama administration to consider whether the proposed sale...

US doctors target sugary drinks bought by gov't

The American Medical Association joined the effort to discourage consumption of sugary drinks on Wednesday with a pledge...

US bill would let Medicare cover obesity treatment

A day after the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease, U.S. lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills...

Bugs open new frontier in animal feed sector

French start-up company Ynsect has identified a cheap, nourishing and locally sourced alternative to soybeans as a vital...

U.S. doctor group votes to recognize obesity as a disease

In order to fight what it described as an "obesity epidemic," the American Medical Association voted on Tuesday to recognize...

New 'Obamacare' exchanges could miss enrollment deadline -GAO

New health insurance exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30 states under President Barack Obama's...

Outbreak of deadly piglet virus spreads to 13 U.S. states

A swine virus deadly to young pigs, one never before seen in North America, is spreading rapidly across the United States...

Hot flashes common even before menopause

Most women expect hot flashes as a part of the "change of life," but more than half start sweating before menopause has actually...

WHO urges tougher food marketing rules

The marketing of unhealthy foods to children has proven "disastrously effective", driving obesity by using cheap social media...

Starbucks to post calories in stores nationwide

Starbucks Corp will display calorie counts for coffees and snacks at all its U.S. locations starting June 25, ahead of a...

Eating more red meat tied to higher diabetes risk

Increasing the number of hamburgers and other red meat people eat on a daily basis is linked to a higher risk of developing...

Venezuela considers taking bottles from babies' mouths

Venezuela's Congress will discuss legislation next week that would prohibit bottle feeding of infants to try to encourage...

Tide of humanity, rising seas, lap at Kiribati's future

The ocean laps against a protective seawall outside the maternity ward at Kiribati's Nawerewere Hospital, marshalling itself...

Nestle names cell scientist Catsicas as technology chief

Nestle said it will appoint Swiss scientist Stefan Catsicas as its new technology chief, as the world's biggest food group...

As top court invalidates some gene patents, biotech has moved on

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Thursday to uphold patent protections for genetic material that has been changed in the...

USDA working to provide validated test for GM wheat

The U.S. Agriculture Department, reeling from the discovery of unapproved genetically modified (GM) wheat growing in Oregon,...

At-home weight loss programs for kids lack evidence

Programs designed to prevent childhood obesity in the home don't affect kids' weight a year or more down the line, according...

New York City lawyers argue to bring back soda ban

New York City lawyers tried to convince an appeals court on Tuesday to allow Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugary...

Soda ban would target heavy youth, not poor: study

A cap on soda size - such as the one New York City regulators are trying to pass - would have the biggest impact on overweight...

Pig stomachs hurt by GMO feed: study

Pigs fed a diet of only genetically modified grain showed markedly higher stomach inflammation than pigs who dined on conventional...

Mom's obesity tied to higher risk of preemies

Pregnant women who are overweight or obese are more likely to give birth prematurely, according to a new study from Sweden....

Court to consider blocked NYC soda ban on Tuesday

Lawyers for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration will try to convince an appeals court on Tuesday to reinstate...

Vegetable fats tied to less prostate cancer spread

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, men who eat a diet high in vegetable fats, such as those in nuts and olive oil,...

Plant-based diets take root in U.S. among athletes, exercisers

For Brendan Brazier it all started with a smoothie. The former Ironman triathlete and ultra-marathon champion said he decided...

Crash diet tied to increased gallstone risk

People who go on an extremely low calorie diet are more likely to develop gallstones than people on a moderately low calorie...

Poor nations to boost nutrition spending: World Bank

The world's poorest nations are set to nearly triple spending on nutrition programs for mothers and children over the next...

EU pledges 3.5 billion euros to fight malnutrition

The European Union will pledge 3.5 billion euros ($4.6 billion) over the next seven years to help combat malnutrition in...

New research points to turning point in human diet

Human ancestors in Africa about 3.4 million years ago expanded their diets beyond the leaves and fruits preferred by most...

Fukushima plant operator reverses claim groundwater not contaminated

Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Tuesday it had detected radioactive cesium in groundwater flowing into its wrecked Fukushima...

China says rural environment problems worsen in 2012

Pollution in China's vast countryside worsened further in 2012 as a result of the encroachment of industry and mining on...

U.S. House approves bill on prescription drug tracking

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday setting out how the federal government should track prescription...

Flaxseed no help for kids with high cholesterol

Despite some evidence it might be beneficial for adults, eating flaxseed every day didn't help children with high cholesterol...

Vegetarian diet tied to fewer deaths over time

People who limit how much meat they eat and stick to mostly fruits and vegetables are less likely to die over any particular...

'Healthier' chocolates boost U.S. cocoa demand

In an increasingly diet-conscious nation where the amount of chocolate candy sold has tumbled in recent years, a niche segment...

Probiotics with antibiotics may prevent diarrhea

Taking "good" bacteria known as probiotics may help prevent diarrhea brought on by a tough-to-treat infection that often...

Adding dip to veggies gets kids to eat more

Offering a dip alongside vegetables encourages kids to eat veggies they might normally push aside, according to a new study....

Mars trip likely exceeds astronaut radiation limits

Radiation levels measured by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover show astronauts likely would exceed current U.S. exposure limits...

No science behind blood-type diets

They are a fad that refuses to fade, but no solid evidence exists to show whether or not eating plans tailored to ABO blood...

Safety regulators recommend licenses for self-driving cars

Auto safety regulators outlined plans on Thursday to analyze the safety risks and benefits of self-driving cars over the...

Could shedding extra pounds improve psoriasis?

Losing weight may ease psoriasis and improve quality of life for some overweight people with the chronic skin disease, new...

Safer mad cow rating could boost U.S. beef exports

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has upgraded the United States' risk classification for mad cow disease to...

Analysis: Behind China's U.S. pork deal, fears over feed additives

When Smithfield Foods Inc. quietly weaned the first of its pigs off the controversial feed additive ractopamine last year,...

Sugary drink consumption down among U.S. kids

More evidence that Americans are heeding calls to cut back on sugary drinks appears in a report from researchers at the U.S....

'Workplace Wellness' fails bottom line, waistlines

A long-awaited report on workplace wellness programs, which has still not been publicly released, delivers a blow to the...

Pork industry hunts for deadly pig virus

The sudden and widespread appearance of a swine virus deadly to young pigs - one never before seen in North America - is...

Study links eggs to diabetes, but not heart disease

In a large new review of existing research, eating an egg a day or even more appeared to have no impact on a person's risk...

C-sections tied to child obesity

More babies born via cesarean section grow up to be heavy kids and teens than those delivered vaginally, according to a new...

Novo obesity drug could launch in U.S. end 2014

Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk said it could launch obesity treatment liraglutide in the United States by the end of next...

Philadelphia faith-healing parents charged in death of baby

A Philadelphia couple was charged on Wednesday in the death of their infant son, the second of their children who prosecutors...

Vitamin C may not treat gout: study

Daily vitamin C supplements don't lower uric acid as much as drugs used to treat high levels of the acid that's responsible...

Sugary drinks tied to kidney stone risk

Adults who drink at least one sugar-sweetened drink a day are slightly more likely to develop kidney stones than people who...

Childhood ADHD tied to obesity decades later

Boys who are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in elementary school are more likely to grow...

Endometriosis more common in lean women: study

Heavy women are less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis than their slimmer peers, according to a new study. Researchers...

Canadian astronaut wrestles with gravity after spaceflight

Back on Earth, Canadian astronaut and cyberspace tweeter Chris Hadfield is getting a rough re-introduction to gravity after...

China steps up meat inspection after fake lamb scandal

China has begun a crackdown on the sales of fake, diseased and tainted meat products after a series of scandals that have...

Combined supplements no better for cholesterol

Adding a plant-derived compound called a sterol to the cholesterol-lowering agent red yeast rice doesn't make it work any...

China steps up inspection after fake lamb scandal

China has begun a crackdown on the sales of fake, diseased and tainted meat products after a series of scandals that have...

U.S. mercury advisory tied up at health department

Updated federal advice on mercury levels in fish appears to have stalled within the U.S. department of health, frustrating...

Ultra-low salt intake may not boost health: US panel

Americans at high risk for heart problems who have been told for years to sharply cut salt from their diet may not actually...

US car use falls as younger generation shifts gears

Americans are driving less than they used to because of higher gasoline prices, a weak economy and changing generational...

Eating insects could help fight obesity, U.N. says

The thought of eating beetles, caterpillars and ants may give you the creeps, but the authors of a U.N. report published...

U.S. report quantifies risk of Listeria in deli foods

Some simple safety techniques for food handling and preparation could help delicatessens and other food stores cut the risk...

Extra antioxidants have limited benefits for sight

Taking additional antioxidant supplements on top of vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene does little to ward off macular...

Wrigley halts production of caffeine gum

Wrigley temporarily halted production of its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum in response to concerns expressed by the U.S....

Study questions fish oil benefit before heart attack

Fish oil supplements did not prevent heart problems in people who hadn't had a heart attack yet, in a large long-term study...

Packaged diet foods may spur more weight loss

In a head-to-head comparison with a traditional diet, people who stuck to a diet of portion-controlled packaged foods lost...

Gastric banding: Pros and cons of Christie's choice

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's choice of gastric banding has prompted questions about why he opted for a weight-loss...

Fluids may prevent constipation better than fiber

Everyone knows that getting enough fiber is a secret to staying "regular," but a large new study finds that people who got...

NJ governor has surgery to reduce weight: aide

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has struggled with obesity for much of his adult life, underwent lap band surgery...

No, really - don't shop when you're hungry: study

A new study offers evidence to support what many people have learned for themselves: never go grocery shopping when you're...

Horsemeat scandal prompts plan for EU fraud crackdown

The European Commission proposed more unannounced inspections of food companies and tougher fines for labeling fraud on Monday,...

Sucking on your kid's pacifier: good idea or gross?

Toddlers are less likely to have asthma and itchy rashes if their parents "cleaned" their pacifiers by sucking on them when...

Chinese police bust million-dollar rat-meat ring

Chinese police have broken a crime ring that passed off more than $1 million in rat and small mammal meat as mutton, authorities...

U.S. centenarians have few regrets, stay active-poll

America's centenarians are generally content and believe staying active is key to longevity, and some are even using social...

Egyptian students protest university food poisoning

Hundreds of students from Egypt's top Islamic university protested on Monday to demand investigation and punishment of those...

Changing mothers' aid limits juice for kids

A change to a U.S. program that provides food and medical visits to many infants, children and pregnant women succeeded in...

NICU treatments linked to intellectual disabilities

Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) interventions for babies born very small and early have drastically reduced infant deaths...

FDA looks at caffeine effect on kids after new gum

Wrigley's new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to look into the potential impact...

AMA questions Guantanamo force-feedings

The Navy sent extra medical personnel to the Guantanamo detention camp because of a growing hunger strike, and the American...

U.S.-born kids have more allergies, asthma

Kids and teens who are born abroad and immigrate to the United States are about half as likely to have asthma and allergies...

More evidence adding nuts is a healthy choice

People can safely add a few nuts to their diet - or replace other foods with the high-unsaturated fat, high-fiber snacks...

Supplements don't help with prostate cancer: study

Despite dietary supplements being popular among prostate cancer patients, a new review of past research says they are not...

Gut bugs are implicated in heart attacks and stroke

Thousands of heart attack victims every year have none of the notorious risk factors before their crisis - not high cholesterol,...

GMO food labeling drive has biotech industry biting back

New efforts to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, including a bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers...

Sugary drinks may raise diabetes risk by one fifth - study

Drinking just one can of sugar-laced soda drink a day increases the risk of developing diabetes by nearly 20 percent, according...

Confirmed: new H7N9 bird flu comes from chickens

Chinese scientists have confirmed for the first time that a new strain of bird flu that has killed 23 people in China has...

Fruit, Mediterranean diet tied to fewer hot flashes

Women who eat diets high in fruit, certain vegetables, pasta and red wine are less likely to have hot flashes and night sweats...

New bird strain 'one of most lethal' flu viruses: WHO

A new bird flu strain that has killed 22 people in China is "one of the most lethal" of its kind and transmits more easily...

Celebrity chef recipes may be bad for your health

The dabs of butter and splashes of cream in recipes of celebrity chefs may be impressive on the plate, but not necessarily...

Guantanamo hunger strike grows: U.S.

The U.S. military is sending additional medical personnel to the Guantanamo prison camp, where more than half the captives...

Extra fiber tied to lower risk of stroke

People who get more fiber in their diet are less likely to have a stroke than those who skimp on the nutrient, according...

Grain handlers wary of toxin lingering in '12 U.S. corn harvest

Problems with the toxic residue of a mold that attacked the 2012 drought-hit U.S. corn crop may worsen this summer and autumn...

Irish firm at center of horsemeat scandal quits burger market

The Irish company at the center of a scandal in Europe over horsemeat in beef products, said on Thursday it is leaving the...

Negative views tied to child maltreatment

Mothers-to-be who believe infants dirty their diapers to bother their parents or purposefully ignore their mothers may be...

Exercise, diet may keep sleep apnea from worsening

Losing weight through exercise and healthier eating may have long-term benefits for people with mild sleep apnea, a new study...

Hospital program improves antibiotic prescribing

A quality improvement program at a single children's hospital succeeded in cutting back inappropriate antibiotic prescribing,...

WHO says no poultry contact in some China flu cases

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that a number of people who have tested positive for a new strain of bird...

Bird flu deaths rise to 16, China warns of spread

Two more people in China have died from a new strain of avian influenza, bringing to 16 the number of deaths from the H7N9...

Patient-centered care linked to better outcomes

Patients tend to do better when their doctors pay attention to their individual needs and circumstances, according to a new...

CORRECTION: In Italy, 3.9 pct of beef samples contain horse meat

Tests on beef products in Italy have found that one in 25 contain more than 1 percent horse meat, the Italian Health Ministry...

Reducing complications may cost hospitals money

U.S. hospitals may have a financial incentive not to implement strategies and techniques that are known to reduce surgery-related...

France finds most horsemeat in DNA tests: sources

France found more cases of illegal horsemeat in beef products than any other European Union country, early results of DNA...

In Italy, 1 in 5 beef samples contain horse meat

Tests on beef products in Italy have found that one in five contain more than 1 percent horse meat, the Italian Health Ministry...

Pool exercise may build strength, reduce falls

Women who did a high-intensity aquatic workout for six months increased their strength and suffered fewer falls, in a new...

Patients often biased against fat doctors, too

People are less likely to trust and follow the advice of an overweight doctor, according to a new online survey that suggests...

Red Cross presses US on Guantanamo hunger strike

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday expressed opposition to the force-feeding of prisoners...

Raw fruit may not be linked to lower blood pressure

People who eat more raw fruits or drink juice do not necessarily have lower blood pressure, according to a new study that...

UK shops ration baby milk as Chinese demand surges

British shops are rationing sales of baby milk after Chinese visitors and bulk buyers cleared their shelves to send it to...

Weight loss surgery tied to colon cancer risk

Obesity is already linked to a higher risk of colon or rectal cancer, but a new study suggests this risk is even greater...

People eat more unhealthy foods on days they drink

Americans tend to eat more calories and fat on the days they also have alcoholic drinks, a new study suggests. "Food choices...

Breakfast cereal tied to lower BMI for kids

Regularly eating cereal for breakfast is tied to healthy weight for kids, according to a new study that endorses making breakfast...

Britain's Asda says finds horse drug in corned beef

British supermarket chain Asda said on Tuesday very low levels of the horse pain-killing drug phenylbutazone, also known...

Strict school lunch standards tied to healthy weight

Strict school lunch standards that are similar to new regulations from the U.S. government may be tied to healthier body...

Dish size, meal frequency may affect kids' weight

Shrinking the size of kids' plates and bowls and encouraging them to eat more frequently throughout the day might help them...

Non-dairy calcium seen to lower kidney stone risk

Getting plenty of calcium from foods has been shown to lower the likelihood of kidney stones in those most at risk, but a...

China culls birds as flu deaths mount

Chinese authorities slaughtered over 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai on Friday as the death toll from a new...

Omega-3 fatty acids tied to longer life: study

Supporting recommendations that people eat a couple of servings of fish per week, a new study suggests adults with the highest...

