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Tokyo prosecutors raid Novartis Japan offices in probe

Prosecutors in Tokyo raided offices of Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Wednesday as part of an investigation into alleged use...

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...

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...

US group issues stroke prevention guidelines just for women

While stroke is common in both men and women, guidelines released on Thursday for the first time address factors such as...

Autopsy conducted on Hoffman, answers sought on actor's drug use

Authorities were conducting an autopsy on the body of acclaimed stage and film actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found...

Home blood pressure monitoring may find hidden risk

People with normal blood pressure at the doctor's office but high blood pressure at other times may have a doubled risk of...

Screen pregnant women for gestational diabetes: panel

Reinforcing an already common practice, a government-backed panel says women should be screened for gestational diabetes...

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...

50 years after U.S. sounds alarm on smoking, work isn't done

More than half of American men and over a third of women were smokers on January 11, 1964, when Dr. Luther Terry delivered...

Most U.S. doctors fail to discuss alcohol with patients - study

Doctors are failing to find out if their patients drink too much alcohol, despite evidence that at least 38 million American...

More Florida teens trying hookah

More and more Florida high school students are trying hookah - water pipes used for smoking tobacco, according to a new study....

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...

Time of year doesn't affect heart procedure outcomes

Every July, U.S. hospitals take on new doctors-in-training and others are promoted. Some studies have found there are more...

Heart disease could be tied to dementia for older women

Older women with a history of heart trouble were more likely to develop thinking and memory problems than those without heart...

Tripling tobacco tax 'could prevent 200 million early deaths'

Tripling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung...

Cholesterol linked to Alzheimer's protein, unclear why

Patterns of "good" and "bad" cholesterol usually associated with heart risks also predicted the levels of Alzheimer's-related...

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,...

When it comes to walking, more is better

People who walk enough to meet or exceed physical activity recommendations may be less likely to die early than those who...

Borderline high blood pressure tied to deaths

Blood pressure readings above the ideal but below the formal definition of "high" still raise a person's risk of death from...

Weight loss surgery safe, beneficial: study

Bariatric surgery results in substantial weight loss and can turn back some diseases related to obesity, a new study finds....

Early start to weight gain tied to later heart risks

Kids who start rapidly gaining weight early in childhood are more likely to have higher blood pressure and other signs of...

France's Carmat implants first artificial heart in human

France's Carmat said on Friday it had carried out its first implant of an artificial heart that can beat for up to five years,...

Aspirin risks may outweigh benefits in healthy adults

Healthy adults who take daily aspirin to stave off heart disease may be inviting more harm than benefit, according to a new...

Draft pollution law seeks to tackle lethal European air

EU policymakers on Wednesday unveiled a draft law to tackle air pollution, which every year is linked to 400,000 premature...

Indian capital blanketed in thick smog, transport disrupted

Residents of the Indian capital woke on Wednesday to a third day of thick gray smog in one of the worst episodes this year,...

Older women are sedentary most of the day: study

Older women spend about two-thirds of their time sitting, a new study suggests. Sedentary behavior has been linked to disease...

Sleep loss linked to teens' blood pressure

Beyond making teens sleepy during the day, staying up late may be raising their blood pressure, setting them up for later...

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...

Irregular heartbeat tied to depression

People with an irregular heartbeat may also be at increased risk of being depressed, suggests a new study from Germany. The...

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