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FDA may recommend overdose reversal drug alongside opioid prescriptions

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:05:05 GMT

In a growing number of states, patients who get opioids for serious pain may leave their doctors' offices with a second prescription -- for naloxone, a drug that can save their lives if they overdose on the powerful painkillers.

'Alarming' number of people received restricted fentanyl, study says

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:21:27 GMT

An "alarming" number of US patients received a highly potent form of opioid that is 100 times more powerful than morphine and that they never should have been prescribed, according to a new study.

Does chocolate cause acne? After many studies, the answer is ... 'complicated'

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:06:35 GMT

"I love this question because I get it every day, and I always wonder why people are so obsessed with the notion that chocolate causes acne," said Dr. Patricia Farris, a dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

What parents need to know about girls' stress and anxiety

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:50:32 GMT

As a mother of two young girls, one of the things I care about most is staying in tune with my daughters' day-to-day social interactions, worries and concerns. My daughters attend a school in New York City where social and emotional health is a top priority, and I've learned a lot about how feeling confident and secure on the inside is a prerequisite not only for happiness but for academic success.

Poison control calls for kratom increased from one a month to two a day, study says

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:09:35 GMT

The number of phone calls to US poison control centers about kratom exposures increased from 13 in 2011 to 682 in 2017, often for serious unanticipated effects of the supplement, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Clinical Toxicology.

Doctors have been speaking up for gun control, but study finds medical PACs give more to pro-gun candidates

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:34:15 GMT

Political action committees, or PACs, that are tied to physicians' groups in the United States have contributed more money to politicians who oppose certain gun control laws than to those in support of such policies -- even though many physicians' groups have called for stricter gun control, a new study shows.

Can you eat your way to better mental health? Study says yes

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:38:34 GMT

It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too.

$375,000 price leads disabled mom to ration meds

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:28:12 GMT

Bhanu Patel couldn't believe the news. The medication that allows her to move shot up to $375,000. Fearful of becoming a financial burden to her family, she's begun rationing the medication she currently has -- taking two pills a day, instead of four. "The words that I can use is I can't believe this is happening," she said.

Leprosy still lurks in United States, study says

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:02:56 GMT

Leprosy is a disease most people think ended in the Middle Ages, but a new study shows that it's not a thing of the past.

FDA chief: Federal government might step in if states don't change lax vaccine laws

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:23:05 GMT

The head of the US Food and Drug Administration says that if states don't require more schoolchildren to get vaccinated, the federal government might have to step in.

How the daredevil sport of parkour can help aging adults fall better

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:40:37 GMT

It looks like something out of a ninja movie. The extreme sport known as parkour involves vaulting high obstacles, leaping from rooftop to rooftop and literally bouncing off the walls.

New recommendations say not all women need genetic testing for cancer. Critics say it could cost lives

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:11:18 GMT

Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to decide who should undergo genetic counseling for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended Tuesday. The mutations increase a woman's cancer risk.

Immunotherapies could change kidney cancer care, studies suggest

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:11:03 GMT

The way doctors typically approach kidney cancer treatment could be evolving.

Supply of food under threat due to biodiversity loss across the globe: UN report

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:31:20 GMT

A drop in global biodiversity is putting our ability to produce food at risk, a new United Nations report warns.

FDA proposes new sunscreen regulations

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 03:54:34 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations on over-the-counter sunscreens in an effort to keep up with the latest scientific and safety information.

FDA official says ongoing blood pressure drug investigation will probably uncover more tainted pills

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:00:11 GMT

There's no end in sight for one of the largest prescription drug recalls in recent memory. The US Food and Drug Administration is continuing an investigation and recall of a class of drugs used by millions that began last summer, yet there's still "more to find," an agency director says.

Give me some skin: A nighttime ritual to bond parent and child

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:02:47 GMT

One of the greatest tests of a parent's patience comes at night when you are trying to get your child to fall asleep, stay asleep or go back to sleep.

For nearly 2 decades, Grand Canyon tourists were exposed to radiation beyond the federal limit, safety manager says

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:49:03 GMT

Uranium ore stored at the Grand Canyon National Park museum may have exposed visitors and workers to elevated levels of radiation, according to the park's safety, health and wellness manager.

Researchers hope experimental 2.5-minute sepsis test could save lives

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:18:51 GMT

UK researchers have developed a test they say might quickly identify sepsis, a potentially fatal complication from an infection.

Ice climbing helped her out of addiction; now, she's pulling others up

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:28:03 GMT

After strapping on all the required safety gear like helmets and crampons for our boots, Margo Talbot gives one last piece of advice before she starts climbing a wall of ice.

Killing it with crutches, athlete with spina bifida takes on extreme racing

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:14:09 GMT

Misty Diaz showed no fear as she lined up for the Red Bull 400, a brutal foot race straight up the Olympic ski jump in Park City, Utah.

Health agencies to assess chemical exposure in 8 US communities near military bases

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:43:32 GMT

People who live near current or former military installations in eight states will have their blood and urine examined by government officials. They want to understand the extent of residents' exposure to manmade chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Could squid protein be an eco-friendly answer to our plastic problem?

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:17:15 GMT

More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, killing marine life and damaging ecosystems. But the same seas might also hold the key to reducing plastic pollution.

Avoid these 'ultraprocessed' foods and you might live longer

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:23:24 GMT

A study published Monday revealed an alarming statistic: Eating a lot of unhealthy, "ultraprocessed" foods may shorten your life. Specifically, researchers found that a 10% increase in the consumption of ultraprocessed foods was significantly associated with a 14% higher risk of death from all causes.

How love sparks better heart health

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:43:12 GMT

When you think of your loved one, does your heart feel warm and fuzzy? Or would you say it skips a beat, goes pitter-patter or begins to race?

Why would anyone lie about being a victim of a crime?

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 03:43:54 GMT

Everyone lies. But some falsehoods have graver consequences than others, such as lying to police about being a crime victim.

Why are some countries making a vaccine U-turn?

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:11:52 GMT

More than a century before Facebook, anti-vaccination campaigners had another method for spreading their message -- an eye-catching march through town with tiny children's coffins emblazoned with the words: "Another victim of vaccination."

Young blood company stops unproven anti-aging treatments after FDA warning

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:08:18 GMT

Wannabe vampires, beware: The US Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday against using plasma infusions from young blood donors to ward off the effects of normal aging as well as other more serious conditions. Plasma, the liquid portion of the blood, contains proteins that help clot blood.

These states have been hit the hardest by America's opioid epidemic

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:30:40 GMT

While there's early evidence that the explosive rate of opioid deaths has started to slow, opioids killed more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data. A new study reveals which part of the country has been affected the most by the ongoing epidemic.

Heart attacks are on the rise among young women, study shows

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:00:21 GMT

The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why.