New Jersey bans children from tanning beds

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law on Monday banning children under 17 from using commercial tanning...

Shoppers may buy more fruit, veggies when prices dip

Cut fruit and vegetable prices in half and people will load up on them, according to a new study that suggests price regulation...

Group-based incentives may produce more weight loss

Employees offered financial incentives to lose weight may drop more pounds when they're competing as part of a group of colleagues,...

GERD label makes parents more likely to want medicine

Telling the parents of babies who spit up and cry frequently that their child has gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD,...

Celiac diagnoses rose during 2000s: study

The number of Americans diagnosed with celiac disease continued to rise over the past decade but leveled off in 2004, according...

China to spend $16 billion to tackle Beijing pollution crisis

China will spend 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) over three years to deal with Beijing's pollution, an official newspaper...

Obese airline passengers should pay extra, economist says

Airlines should charge obese passengers more, a Norwegian economist has suggested, arguing that "pay as you weigh" pricing...

Prebiotics in baby formula and eczema: mixed picture

There's some evidence to suggest that putting prebiotics in baby formula protects children against the skin condition eczema,...

Chain kid meals fail nutrition test: consumer group

The menus offered to children by most U.S. restaurant chains have too many calories, too much salt or fat, and often not...

Bacteria after bariatric surgery keep obesity away

The logic behind weight-loss surgery seems simple: rearrange the digestive tract so the stomach can hold less food and the...

Vitamin D might help some Parkinson's patients

Depending on their genes, some Parkinson's patients may be able to slow their deterioration by taking vitamin D supplements,...

Could gum help the colon bounce back from surgery?

Chewing gum after surgery for colon cancer may not help kick the intestines back into gear - but it also probably won't hurt,...

Many parents introduce solids before 4 months: CDC

Four in ten new parents start feeding their babies solid foods before their four-month birthday, according to a new study...

From mushrooms to dandelions, foraged food finds way to U.S. tables

No arugula could be found in the salad mix for sale this month at a new outdoor food market in North Carolina. Instead, tiny...

FDA approves Cangene's treatment for botulism

U.S. health regulators on Friday approved the first ever antibody that can counteract the effect of all types of toxins known...

Celebrity endorsers may impact how much kids eat

Celebrities who endorse specific foods in TV commercials are a powerful influence on children, and that effect may extend...

As 'telehealth' grows, experts question cost, benefits

Monitoring patients at home using modern technology, so-called 'telehealth', is tipped as the next big thing in healthcare,...

FDA elaborates on mobile health app proposals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said its plans for regulating certain healthcare apps used on smartphones and tablets...

Statins tied to lowered liver cancer risk with hep C

People infected with chronic hepatitis C are less likely to develop liver cancer if they are taking cholesterol-lowering...

Mississippi forbids local laws on nutrition, super-size drinks

Mississippi, the state with the highest rate of obesity, has banned its cities and counties from trying to stop restaurants...

Disabled people may struggle to get specialty care

Rachel Markley often feels uncomfortable when she goes to the doctor. A 22-year-old student at The Ohio State University...

France finds horsemeat in beef imported via Netherlands

Horsemeat has been found in France in a shipment of 320 tons of meat labeled "pure beef" that was imported from eastern Europe...

Distracted eaters likely to take in more calories

People who eat meals or snacks while watching TV, playing games or reading tend to consume more calories in a sitting, and...

EU states undecided on pesticide ban to protect bees

European Union governments failed to reach a decision on Friday on whether to ban three widely-used pesticides linked to...

After breast cancer, high-fat dairy foods raise risk of death

Women who have ever had breast cancer might want to walk away from the brie, the butter and the black cherry (and every other...

New York City's appeal of soda ban ruling to be heard in June

The legal battle over New York City's ban of large sugary drinks is set to continue in early June, after a New York appellate...

Tesco finds horsemeat in frozen meatloaf, pulls product

Tesco Plc, Britain's biggest grocer, said on Tuesday it withdrew its line of frozen meatloaf after it tested positive for...

Family docs can treat simple sleep apnea: study

With some basic training, primary care doctors and nurses could treat uncomplicated sleep apnea cases, according to a new...

Breastfeeding may not ward off child obesity

Breastfeeding does not seem to protect babies against becoming overweight or obese kids, a large, new study says. "It's just...

Omega-3 DHA may prevent earliest preemies

For pregnant women, supplements of an omega-3 fatty acid called Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may help to reduce the likelihood...

Merck Vytorin study to continue after panel review

Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co Inc said on Tuesday an independent monitoring board had allowed it to continue with a large...

Florida researchers develop medically safer hybrid grapefruit

Grapefruit fans who gave up the fruit to avoid potentially dangerous interactions with their prescription medications may...

Walgreen sued over vitamin E supplement claims

Walgreen Co has been sued by a California woman who accused the largest U.S. drugstore chain of deceiving customers into...

New York City can't ban sales of large sodas: judge

New York City's plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants, movie theaters and other establishments was invalidated...

Statins often prescribed without good evidence

Many doctors prescribe statins to people who have little chance of benefiting from the cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new...

Mummies offer glimpse of ancient heart disease

CT scans of 137 mummies spanning four geographies and 4,000 years of history show that hardening of the arteries was commonplace,...

Failed cholesterol drug had serious side effects

Unexpected serious side effects arose in a huge study of a long-acting niacin drug aimed at raising good HDL cholesterol,...

B vitamins might help some with schizophrenia

Possessing one or another version of a gene key to metabolizing the B vitamin folate may make a big difference in who responds...

Noma, "world's best restaurant", sorry as diners ill

Danish restaurant Noma, crowned the world's best restaurant three years running in one poll, on Friday apologized after 63...

U.S. childhood obesity fight sees some success: group

U.S. companies and other groups that have made attempts to reverse the nation's rising childhood obesity rate are starting...

Kids on food stamps don't eat any healthier: study

Children whose families are on food stamps are just as likely to be overweight and obese as other low-income youth, a new...

'Brain pacemaker' may ease severe anorexia: study

Scientists have for the first time reported successful use of a brain-stimulating implant to help patients with severe anorexia...

Too much salt linked to autoimmune diseases: studies

Increased salt consumption may be a key culprit behind rising rates of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, researchers...

Despite obesity rise, US calories trending downward

U.S. adults have been eating steadily fewer calories for almost a decade, despite the continued increase in obesity rates,...

Rethinking objects and form are key to 3D printing

3D printing has already changed the game for manufacturing specialized products such as medical devices but the real revolution...

Mid-life optimism linked to healthier cholesterol

U.S. researchers found better levels of "good cholesterol" and other markers of heart health in the blood of middle-aged...

Apps use brainwaves to guide, improve meditation

A new smartphone app aims to ease stress and guide users through meditation by monitoring brain waves that change as people...

Special Report: Did Diane Sawyer smear "pink slime"?

A year ago, Beef Products Inc. had four state-of-the art plants, more than 1,300 employees and was expanding aggressively....

Monster Beverage: Caffeine, teen's death not linked

Monster Beverage Corp, facing concerns over the safety of its energy drinks, said on Monday that it has found no evidence...

Health plan must pay anorexic woman's care: US court

A health insurance plan must pay for an anorexic woman's residential treatment under a court ruling that remains intact after...

Fitness experts separate folklore from fact

Can crunches create six-pack abdominal muscles? Do weight-lifting women risk bulging biceps? Is stretching always a good...

Iowa ends mandatory testing of milk for toxic byproduct aflatoxin

Iowa has dropped a requirement that all milk received in the state be tested for aflatoxin, the toxic byproduct of a mold...

Rewards get kids active, but don't improve health

Children will meet activity goals to earn rewards, but the extra effort doesn't necessarily affect their weight and health,...

Iron linked to reduced risk of severe PMS

Women who get a little more than the recommended daily amount of iron in their diets may be less likely to get a more severe...

Hungry Americans get 'A Place at the Table' in new documentary

What do a police officer, a teacher, a rancher, and a second grader have in common? They all go hungry despite living in...

Germany discovers toxin in animal feed

German authorities said on Friday they had found high levels of a toxin in animal fodder that was produced from maize imported...

Melatonin no help for late-stage cancer weight loss

Despite encouraging results in the past, melatonin pills did nothing to help advanced cancer patients eat more or stave off...

Waiter! There's a giraffe in my kudu

Only three days after being told their hamburgers may in fact be donkey or water buffalo, South African meat lovers have...

Walmart says price cuts helped shoppers save billions on produce

Walmart shoppers have saved $2.3 billion by buying produce at its stores in the first two years of its push to sell more...

Food labels often missing potassium content

Most packaged food labels don't list the amount of potassium the foods contain, according to a new study by New York City...

Horsemeat found in Taco Bell UK beef in latest tests

Britain's food regulator said horsemeat had been found in beef products at Taco Bell fast food outlets, the first time it...

FDA launches series of meetings on food-safety proposals

The Food and Drug Administration kicked off a series of public meetings on Thursday to explain its proposed new rules for...

Michelle Obama hopes to put spotlight to good use

First lady Michelle Obama knows she has star power, and she has used it for four years to champion her causes of fighting...

Head Start teachers behind on nutrition: study

Preschool teachers scored low on a nutrition knowledge quiz and seemed to have unhealthy eating habits themselves, researchers...

Amgen loses as top U.S. court backs class actions

The U.S. Supreme Court made it easier on Wednesday for shareholders to bring class-action lawsuits, breaking a recent line...

IKEA stops selling all minced meat products in Europe

IKEA stopped selling all minced meat products from its main supplier, two days after taking its trademark meatballs from...

South Africa steps up random tests on meats at shops

South African health authorities have stepped up random tests on meat and other foods in supermarkets after a study showed...

Donkey, buffalo found in South African meat products

Donkey, water buffalo and other unconventional ingredients have been found in almost two thirds of hamburgers and sausages...

Older women, don't take vitamin D for bones: Panel

Older women shouldn't take vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent broken bones, and there's not enough evidence to...

IKEA meatballs off Europe menus for found horsemeat

Sweden's IKEA stopped nearly all sales of meatballs at its furniture store cafeterias across Europe after tests in the Czech...

Mediterranean diet can ward off heart disease: study

A Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, nuts, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent heart disease and strokes,...

Birds Eye recalls UK products after horse DNA find in Belgium

Frozen food maker Birds Eye on Friday said it would withdraw some products in Britain and Ireland after it found traces of...

REFILE: U.S. indicts peanut processors in 2009 salmonella outbreak

Four years after a salmonella outbreak linked to tainted peanut butter sickened hundreds in the United States and killed...

U.S. indicts peanut processors in 2009 salmonella outbreak

Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they brought criminal fraud and conspiracy charges against peanut company employees...

U.S. deserves top mad-cow rating, health officials say

The United States is expected to get the top safety rating for the cattle disease known as "mad cow" in the spring, under...

Adults cut back fast food, but U.S. kids still eat too much fat: CDC

American adults have made a little progress in recent years in cutting back on calories from fast food, but children are...

Health-conscious Americans hurt aluminum can market

U.S. aluminum can sales are set to slow in 2013 for a third straight year as more consumers ditch sodas for healthier options...

No long-term cost savings with weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery does not lower health costs over the long run for people who are obese, according to a new study. Some...

Antioxidants may not ward off strokes, dementia

Older adults who eat diets high in antioxidants may not have a lower risk of dementia or stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers...

Serb minister accuses opposition of smear campaign

Serbia's agriculture minister accused the opposition on Wednesday of preying on public health fears over contaminated milk...

Romania finds horsemeat in beef batch

Horsemeat labeled as beef has been found in Romania in products set to be sold locally, an agriculture ministry official...

China seeks extra testing of U.S. pork for additive

China wants a third party to verify beginning March 1 that U.S. pork shipped to the country is free of a feed additive used...

Robot-assisted hysterectomies on the rise

The proportion of women having their uterus removed using robotic-assisted surgery increased from one in 200 procedures in...

Diet drinks may not fuel your appetite: study

Take another sip of that Diet Coke - a new study suggests diet soda drinkers don't eat any more sugary or fatty foods than...

UK shoppers buy less meat after horsemeat scandal

The discovery of horsemeat in products sold as beef has shocked many British consumers into buying less meat, a survey showed...

CORRECTION: Menus labels may sway those who need them most

Showing diners how many calories are in restaurant food items may influence how much they eat - especially among the least...

CORRECTION: 'High-glycemic' foods tied to diabetes risk

People who eat a lot of low-fiber and processed foods that quickly spike blood sugars may, not surprisingly, have a significantly...

UK lawmakers say horsemeat discoveries "tip of the iceberg"

Discoveries so far of horsemeat in products sold as beef are likely to be the "tip of the iceberg", a British parliamentary...

'High-glycemic' foods tied to diabetes risk

People who eat a lot of low-fiber and processed foods that quickly spike blood sugars may, not surprisingly, have a significantly...

Vitamin D supplement labels may be inaccurate

The amount of vitamin D in some supplements may be either much lower or much higher than what's written on the label, according...

Horsemeat scandal set to spur tougher food tests

European countries are expected to step up testing of food products in response to a scandal involving horsemeat falsely...

Health advocates ask U.S. for sugar limits in drinks

Anti-obesity advocates who want to curb Americans' sugar habit asked the government to set a safe level for added sugars...

Horsemeat scandal widens in Europe

British police and regulators raided a slaughterhouse and a meat processor on Tuesday suspected of selling horsemeat as beef,...

Folic acid in pregnancy tied to lower autism risk

Women who took extra folic acid in the weeks before and just after becoming pregnant were less likely to have a child with...

Home altitude tied to obesity risk

Americans who live where the air is thinnest are less likely to be obese than those in low-lying areas, according to a new...

Food industry undermines health policy: study

Multinational food, drink and alcohol companies are using strategies similar to those employed by the tobacco industry to...

Tesco's spaghetti bolognese tests positive for horse

Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, said on Monday it had found horse DNA exceeding 60 percent in some of its own-brand frozen...

Horse trading exposed by British beef scandal

As Britons choke on discovering they may have eaten horse that was imported as beef, and ministers blame an "international...

U.S. pharmaceutical exports to Iran cut in half in 2012

Exports of U.S. pharmaceuticals to Iran were cut in half last year, according to data released on Friday, while overall U.S....

Russia blocking US meat over additives, West sees protectionism

Russia's move to ban U.S. meat imports worth over $500 million each year, over a feed additive, will help domestic producers...

Are plant-based diets environmentally friendly?

A nutritious diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables might not be the greenest in its environmental impact, according...

No sign that omega-3s benefit babies' brains

A review of the existing evidence finds it to be inconclusive about whether omega-3 fatty acids taken by mothers during pregnancy...

Britain condemns "criminal" horsemeat scandal

Britain said on Friday crime lay behind some cases of horsemeat finding its way into "beef" products on supermarket shelves,...

Baby Boomers' health worse than past generation's

Members of the baby boomer generation are in worse health than their parents were at the same age, according to a new study....

Mediterranean diet may be best for diabetes

which rank foods by how quickly their carbs turn into glucose - all lowered participants' blood sugar. After following the...

Adult diabetes drug may work in very obese youths

A drug originally approved to treat adults with diabetes may also help severely obese youths lose some weight, according...

Vitamin C supplements tied to men's kidney stones

Men who take vitamin C supplements are at higher-than-average risk of developing kidney stones, a new study from Sweden suggests....

Traditional herb water linked to smaller babies

Infants given a traditional Guatemalan drink in the first month of life are almost twice as likely to have stunted growth...

USDA rules call for swing to healthier snacks in schools

Snacks sold in U.S. schools would need to be lower in fat, salt and sugar and include more nutritious items like fruits,...

Hong Kong in bid to stop baby formula smuggling

Hong Kong introduced measures on Friday to tackle a shortage of baby milk formula as food-safety-conscious mainland Chinese...

Could going veg lower your risk of heart disease?

Vegetarians are one-third less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than meat and fish eaters, according to...

WHO issues new guidelines for salt, potassium in diet

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued new guidelines on Thursday recommending that adults consume less salt and include...

Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk

New research suggests that obese kids - adolescent girls, in particular - are more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis...

Could an earlier lunchtime help you lose weight?

