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CHICAGO | First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved.
They're called "super agers" - men and women who are in their 80s and 90s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger.
CHICAGO | Don't expect to see morning-after pills for all ages on drugstore shelves any time soon. A federal appeals court decision allowing girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without a prescription won't immediately change access.
CHICAGO | Here's a reality check for health-conscious baby boomers: Even among those in good shape, at least 1 in 3 will eventually develop heart problems or have a stroke.
At least one-third of hospital patients older than 70 leave more frail than when they arrived, and many become too weak to go home.
CHICAGO | Attorney Colleen Gorman has a holiday ritual that doesn't involve buying presents or counting down to midnight: She goes online to look for new hangover remedies she hasn't tried.
Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests.
White House wannabes take note: Contrary to the idea that being president speeds up aging, a study shows that many U.S. commanders in chief have actually lived longer than their peers.
Strong driver's license laws have led to fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds but with a disturbing side effect: more fatal accidents among 18-year-olds, a nationwide study found.
Strong driver's license laws have led to fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds but with a disturbing side effect — more fatal accidents among 18-year-olds, a nationwide study found.
Playing sports in hot, steamy weather is safe for healthy children and teen athletes, so long as precautions are taken and common sense is used.
Playing sports in hot, steamy weather is safe for healthy children and teen athletes, so long as precautions are taken and the drive to win doesn't trump common sense, the nation's largest pediatricians group says.
Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids' weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation's most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to …
CHICAGO | Food allergies affect about one in 13 U.S. children, double the latest government estimate, a new study suggests.
CHICAGO | In a rural health educator's dream vision for farm country, the flat fertile landscape will be dotted with little black plastic tubes strapped to power poles at each farmstead.
Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, referring to a condition that may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.
CHICAGO | A Chicago doctor is teaming up with a paralyzed ex-pro basketball player who dreams of ditching his wheelchair and walking again. With cutting-edge bionic legs entering the high-tech medical device market, his goal may be within reach.
CHICAGO (AP) — Autism is more common in children who had jaundice at birth, a big Danish study found, but researchers cautioned they don't know how the two conditions might be related and that new parents shouldn't be alarmed.
GARY | Dot Purcell knew she would donate her body to science. Even when young, the doctor's daughter and future mother of 11 would say, "There's something good in here" that might help others.
CHICAGO | The number of children hospitalized with dangerous drug-resistant staph infections surged 10-fold in recent years, a study found.
CHICAGO | Plane tickets, check. Passport, check. Medical evacuation insurance? It's probably not something most people think about when packing for a vacation.
Rev up the treadmill: Sobering new research spells out just how much exercise women need to keep the flab off as they age -- and it's a lot.
CHICAGO | Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggests that many Americans are being overtreated. Maybe even President Barack Obama, champion of an overhaul and cost-cutting of the health care system.
CHICAGO | Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggest that too many Americans -- maybe even President Barack Obama -- are being overtreated.
CHICAGO | It's a situation too agonizing to contemplate -- a child dying and in pain. Now a small but provocative study suggests doctors may be giving fatal morphine doses to a few children dying of cancer, to end their suffering at their parents' request.
CHICAGO | The odds of obesity appear stacked against black and Hispanic children starting even before birth, new research suggests.
CHICAGO| Raise a glass of diet soda, the nation's obesity rate seems to have leveled off. But more than two-thirds of adults and almost a third of children are overweight, and there are no signs of improvement.
Characters in children's movies are wising up about personal safety, increasingly using seat belts, bike helmets and crosswalks, but many still aren't ideal role models, a government study found.
CHICAGO | The estimate was startling and made headlines around the country: Almost half of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at sometime during childhood.
CHICAGO | Swine flu is affecting more than half the state of Illinois, but many residents seeking vaccinations will be turned away until high-risk people are served, public health officials said Thursday.
CHICAGO | A surprising number of teenagers -- nearly 15 percent -- think they're going to die young, leading many to drug use, suicide attempts and other unsafe behavior, new research suggests.
CHICAGO | Striking new research shows dying blacks and Hispanics have much steeper treatment costs than whites, sobering evidence that racial health-care differences continue right up until death.
CHICAGO | He's accused of talking about an ambassadorship, a Cabinet post in the Obama administration, even someday running for president -- all while clearly aware of a federal corruption investigation hovering over his administration.
You can look great in a swimsuit and still be a heart attack waiting to happen. And you can also be overweight and otherwise healthy.
One of the largest studies of its kind shows just how sluggish American children become once they hit the teen years: While 90 percent of 9-year-olds get a couple of hours of exercise most days, fewer than 3 percent of 15-year-olds do.
Dara Torres jokes that she had trouble reading the scoreboard after winning the first of two events at the Olympic swimming trials.
CHICAGO (AP) -- For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems.
New research challenges the notion that you can be fat and fit, finding that being active can lower but not eliminate heart risks faced by heavy women.
CHICAGO | Medicine mix-ups, accidental overdoses and bad drug reactions harm roughly one out of 15 hospitalized children, according to the first scientific test of a new detection method.
CHICAGO (AP) | At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group.
Living to 100 is easier than you might think.
CHICAGO (AP) _ Living to 100 is easier than you might think.
Bugs in baby food? Microbes in your milkshake? Relax, this is not the latest tainted food scare -- it's a growing trend in foods designed to boost health, not make you sick.
For bleary-eyed new moms, the image of Paula Radcliffe celebrating her astonishing New York marathon victory just nine months after giving birth is more than slightly surreal.
CHICAGO | Being 25 pounds overweight doesn't appear to raise your risk of dying from cancer or heart disease, says a new government study that seems to vindicate Grandma's claim that a few extra pounds won't kill you.
CHICAGO | Testing all new hospital patients for a dangerous staph "superbug" could help wipe out a germ that likely kills more Americans than AIDS, consumer advocates say and early evidence suggests.
CHICAGO (AP) -- It now appears a dangerous type of staph infection is probably killing more Americans each year than AIDS.
CHICAGO (AP) | A lousy marriage might literally make you sick.
Patients aren't the only ones harmed by medical errors, according to a survey released Wednesday that found many doctors who make mistakes -- and even those who come close -- suffer stress, sleep problems and loss of confidence.
The low-carb, high-fat Atkins diet gets high marks in one of the biggest, longest head-to-head studies of popular weight-loss plans, beating the Zone, the Ornish diet and even U.S. guidelines.
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