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06/23/2017 06:00 PM
Fewer U.S. kids binge drinking
(HealthDay)—A new federal report finds that fewer U.S. teens and young adults are indulging in frat-party style drinking because their levels of binge drinking have gone down over the past six years.

06/23/2017 05:51 PM
Immunotherapy kinder than chemotherapy for patients with head and neck cancer
The immunotherapy nivolumab is kinder than chemotherapy for people with advanced head and neck cancer - easing many of the negative effects of the disease on patients' quality of life.

06/23/2017 09:00 AM
Avoiding tick bites
Following an unseasonably warm winter, the tick population is flourishing and these shiver-inducing, cringe-worthy arachnids are making themselves known.

06/23/2017 07:30 AM
Paramedics treating more young women for alcohol intoxication than men
More young people are needing emergency assistance for alcohol intoxication than in previous years, new data from Western Australia show.

06/23/2017 07:10 AM
Are the chemicals we encounter every day making us sick?
When her kids were young, Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, knew more than most people about environmental toxics. After all, she was a senior scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But even she never dreamed, as she rocked her children to sleep at night, that the plastic baby bottles she used to feed them contained toxic chemicals that could leach into the warm milk.

06/22/2017 03:55 PM
Legalized pot may lead to more traffic crashes
(HealthDay)—Although states where recreational marijuana is legal may have experienced a slight bump in traffic collisions, the good news is that there wasn't an increase in crash-related fatalities compared to other states, two new studies show.

06/22/2017 01:30 PM
Tissue testing can spot Zika at birth: CDC
(HealthDay)—Exposure to the Zika virus in pregnancy can wreak havoc on babies, but diagnosing the infection before birth remains a challenge. Now, there's some good news: U.S. health officials say testing placental and fetal tissue after a child is born can confirm or rule out infection.

06/22/2017 08:30 AM
Researcher continues progress toward effective HIV inhibitor
Patricia LiWang was at an impasse.

06/22/2017 02:12 AM
Report on stillbirth and neonatal death rates across the UK
Research published today shows that the stillbirth rate in the UK has reduced by almost 8% over the period 2013 to 2015. A current Government ambition is to halve the rates of stillbirth and neonatal death in England by 2030. These findings indicate that things are moving in the right direction.

06/21/2017 11:00 AM
Yarraman flu or horse flu? Words and graphics influence willingness to vaccinate
"Yarraman flu is a virus quickly infecting the U.S. ...." The mock announcement was enough to make readers worry. But when the name of the hypothetical illness was changed to "horse flu", the news elicited a different reaction. Readers were not as concerned, and reported being less motivated to get a vaccine that would prevent them from contracting the illness.

06/20/2017 11:59 AM
They're back! Numbers of ticks are high across New England
Tick numbers are on the rise across New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme and other diseases associated with the blood suckers.

06/19/2017 10:45 AM
Health insurers recruiting former pharma reps to cut costs
(HealthDay)—Health insurers are recruiting former pharmaceutical company representatives to educate doctors and help save money on prescription medications, according to a report published June 8 in Kaiser Health News.

06/19/2017 09:18 AM
Shootings kill or injure at least 19 US children each day
Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence.

06/19/2017 09:05 AM
Poll: Nearly two-thirds of mothers 'shamed' by others about their parenting skills
Some mommy-shaming "wars" become national news headlines.

06/16/2017 05:54 AM
Is lead in the US food supply decreasing our IQ?
The environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on June 15 released a study about dietary lead exposure, with a focus on food intended for babies and young children.

06/15/2017 03:40 PM
'Couch potatoes' may face higher risk of kidney, bladder cancers
(HealthDay)—Add greater risk of kidney and bladder cancer to the long list of why a lifetime of sitting on the sofa isn't good for your health, a new study suggests.

06/15/2017 08:14 AM
Sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts found to improve glucose levels in diabetics
A team of researchers from Sweden, the U.S. and Switzerland has found that treating rat liver cells with a compound called sulforaphane, which is found in cruciferous vegetables, reduced production of glucose. In their paper published in Science Translational Medicine, the group outlines the methods they used to isolate the compound and what they found when testing it with liver cells and in human patients.

06/15/2017 07:30 AM
Elder abuse report ignores impact on people's health
The good news is that Australia is doing something positive to improve the lives of our parents and grandparents. The bad news is we can no longer pretend there are golden years awaiting us all in old age.

06/14/2017 09:20 AM
Want to feel stronger and thinner? Get some exercise
Just one 30-minute bout of exercise makes women feel stronger and thinner, according to a new UBC study. And the positive effect lasts well beyond the activity itself, which may be good news for women concerned about their body image.

06/14/2017 07:40 AM
Sleeping on your back increases the risk of stillbirth
New University of Auckland research has found that women who go to sleep on their back in the last three months of pregnancy are almost four times more likely to experience a stillbirth.

06/13/2017 07:33 AM
Designing antiviral proteins via computer could help halt the next pandemic
As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change and the next global pandemic.

06/13/2017 07:18 AM
Scientists discover rare genetic susceptibility to common cold
Scientists have identified a rare genetic mutation that results in a markedly increased susceptibility to infection by human rhinoviruses (HRVs)—the main causes of the common cold. Colds contribute to more than 18 billion upper respiratory infections worldwide each year, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study .

06/13/2017 07:18 AM
Mental health prevalence steady, pensions on the rise
The prevalence of common mental disorders (CMDs) such as depression and anxiety in Australia was fairly stable between 2001 and 2014, but the number of working-age individuals receiving a disability support pension (DSP) for psychiatric conditions increased by about 50% over the same period, according to new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

06/13/2017 07:15 AM
Are jokesters screwing up our data on gay teenagers?
Teens are mischievous, not to be trusted. You've probably heard the trope before – maybe you even believe it yourself. But is the stereotype now warping our trust of scientific results?

06/09/2017 01:27 PM
Even your bones can get fat, mouse study suggests
(HealthDay)—Exercise doesn't just trim your tummy. It may also improve bone thickness, boost bone quality, and whittle away the fat found inside bones, new animal research suggests.

06/09/2017 09:50 AM
1 in 7 Americans has kidney disease: CDC
(HealthDay)—Thirty million American adults have chronic kidney disease—but many don't know it.

06/09/2017 09:20 AM
FDA asks maker of opioid painkiller opana ER to pull drug from market
(HealthDay)—Sales of reformulated Opana ER, a prescription opioid painkiller, should be halted in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

06/09/2017 08:10 AM
India must be more transparent about disease threats
The first laboratory confirmed case of Zika in India was detected in a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on November 9, 2016. A further two cases were subsequently confirmed – one in January 2017 and another in February. None of these cases were reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) until May 15.

06/08/2017 06:00 AM
Further evidence statins could help control multiple sclerosis
A dose of the drug simvastatin results in cognitive improvement in people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), according to research published in The Lancet Neurology.

06/08/2017 02:09 AM
More cancers caught in wealthy people
(HealthDay)—Wealthy Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with some types of cancer than poor people, a new study finds.