Dieters who ate early lunches tended to lose more weight than those who had their midday meal on the later side, in a new...

UPDATE: Supplement reduces risk of diabetes in pregnancy

A nutritional supplement called myo-inositol may help protect women at risk for gestational diabetes, according to a small...

Widower sues airlines for obese wife's death abroad

A New York man whose wheelchair-bound, morbidly obese wife died last year after she was denied a spot on three different...

Salmonella in ground beef sickens 16 in five states

Sixteen people across five states have fallen ill from Salmonella poisoning, several from a raw ground-beef dish served at...

Nigeria to tackle worst ever lead poisoning

Nigeria will release funds this week to tackle the world's worst lead poisoning outbreak which has killed at least 400 children,...

PepsiCo replaces Gatorade ingredient after petition

PepsiCo Inc is removing a controversial chemical from its Gatorade drinks following concerns from consumers and an online...

Car commuters gain more weight

People driving to work every day are packing on more pounds than their colleagues on trains, buses and bikes, according to...

High doses of folic acid not tied to cancer risk

According to a new analysis, people taking high doses of the B vitamin folic acid are not at an increased risk of cancer...

Davos strives to make climate talk more than hot air

Climate change is back on the global agenda, with debate in the corridors at Davos given fresh impetus by U.S. President...

Yum's chicken contained excessive drugs - Xinhua

Chicken sold to KFC's parent Yum Brands Inc in China contained excessive levels of chemicals, the official Xinhua news agency...

Mediterranean diet may not protect the aging brain

Despite hopes that a Mediterranean-style diet would be as good for the head as it is for the heart, a new study among French...

Burger King drops firm which supplied horse meat

Burger King, one of the most popular fast-food chains in Britain, said on Thursday it had stopped using one of the firms...

Davos divided on tackling the scourge of obesity

Obesity, a major factor in diabetes and heart disease, imposes costs on both public and private sectors and is a drag on...

Changing food labels could boost understanding

Alternative nutrition labels that clearly display the total number of calories and other nutrients in an entire package might...

Russia may block some meat imports over ractopamine

Russia may impose a temporary ban on the import of some U.S. and Canadian beef and pork products as of Feb. 4, amid concerns...

Melamine tableware may leach chemical: study

A chemical that sickened and killed babies in China when it tainted baby formula can also leach off of tableware and into...

Report questions food stamp program's effectiveness

A report by a panel of experts released on Thursday questioned whether the government's food stamp program adequately provides...

CORRECTION: Black, poor kids are heavy sugary drink consumers

Black children and teens in the U.S. are almost twice as likely as their white peers to consume more than 500 calories a...

Black, poor youth consume more sugar-laden drinks

Black children and teens in the U.S. are almost twice as likely as their white peers to consume more than 500 calories a...

What's on the annual list of caloric "food porn?"

A Cheesecake Factory pasta dish with 3,120 calories - or more than a day and a half of the recommended caloric intake for...

China offers up reward for food safety informers

China will offer up to 300,000 yuan ($48,200) as a cash reward to people who report on others who violate food safety laws,...

NY City give three-month grace period for soda fines

New York City will give restaurants and food outlets a three-month grace period before imposing fines for serving the large...

No exercise, more than couch, tied to fat in kids

For kids, time spent inactive seems less of a factor in higher body fat than does a lack of exercise, according to a new...

Coca-Cola to air commercials addressing obesity

Coca-Cola Co will air a two-minute commercial on a U.S. cable television news show on Monday that highlights its efforts...

Canada pledges better water for aboriginals

Canada will spend C$330.8 million (about US$336 million) over the next two years to improve water systems on aboriginal lands,...

Simple awareness reduces college food waste

College students threw out 15 percent less food after researchers peppered dining halls with short anti-waste slogans, according...

Merck steers doctors away from HDL cholesterol drug

U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co said it is taking steps to suspend availability of its drug Tredaptive after the medicine, used...

Study finds increase in unused transplant livers

The number of donor livers thrown away in the U.S. has increased since 2004 due - in part - to a population growing older...

Screen time not linked to kids' physical activity

Cutting back kids' time watching TV and playing video games may not encourage them to spend more of the day running around...

[DRGD] - Bioengineer developing needle-free patch vaccines

When it comes to protecting millions of people from deadly infectious diseases, Mark Kendall thinks a fingertip-sized patch...

Obesity, lack of insurance cited in U.S. health gap

Overeating, lack of health insurance access and comparatively high poverty are among the many reasons why Americans are less...

Reality TV viewers more likely to tan

College students who watch reality television beauty shows are at least twice as likely as non-viewers to use tanning lamps...

Vitamin D may not relieve arthritis pain

Taking daily vitamin D doesn't keep knee pain from getting worse or slow the loss of cartilage for people with osteoarthritis,...

Caffeine in diet supplements all over the map

The amount of caffeine in diet supplements varies widely and product labels are often inaccurate or have no caffeine information...

Genetically modified food labeling measure to qualify for Washington state ballot

A measure to require special labeling of genetically modified foods appeared virtually certain to qualify for the ballot...

Saturated fat tied to sinking sperm counts in Danes

Saturated fats, like those found in rich cheeses and meats, may do more than weigh men down after a meal - a new study also...

New food safety rules aim for more accountability

U.S. regulators proposed new food safety rules on Friday that aim to make food processors and farms more accountable for...

Racial gaps in access to robotic prostate surgery

Minority and Medicaid cancer patients are less likely to have their prostates removed at hospitals that use robot-assisted...

Video games fail to stoke kids' appetite for fruit

Healthy food advertising in the form of online games doesn't make kids crave more wholesome snacks, according to a new study...

Entering the age of the $1 million medicine

The Western world's first drug to fix faulty genes promises to transform the lives of patients with an ultra-rare disease...

UK norovirus sickness cases reach over 1.1 million

More than 1.1 million people in Britain have succumbed to the norovirus winter vomiting disease so far this season, and health...

More evidence for "obesity paradox"

In a review of almost 100 past studies covering nearly three million people, researchers found that being overweight or slightly...

Omega-3s may not protect against faulty heart rhythm

Sorry, Charlie, but fish oil supplements did not prevent atrial fibrillation in patients who had already experienced episodes...

Passengers on Queen Mary 2 sickened by unidentified pathogen

An unknown illness, suspected of being a norovirus, has sickened 194 passengers and 11 crew members aboard the luxury cruise...

Secretary of State Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital on Sunday with a blood clot linked to a concussion...

CORRECTION: Web-based info may not increase cancer screening

Offering women information on colon cancer screening via the web does not get them to take up screening any more effectively...

Beijing to enact strict new food safety laws: Xinhua

Beijing will introduce tough new laws to punish firms that flout food safety laws, the official Xinhua news agency reported,...

African-American "soul food" habit unhealthy: film

After interviewing food historians, scholars, cooks, doctors, activists and consumers for his new film "Soul Food Junkies,"...

Shanghai to enact strict food safety law: report

Shanghai will introduce tough new laws to blacklist firms that flout food safety laws, the official Xinhua news agency reported,...

Web-based info may not increase cancer screening

Offering women information on colon cancer screening via the web does not get them to take up screening any more effectively...

One in 12 in military has clogged heart arteries

Just over one in 12 U.S. service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had plaque buildup in the arteries around...

Obesity declining in young, poorer kids: study

The number of low-income preschoolers who qualify as obese or "extremely obese" has dropped over the last decade, new data...

Apps to help achieve New Year's resolutions

Whether it is improving health or managing finances better, about 87 percent of Americans will make resolutions for 2013...

Allergies, extra weight tied to bullying

Kids who have food allergies or are overweight may be especially likely to get bullied by their peers, two new studies suggest....

FDA closer to approving biotech salmon, critics furious

A controversial genetically engineered salmon has moved a step closer to the consumer's dining table after the U.S. Food...

Spending on food advertising to kids fell in '09

Food companies spent considerably less to advertise to children in 2009 than they did in 2006 as they shifted to the Internet,...

Kids given healthier snacks eat fewer calories

Kids given a combination of cheese and vegetables will eat only about a quarter as many calories as those given potato chips,...

Hunger and homelessness rise in U.S. cities: report

Across the United States, the number of hungry and homeless people is growing, and budget fights at the federal level are...

US food, animal groups seek lower ractopamine limits

Food safety and animal welfare groups petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday seeking limits on an animal...

Whole grains linked to lower prediabetes risk

Eating whole grains is associated with a decreased risk of prediabetes, a blood sugar elevation that can precede diabetes...

Do health care workers practice what they preach?

Health care workers may not always "practice what they preach" when it comes to keeping up to date with cancer screenings,...

Spelman to cut sports to improve student health

Spelman College, the oldest historically black U.S. college for women, is scrapping its competitive sports program in a bold...

U.N. seeks $1.5 billion to aid suffering Syrians

The United Nations appealed on Wednesday for $1.5 billion to provide life-saving aid to millions of Syrians suffering in...

Probiotics might limit infant skin problems

Children who take a supplement of probiotics - those "good" bacteria that live in our guts - are less likely to develop eczema,...

Two cups of milk daily enough for most kids: study

Two cups of cow's milk per day may be enough for most kids to have the recommended amount of vitamin D in their blood while...

Diabetes remission possible with diet, exercise

One in nine people with diabetes saw their blood sugar levels dip back to a normal or "pre-diabetes" level after a year on...

Hairstyles may keep some black women from exercise

A number of obstacles may stand between a person and exercise, and hairstyles may be one of them for African-American women,...

Inherited colon cancer risk tied to certain foods

Among people who have a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer, those whose diets are heavy in junk food have an even higher...

Mind-controlled robot arm gets closer to human limb

Researchers in the United States have developed a robotic arm controlled directly by thought with a level of agility closer...

Menopause quality of life unchanged by soy supplements

Menopausal women who took soy supplements during a two-year trial reported no differences in quality of life compared to...

A sick world: We live longer, with more illness

The world has made huge progress fighting killer infectious diseases, but as a result we now lead longer and sicker lives,...

C-section babies more likely to become overweight

Children born via cesarean section are slightly more likely than babies delivered vaginally to become heavy or obese, according...

Americans living longer, with unhealthy lifestyles

Americans have longer, but not necessarily healthier, lives due to high rates of preventable chronic disease, according to...

Six hurt in Novartis plant chemical leak-police

Six people who inhaled leaking chemicals at the Novartis plant which makes the company's top-selling drug Diovan were taken...

Vision loss tied to diabetes on the rise in U.S.

Vision loss likely related to diabetes increased by 20 percent over less than a decade in the U.S., according to a new study....

Philippine typhoon victims running out of food

Isolated communities in the Philippines including hill tribes are facing hunger a week after a typhoon struck, and with roads...

Fish sold in New York routinely mislabeled: study

Nearly three in five New York City grocery stores and restaurants that sell seafood have mislabeled part of their stock,...

Food safety group calls for court to limit GMO seed patents

Patent protection for genetically modified corn, soybeans and other crop must be limited so farmers can save their seeds...

Youth who overeat more likely to take up drugs

Kids and teens who reported overeating, including binge eating, were more likely to start using marijuana and other drugs...

Weight loss? There's an app for that

Mobile devices that let people track how much they eat and exercise may help them shed pounds over and above the benefits...

U.S. loosens rules aimed at healthier school meals

U.S. regulators are relaxing school meal rules aimed at reining in calories and portion sizes after some students, parents...

To stay fit during holidays bend, don't break routine: experts

Sticking to a fitness routine is not always easy, but holiday feasting, drinking and family can make it even harder. 'Tis...

Brazil denies media reports of 2010 mad cow case

Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said on Friday that the country had registered no cases of mad cow disease, denying reports...

Omega-6 fats not linked to heart failure risk

Despite evidence suggesting omega-6 fatty acids might protect the cardiovascular system, a large new study of men finds the...

Vitamin D, calcium disappoint in dementia study

Vitamin D and calcium supplements taken together in low doses offered no protection against dementia in a large U.S. study...

For soda makers, restaurants facing NYC ban, size does matter

Soda makers and restaurants say they will face daunting logistical hurdles such as needing to retool manufacturing, change...

Most teens with mental disorders not on meds: study

Despite concerns that too many U.S. youth use prescription psychiatric drugs, a new study suggests just one in seven teens...

FDA seeks end of suit over delayed food safety rules

Creating new rules for food safety is too complex a task to be completed quickly and a lawsuit seeking to compel government...

U.S. Supreme Court to decide if human genes patentable

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether human genes can be patented, a hotly contested issue with broad...

Science journal urged to retract Monsanto GM study

The publisher of a much-criticized study suggesting genetically modified corn caused tumors in rats has come under heavy...

Extra fruit may not ward off daily hunger

The idea that filling up on fruits and vegetables will cut one's appetite for higher-calorie fare did not pan out in a new...

U.S. diets not up to U.S. standards: study

In a broad comparison of U.S. dietary standards and real Americans' eating habits, researchers found that people fall short...

Small sachets are big help for clean water in developing world

Greg Allgood tears open a small sachet and dumps the powder into a large plastic container filled with brown, murky water....

Simple formula can predict child obesity risk at birth

A simple assessment can predict at birth a baby's likelihood of becoming obese during childhood, scientists said on Wednesday....

Men with big bellies likely to have weaker bones

Men with excessive fat around their abdomen, commonly known as a "beer belly," are at an elevated risk for heart disease...

Soy unlikely to help hot flashes

Women who eat a lot of soy-based foods or fiber don't seem to have fewer menopause symptoms, according to a new study. The...

Work halted at peanut butter plant tied to outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suspended operations on Monday at a New Mexico food producer linked to salmonella-tainted...

Meat plant operations halted on food safety concerns

Canadian food inspectors on Friday said they have suspended operations at a meat-processing plant in Edmonton, Alberta, for...

Caffeine-diabetes link still unresolved: study

Results of a large new U.S. study confirm that sugary drinks are linked to a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes,...

CORRECTION: In "beautiful China", local polluters still hold sway

In ramshackle semi-industrial Tianying in China's Anhui province, a state-owned lead smelter and foundry sits at the center...

In "beautiful China", local polluters still hold sway

In ramshackle semi-industrial Tianying in China's Anhui province, a state-owned lead smelter and foundry sits at the center...

U.S. food banks raise alarm as drought dents government supplies

The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has weakened the safety net for the 50 million Americans who struggle...

Pfizer, Bristol get EU nod for blood clot preventer

European health regulators on Tuesday approved an eagerly anticipated blood thinner developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co...

For hungry New Yorkers, Sandy added to a tough year

One in six New Yorkers was unable to afford to buy meals on a regular basis this year and the number of people relying on...

Organic farmers claim U.S. report favors GMO

Organic growers and food safety advocates on Tuesday condemned an advisory report to the Agriculture Department claiming...

One in 20 youth has used steroids to bulk up: study

About five percent of middle and high school students have used anabolic steroids to put on muscle, according to a new study...

Rising obesity strains Europe's health budgets

More than half of Europeans are obese or overweight, adding significant pressure to healthcare costs at a time when spending...

Sanofi lets Genzyme's biotech culture call the shots

When Sanofi boss Chris Viehbacher first met staff at Genzyme, the U.S. biotech he had just acquired after a long takeover...

Kids with Down syndrome twice as likely to be heavy

More than one in four children with Down syndrome in The Netherlands is overweight, a rate double that of Dutch youth without...

Planned Parenthood challenges Oklahoma health plan

Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge on Tuesday to stop Oklahoma from blocking it from participating in a federally funded...

Study suggests timing may be key in fish-asthma link

Among thousands of Dutch children included in a new study, those who first ate fish between the ages of six months and one...

Government, health groups sound alarm on antibiotics

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a coalition of 25 healthcare organizations are joining forces to...

For cholesterol tests, fasting may not be required

Most people getting their cholesterol checked may not need to fast beforehand, a new Canadian study suggests. Researchers...

Protective eye gear cuts field hockey injuries

Fewer high school field hockey players get head and face injuries when they're required to don protective eyewear, according...

Sandy inspires first Doctors Without Borders U.S. relief effort

Manhattan doctor Lucy Doyle has done stints with the global medical relief organization Doctors Without Borders in the Democratic...

