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The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it
Body mass index signals if you're overweight, obese or just right considering your height. Some doctors have begun calling it a vital sign, as crucial to monitor as blood pressure.
Dementia can sneak up on families. Its sufferers are pretty adept at covering lapses early on, and spouses are sometimes there to compensate.
Alexis McKenzie's mother had mild dementia, but things sounded OK when she phoned home: Dad was with her, finishing his wife's sentences as they talked about puttering through the day and a drive to the store.
The Obama administration is developing the first National Alzheimer's Plan to provide better treatments and day-to-day care for dementia patients, and relief for their overwhelmed caregivers, too.
Babies don't learn to talk just from hearing sounds. Scientists discovered that starting around age 6 months, babies begin shifting from the intent eye gaze of early infancy to studying mouths when people talk to them.
Babies don't learn to talk just from hearing sounds. New research suggests they're lip-readers too.
Effective treatments for Alzheimer's by 2025? That's the target the government is eyeing as it develops a national strategy to tackle what could become the defining disease of a rapidly aging population.
WASHINGTON (AP) — If you've been putting off repairing a peeling windowsill, or you're thinking of knocking out a wall, listen up: Check how old your house is. You may need to take steps to protect your kids from dangerous lead.
Does your teen show normal nerves about the weekend party, or always stay home?
Nearly half of teenagers say they're shy. But a government study finds a small fraction of those teens show signs of a troubling anxiety disorder.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As her mother's Alzheimer's worsened over eight long years, so did Doreen Alfaro's bills: The walker, then the wheelchair, then the hospital bed, then the diapers — and the caregivers hired for more and more hours a day so Alfaro could go to work and her elderly father coul…
The Obama administration is developing the first National Alzheimer's Plan, to combine research aimed at fighting the mind-destroying disease with help for caregivers.
Backpack. Notebooks. Whooping cough shot? If you haven't worried about back-to-school shots since your tween or teen was entering kindergarten, better put vaccines on the to-do list.
Cancer and memory loss are baby boomers' biggest health fears, but given their weight, maybe heart disease and diabetes should be. Boomers are more obese than other generations, setting them up for unhealthy senior years.
America's cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they're doing it in communities designed for the sprightly.
Scientists say they've finally discovered why smokers tend to gain some weight when they kick the habit.
Courtney Montgomery's heart was failing fast, but the 16-year-old furiously refused when her doctors, and her mother, urged a transplant.
The treatment beating back 9-year-old Dylan Hanlon's cancer may also be destroying his chances of fathering his own children when he grows up.
A type of diabetes that strikes during pregnancy may disappear at birth, but it remains a big red flag for moms' future health — one that too many seem to be missing.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz's to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack.
WASHINGTON | Sometimes love does feel like it should.
WASHINGTON | Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option — a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests.
WASHINGTON (AP) — What if my blood sugar's too high today? Is it time for my blood pressure pill? With nagging text messages or more customized two-way interactions, researchers are trying to harness the power of cell phones to help fight chronic diseases.
WASHINGTON | Cancer survivors, better work up a sweat.
WASHINGTON | Doctors always said allergies and asthma were behind Laura Mentch's repeated lung and sinus infections. Only when she turned 50 did she discover the real culprit — a disease notorious for destroying children's lungs.
Too much salt is hidden in Americans' food, and regulators plan to work with manufacturers to cut back -- but the government isn't ready to go along with a major new recommendation that it order a decrease.
WASHINGTON | The nation will have 100 million doses of swine flu vaccine by week's end, and government health officials say it's time for everyone, not just those at high risk, to get protected.
WASHINGTON | Schoolchildren may be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall -- and might even be able to get the shot right at school.
Health officials on Thursday stressed that people with flulike symptoms should stay off public transportation to avoid spreading the virus but said everyone else needs only to follow common sense precautions, as the nation's swine flu cases passed 100.
WASHINGTON | U.S. authorities are pledging to eventually produce enough swine flu vaccine for everyone but the shots couldn't begin until fall at the earliest.
WASHINGTON | Health officials on Thursday stressed that people with flu-like symptoms should avoid public transportation but said everyone else needs only to follow commonsense precautions, as the nation's swine flu cases passed 100, reaching 16 states.
WASHINGTON | Flu season is making a slow start this winter, with widespread illness in only two states -- Virginia and New Jersey, but the CDC says Americans aren't out of the woods just yet.
Lots of youngsters on your street? Watch out: Flu may strike your community sooner and harder than it hits the hip singles neighborhood down the road.
WASHINGTON (AP) | As salmonella cases continue to climb, the government is checking if tainted tomatoes really are to blame for the record outbreak -- or if the problem is with another ingredient, or a warehouse that is contaminating newly harvested tomatoes.
Get your daughters off the couch: New research shows exercise during the teen years -- starting as young as age 12 -- can help protect girls from breast cancer when they're grown.
An out-of-work David Thomas walked into a Milwaukee food pantry just seeking groceries. Thomas learned he was a stroke waiting to happen and got blood pressure medicine along with his bread.
A weird treadmill is pushing people at a Baltimore research hospital into sloppy versions of Michael Jackson's moonwalk, in hopes of training stroke survivors and others with brain injuries to walk normally again.
An old ulcer operation is getting new attention as a possible alternative obesity surgery: a quick snip of a nerve that helps control hunger.
Can you get smarter than a fifth-grader? Of course, but new research suggests some of the brain's basic building blocks for learning are nearing adult levels by age 11 or 12.
Scientists are hunting new ways to help millions of pain sufferers -- from addiction-resistant narcotics to using brain scanners for biofeedback -- amid a worrisome rise in abuse of today's top prescription painkillers.
Connor Geddes was 13 days old when surgeons gave him a new heart that didn't match his blood type -- deliberately.
One-fifth of children are likely to be obese by 2010, but efforts to turn that tide are scattershot and underfunded, and the government killed one of the few programs proven to work, specialists said Wednesday.
Specialists called Thursday for more early ultrasound exams during pregnancy and tighter guidelines for infertility treatment as key first steps in battling a growing problem: One in eight babies now is born prematurely.
Over half of U.S. adults use multivitamins, mostly the pretty healthy people who also eat nutrient-fortified foods. Yet there's little evidence that most of the pills do any good -- and concern that some people may even get a risky vitamin overload, advisers to the government said Wednesday.
Taking the vitamins E and C or the nutrient beta-carotene doesn't protect against prostate cancer, says the latest study in the continuing, confusing quest to determine when supplements really help health.
Genes prove it: A rare but devastating esophageal illness that's on the rise isn't hard-to-treat acid reflux as once suspected but a completely different disease -- one linked to allergies.
WASHINGTON | The Bush administration's long-awaited plan on how to fight the next super-flu will likely include beefed-up attempts to spot human infections early, both here and abroad.
A radical ultra lowfat diet and other lifestyle changes may help keep early-stage prostate cancer from worsening, says the first attempt to test the theory.
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