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12/08/2017 10:20 AM
How hospitals can go green
(HealthDay)—Hospital operating rooms produce thousands of tons of greenhouse gases each year, but changing the type of anesthesia used in surgery can help lower those emissions, researchers report.

12/08/2017 09:03 AM
Why do children get cancer?
Let's start with the good news. Childhood cancer is rare, and success rates for recovery are high. According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancers make up less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed each year. And thanks to medical advances in recent decades, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more—a significant increase from the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was about 58 percent.

12/08/2017 07:10 AM
Losing weight is hard, but not any harder if you have type 2 diabetes
A study has found weight loss could reverse type 2 diabetes. The UK clinical trial showed that 46% of people who followed a low-calorie diet, among other measures, for 12 months were able to stop their type 2 diabetes medications.

12/08/2017 02:52 AM
Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine
The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people to severe illness, the health chief said Friday.

12/07/2017 01:10 PM
Acupuncture may ease pain tied to breast cancer care
(HealthDay)—Some common breast cancer medications can trigger joint pain, but new research suggests acupuncture may ease that side effect.

12/07/2017 12:54 PM
As hearing fades with age, dementia risk may rise
(HealthDay)—Age can often bring a loss of hearing, and for some, mental decline in the form of dementia. But are the two linked?

12/07/2017 12:53 PM
Ted Koppel's fight to make COPD headline news
(HealthDay)—The doctor who diagnosed Grace Anne Koppel with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) didn't pull any punches.

12/07/2017 08:24 AM
Airline food study provides travelers with the best in-flight food choices
There will more than 51 million passengers traveling during this holiday season  (Dec. 15th -Jan 4th) according to trade group Airlines for America . Knowing what are the "best" and "worst" choices is a valuable tool for any traveler, so Dr. Charles Platkin, the director of the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and editor of, once again studied the best "Calorie Bargains" and "Calorie Rip-offs" at 35,000 feet.

12/07/2017 08:00 AM
Responding to Brazil's microcephaly crisis
Josely taps on the wooden door and is welcomed into the simple concrete house perched on the rim of a ravine of one of the sprawling favelas in Salvador, Brazil.

12/07/2017 03:10 AM
Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives
Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast cancer, especially with long-term use.

12/06/2017 01:00 PM
Some video games are good for older adults' brains
If you're between 55 and 75 years old, you may want to try playing 3D platform games like Super Mario 64 to stave off mild cognitive impairment and perhaps even prevent Alzheimer's disease.

12/06/2017 08:00 AM
Parents' demanding jobs put children's mental health at risk
Jobs that are overly demanding at the expense of family time put the mental health of employees' children at risk, a new study led by ANU has found.

12/06/2017 07:30 AM
Study offers new clues about why some parents are against vaccinating their kids
(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the U.S. has found a possible new explanation of some parents' reluctance to have their children vaccinated. In their paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the group describes their study, what they found and why they believe they may have discovered a new way to change the minds of parents who are reluctant to have their children vaccinated.

12/05/2017 01:30 PM
Think before you drink
(HealthDay)—With the traditional flood of holiday parties and festivities approaching, chances to drink excessively increase. So, what to do?

12/05/2017 01:10 PM
Dating violence tied to spankings in childhood
(HealthDay)— Spanking your child may have unintended consequences as he or she forges adult romantic relationships years later, a new study suggests.

12/05/2017 12:47 PM
In multiple myeloma, high levels of enzyme ADAR1 are associated with reduced survival
Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer in the United States. Thirty to 50 percent of multiple myeloma patients have extra copies of the gene that encodes the enzyme ADAR1. Using a database of multiple myeloma patient samples and information, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that high ADAR1 levels correlate with reduced survival rates. They also determined that blocking the enzyme reduces multiple myeloma regeneration in experimental models derived from patient cancer cells.

12/05/2017 11:17 AM
Pregnant women with PTSD have higher levels of stress hormone cortisol
Research has shown that a woman's emotional and physical health during pregnancy impacts a developing fetus. However, less is known about the effect of past stressors and posttraumatic stress disorder on an expectant woman.

12/05/2017 07:20 AM
Is your child a picky eater? Five ways to fun and healthy mealtimes
If you have a picky eater at home, you aren't alone. Almost 50 per cent of parents identify their preschoolers as picky eaters.

12/05/2017 03:20 AM
University was tipped off to possible unauthorized trials of herpes vaccine
The university that employed a controversial herpes vaccine researcher has told the federal government it learned last summer of the possibility of his illegal experimentation on human subjects. But Southern Illinois University did not publicly disclose the tip or its findings about researcher William Halford's misconduct for months, according to a memo obtained by Kaiser Health News.

12/04/2017 10:30 AM
MeToo no more?
(HealthDay)—From the hills of Hollywood to the halls of Congress, it's now clear that sexual harassment in the workplace has long been a fact of life for working women.

12/04/2017 10:20 AM
People with epilepsy may gain from common sleep apnea treatment
(HealthDay)—It's been used by many people to help ease sleep apnea, but new research suggests the CPAP mask may also help ease seizures in people with epilepsy.

12/04/2017 09:53 AM
Yelp reviewers take a dimmer view of nursing homes than the feds
The stars are not aligned when it comes to online reviews of nursing homes.

12/04/2017 08:00 AM
If your pet has this tapeworm, it could kill you
Dogs are sending us an early warning signal about the spread of a potentially deadly tapeworm in North America.

12/04/2017 02:11 AM
Dengue vaccine not deadly: Sanofi, Philippines
A world-first dengue vaccination programme in the Philippines that was suspended over safety concerns will not cause anyone who was immunised to die, drug manufacturer Sanofi and local authorities said on Monday.

12/02/2017 03:40 AM
First baby from a uterus transplant in the US born in Dallas
The first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Sweden.

12/01/2017 07:26 AM
Why society should talk about forced sex in intimate relationships, too
In the wake of the deluge of news about sexual harassment and alleged assaults by several high-profile and powerful men, it is important to look at the causes and consequences of forced sex in the workplace – but also in intimate relationships.

12/01/2017 04:28 AM
Genetic link found between the immune system and lymphoma
People who inherit genetic changes which alter the function of their immune system are at increased risk of developing Hodgkin lymphoma, a major new study reports.

11/30/2017 02:44 PM
Mindfulness training and therapy can reverse jail time's negative psychological effects
Just four months in prison can negatively affect a person's cognitive abilities and impulse control, according to findings published in Criminal Justice and Behavior from University of Pennsylvania criminologists Adrian Raine and Rebecca Umbach. The good news is, some combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness training can reverse the damage.

11/30/2017 08:19 AM
Regular bedtimes stop children getting 'jet lag'
What happens in the early years of a person's life has a profound effect on how they fare later on. Thousands of research papers – many of them using the rich data in the British Birth Cohort studies – have shown that children who get a poor start in life are much more likely to experience difficulties as adults; whether that's to do with poor health, or their ability to enjoy work and family life.

11/30/2017 08:00 AM
New dengue vaccine could worsen disease in some people
Drugmaker Sanofi says that its dengue vaccine, the world's first, should only be given to people who have previously been sickened by the virus, according to new long-term data.