Iron, omega-3s tied to different effects on kids' brains

For children with low stores of two brain-power nutrients, supplements may have different, and complex, effects, a new clinical...

Red Cross unable to cope with Syria aid needs

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday it could not keep pace with the growing needs of civilians...

Statins may be linked to cancer survival

Danish cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were 15 percent less likely to die, of cancer or any other...

Soda tax ballot measures fizzle in California

Voters in two California cities rejected measures that would have imposed the nation's first penny-per-ounce taxes on businesses...

California seen rejecting push to label genetically altered food

California voters appeared poised early Wednesday to reject a ballot measure that would have made the state the first in...

Experimental drug lowers cholesterol: Mid-stage trial

A new experimental drug from Amgen Inc. reduced levels of bad cholesterol by as much as 55 percent in combination with statin...

Eating in restaurants tied to higher calorie intake

In study findings that may not surprise many people, kids and teens ate more calories - including more fat and more sugar...

Multivitamins don't cut heart disease risk in men

Taking a daily multivitamin does not reduce the risk of heart disease for older men, according to data from a large study...

California GMO measure may fail

Major food and seed companies appear to be on the verge of defeating a California ballot initiative that, if passed on Tuesday,...

Modest results in program to reduce kids' screen time

A program aimed at reducing the number of hours young children spent in front of a screen didn't accomplish that goal, but...

Removing trays from dining halls cuts food waste

University students eating at one buffet-style dining hall produced less food waste when the facility removed the trays students...

Europe approves high-price gene therapy

European officials have approved the Western world's first gene therapy drug from a small Dutch biotech company, in a milestone...

Healthy snacks limited in some U.S. schools: study

U.S. school children searching for a healthy snack at school - perhaps an apple or some celery sticks - may find that a bag...

Death risk nears in Turkish hunger strike: doctors

Jailed Kurdish militants on hunger strike in Turkey may start to die within the next 10 days, Turkey's main medical association...

High-protein diet may help some people shed pounds

Dieters who eat meals and snacks high in protein might lose a bit more weight than those who get less protein and more carbohydrates...

Sugary drinks linked to higher stroke risk

Women who imbibe sugary soft drinks almost every day are 83 percent more likely to have a certain type of stroke than women...

US companies hustle to re-staff, reopen after Sandy

Hurricane Sandy may have devastated the East Coast on Monday, but the water-logged wheels of commerce keep turning, storm...

Slimmer future for heavy kids who get help early

Weight-loss programs can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of...

Analysis: US foreign bribery penalties for drugmakers may lack bite

Global drugmakers are paying tens of millions of dollars to settle U.S. allegations that they bribed their way across emerging...

Plant compounds tied to less stomach cancer in women

Getting a moderate amount of plant substances called flavonoids through the diet may be linked to a lower stomach cancer...

Trans fats raise cholesterol, not blood sugar

Although trans fats raise your levels of "bad" cholesterol, they don't appear to have lasting impacts on your blood sugar,...

Excedrin factory a recurring migraine for Novartis CEO

Delays to restarting production at the U.S. factory that makes Novartis AG's popular migraine medicine Excedrin are turning...

"Good bacteria" during pregnancy may ward off eczema

Babies were less likely to get an itchy skin rash when their mothers took probiotics during pregnancy and while breastfeeding,...

Study suggests lowering cholesterol earlier in life

Teens and young adults may want to pay attention to their cholesterol levels instead of waiting until later, when there is...

Oops: Harvard affiliate apologizes for promotion of 'weak' study

A Harvard-affiliated hospital is backing away from its decision earlier this week to promote a paper linking the artificial...

U.S. elderly, middle-aged see higher obesity rates

Here's one more reason to dread aging: older Americans are seeing a greater increase in obesity rates, according to a survey...

Green tea drinkers show lower cancer risks

Older women who regularly drink green tea may have slightly lower risks of colon, stomach and throat cancers than women who...

Americans favor water recycling, but there's an "ick factor"

Most Americans have scant understanding about their water supply, but they are concerned about it, and believe recycling...

Beans show promise in diabetes

Downing a cup of beans or lentils every day may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar and possibly reduce...

No need to revisit Monsanto maize approval: France

A study last month pointing to health risks from a type of genetically modified maize and a related pesticide did not provide...

Like girls, U.S. boys may be hitting puberty earlier

Boys in the United States may be entering puberty earlier than in generations past, a new study has found - suggesting it's...

Free fruit at school tied to fewer junk snacks

Norwegian children attending schools where free fruit was on offer ate less junk food and drank less soda than before the...

Severe obesity still rising fast in the U.S.

The number of Americans who are severely obese shot up by 70 percent in the past decade or so, though the increase has slowed...

Counseling slows weight gain in obese moms-to-be

Motivational counseling can slow down pregnancy weight gain in obese women and may take the edge off their anxiety, too,...

Epilepsy drug leads to weight loss, side effects

A drug approved to prevent seizures may also help obese people lose a few pounds when it's added to therapy and nutritional...

Daily multivitamin shown to help ward off cancer in men

Swallowing a daily multivitamin can reduce the risk of cancer slightly in middle-aged and older men and appears to have no...

Abbott suspends gift-giving to doctors in India

Abbott Laboratories Inc has instructed its sales representatives in India to stop giving gifts to doctors, according to an...

Cholesterol levels declining in U.S.

The cholesterol levels of U.S. adults have been dropping since the late 1980's, a new study suggests - and not just because...

Chefs fight flab with small portions, healthy snacks

Top chefs who spend long, late hours preparing meals for others, face greater temptation than most mortals to over-eat but...

Czechs seize poisonous booze that could kill thousands

Czech food inspectors seized 7,600 bottles of highly poisonous liquor that could have killed thousands of people, the country's...

REFILE: Weight loss surgery tied to increase in drinking

People who had weight loss surgery reported greater alcohol use two years after their procedures than in the weeks beforehand,...

Nestle to cut sugar and salt in breakfast cereals

Nestle SA and General Mills Inc will cut sugar and salt in the children's breakfast cereals they jointly market outside North...

Can a few cherries a day keep gout away?

Cherries may no longer be for just topping off ice cream sundaes; in a new study of people with gout, eating the fruit was...

Folic acid doesn't cut risk of colon polyps

Taking extra folic acid and other B-vitamin supplements may not help protect against colon polyps, a new study has found....

Animal-loving Britain split over badger TB cull

Senseless massacre to some, a necessary evil to others, a plan to cull thousands of wild badgers to stem the spread of tuberculosis...

No clear link between organic food, birth defect

Baby boys whose moms ate organic during pregnancy do not seem to have a lower risk of a birth defect of the penis, a new...

Eat chocolate, win the Nobel Prize?

Of all the chocolate research out there, the most unabashed tribute to the "dark gold" has to be a study just published in...

Is your boss watching your cholesterol?

If you're an employee who's looking to save money or make more of it, here's a little advice: Step away from the cigarettes...

Sanofi, Merck recall some typhoid vaccine batches

Sanofi Pasteur MSD, the vaccine joint venture of Sanofi and Merck & Co, has recalled some batches of its typhoid vaccine...

Afghan addicts help run new restaurant in Kabul

Inhaling deeply on a cigarette, Laila Haidari sits on the floor of a new Kabul restaurant wondering if it will one day allow...

More evidence flu shot is safe for the egg-allergic

With flu season approaching, a new study offers more reassurance that kids with egg allergies can be safely vaccinated against...

One in eight of world population going hungry: U.N.

One out of every eight people in the world is chronically undernourished, the United Nations' food agencies said on Tuesday,...

Could fatty acids lower veterans' suicide risk?

A new $10 million, three-year study will investigate whether daily doses of a common dietary supplement could help curb the...

More Canadians fall sick in huge E. coli beef recall

Ten people have now fallen sick from contaminated beef products from a Canadian plant that sent its meat across Canada and...

Tomato antioxidant tied to lower stroke risk

Men who love their tomatoes may have lowered odds of suffering a stroke, a study out Monday suggests. Finnish researchers...

No health risks from Idaho fire radiation: officials

Smoke from a wildfire in Idaho that burned mining sites with traces of uranium and thorium contained elevated levels of radiation,...

Strawberries likely laid 11,000 German children low

Germany's biggest outbreak of food poisoning, in which more than 11,000 schoolchildren have been laid low by diarrhoea and...

Climate linked to California ER visits

The risk of heading to the emergency room for certain conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, kidney disease...

More evidence commercial weight loss plans can work

People who take part in a commercial weight-loss program may indeed shed some pounds - especially if they substantially cut...

Hysterectomy with ovary removal tied to weight gain

Women who have their ovaries and uterus removed - to treat fibroids, for example - tend to gain more weight in the years...

Fish linked to heart failure risk, omega-3 results mixed

For people conscious about their heart health, a new study suggests it may be best to eat fish instead of taking individual...

Extra vitamin D may not help ward off colds

Loading up on vitamin D is unlikely to prevent the common cold this winter, a new study from New Zealand suggests. Despite...

Teens' poor sleep tied to heart risk factors

Teenagers who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have conditions that could affect their heart health down the road,...

Thousands of German children suffer from vomit outbreak

More than 6,500 German children and teenagers have fallen ill with diarrhea and vomiting that health authorities say has...

REFILE: Canada temporarily shuts plant linked to tainted beef

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has temporarily shut one of the country's largest meatpacking plants after contaminated...

Probiotic for babies may not fight allergies later

Kindergartners who were given "good bacteria" supplements as infants were no less likely to suffer from allergies than other...

Canada suspends license of food plant linked to tainted beef

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the license of a meatpacking plant linked to contaminated beef products,...

Several ill in Canada after eating steaks

Several people became ill after eating steaks that may contain E. coli bacteria sold at a store in Edmonton, Alberta, the...

U.S. bans beef from Canada's XL Foods plant

The United States has halted imports of beef products from one of Canada's largest beef-processing plants, owned by privately...

Salmonella sickens 30 in 19 states, peanut butter recalled

Thirty people in 19 states have fallen ill from Salmonella poisoning, probably from tainted peanut butter, the U.S. Centers...

ACLU asks Supreme Court to reconsider gene patenting case

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked for a second time that the Supreme Court invalidate Myriad Genetics Inc's patents...

Military leaders point to schools in U.S. fat fight

Former U.S. military leaders have identified a latent threat to the potential for a leaner, more agile fighting force: the...

Ten-minute workouts lure time-challenged exercisers

The procrastinators, the super-busy, and the easily bored in pursuit of a manageable fitness routine may find what they seek...

Can it! Soda studies cite stronger link to obesity

As Americans debate what is most to blame for the nation's obesity epidemic, researchers say they have the strongest evidence...

Dairy products won't make you skinny, evidence says

Adding a couple of servings of milk or yogurt to your daily diet probably won't help you drop any pants sizes, according...

Lawmakers seek limits on arsenic in rice

Three U.S. lawmakers are introducing a bill on Friday to limit the amount of arsenic allowed in rice and rice-based products,...

U.S. House Republicans split on food stamps

The U.S. farm law, which funds a broad array of agricultural support programs as well as food aid for the poor, will expire...

Community program may help some obese kids

Heavy kids who took part in a program hosted at community YMCAs were able keep off some extra weight and improved their quality...

Author defends Monsanto GM study as EU orders review

The French author of a study linking a type of genetically modified corn to higher health risks in rats dismissed criticism...

Study on Monsanto GM corn concerns draws skepticism

In a study that prompted sharp criticism from other experts, French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto's...

China's Bright Dairy recalls cheese product for babies: paper

China's Bright Dairy & Food Co Ltd has been ordered by the Shanghai government to recall a cheese product for babies as it...

L-carnitine doesn't beat fatigue in cancer patients

The popular supplement L-carnitine doesn't help cancer patients with fatigue, according to a new study. L-carnitine is an...

Study finds tumors in rats fed on Monsanto's GM corn

In a study that prompted criticism from other experts, French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto's genetically...

US regulators urged to set limits on arsenic in rice

Consumer Reports on Wednesday called on U.S. regulators to set limits for arsenic in rice after an investigation by the independent...

Wal-Mart, Humana reward healthy food purchases

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, is joining with healthcare insurer Humana Inc to trim the cost of healthy...

Health benefits of gastric bypass persist for years

The short-term benefits of weight loss surgery are well known in severely obese people, but a new study finds that improvements...

REFILE: Fat and getting fatter: U.S. obesity rates to soar by 2030

If Americans stick to their eating and exercise habits, future historians will look back on the early 21st century as a golden...

Pediatricians may skip kids' blood pressure checks

Despite recommendations to check children's blood pressure, pediatricians may often skip it, a U.S. study suggests. Using...

Fat and getting fatter: U.S. obesity rates to soar by 2030

If Americans stick to their eating and exercise habits, future historians will look back on the early 21st century as a golden...

Illumina gets 5-year FDA contract to identify food bugs

Illumina Inc signed a $17 million contract to provide the U.S. health regulator with DNA sequencing product MiSeq and other...

Study links BPA, obesity in kids

Kids and teens that had higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their urine were more likely to be overweight or obese,...

Duodenal switch a "viable option" for weight loss

People who had weight-loss surgery using the so-called duodenal switch technique lost more of their extra body weight and...

For heart health, omega-3 pills are not the answer

The tides are turning for fish oil, at least when it comes to usefulness of supplements in staving off heart attacks and...

Peanut allergies seen on the rise - study

The number of children with peanut allergies in one Midwestern county has tripled in the past decade, according to a new...

China investigates use of children in GMO rice trial

China's health authorities will investigate allegations that genetically modified (GMO) rice was tested on Chinese children...

Obama courts Florida voters over Medicare, space

President Barack Obama defended his policy on outer space and warned seniors that Republicans would raise their healthcare...

Obesity epidemic propels fitness as career

As the American waistline continues its spread, fitness is shaping up as one of the hottest careers of this tepid economic...

Half of women may have sleep apnea - study

Fully half of the 400 women given overnight sleep tests in a new Swedish study turned out to have mild-to-severe sleep apnea....

'Food environment' in US schools getting a bit better

U.S. schools took small steps toward encouraging students to make healthier food choices between 2006 and 2010, but there's...

India's cigarette giant makes a healthy choice

India's biggest cigarette maker is going on a health kick. ITC Ltd sells 80 percent of the cigarettes in the world's second...

Migraines not tied to greater weight gain

Despite what some research has suggested, women with migraines may have no greater risk of becoming overweight than other...

Sweetened drinks may be linked to preemie births

Women who drink a lot of sweet sodas during pregnancy may be more likely to give birth prematurely, a new study suggests....

Gaza not "livable" by 2020 barring urgent action - U.N.

Gaza will no longer be "livable" by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to improve water supply, power, health and schooling,...

Kids' lack of self-control tied to extra pounds

Preschoolers who had less patience and worse self-control while waiting for treats in a classic behavior study ended up weighing...

Thyroid cancer risk persists decades after radiation

People who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as children continued to have a higher-than-normal risk...

Insight: Big Food girds for California GMO fight

After two decades fighting to force U.S. food companies to tell consumers when their products are made with genetically modified...

An apple a day keeps high cholesterol at bay?

Women who eat dried apple every day for a year see a persistent decrease in their cholesterol levels, according to a new...

Most Americans still eating too much salt

Most U.S. adults are eating far more sodium than dietary guidelines recommend, despite decades of health advice urging them...

NYC voters unconvinced on mayor's health measures

Two major public health initiatives pushed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks...

U.S. kids downing more diet drinks

The number of U.S. children who drink sugar-free beverages has doubled in the past decade, a new study finds - though the...

Genetically modified rice a good vitamin A source

Genetically modified rice could be a good source of vitamin A for children in countries where deficiency in the vitamin is...

Gates' foundation puts money on solar-powered toilet

Bill Gates is betting the toilet of the future for the developing world will be solar powered. The world's leading private...

Insight: What if baby boomers don't live forever?

What if the generation that once rocked out to The Who's "hope I die before I get old" line actually does? Most retirement...

Flavanol-rich cocoa may reduce blood pressure a bit

Eating a daily dose of cocoa or dark chocolate - rich in plant compounds called flavanols - may lead to a slight drop in...

FDA warns Hershey over chocolate syrup labeling

Hershey Co made nutritional claims for its chocolate syrups that do not fall within regulatory guidelines, the U.S. Food...

