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FDA: Morning-after pill to move over the counter

The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it

April 30, 2013 5:45 pm
Know your BMI: Doctors are urged to screen for obesity

Know your BMI: Doctors are urged to screen for obesity

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.

June 28, 2012 9:00 am
Family input helps detect dementia earlier

Family input helps detect dementia earlier

Dementia can sneak up on families. Its sufferers are pretty adept at covering lapses early on, and spouses are sometimes there to compensate.

February 23, 2012 9:00 am
Making a push for family input to detect dementia earlier

Making a push for family input to detect dementia earlier

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.

February 17, 2012 1:00 pm
U.S. wants effective Alzheimer's treatment by 2025

U.S. wants effective Alzheimer's treatment by 2025

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.

January 26, 2012 9:00 am
Babies try lip-reading when learning to talk

Babies try lip-reading when learning to talk

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.

January 23, 2012 9:00 am
Study: Babies try lip-reading in learning to talk

Study: Babies try lip-reading in learning to talk

Babies don't learn to talk just from hearing sounds. New research suggests they're lip-readers too.

January 22, 2012 12:00 am

U.S. wants effective Alzheimer's treatment by 2025

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.

January 22, 2012 12:00 am
Your home's age important for child lead exposure

Your home's age important for child lead exposure

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.

January 07, 2012 12:00 am
Half of teens shy, but for a few it's more serious

Half of teens shy, but for a few it's more serious

Does your teen show normal nerves about the weekend party, or always stay home?

November 06, 2011 12:00 am
Half of teens shy, but for a few it's more serious

Half of teens shy, but for a few it's more serious

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.

October 27, 2011 12:00 am
Families urge action as U.S. drafts Alzheimer's plan

Families urge action as U.S. drafts Alzheimer's plan

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…

September 25, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Families urge action as U.S. drafts Alzheimer's plan

Families urge action as U.S. drafts Alzheimer's plan

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.

September 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Back-to-school can mean vaccines for tweens, teens

Back-to-school can mean vaccines for tweens, teens

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.

August 25, 2011 3:00 pm

Obesity hits boomers in US

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.

July 22, 2011 8:00 am
Aging boomers strain cities built for the young

Aging boomers strain cities built for the young

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.

July 11, 2011 2:30 am Photos

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Study finds why smokers gain weight when they quit

Scientists say they've finally discovered why smokers tend to gain some weight when they kick the habit.

June 13, 2011 12:00 am
Teen bond overcomes girl's heart transplant fear

Teen bond overcomes girl's heart transplant fear

Courtney Montgomery's heart was failing fast, but the 16-year-old furiously refused when her doctors, and her mother, urged a transplant.

May 23, 2011 3:00 pm
Doctors aim to save fertility of kids with cancer

Doctors aim to save fertility of kids with cancer

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.

March 19, 2011 12:00 am
Diabetes in pregnancy a risk for mom years later

Diabetes in pregnancy a risk for mom years later

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.

February 01, 2011 10:00 am

Experiments test if implant can block sleep apnea

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.

December 28, 2010 12:05 am

Brain study shows why fresh romance can ease pain

WASHINGTON | Sometimes love does feel like it should.

October 13, 2010 4:06 pm

Study backs new heart valve without cracking chest

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.

September 22, 2010 4:42 pm

From texting to apps, using cell phones for health

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.

July 18, 2010 12:00 am

Get moving: Cancer survivors urged to exercise

WASHINGTON | Cancer survivors, better work up a sweat.

June 29, 2010 2:06 am

Cystic Fibrosis: More patients live into adulthood

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.

June 22, 2010 2:15 am

Too much salt: Report urges FDA to force rollback

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.

April 25, 2010 12:00 am

100 million swine flu doses out by week's end

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.

December 17, 2009 11:05 am

Students may line up at school for swine flu shots

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.

June 16, 2009 12:00 am

Officials stress common sense, not panic over swine flu

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.

May 01, 2009 12:00 am

Swine flu cases pass 100 in U.S., vaccine promised

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.

May 01, 2009 12:00 am

Swine flu cases pass 100 but still mild

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.

April 30, 2009 12:00 am

Flu off to slow start but don't get complacent yet

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.

February 03, 2009 12:00 am

More flu vaccine aimed at key flu spreaders -- kids

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.

November 09, 2008 12:00 am

Are tomatoes really cause of salmonella outbreak?

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.

June 28, 2008 12:00 am

Teen exercise protects against breast cancer later in life

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.

May 19, 2008 12:00 am

Food pantry project part of trend taking health care straight to the needy

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.

December 31, 2007 12:00 am

Weird treadmill may tap nerve networks for better walking

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.

August 13, 2007 12:00 am

Could nerve-snip spur weight loss in people fearful of regular obesity surgery?

An old ulcer operation is getting new attention as a possible alternative obesity surgery: a quick snip of a nerve that helps control hunger.

July 09, 2007 12:00 am

Study peeks at how normal brains grow, hints at key burst before puberty

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.

May 21, 2007 12:00 am

Amid rise in painkiller abuse, scientists hunt for new ways to help pain sufferers

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.

March 19, 2007 12:00 am

Mismatched hearts

Connor Geddes was 13 days old when surgeons gave him a new heart that didn't match his blood type -- deliberately.

February 26, 2007 12:00 am

Doctors test heart implant to block strokes

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December 04, 2006 12:00 am

Childhood obesity: an uphill battle

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.

September 18, 2006 12:00 am

The preemie problem

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.

July 17, 2006 12:00 am

Supplement surprises

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.

May 22, 2006 12:00 am

Best bet is to stop smoking

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.

February 20, 2006 12:00 am

A devastating illness

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.

February 20, 2006 12:00 am

Bush to unveil super-flu strategy

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.

October 30, 2005 12:00 am

A lowfat diet cure?

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.

August 15, 2005 12:00 am
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