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10/20/2017 01:33 PM
Drug OD rate now higher in rural U.S. than cities: CDC
(HealthDay)—Drug overdose death rates in rural areas of the United States are now higher than in cities, a trend that worries federal health officials.

10/20/2017 08:50 AM
Study shows teens' bonds with parents impact future parenting
New research by Deakin University and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) has put a spotlight on how adolescent girls' relationships with their parents can later affect their bonding experience with their own children.

10/20/2017 01:58 AM
Maternal diet may program child for disease risk, but better nutrition later can change that
Research has shown that a mother's diet during pregnancy, particularly one that is high-fat, may program her baby for future risk of certain diseases such as diabetes. A new study from nutrition researchers at the University of Illinois shows that switching the offspring to a new diet—a low-fat diet, in this case—can reverse that programming.

10/19/2017 07:00 AM
The hidden connection between obesity, heart disease and trade
This week, representatives from most of the world's governments are meeting at a World Health Organization global conference in Uruguay to tackle the global pandemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

10/19/2017 03:40 AM
Higher doses of vitamin D may boost preemies' bone health
(HealthDay)—Higher doses of vitamin D can improve the bone health of premature babies, new research suggests.

10/18/2017 01:00 PM
Arthritis can strike children
(HealthDay)—While arthritis is typically thought of as an older person's disease, more than 300,000 American children have chronic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), an expert says.

10/18/2017 12:20 PM
Ohio seeks technology ideas to solve national opioid crisis
Ohio launched an $8 million effort Wednesday to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis that has touched scores of families, including that of Columbus mother Jacqueline Lewis, who said solutions can't come too soon.

10/18/2017 06:50 AM
Faster metabolism makeover—nurturing your gut bacteria
Here's how to take control of your cravings and lose weight for good by improving your gut health.

10/18/2017 01:35 AM
Study finds epilepsy drug to be safe during pregnancy
New research indicates that use of the epilepsy drug lamotrigine during pregnancy does not increase the risk of birth malformations or neurodevelopmental disorders. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study provides the most extensive long-term report regarding children whose mothers took lamotrigine while pregnant.

10/17/2017 12:47 PM
Weight-loss surgery may curb risk for certain cancers
(HealthDay)—Weight-loss surgery could help some severely obese people reduce their risk for cancer by at least 33 percent, a new study suggests.

10/17/2017 02:04 AM
Portable 3-D scanner assesses patients with elephantiasis
An estimated 120 million people worldwide are infected with lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic, mosquito-borne disease that can cause major swelling and deformity of the legs, a condition known as elephantiasis. Health-care workers rely on leg measurements to assess the severity of the condition. However, measuring legs that are severely swollen often proves cumbersome and impractical.

10/13/2017 12:10 PM
More women choose breast reconstruction after mastectomy
(HealthDay)—Over five years, the proportion of U.S. breast cancer patients opting for breast reconstruction after mastectomy grew by about two-thirds, a new government report shows.

10/13/2017 08:00 AM
US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows
America's weight problem isn't getting any better, according to new government research.

10/13/2017 03:20 AM
How to talk to someone with cancer
(HealthDay)—For people diagnosed with cancer, communication with family members plays a vital role in their health and well-being, according to an expert from San Diego State University.

10/12/2017 02:36 PM
Like it or not: Broccoli may be good for the gut
For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have more bad news: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut.

10/12/2017 11:40 AM
Breast cancer screenings still best for early detection
(HealthDay)—Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, and routine screenings remain the most reliable way to detect the disease early, a breast cancer expert says.

10/12/2017 08:30 AM
'Drink medicine' works as well as injection to treat skin sores
When a child is sick, they are never happy to have a painful needle injection. So being able to take a drink medicine instead is definitely a good thing.

10/12/2017 05:21 AM
Seychelles reports plague case linked to Madagascar outbreak
Authorities in Seychelles say a man was diagnosed with pneumonic plague after returning from Madagascar, where a plague outbreak has killed dozens of people.

10/11/2017 02:12 AM
Women can breathe sigh of relief when using vaginal estrogen to treat menopause symptoms
News flash... hot flashes aren't the only bothersome symptom of the menopause transition. Many postmenopausal women also experience sexual dysfunction and urinary problems that don't require estrogen pills but, rather, can be alleviated by vaginally administered estrogen. A new study shows that, despite previous misperceptions, this treatment option is not only effective, but also safe. The study results will be presented during The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, October 11-14.

10/10/2017 01:00 PM
More than half of police killings not officially documented on US death certificates
Official death certificates in the U.S. failed to count more than half of the people killed by police in 2015—and the problem of undercounting is especially pronounced in lower-income counties and for deaths that are due to Tasers, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

10/10/2017 12:20 PM
Start skin cancer prevention early, health experts say
(HealthDay)—How to keep from developing skin cancer should be something all doctors discuss with the parents of their young, fair-skinned patients, suggests the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

10/10/2017 09:20 AM
Confronting breast cancer is crucial to India's economic development
Breast cancer is a growing epidemic in India. It could kill 76,000 women a year by 2020, according to a recent study. It claimed more than 70,000 lives in 2012. At the heart of the issue is the country's rapid economic development, which has made Indian women more susceptible to the disease, without building the infrastructure to prevent and detect it. But the good news is that boosting breast cancer awareness and encouraging early detection could play a significant role in reducing it.

10/09/2017 03:34 PM
Remede system approved for sleep apnea
(HealthDay)—The Remede sleep system, an implanted device that treats central sleep apnea by activating a nerve that sends signals to the diaphragm to stimulate breathing, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

10/09/2017 06:50 AM
Flu shot key for people with diabetes
(HealthDay)—With predictions calling for a potentially bad flu season this year, doctors are urging people—particularly those with diabetes—to get vaccinated.

10/06/2017 12:59 PM
Lifestyle changes can close regional obesity gap, study finds
Lifestyle differences are to blame for regional variation in obesity rates in Scotland, research has found.

10/06/2017 10:20 AM
Despite boost in Social Security, rising Medicare Part B costs leave seniors in bind
Millions of seniors will soon be notified that Medicare premiums for physicians' services are rising and likely to consume most of the cost-of-living adjustment they'll receive next year from Social Security.

10/06/2017 09:30 AM
Childhood 'growth' tests not always necessary
(HealthDay)—Just because a child isn't growing or developing exactly like his or her peers doesn't mean a host of medical tests are in order.

10/06/2017 08:10 AM
Is your child scared of shots? Are you? Here are 7 things you can do to tame the fear.
For the second year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control is telling doctors not to give patients FluMist, the nasal spray flu vaccine, and that's a problem for kids and adults who are scared of needles.

10/05/2017 11:53 AM
Genomic screening helps doctors target girl's cancer
Victoria Thompson, clutching a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips while she watches the TV show "Paw Patrol," is a pint-sized pioneer. She doesn't know it, but this two-year-old girl is part of a national precision medicine trial through MUSC Children's Health for children with high-risk neuroblastoma.

10/05/2017 09:35 AM
Beer brands popular among youth violate code with youth-appealing ads
Alcohol brands popular among underage drinkers are more likely to air television advertisements that violate the industry's voluntary code by including youth-appealing content, according to a new study by researchers from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).