One of every 100 U.S. whites has celiac disease

One percent of non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. - close to two million Americans - have celiac disease, but most are not aware...

High distress seen in Japanese nuclear plant workers

Months after the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, workers there and at a nearby plant that remained...

5-Hour Energy maker plans candy bar that staves off hunger

Building on the success of its 5-Hour Energy shot and a recent debt offering, Michigan-based Living Essentials LLC is looking...

Western brands see Indonesia as land of milk and diapers

Global consumer firms such as Nestle and Procter & Gamble are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in Indonesia, drawn...

Weight gain slower where school-food laws are strong

Regulating the foods and beverages sold outside of federal meal programs at schools may help curb the child obesity epidemic,...

Heart defects on the decline in European babies

The number of newborns in Europe affected by heart defects appears to have fallen in recent years, but it's not clear why,...

Ramadan fasting not linked to preterm births

In a small new study, pregnant women who fasted during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan were no more likely to give birth...

Food stamps don't alter kids' sugary drink choices

Despite hopes that the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can steer people toward healthier eating choices,...

Variety could boost veggie eating

Giving people a choice of vegetables at mealtimes got them eating more greens, but not fewer calories, says a new small study....

Is there an "obesity paradox" in diabetes?

Obesity and diabetes might not be the double whammy you'd expect, according to a fresh look at older studies. Surprisingly,...

Most Americans still not getting enough exercise

More American adults are walking regularly but less than half of them exercise enough to improve their health, according...

US children's cholesterol improving slightly

Cholesterol levels have improved slightly among American youth over the past two decades, according to government data released...

Will we soon see genetically modified Olympians?

There have been "marathon mice", "Schwarzenegger mice" and dogs whose wasted muscles were repaired with injected substances...

Antipsychotic use growing in U.S. kids and teens

Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed during almost one in three of all visits kids and teens make to psychiatrists in the United...

Fewer students can buy sodas at schools

Half as many adolescents as in 2006 can still buy high-calorie sodas in schools, but other sugary beverages remain easily...

Weight trainers have lower diabetes risk

Weight training, not just cardio workouts, are linked to a lower risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study. "We...

K-V Pharmaceutical files for bankruptcy protection

K-V Pharmaceutical, a Bridgeton-Missouri based company focused on women's healthcare products, filed for bankruptcy protection...

Olympics-Fat? We are fit. Get over it, say women athletes

American weightlifter Holley Mangold tips the scales at 346 pounds (157 kilograms) and she is proud of being the heaviest...

Honey may ease nighttime coughing in kids

A spoonful of honey before bed may help little kids with a cough - and their parents - sleep through the night, a new study...

Kids who drink soda may not drop milk

Kids who drink sugary beverages are not necessarily switching to them and away from milk, according to a new study whose...

Dioxin found in eggs on another German farm

The poisonous chemical dioxin has been found above permitted levels in eggs from another German farm following discoveries...

Gout risk goes up as waistline expands

The heavier you are, the greater your odds of getting the painful arthritic condition gout - no matter your gender or race,...

New York urges new mothers to breastfeed babies

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and state officials are pushing initiatives aimed at encouraging new mothers to breastfeed...

Price of life-saving allergy injections has spiked

The cost of self-administered epinephrine injections, which are used to stop life-threatening allergic reactions, has more...

Fiber-added foods may not stem your hunger

Fiber-enriched processed foods promise a healthier version of your favorite snacks, but do not expect them to keep your hunger...

Curcumin capsules found to curb diabetes risk

Supplements containing a compound in curry spice may help prevent diabetes in people at high risk, a small clinical trial...

High-carb diet tied to breast cancer risk for some

Older women who eat a lot of starchy and sweet carbohydrates may be at increased risk of a less common but deadlier form...

New York City's big soda ban draws heated debate

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sodas is expected to pass in September, but that didn't deter hundreds...

Late night TV/computer sessions linked to depression

Sitting in front of a computer or TV screen late into the night or leaving it on when you fall asleep could increase your...

Peg Perego USA recalls strollers, cites strangulation risk

Peg Perego USA is voluntarily recalling about 223,000 baby strollers made between January 2004 and September 2007 because...

CORRECTION: Ion Torrent vies for $10 mln genome prize

A genome-sequencing contest announced six years ago finally has its first entrant: Life Technologies Corp.'s Ion Torrent,...

Cargill recalls U.S. ground beef after salmonella outbreak

Nearly 15 tons of ground beef have been recalled by a unit of agriculture conglomerate Cargill Inc in connection with a seven-state...

Ion Torrent vies for $10 mln genome prize

A genome-sequencing contest announced six years ago finally has its first entrant: Life Technologies Corp.'s Ion Torrent,...

App aims to improve accessibility for visually impaired

Whether it is getting off a bus or reading a menu, a new app aims to make life easier for the blind or visually impaired....

U.S. appeals court reconsiders Myriad gene patent ruling

Myriad Genetics Inc illegally patented acts of nature when it claimed ownership of two genes linked to cancer, the federal...

Israel adult stem cell trials - hope for ALS patients?

A clinical trial of ALS patients conducted by BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics shows its adult stem cell therapy is well-tolerated,...

Hospitals hype robot surgery for women: study

Consumers shouldn't expect straight talk about robot surgery from hospital websites, but rather vague claims and marketing...

Almonds a healthy snack substitute for dieters

Substituting almonds for less healthy foods could help dieters stick to a calorie-controlled diet, and lower their cholesterol...

Million Yemen children face severe malnutrition

One million Yemeni children face severe malnutrition within months as families struggle to pay for food in one of the Arab...

Restaurant meals a bit healthier after menu law

Chain restaurants in the Seattle area seem to have made small changes for the better since a 2009 law forced them to put...

Hospital meals overdo it on salt

Hospital food often contains much more sodium than dietary guidelines recommend, a new study from Canada suggests. Researchers...

Delta boosts security after needles found in food

Delta Air Lines Inc said it was taking new steps to ensure the safety of food it serves and the Federal Bureau of Investigation...

Milk thistle extract doesn't ease liver infection

A popular but unproven alternative therapy for liver disease may not offer any relief for those with chronic hepatitis C...

Obesity fight is major investment trend: BofA

The fight against obesity will be a major investment trend for the next 25-50 years, a report by Bank of America/Merrill...

Chocolate can be good for you: EU regulator

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ruled that cocoa powder and dark chocolate can help people improve blood circulation...

NYC fast food chains cut trans fat under regulations

Fast-food patrons in New York City are eating far less unhealthy fat since restrictions on its use by restaurants were imposed...

Bariatric surgery doesn't reduce long-term costs

Weight-loss surgery may not end up saving money - at least among older men, suggests a new study of obese veterans. It's...

GSK bolsters medicine chest with biotechnology buy

GlaxoSmithKline chief executive Andrew Witty has an eye for a bargain. Despite paying a 99 percent premium for Human Genome...

CORRECTION: Walking to school, sports tied to teen weight

Teens who play a couple of team sports and walk or bike to school are less likely to be overweight or obese, says a new study....

Walking to school, sports tied to teen weight

Teens who play a couple of team sports and walk or bike to school are less likely to be overweight or obese, says a new study....

Could Wii nunchuks make screen time healthier?

Active video games might help people burn more calories than couch-based screen time, but those who play active games tend...

REFILE: Heavy people more likely to have colon polyps

Obese and overweight people are more likely to develop colon polyps, a possible precursor to cancer, than are slimmer individuals,...

Heavy people more likely to have colon polyps

Obese and overweight people are more likely to develop colon polyps, a possible precursor to cancer, than are slimmer individuals,...

Mistakes were made in report on Mead milk: report

A consumer watchdog in China said on Wednesday that a testing centre had made mistakes in reporting that some of Mead Johnson's...

Kids' probiotics recalled on salmonella concerns

Sedona Labs, a unit of Canada's Atrium Innovations Inc, is recalling two children's dietary supplements because they may...

U.S., Denmark top ranking of world's most "food-secure" countries

People in the United States and other advanced nations consume an average of 1,200 calories per day more than those in low-income...

Study supports UTI protection from cranberries

People who regularly drink cranberry juice or take cranberry capsules are less likely to get urinary tract infections, a...

Dioxin found in German eggs, 8th farm since April

The poisonous chemical dioxin has been found at higher-than-permitted levels in eggs from a German farm, following similar...

Meatball company recalls 300,000 pounds of meat over Listeria risk

A New Jersey meatball manufacturer is recalling more than 300,000 pounds (136,000 kg) of meat products due to possible Listeria...

CORRECTION: Kids don't eat less when serving themselves

Allowing pre-schoolers to help themselves to food is thought to teach kids healthy eating habits like portion control, but...

Germany to oppose easing of GM trace rules: report

Germany will oppose any European Union move to allow traces of unapproved genetically-modified (GM) organisms in food in...

Kids don't eat less when serving themselves

Allowing pre-schoolers to help themselves to food is thought to teach kids healthy eating habits like portion control, but...

Most oppose NYC plan to curb sugary drinks: poll

Most Americans oppose New York City's plan to limit the serving size of sugary drinks and don't see it helping the fight...

New York City official defends "supersize" drink ban

New York City's top health official on Thursday shot back at critics who have blasted the city's plan to limit the sale of...

Gastric bypass patients keep the weight off: study

People who lose weight after stomach-shrinking surgery are typically able to keep the pounds off for two years or longer,...

Less folic acid in pregnancy tied to autism: study

In a new study of California moms, women whose children had autism recalled getting less folic acid through food and supplements...

Pregnancy complications not cut by omega-3s: study

Despite evidence suggesting omega-3 fatty acids might help protect women from two serious pregnancy complications -- gestational...

Food meets pharma as Nestle fights for health claims

Nestle opened a new clinical development unit on Wednesday to conduct trials into nutrition for both sick and healthy people,...

Black girls don't benefit as much from exercise

In a new study of U.S. preteen and teen girls, daily exercise was strongly linked to weight and obesity in white girls but...

Disney to curb junk-food ads, label healthier food

Walt Disney Co will stop accepting some junk-food advertising on its television, radio and online programs intended for children...

Despite obesity rise, kids' blood pressure dipped

The rate of childhood obesity may have soared between the 1970s and 90s, but kids' blood pressure did not follow the same...

FDA urged to rethink on antibiotics in animal feed

A federal judge asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reexamine its decision to reject citizen calls to restrict...

Soy doesn't boost brainpower in older women: study

Taking daily soy supplements doesn't improve thinking and memory skills or keep them from declining in older women, new findings...

Study questions fructose role in hypertension

Sweet drinks have been linked to a slightly higher risk of developing high blood pressure, but, contrary to earlier research,...

Babies fed soy formula develop as well as others

One-year-olds raised on breast milk, regular formula or soy formula seem to fare equally well in brain development, a new...

Allergan wins new trial in big Botox damages case

Allergan Inc has been granted a new trial in a case brought by a man who won a $212 million jury verdict last year after...

NY mayor blasts sugar ban critics: "That's a lot of soda"

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a full-throated defense of his proposed ban on large-size sugary sodas on Friday,...

Can a decade of dark chocolate protect your heart?

A scientific study likely to stir the souls of chocoholics has suggested that eating dark chocolate every day for 10 years...

Fewer food choices don't help people lose weight

Reducing people's options for junk foods gets them to cut back on the amount of calories they take in from junk food, but...

Opting for plain water might prevent diabetes

Women who chose plain water, instead of sweet drinks such as sodas or fruit juice, had a slightly lowered risk of developing...

Coke fires back at proposed NYC big soda ban

Coca-Cola Co fired back at the Bloomberg administration on Thursday, saying its proposed ban of large-sized soft drinks insulted...

CORRECTION: Exercise, vitamin D may prevent falls: guidelines

Older adults who are at high risk of falls should have physical therapy and take vitamin D supplements to reduce their chance...

REFILE: Fatty acids in formula don't make babies smarter

Baby formula that is supplemented with fatty acids in an attempt to mimic breast milk doesn't boost infants' brainpower any...

World can feed more people more efficiently: FAO

The world can feed itself with less food output than previously forecast if it turns to sustainable farming, cuts waste and...

Curing diabetes via surgery, without weight loss

Cristina Iaboni had the dubious distinction of being not quite obese enough. For all the pounds on her 5'5" frame, she did...

Exercise, vitamin D may prevent falls: guidelines

Older adults who are at high risk of falls should have physical therapy and take vitamin D supplements to reduce their chance...

Friend groups may encourage kids to be more active

Kids in after-school programs often increase their own physical activity if they make friends who run and jump around more...

Tide to change Pods lid over child safety concerns

After at least one child was hospitalized for swallowing its prettily packaged detergent, Procter & Gamble Co said on Friday...

Anti-obesity proposal fails again at McDonald's

McDonald's Corp investors soundly rejected a shareholder proposal that would have required the world's biggest fast-food...

Soy supplement shows no blood pressure benefit

Soy-rich diets have been linked to lower rates of heart disease, but a small study suggests that soy supplements may not...

Obesity not always tied to higher heart risk: study

An obese person isn't inevitably at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death, a new U.K. study finds. "The people...

Australia says big tobacco aiding WTO challengers

The tobacco industry is providing legal advice to Ukraine and Honduras in their challenges to Australia's new tobacco packaging...

Rights group aims to stop killing of Canada GMO pigs

A U.S. animal rights group hopes to save a herd of genetically modified pigs from early deaths after funding dried up for...

Folic acid tied to lower child cancer risks

Rates of two rare childhood cancers declined after the U.S. began requiring grain products to be fortified with the B vitamin...

Mom's excess pounds key in newborn weight

For at least some moms-to-be, it's extra body fat -- and not blood sugar levels -- that may be key to their risk of having...

Ramadan sets Muslim athletes extra test at Olympics

When Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang opted to postpone his Ramadan fast until after the London Games, the decision was...

'Pre-diabetes,' diabetes rising among U.S. teens

The percentage of U.S. teenagers with "pre-diabetes" or full-blown type 2 diabetes has more than doubled in recent years...

G8 looks to private sector in hunger fight

Buffeted by the euro zone crisis and distracted by political problems at home, the leaders of the world's industrial powers...

California teens eat fewer calories in school

High school kids in California, a state that limits the junk food sold in vending machines, eat fewer calories in school...

Bulgaria bans smoking in indoor public spaces

Bulgaria's parliament voted on Thursday to ban smoking in all indoor public spaces from June 1 in an attempt to persuade...

Breastfed babies may gain less weight

Babies who are fed milk from their mothers' breasts gain less weight over their first year compared to babies fed milk --...

Paralyzed woman uses thoughts to move robotic arm

Using just her thoughts, a 58-year-old paralyzed woman instructed a robotic arm to grasp a cup of coffee and guide it to...

Study suggests lower risk of death for coffee lovers

In a new study of 400,000 older Americans, those who reported drinking a few daily cups of coffee were less likely to die...

U.N. criticizes Canada for letting people go hungry

A U.N. official criticized Canada on Wednesday for allowing some of its people to go hungry, but the government shrugged...

Immigrant women farm workers suffer sex abuse: report

Hundreds of thousands of female immigrant farm workers in the United States are at risk of sexual violence and harassment,...

Skechers settles U.S. charges over toning shoe ads

Skechers USA Inc has agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges that it made unfounded claims when it advertised that its...

FDA delays deadline for new U.S. sunscreen labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has delayed by six months rules on the marketing of sunscreen originally set to go...

French drugmaker on trial over weight-loss pill

French drugmaker Servier and its founder went on trial on Monday accused of misleading patients and authorities about a diabetes...

Beef purveyors carve out "pink slime" stain

Behind the glass meat counter at Casey's Market in a Chicago suburb, the butchers pick up their blades and carry on a generations-old...

Mother wins back permanent custody of obese Ohio boy

An Ohio juvenile court judge removed a protective order on Thursday in the case of a third-grader who was taken from his...

New Yorkers: No smokes, no fats, no salt? Enough!

New Yorkers may like "Mayor Mike" but are less certain they want him playing the role of "Mayor Mom." A new poll shows the...

America's hatred of fat hurts obesity fight

One night when Lynn McAfee was five years old, her psychologically troubled mother left her at the side of a road as punishment...

India to probe alleged drug regulator irregularities

The Indian government announced an inquiry on Friday into the country's main drug regulator, three days after a parliamentary...

Industry defends ingredient derided as "meat glue"

The U.S. meat industry on Thursday defended an additive that critics have called "meat glue," saying the enzymes are safe,...

U.S. FDA panel backs Arena obesity pill lorcaserin

An experimental obesity pill from Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc won an advisory panel's support on Thursday, bringing the company...

Fish tied to lower colon cancer risk: study

People who eat plenty of fish may have a lower risk of colon and rectal cancers, a new report suggests. The finding comes...

Minors have an easy time buying alcohol online

Nearly half of all attempts by underage buyers to purchase alcohol online were successful in a new study, exposing weaknesses...

Anti-obesity program doesn't help teen girls: study

An intensive obesity-prevention program for Australian girls didn't lead to any improvements in their diet, physical activity...

U.S. government urged to fight fat at school

A coalition of health advocacy groups on Wednesday urged the U.S. government to put more resources into school-based efforts...

Deep belly fat may increase after liposuction

A new study suggests that women who have liposuction to trim their tummies may gain some fat deeper within the abdomen --...

Kids' TV time tied to unhealthy food choices

Kids and teens who watch a lot of television are less likely to get their fruits and veggies and more likely to snack on...

Vermont poised to be first state to outlaw fracking

Vermont will be the first state to outlaw a controversial oil and gas drilling method known as fracking when Governor Peter...

Health group attacks Gatorade's Michael Jordan ad

A health group is asking the U.S. government to yank a Gatorade ad that it says deceptively implies that basketball great...

Probiotics may help prevent diarrhea: report

Taking probiotics on top of a course of antibiotics may help ward off the diarrhea that often comes along with antibiotic...

US FDA staff focus on safety of Arena obesity pill

U.S. drug reviewers on Tuesday said Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc's obesity pill appeared to help people lose weight and was...

Many drug labels missing dose, safety info for kids

Half of drug labels don't have information on the medication's safety and proper dosing in kids, according to a new study...

Long commutes may be bad for health: study

Long commutes to work, particularly more than 10 miles, may be hazardous to health and are associated with increased weight,...

Mothers cling to chubby ideal for toddlers: study

Mothers of overweight toddlers often mistakenly think their children are normal weight, and mothers of underweight toddlers...

"Pink slime" label forces beef plant closures

The top U.S. producer of ammonia-treated beef that critics called "pink slime" said on Monday it will close three of its...

Obesity fight must shift from personal blame: U.S. panel

America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures -- from overhauling farm...

Salmonella linked to dog food, sickens 14 people

An outbreak of a rare strain of salmonella poisoning linked to dog food has infected at least 14 people in nine states, the...

Pig poo power the answer to China's porky poser?

Seven hundred million pigs produce a lot of poo. China's love of pork presents a mountain of a problem for the environment,...

Californian jailed 5 days without water seeks $20 million

A California university student left handcuffed in a federal holding cell for nearly five days without food or water has...

Vitamins E, C no help against vision disorder

Taking vitamins E and C may do nothing to protect aging eyes from macular degeneration -- the leading cause of vision loss...

Kids on cow farms may have fewer allergies

Kids who grow up on farms and have contact with cows and cow milk are less likely to have allergies and asthma than kids...

Paralegals bring food security to India's tribes

It was a deal struck almost 40 years ago by a poor, illiterate Indian farmer, driven by desperation after a drought wiped...

How do you count the world's hungry people?

Two years ago, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a petition to fight hunger with the slogan: "1,000,000,000...

New foot and mouth strain spreads to Gaza Strip

A new strain of foot and mouth disease (FMD) has reached the Gaza Strip and threatens to spread further after first being...

Toilet "taboo" hurts poor, development: Gates director

Governments are failing to fund projects to improve access to toilets and other sanitation services in poor countries because...

Double-drug diabetes treatment disappoints in kids

In a large new trial looking at ways to slow the progression of type 2 diabetes in children and teens, the addition of a...

Factbox: Obesity's dollars and cents

The incidence of obesity in the United States has soared from 13 percent to 34 percent over the last 50 years, while the...

As America's waistline expands, costs soar

U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients....

Radioactive waste dump opens in Texas, environmentalists worried

A 1,300-acre dump to bury low-level radioactive waste has opened in a remote corner of west Texas, the fourth U.S. site to...

Does soy help cool hot flashes after all?

Despite a good amount of evidence to the contrary, a new research review suggests that soy supplements can indeed help women...

U.S. risks losing gains in fight against hunger

The U.S. government risks losing the gains it has made in fighting world hunger unless it maintains its effort of the last...

Fruit, veggies tied to lower diabetes risk

People who get a range of fruits and vegetables in their diets may have a somewhat decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, a new...

Mad cow find: lucky break or triumph of science?

The discovery this week of the fourth U.S. case of mad cow disease was one of two things for food safety experts: a validation...

Hong Kong restricts poultry imports over bird flu

Hong Kong on Thursday suspended imports of poultry products, including eggs and frozen meat, from China's northeastern Liaoning...

High salt intake linked to higher stroke risk

Older adults with salty diets may have an increased risk of suffering a stroke, a new study suggests. The new findings strengthen...

Global food prices on the rise again: World Bank

Global food prices are rising again, pushed higher by costlier oil, strong demand from Asia and bad weather in parts of Europe,...

U.S. cholesterol rate falls, study shows

Only 13.4 percent of U.S. adults have high cholesterol, a federal agency said on Tuesday, possibly reflecting better diet,...

Prevention a low priority in heart docs' training

A new survey of training programs for future cardiologists suggests that only a fraction are getting the minimum level of...

Worm gene increases "good" fat in sheep clone

Chinese scientists have cloned a genetically modified sheep containing a "good" type of fat found naturally in nuts, seeds,...

Is the obesity tide turning among preschoolers?

In eastern Massachusetts, the number of kids under age six who are obese declined significantly in recent years -- a trend...

Nestle wins pricey battle for Pfizer baby food unit

Swiss food group Nestle is to buy drugmaker Pfizer's baby food business for $11.85 billion, beating out French rival Danone...

U.S. FDA says nanotech may need extra safety tests

U.S. health regulators said consumer products that use nanotechnology may have unknown effects on the human body, and advised...

Starbucks to phase out coloring from crushed beetles

Starbucks said on its blog that it will stop using a natural, government-approved coloring made from crushed beetles in its...

Fish oil supplements don't help MS patients: study

Many people with multiple sclerosis take fish oil pills with the hope of keeping neurological symptoms from getting worse,...

New warnings on Novartis MS pill in Europe and U.S.

European and U.S. regulators have backed the continued use of Novartis AG's multiple sclerosis pill Gilenya, one of the Swiss...

Think carrots, not candy as school snack: advocates

Junk food may soon be hard to buy at American public schools as the U.S. government readies new rules requiring healthier...

House panel okays $33 billion in food stamp cuts

A congressional panel approved about $33 billion in cuts over 10 years from food assistance programs in a partisan vote that...

Tuna recalled after salmonella outbreak in 20 states

Nearly 60,000 pounds of frozen tuna used in sushi is being recalled by a California company after it was linked to a salmonella...

Fast-food salt content varies by country: study

Fast food may often be high in salt, but the exact levels seem to vary based on the country you live in, according to a study...

Dioxin found in eggs from two more German farms

German authorities said on Friday the highly-poisonous chemical dioxin had been found above permitted levels in eggs from...

US poultry slaughter speedup draws protest

A plan to speed up processing lines at U.S. chicken and turkey plants while cutting the ranks of government inspectors at...

Canada cuts food inspectors despite recent outbreak

Four years after a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness killed nearly two dozen people, the Canadian government is cutting...

U.S. seeks voluntary antibiotic limits in livestock

U.S. regulators on Wednesday asked food producers to voluntarily stop using antibiotics in livestock to promote growth, as...

Dried fish recalled in U.S. on botulism fears

Eng Wholesale Inc is recalling dried mackerel and dried round scad after inspectors found the fish were not properly gutted,...

Faults seen in cancer study funding

It's well-known that clinical trials of cancer treatments often can't cover their costs. But a new study suggests that government-funded...

U.S. appeals court hears case of graphic tobacco ads

The U.S. government on Tuesday defended graphic tobacco labels and advertising that use pictures of rotting teeth and diseased...

Omega-3 pills may not help heart disease

Fish oil supplements may not do much to ward off heart attacks and strokes in people who already have heart disease, a new...

Hospitals pressured to end free baby formula

New parents leaving U.S. hospitals often take home a corporate gift along with their babies: a tote bag filled with infant...

Mom's obesity tied to kids' autism, development

A new study of mothers and children in California finds that kids born to obese women are more likely to be diagnosed with...

Bahrain activist moved to hospital after hunger strike

A jailed Bahraini activist who has been on hunger strike for 58 days was moved to a hospital and fed intravenously on Friday...

CORRECTION: Moderate exercise, quicker conception linked

Among women trying to get pregnant, moderate exercise is tied to more success, according to a new study. However, with exception...

Consumers often ignore food allergy labels: study

The different allergy labels in common use may be confusing consumers instead of helping them decide whether to buy a food...

Food prices rise further, raising fears of unrest

Global food prices rose in March for a third straight month with more hikes to come, the UN's food agency said on Thursday,...

Ammonia used in many foods, not just "pink slime"

Surprise rippled across America last month as a new wave of consumers discovered that hamburgers often contained ammonia-treated...

Diabetes continuing to spike in China

The more common type of diabetes in China grew by 30 percent in just seven years, according to a new survey of thousands...

Health agencies probe salmonella outbreak; sushi eyed

Health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 90 people in several states, with sushi a possible...

German state finds dioxin in eggs, sees no danger

German authorities said on Wednesday the highly poisonous chemical dioxin had been discovered above permitted levels in eggs...

Death knell may sound for Canada's GMO pigs

Pigs that might have become the world's first genetically modified animals approved for human consumption may instead face...

Tokyo chefs swell with anger over new blowfish laws

With a scoop of a net Tokyo chef Naohito Hashimoto selects a poisonous blowfish, considered a delicacy in Japan, and with...

'Pink slime' beef processor files for bankruptcy

Ground beef processor AFA Foods filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday and said it plans to sell some or all of its assets,...

CORRECTION: Formula-fed babies don't always overeat: study

Babies given extra amino acids in their formula ate less and felt sated sooner than with regular cow's-milk formula, in a...

Formula-fed babies don't always overeat: study

Babies given extra amino acids in their formula ate less and felt sated sooner than with regular cow's-milk formula, in a...

FDA denies petition to ban common chemical BPA

U.S. health regulators denied a petition to ban a chemical used in water bottles, soup cans and other food and drink packaging...

Blood clot risk higher in heavy women

Middle-aged women who are overweight or obese run a higher risk of potentially dangerous blood clots, especially after surgery,...

"Pink slime" producer allows tour of plant

A maker of the hamburger filler branded by critics as "pink slime" on Thursday allowed three state governors supportive of...

Obesity drugs need heart studies, U.S. advisers say

Heart safety studies should be required for new obesity drugs, U.S. drug advisers said on Thursday, possibly adding a new...

Too little calcium, water linked to kidney stones

Older women whose diet include too little calcium or water -- or too much salt -- have an increased risk of developing kidney...

REFILE: Weight loss, exercise improve mobility in diabetes

Losing weight and improving fitness may ward off some of the mobility problems that older overweight people with type 2 diabetes...

Weight loss, exercise improve mobility in diabetes

Losing weight and improving fitness may ward off some of the mobility problems that older overweight people with type 2 diabetes...

Risk for some cancers rises with U.S. obesity rate

The total number of Americans dying from or diagnosed with cancer is falling, but certain cancers linked to obesity and inactivity...

Supreme court limits damages in HIV-infected pilot's case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a pilot from San Francisco, whose status as HIV-infected was disclosed by...

Complicated link between diet drinks, health: study

Studies have hinted that diet-soda lovers could face higher risks of diabetes and heart disease, but new findings suggest...

Food security focus fuels new crop chemical worries

Scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates are pressing the question about whether rewards of the trend toward using...

Weight-loss surgery cut blood sugar more than drugs

Weight-loss surgery did a better job of controlling type 2 diabetes in overweight and moderately obese patients than the...

Chocolate lovers tend to weigh less: report

In a new study, people who ate chocolate a few times per week or more weighed less than those who rarely indulged in the...

EBay blocks sale of sorbitol after death in Italy

Online auction company EBay Inc said on Monday it had blocked global sales of sorbitol following the death of a medical patient...

Supreme court sets aside Myriad gene patent ruling

The Supreme Court set aside on Monday a ruling that Myriad Genetics Inc can patent two genes linked to breast and ovarian...

U.S. ponders heart safety trials for obesity drugs

U.S. health regulators are asking for advice on whether, and when, heart safety studies should be required for new obesity...

China diabetics raise stakes for healthcare reform

In 30 years, the Chinese people have gone from having barely enough to eat to worrying about spreading waistlines, leaving...

Scientist who coined 'Pink Slime' reluctant whistleblower

Every time someone calls former U.S. government scientist Gerald Zirnstein a whistleblower, he cringes a little. When he...

Student fitness improves with anti-obesity program

Obesity rates continue to climb in California schools, but exercise and nutrition programs may be having a positive effect...

Kroger joins rival grocers in rejecting "pink slime" beef

The biggest U.S. supermarket chain, Kroger Co, will stop buying the ammonia-treated beef product critics call "pink slime,"...

Swapping protein for sugar may help blood pressure

Overweight adults who replaced some of the sugar in their diets with protein saw their high blood pressure drop slightly...

FDA must remove antibiotics from animal feed: judge

A federal judge on Thursday ordered U.S. regulators to start proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of common antibiotics...

Cured meat tied to more COPD hospitalizations

Among people with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, those who eat a lot of cured meats are more likely to end...

REFILE: Smoking is a drag on world economy: Tobacco Atlas

Smoking costs the world 1 to 2 percent of its gross domestic product each year and could kill about 1 billion people this...

Web-based program may help cancer fatigue

Cancer survivors who are still battling fatigue may find help from online counseling, a new clinical trial suggests. It's...

Smoking is a drag on world economy: Tobacco Atlas

Smoking costs the world 1 to 2 percent of its gross domestic product each year and could kill about 1 billion people this...

Omega-3 fat tied to less cancer-related fatigue

Breast cancer survivors who eat a healthy dose of omega-3 fats may have some extra energy throughout their day, a new study...

China bans "sex," "God" health supplement claims

China will ban health supplement makers from naming their products after sex, God or eternal life, state media said on Tuesday,...

Starbucks goes beyond coffee with first juice bar

Starbucks Corp opened the first store in its new Evolution Fresh juice bar chain on Monday, its biggest move outside coffee...

Antioxidants may not help people with Alzheimer's

Daily use of antioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin E didn't improve thinking and memory skills in people with Alzheimer's...

Coffee not linked to psoriasis

First it was beer, then it was cigarettes. Finally, researchers have found a vice that's not tied to psoriasis: coffee. In...

Blueberries and apples tied to lower diabetes risk

Eating more blueberries, apples and pears may be linked to lower risk of diabetes, according to a new U.S. study. These fruits...

Lethal "cocktail" threatens Africa's Sahel

Abdoulaye Mahamadou watches with a growing sense of trepidation as the new arrivals to his Niger desert village emerge every...

Program helps at-risk adults keep the weight off

Obese people who went through a weight-management program based at community health centers lost and kept off a couple more...

Sperm may feel the weight of extra pounds: study

Heavy men are more likely than their normal-weight peers to have low sperm counts or no sperm production at all, suggests...

Obese UK police officers face pay cuts

British police officers must prove their fitness in annual tests or have their pay docked after a survey found that 53 percent...

Clean your plate, save the world?

Cleaning your plate may not help feed starving children today, but the time-worn advice of mothers everywhere may help reduce...

Diseases from imported food on the rise: CDC

Food-borne disease outbreaks caused by imports seemed to rise in 2009 and 2010, with fish and spices the most common sources,...

Statins tied to slightly lower risk of Parkinson's

People taking statins have a slightly lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease than those not on the cholesterol-lowering...

Obese kids have hard time sticking to low-carb diet

When it comes to managing children's obesity, cutting portion sizes and cutting carbohydrates can work equally well -- though...

More support for passing on the red meat

People who eat a lot of red meat are more likely to die at any given time than those who go light on the burgers and hot...

Finding and riding the bicycle built for you

As fuel prices soar and the weather warms, more adults are rediscovering bicycling as a way to get fit, get around and rekindle...

FDA panel says pain drug trials should continue

A panel of advisers on Monday voted unanimously that companies such as Pfizer Inc and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc should...

Weight Watchers sees growth in slimming men

David Kirchhoff, chief executive officer of Weight Watchers International Inc, shed 35 pounds (15.9 kg) with his company's...

iPads may boost residents' efficiency: study

Giving iPads to doctors-in-training helped them be more efficient at ordering tests and procedures for their patients in...

Work burnout tied to "emotional eating"

Women who are fed up with their jobs may be more likely to turn to food for comfort in times of stress, a new study suggests....

Child injuries on US farms cost $1.4 billion a year

More than 26,000 kids and adolescents get injured on farms and ranches in the U.S. every year, racking up costs of more than...

Coke, Pepsi to alter caramel color ingredient

Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc are making changes to the production of an ingredient in their namesake colas to avoid the need...

FDA asked to treat superbugs like rare diseases

A research group is proposing a new tool in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria: turn infections into a rare disease....

US FDA warns breathable caffeine maker over label

U.S. regulators warned the maker of inhalable caffeine product AeroShot Pure Energy over false or misleading labeling, and...

BPA chemical may be tied to heart disease

People exposed to higher levels of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used in food packaging, may have a slightly higher...

US regulators dispute finding of cancer-causing soda

U.S. regulators said soft drinks from PepsiCo Inc and Coca-Cola Co posed no health risk, contrary to a U.S. watchdog group...

Vitamin D tied to fewer stress fractures in girls

In a new study, girls and young women who got lots of vitamin D through their diet and supplements were half as likely to...

Disney closes controversial fat-fighting exhibit

Obesity experts on Friday applauded Walt Disney World for shuttering a new attraction that drew fierce criticism for its...

Slow, costly process stymies generic biotech drugs

One of the pledges of the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul was to enable cheaper copies of expensive biotech drugs,...

On-screen boozing tied to kids' binge drinking

How much drinking kids and teens had seen in recent movies was linked to the chances they overdid it on alcohol themselves...

Robotic surgeries costlier but safer: study

Patients who undergo robot-assisted surgeries on the kidneys or prostate have shorter hospital stays, a lower risk of getting...

Some U.S. women live far from maternity care

Some U.S. women, especially in the rural West, live more than an hour's drive from a hospital with maternity care, a new...

Global drug industry tightens anti-corruption code

The global pharmaceutical industry is tightening its code of practice in a bid to stamp out bribery and corruption, particularly...

Is chocolate really heart-healthy?

That heart-shaped box of chocolate you got for Valentine's just might have some benefits for your real heart, a new study...

Peer pressure drives spread of anorexia: study

Anorexia is a socially transmitted disorder and appears to be more prevalent in countries such as France where women are...

Super-human brain technology sparks ethics debate

A British ethics group has launched a debate on the ethical dilemmas posed by new technologies that tap into the brain and...

Tobacco health labels unconstitutional: U.S. judge

A U.S. judge sided with tobacco companies on Wednesday, ruling that regulations requiring large graphic health warnings on...

Coffee drinking not linked to chronic illnesses

Numerous studies of coffee's links to myriad diseases have provided head-spinning results, but a new paper finds java drinkers...

Clamor for obesity pill may test FDA limits

U.S. drug regulators may have a hard time stopping millions of overweight Americans from taking a new obesity drug that many...

Statin use tied to lower risk of depression: study

People with heart disease who take cholesterol-lowering statins may have a lower risk of depression than those who don't...

More drugs being approved for rare diseases in kids

A growing number of drugs are coming to market to help treat rare diseases in children, a new U.S. government study finds....

A prescription for corruption

According to a signal from the electronic tag around his ankle, Nenad Borojevic last left his apartment building at 6:25...

Early signs vitamin D might ease menstrual cramps

A small study suggests women plagued by menstrual cramps may find relief with vitamin D3, raising hopes that the dietary...

Pfizer buys vitamin C maker Emergen-C brands

Pfizer Inc on Monday said it had acquired privately held Alacer Corp, the largest U.S. maker of vitamin C products, bolstering...

Regeneca recalls dietary supplement

Regeneca Inc. is voluntarily recalling its single-capsule RegenErect dietary supplement because it contains an unlisted product...

Study supports soy cholesterol benefits for some

Despite past evidence suggesting that eating soy might only lower cholesterol in those whose bodies are able to convert it...

Pharma research not always more positive on drugs

Drugmaker-funded science isn't always more likely to favor new medicines than studies paid for by non-profits, according...

Roche says fake Avastin found in Syria in 2009

Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Friday that fake versions of its cancer drug Avastin had been found in Syria in 2009, three...

Study links high fiber to healthy gums in older vets

U.S. researchers who followed healthy male veterans for up to 24 years found that older men who ate more high-fiber fruits...

Company asks US experts to back its obesity drug

Proponents of a new obesity medication from Vivus Inc told U.S. reviewers on Wednesday that the drug's health benefits exceed...

Egyptian firm in fake Avastin scam proves elusive

The trail of counterfeit copies of the multibillion-dollar cancer drug Avastin leads to an address in a crowded Cairo suburb,...

Convicted murderer dies while on hunger strike in California

A 27-year-old convicted murderer has died while on a hunger strike to protest restrictions on access to health, good food,...

Obesity rates rise, threaten health in OECD nations

More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill health, pushing...

Fructose not linked to extra weight gain: report

A little extra simple sugar in your diet probably won't make you pack on the pounds -- as long as you cut down on other carbs...

Study questions antidepressant-suicide link

The Food and Drug Administration has a blanket warning on antidepressant medications stating they increase the risk of suicidal...

In wasting children, a richer India sees "national shame"

Crying as she is put on an electronic scale, two-year-old Rajini's naked shriveled frame casts a dark shadow over a rising...

Modest hope for FDA approval of Vivus obesity drug

Hopes were raised slightly on Friday that U.S. health regulators could approve a weight-loss pill for the first time in 13...

Denmark's CareMed says shipped fake Avastin unwittingly

Danish drug distributor CareMed said it was an unwitting link in the journey of fake cancer medicine Avastin from Switzerland...

Diet soda tied to heart attack, stroke risks

Diet soda may benefit the waistline, but a new study suggests that people who drink it every day have a heightened risk of...

REFILE: 'Bad' cholesterol not the whole story in stroke?

While "bad" LDL cholesterol is infamous for its link to heart disease, some lesser known measures of blood fat may be more...

EU agency says weight-loss drugs risk acceptable

The European Medicines Agency has decided that the benefits of orlistat-containing weight loss drugs, including GlaxoSmithKline's...

Rice products may have high arsenic content: study

Significant levels of arsenic may be found in some prepared food products listing organic brown rice syrup as a sweetener...

Kids' diet counseling tied to better cholesterol

Kids who got regular diet counseling starting very early on ended up eating slightly less saturated fat and had lower "bad"...

'Bad' cholesterol not the whole story in stroke?

While "bad" LDL cholesterol is infamous for its link to heart disease, some lesser known measures of blood fat may be more...

Doctors scour drug supply after fake Avastin found

A U.S. distributor of phony vials of Roche's widely-used cancer drug Avastin aroused suspicion at doctor's offices as early...

Medicare expenses growing faster for obese seniors

Medicare is spending more money every year per person, and each obese beneficiary tacks on an extra $149 a year to that increase,...

Group program helps teen girls keep the weight off

A series of group meetings focused on improving diet, increasing physical activity and addressing mood and body image issues...

Kids' language issues tied to moms' low vitamin D

Mothers who had low vitamin D levels while they were pregnant are more likely to have a child with a language impairment...

Post-Grateful Dead player scores medical hit

For Jeff Chimenti, a rock keyboardist who plays with offshoots of the Grateful Dead, it has been anything but a "long strange...

Vitamin B and fish oil fail to prevent cancer-study

Among more than 2,500 people in France with a history of heart disease, taking B vitamins or omega-3 fatty acid supplements...

Want to lose weight? Trade sugary drinks for water

Swapping your soda for water -- or at least diet soda -- really can help you shed a few pounds, a new clinical trial finds....

India's sour food safety record

Bhim can't understand what he's done wrong. Before dawn every day he joins hundreds of wholesale traders at Delhi's Azadpur...

'Hunger hormone' could help chemo patients: study

A synthetic version of the "hunger hormone" ghrelin might help limit the loss of appetite that can come with cancer chemotherapy,...

Holiday weight gain affects active people too

Contrary to the belief that people who burn a lot of calories are less vulnerable to gaining weight, a new study finds they...

China probes "bouncing" boiled eggs

Chinese authorities are investigating eggs which bounce after being boiled and may make men sterile, state media reported...

U.S. FDA sets draft rules for biotech drug copies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's long-awaited guidelines for the sale of lower-cost versions of biotechnology drugs...

Teen weight loss program shows some benefit

A low-key, long term approach to teen weight loss produced modest benefits in a clinical trial, Australian researchers report,...

New plan to cut the fat of the military

Obese Americans in the military are a national security hazard and first lady Michelle Obama wants to see that change. Obama,...

US consumers want tougher probe of engineered salmon

Three U.S. consumer groups petitioned the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to subject a new genetically engineered...

Bread blamed for Americans' high salt intake

Nine out of 10 American adults consume too much salt and the leading culprit is not potato chips or popcorn but slices of...

Snack bars and junk food common in schools: study

About half of all elementary school students can buy potato chips, ice cream or similar snacks in vending machines and at...

Alcohol abuse higher among college students: study

U.S. college students seeking treatment for substance abuse are more likely to be having trouble with alcohol but less likely...

Behavior programs may cut child obesity risk

Programs that teach parenting skills early on may help prevent obesity in poor U.S. kids, a study published Monday suggests....

Walmart to label healthier food as "Great For You"

After a lengthy debate, Walmart decided that eggs are indeed healthy. Eggs are among the foods getting a new "Great For You"...

Fitness and 'fatness' both matter to the heart

Losing fitness or packing on fat with age each can be bad for the heart -- but avoiding either one of those fates may protect...

Orexigen, FDA agree on trial design for obesity drug

Orexigen Therapeutics Inc said it reached an agreement with U.S. health regulators on the design of a heart-safety trial...

Green tea drinkers show less disability with age

Elderly adults who regularly drink green tea may stay more agile and independent than their peers over time, a large study...

Smoking tied to higher psoriasis risk

Adding to the list of possible health consequences from smoking, a large study suggests that smokers have an increased risk...

"Yo-yo dieting" not tied to early death: study

Despite earlier concerns, dieters who repeatedly lose weight and then gain it back aren't at higher risk of early death than...

Taco Bell linked to October salmonella outbreak

Taco Bell has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened 68 people in 10 states late last year. Taco Bell said in...

Moms' bossiness at snack time tied to kids' weight

Mothers who push their toddlers to eat more at snack time may end up with a heavier child, a new study suggests. Researchers...

Omega-3s tied to lower risk of heart arrhythmia

In a new study of some 3,000 older adults, those with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were 30 percent...

Crackers recalled on egg allergens concerns

President Global Corp is recalling Bin-Bin Snow Rice Crackers 5.3-ounce packages and Bin-Bin Rice Crackers 15.8-ounce packages...

Crab-like robot built to remove stomach cancer

Inspired by Singapore's famous chilli crab dish, researchers have created a miniature robot with a pincer and a hook that...

Australia culls ducks in bid to stop bird flu outbreak

Australia on Wednesday was in the process of killing 24,000 ducks in the hope of stemming an outbreak of bird flu that led...

Weight loss may prevent leaky bladder in diabetes

Overweight women with diabetes may be able to cut their risk of urine leakage if they shed some pounds, a new study suggests....

No big Fukushima health impact seen: U.N. official

The health impact of last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan appears relatively small thanks partly to prompt evacuations,...

Eating fish tied to lower risk of colon polyps

Women who eat about three servings of fish per week have a somewhat lower chance of having polyps found during a routine...

Global food prices easing: World Bank

Global food prices are set to decline further in 2012 as a weaker world economy dampens consumer demand while food supplies...

Frito-Lay chips not "all natural": lawsuit

A New York man sued Frito-Lay on Monday, claiming the company misleads consumers with the claim its popular Tostitos and...

Study clouds evidence on soy and menopause

Middle-aged women may find some relief from hot flashes and other menopause problems with soy supplements, according to Chinese...

"Spam" linked to diabetes risk in Native Americans

In a new study, American Indians who frequently ate processed meat that comes in a can - a common food on reservations and...

Don't blame C-sections for fat kids: study

Kids born by Cesarean section are no more likely to become obese than if they are born vaginally, a new study concludes....

Gel lubricant reduces pain during vaginal exams

Next time you get a vaginal exam, you might want to ask your doctor to use a lubricant gel. According to a new study, three...

Calories count, but not where they come from: study

Sticking to diets with strict proportions of fat, carbs and protein may not be more effective for people who want to lose...

Big Pharma donates drugs for neglected diseases

The world's major pharmaceutical companies joined forces with governments and leading global health organizations Monday...

Spike in deaths blamed on 2003 NYC power outage

The biggest electricity blackout to occur in the United States resulted in 90 additional deaths in New York City, caused...

Kids' health predicts parents' future heart disease

When children have high cholesterol or blood pressure, their parents may have increased risks of diabetes and heart disease...

Drinking black tea may cut blood pressure

People who enjoy drinking black tea throughout the day may get the added benefit of a slight reduction in their blood pressure,...

USDA sets guidelines for healthier school meals

School meals for millions of children will be healthier under obesity-fighting U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards...

Device makers urge coverage of weight-loss surgery

Device manufacturers are pushing the U.S. government and health insurers to cover weight-loss surgery, an effort that could...

FDA clears more orange juice imports

Health regulators cleared more orange juice imports from five countries after testing for the fungicide carbendazim, but...

Overweight linked to acne in teen girls

Overweight girls in their late teens were twice as likely as their normal-weight peers to report having a lot of acne in...

FDA: OJ from 5 nations has safe fungicide levels

Samples of imported orange juice from five countries were found to contain safe levels of the fungicide carbendazim, U.S....

U.S. indoor tanning tax having mixed effects

Although a 2010 federal excise tax was meant to deter customers from using indoor tanning salons, only a minority of the...

Plant compounds tied to fewer heart deaths

Older adults who get a moderate amount of certain plant compounds in their diets are less likely to die of heart disease...

Packaging may pump-up kids' sunscreen use

Kids using a pump dispenser applied the most sunscreen in a new Australian study, but they still used less than half the...

Tall? That may be good news for your heart: study

Tall men are less likely than shorter ones to develop heart failure, suggests a new study of U.S. doctors. The finding doesn't...

Russia bans imports of Dutch meat over new virus

Russia has banned imports of sheep and goat meat and live animals from the Netherlands following an outbreak of a new virus...

U.S. celebrity chef Deen says she has diabetes

U.S. celebrity chef Paula Deen, best known for her high-calorie Southern cooking featured in cookbooks and on popular Food...

Long term, gastric bypass beats out banding: study

Among weight-loss surgery options, gastric bypass comes with more complications shortly after surgery than gastric banding,...

Florida's Rexall recalls vitamins over shellfish fears

Florida drugstore chain Rexall Inc is recalling softgel vitamins because their mislabeled bottles contain tablets made from...

Little change in U.S. obesity rates in recent years

The number of kids and adults in the United States who are obese has held steady over the last few years, two reports out...

Vitamin D doesn't ease lung disease symptoms: study

In a new study of people with moderate or severe lung disease, taking large amounts of vitamin D was not linked to any symptom...

Conquering the chilly workouts of winter

The short days, the weak sun, and the warm beds of winter can wreak havoc on your fitness routine. As the outside temperature...

PepsiCo says finds trace fungicide in orange juice

PepsiCo Inc said company tests of its Tropicana orange juice showed low levels of a potentially dangerous fungicide, but...

Smaller servings mean more balanced meals for kids

Feeding preschoolers smaller portions of the main dish at lunchtime means they'll eat more fruit and vegetables on the side...

FDA releases Canada OJ results, more due next week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that final tests of three samples of Canadian orange juice have come...

Cancer drug gets stronger label warning

Seattle Genetics Inc said it found a second instance of a patient on its cancer drug Adcetris developing a deadly brain infection,...

Magnesium-rich diet tied to lower stroke risk

A fresh look at past research concludes that people who eat lots of greens and other foods rich in magnesium have fewer strokes...

China investigating dairy firm after baby's death: Xinhua

China's commerce regulators are investigating dairy company Synutra International, after a baby died from allegedly drinking...

Frequent eating tied to less weight gain in girls

Girls who ate frequent meals and snacks put on fewer pounds and gained fewer inches to their waistlines over the next decade...

Rip Roarin' Crab Soup recalled over allergy worries

Blount Fine Foods is recalling some of its Rip Roarin' Crab Soup sold in 16-ounce cups because it contains undeclared milk,...

Sugary soda ups risky fat deposits

Drinking a liter of regular cola every day increases the amount of fat in the liver and in the muscles and surrounding the...

FDA clears Canada OJ, holds other imports for tests

U.S. health regulators will soon release a batch of orange juice imports from Canada, the first supplies to enter the country...

Red wine-heart research slammed with fraud charges

A University of Connecticut researcher who studied the link between aging and a substance found in red wine has committed...

Frequent red meat eaters at higher risk of stroke

A high-protein diet might benefit health in some ways, but depending on what kind of protein a person consumes, it could...

Natural trans fat may not boost 'bad' cholesterol

The artificial trans fats that once abounded in processed foods have become notorious for their undesirable effects on cholesterol...

US FDA tests threaten Brazil orange juice imports

Fears that the U.S. might ban imports of orange juice from Brazil drove orange juice futures to an all-time high on Tuesday...

Gear, water likely caused Listeria outbreak: report

The listeriosis outbreak traced to cantaloupes that killed 30 people last year was likely caused by a Colorado farm's new...

New York anti-obesity ads pair soda, leg amputations

A diabetic man with a penchant for sugary drinks who lost his legs to amputation is the latest posterboy in the city's hard-hitting...

Stick with PKU therapy before pregnancy: study

For women with the rare genetic disorder phenylketonuria, a new study highlights the importance of sticking with therapy...

Most milk in India contaminated or diluted

Indians may think twice before gulping down a glass of milk after the country's food safety regulator found most samples...

Study needed on shale gas effects on public: group

The public health effects of shale gas development need to be rigorously studied as production rapidly spreads in the United...

Novartis issues recall on Excedrin, Bufferin

The U.S. unit of Novartis AG on Sunday issued a nationwide U.S. recall of certain bottled versions of Excedrin and Bufferin,...

B vitamins may modestly boost memory

Older adults who took vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements for two years had greater improvements on short- and long-term...

Don't believe hype about robot prostatectomy: study

Older men considering robotic surgery for prostate cancer shouldn't trust the rosy ads promoting the expensive technology...

Diabetes in pregnancy, poverty linked to ADHD

Babies born to poor mothers with pregnancy-related diabetes have an extra-high risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity...

Sugary drinks tied to breastfed kids' weight

Babies who were breastfed longest and drank few or no sugary beverages were about half as likely to be obese as kids who...

China probes another report of fake cooking oil

A factory in southern China is being investigated after reports it sold tons of adulterated cooking oil, which was possibly...

Fewer heart attacks seen after weight-loss surgery

In a new study of obese Swedes, those who had weight-loss surgery were less likely to go on to suffer a heart attack or stroke,...

US FDA prohibits class of antibiotics in animals

U.S. health regulators on Wednesday banned a class of antibiotics that are prevalent in animal feed to prevent the rise of...

"Alarming malnutrition" in Sudan conflict zones: UN

The United Nations has received alarming reports of malnutrition in two Sudanese border states where the army is fighting...

Soy may not protect against stomach cancer

Estrogen-like compounds that come with a soy-rich diet are sometimes linked to a reduced risk of cancer, but new research...

Give slim kids higher marks, says French diet guru

Pierre Dukan, the nutritionist behind the popular but controversial Dukan diet, has suggested that France tackle child obesity...

Calories, not protein, matter most for fat gain

When it comes to packing on body fat, how many calories you eat seems to count more than where those calories come from --...

Lean beef OK for certain diets: study

People using a diet centered on fruits and vegetables to lower their cholesterol may be able to introduce lean beef and get...

Fruit, veggie lovers not immune to weight gain

A large new European study finds that simply eating a lot of fruits and vegetables may not be enough to stave off the weight...

Chinese city finds cancer-causing fungi in food

Chinese food safety regulators in the southern city of Shenzhen have found carcinogenic mildew in peanuts and cooking oil,...

Milk intake in teens tied to later prostate cancer

Older Icelandic men who remember chugging a lot of milk in their teens are three times as likely to be diagnosed with advanced...

Winn-Dixie recalls green beans; may contain peanuts

Winn Dixie Stores Inc has recalled some cans of its Winn-Dixie brand Italian green beans that may inadvertently contain peanuts,...

Statins tied to lower risk of fatal prostate cancer

In a new study of middle-aged New Jersey men, taking cholesterol-lowering drugs was linked to a lower chance of dying from...

Red meat lovers have more kidney cancer

People who eat lots of red meat may have a higher risk of some types of kidney cancer, suggests a large U.S. study. Researchers...

China jails six for selling chemical-tainted pork

A Chinese court has jailed six people for producing and selling chemical-tainted pork, state media said on Wednesday, the...

Heavy D death caused by pulmonary embolism

The sudden death in November of rapper Heavy D was due to a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis, the Los...

Third infant infected as U.S. probes baby formula

A third infant in the United States has tested positive for the infection that led to the death of one infant, sickened another...

Teen obesity tied to poor mom-child relationship

Toddlers who have poor relationships with their moms are more likely to pack on extra pounds as they grow up, a new U.S....

Obesity linked to older adults' risk of falls

Obese older adults may be more likely than their thinner peers to suffer a potentially disabling fall -- though the most...

Kradjian cheese recalled on Listeria fears

Kradjian Importing Co is recalling 231 cases of Canadian cheese because they could be contaminated with Listeria bacteria,...

China's Mengniu says destroys tainted milk

China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd, the nation's biggest dairy firm, said it had destroyed milk found to be contaminated with a cancer-causing...

Holiday recalls hit snack makers, alfalfa producer

Two U.S. food makers have voluntarily recalled snacks contaminated by peanuts, while another firm increased its recall of...

Mead Johnson says retesting shows Enfamil is safe

Mead Johnson said on Sunday that a new round of testing of samples of its Enfamil baby formula, under investigation by health...

Sirocco Enterprises recalls cocktail mix on allergy fears

Sirocco Enterprises, Inc is recalling bottles of Bloody Mary cocktail mix because it contains soy and wheat not listed on...

Leukemia patients at greatest risk of listeriosis

People with certain conditions, including leukemia, other cancers and pregnancy, are at the greatest risk of getting sick...

Green Valley alfalfa sprouts recalled on salmonella risk

Green Valley Food Corp. is recalling 650 cases of alfalfa sprouts distributed in Texas because of possible salmonella contamination,...

Where's the Beef: U.S. beef consumption in decline

For the past decade, cattle ranchers and meat packers watched with despair as America's beef consumption steadily declined,...

Ice cream dippers recalled over impact hazard

The Pampered Chef, of Addison, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 20,000 ice cream dippers because the cap and seal can...

Lower asthma risk in chubby tots who slim down

Overweight preschoolers who keep the extra pounds have a heightened asthma risk at age seven, but the baby fat doesn't seem...

Moms' pesticide exposure tied to infection in kids

A new report links remnants of a once-common pesticide to lung infections and wheezing in kids exposed to the chemical before...

Vitamin D has mixed effects on cancer, broken bones

Extra vitamin D and calcium may offer some protection against fractures in elderly people, but have little or no impact on...

Celery seed recalled on salmonella fears

B&M Inc is recalling O Organics Organic Celery Seed sold in Safeway Inc stores because of possible salmonella contamination,...

India targets hunger with huge food subsidy plan

India's cabinet agreed on Sunday to tackle widespread malnutrition with food subsidies for two-thirds of the country's 1.2...

Hannaford supermarkets in Northeast recalling ground beef

The Hannaford supermarket chain, which has stores in New England and New York, is recalling ground beef with a sell-by date...

Hunger stalks U.S. cities as poverty rises: study

A growing number of families in the United States are struggling to put food on the table as poverty rises in major cities,...

Rice cakes recalled over undeclared egg

Rhee Bros Inc is recalling eight-ounce packages of Assi brand Korean rice cakes because they contain undeclared egg, the...

Orangutans shed light on obesity in people

In lush times, orangutans on the island of Borneo gorge themselves on forest fruits, packing on extra pounds in preparation...

Experimental diet drug keeps weight off for 2 years

An experimental diet drug seems to help some obese people shed pounds, and keep them off for two years, researchers report....

A little reward might get kids to eat veggies

If your preschooler turns her nose up at vegetables, giving her a small reward for taking even a taste might help, a new...

Pacific International recalls cilantro on salmonella fears

Pacific International Marketing is recalling 6,141 cartons of cilantro because of potential contamination by salmonella,...

Professional chefs visit schools to promote healthy eating

"Who likes granola?" chef Michael Selig yelled to the auditorium crammed with Arkansas elementary students. The children...

Stairs can get you there faster than elevators

If you think you don't have time to take the stairs, you may be out of an excuse, according to a study published Monday....

Gene therapy proves effective for hemophilia B

A single treatment with gene therapy, an experimental technique for fixing faulty genes, has been shown to boost output of...

Ancient human bedding used for pest control: study

Almost 80,000 years before humans began using chemical sprays to control insect pests, Africans were using mattresses made...

Vitamin D doesn't prevent heart attack or cancer

Among seniors with a high risk of bone fractures, taking vitamin D or calcium pills has no impact on their chances of dying...

Some cereals pack more sugar than cookies: study

A bowl of some popular brands of breakfast cereal contains more sugar than three chocolate chip cookies, according to a study...

Obese pregnant women can safely diet: study

Obese pregnant women can safely limit their weight gain by watching what they eat, an analysis of several clinical trials...

Vermont keeps title of healthiest state in report

Vermont has again been named the healthiest state in the nation, topping the list for a fifth straight year thanks in part...

Cesium found in milk powder made by Japan's Meiji

Japan's Meiji Holdings said on Tuesday that radioactive cesium was found in infant milk powder made by the food and dairy...

Areva to monitor health of Niger mine workers

Areva said on Tuesday it would monitor the health of thousands of workers and residents exposed to its uranium mine sites...

China probe finds yogurt poisoning likely deliberate

Chinese police believe a child who died after drinking a Coca Cola-made yogurt drink was probably the victim of deliberate...

Recess and PE policies mean more activity for kids

According to a new nationwide survey of elementary school principals, kids are more likely to get the recommended amount...

Chocolate helps you grow? EU sifts the evidence

A European Union committee approved more than 200 health claims Monday for use on food products, which could offer a competitive...

Stem cell therapy poised to come in from the cold

A rogue surgeon injects stem cells from a fetus into a sick man's brain. The cells morph and form body parts. When the man...

McDonald's toy sale skirts Happy Meal restrictions

McDonald's Corp is skirting a new San Francisco law that aims to curb toy giveaways in sugar- and fat-laden restaurant meals...

Low "good" cholesterol doesn't cause heart attacks

Despite plenty of evidence that people with low levels of "good" cholesterol are more prone to heart attacks, a large new...

Cranberry juice may help ward off kids' UTIs

After getting a urinary tract infection, kids in Finland had fewer recurring infections over the next year when they drank...

Medicare to cover obesity counseling, screening

The U.S. Medicare program for the elderly will cover counseling for obesity in an effort to reduce the condition that has...

Arsenic levels in fruit juice spark concern

Arsenic levels in some juice samples exceed allowable limits for water and have renewed concerns about the safety of popular...

More fruits and veggies don't help lung disease

Adding extra daily servings of fruits and vegetables didn't improve lung function or other markers of lung health in people...

Facebook apologizes for Merck homepage mix-up

Facebook Inc said on Monday that it made a mistake in letting Merck & Co take over a page on the social networking website...

Low vitamin D linked to heart disease, death

In people with low blood levels of vitamin D, boosting them with supplements more than halved a person's risk of dying from...

Mediterranean-ish diet tied to better heart health

Once again, eating a diet based on fish, legumes, vegetables and moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to lower chances of...

Moderate drinking tied to lower diabetes risk

Middle aged women who eat a lot of refined carbs might offset their risk of type 2 diabetes by drinking a moderate amount...

Safety data favors less-invasive weight-loss surgery

Minimally-invasive weight-loss procedures seem to be safer than open bariatric surgery, according to researchers who analyzed...

Choline-rich diet tied to sharper memory

People who get plenty of choline in their diets may perform better on memory tests, and be less likely to show brain changes...

No surprise: teens eat too little fruit, vegetables

A third of high school students do not eat vegetables each day and more than a fourth do not always have a daily serving...

Too much or too little salt tied to heart risks

A new study suggests that in people with heart disease, eating too much salt is linked to a higher risk of heart-related...

Coffee drinkers show lower uterine cancer risk

Women who down four or more cups of coffee a day may have a reduced risk of developing cancer in the lining of their uterus,...

Underweight people at higher risk after surgery

People who are underweight have a 40 percent higher risk of dying in the first month after surgery than patients who are...

Tropical oils don't boost some heart risk markers

Tropical oils may be sources of saturated fat, but a small study suggests that they do not boost certain markers of trouble...

Your sperm are what you eat, study suggests

When it comes to in vitro fertilization, well-fed sperm are happy sperm, according to a new study that found what men eat...

Overweight people eat fewer meals than others

Normal weight adults, including those who had lost a lot of weight and kept it off, ate more often than overweight people...

Three million Afghans face hunger as winter looms: aid groups

Up to three million people in Afghanistan are facing hunger, malnutrition and disease after a severe drought wiped out their...

House protects pizza as a vegetable

The House of Representatives dealt a blow to childhood obesity warriors on Thursday by passing a bill that abandons proposals...

Soy eaters may have lower rates of lung cancer

People who eat a lot of unfermented soy products like tofu may have a smaller chance of getting lung cancer, a fresh look...

Life-saving prescriptions lagging in heart patients

More than one in five people with heart disease aren't getting life-saving statin drugs despite guidelines saying they should,...

Can weight loss reset health risks in heavy kids?

Overweight children who shed their excess pounds in adulthood don't face a higher risk of obesity-related health problems,...

Gold miners denied silicosis checks: lawyer

A lawyer for hundreds of former South African gold miners accused their ex-employers on Wednesday of failing to provide access...

More fruit tied to lower risk of uterine fibroids

In a study of more than 20,000 black women in the U.S., those who said they ate two or more servings of fruit each day were...

Healthcare is second-most important issue: survey

Healthcare and the national deficit tied as the second-most important issue after job creation in the 2012 U.S. presidential...

Green tea shows small effect on cholesterol

Green tea, in a cup or a capsule, may shave off a few points of your "bad" cholesterol, a new research review suggests. Looking...

Stem cell research: win some, lose some

A decision by one of the biggest names in stem cell research to throw in the towel will not stop other pioneering work that...

Fruit fight: Kiwi tops apple in blood pressure study

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but three kiwis could lower your blood pressure. A study presented at the American...

Palm olein may be less heart-friendly than thought

Palm olein, a liquid form of palm oil used in cooking and baking, has been considered neutral in its effects on cholesterol...

Sprouted seed firms should improve safety-EU watchdog

Producers of sprouted seeds should tighten safety measures along the production chain as the ready-to-eat food can cause...

US study doubting niacin's heart effects challenged

A high-profile U.S. study that raised doubts about the heart-protective effects of niacin came under severe criticism on...

Is cheese better than butter for heart health?

Doctors and nutritionists have long recommended avoiding all animal fats to trim cholesterol, but Danish researchers report...

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