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Mammogram decision hinges on patient-doc talk, OB-GYN group says

As the debate continues about the best time for mammograms, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is asking women to add their voice to the discussion.

Senate Republicans reveal their replacement for Obamacare

Attempting to thread a very tight needle, Senate Republicans on Thursday released a health-care reform bill intended to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act while still supporting the public's access to healthcare

Big gap in cancer deaths between rich, poor countries

Over the past few decades, death rates linked to cancer and heart disease have declined in most developed nations, thanks to more effective prevention strategies, early detection and greater access to quality health care.

Many doctors silent on cost of cancer care

Cancer doctors are often mute when a patient asks about the cost of treatment, a new study shows.

Could you raise a 'no-diaper' baby?

Environmentally conscious parents have long struggled with the fact that their baby's dirty diapers wind up in landfills, but what option do they have?

Could certain hair dyes, relaxers raise breast cancer risk?

The safety of hair products has been debated for years. Now, new research suggests that black women who use dark hair dyes face a higher risk of breast cancer, while chemical relaxers and straighteners boost the odds in white women

Americans want to be fit, but most don't put in the effort

Most Americans want to be in better shape, but few are putting in the work to get there, a new survey shows.

Yoga soothes back pain in study

If you suffer from chronic low back pain, yoga might bring you as much relief as physical therapy, a new trial shows.

High-intensity exercise may be bad for the bowels

When it comes to stomach discomfort during exercise, forget that old adage "no pain, no gain." New research suggests that excessive strenuous exercise may lead to gut damage.

Lifesaving drugs from Pfizer in short supply: FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it's working with the drug company Pfizer to remedy a shortage of important injectable medications, including emergency syringes of epinephrine.

Mission to Mars would double astronauts' cancer risk

Once astronauts leave the Earth's protective magnetic field, their cancer risk would soar while traveling to Mars, new research indicates.

Leading U.S. doctors' group takes aim at rising drug prices

The American Medical Association is calling for more transparency in drug pricing amid skyrocketing costs that are putting some lifesaving medications out of reach for patients and communities.

Horse therapy could rein in stroke's damage years later

It may not be for everyone, but a new study suggests that the smooth stride of a gentle horse may help stroke survivors regain lost mobility and balance years after their brain attack.

First decline seen in 'vaping' among U.S. teens: CDC

For the first time since the U.S. government began tracking e-cigarette use among American youth, a new report shows fewer teens are vaping.

A sufferer's guide to easin' sneezin' season

When seasonal allergies strike, what remedy is right for you? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has some answers.

Broccoli extract shows promise for type 2 diabetes

Your Mom may have been right about broccoli's goodness. A small study hints that a substance in the crunchy veggy may help some with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar.

Flu shot falls short more often for obese people: study

A flu shot is the best way to avoid getting sick, but new research reveals the vaccine doesn't work as well for people who are obese.

FDA puts brakes on rule requiring new 'nutrition facts' label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced that the launch of an updated "nutrition facts" panel on foods, developed during the Obama administration, will now be delayed.

'Beans' or 'sizzlin' beans:' words get people eating healthier

When is a carrot not just a carrot? When it's a "twisted citrus-glazed carrot."

Nearly 10 million U.S. adults suffer from mental illness

Nearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report on the nation's behavioral ills.

Can folks with type 2 diabetes forgo the finger stick?

People with type 2 diabetes who aren't taking insulin don't necessarily need to check their blood sugar levels, a new study contends.

With summer sun comes heightened skin cancer risk

Summer beckons, and with those sunny skies comes a warning to protect yourself from skin cancer.

Babies' fascination with faces may start in the womb

An infant's fascination with faces is already evident in the womb, a new study contends.

Opioids over-prescribed after c-sections: studies

Women are routinely prescribed more opioid painkillers than they need after Cesarean sections, creating a high risk for misuse, a trio of new studies suggests.

1 in 20 pregnant women infected with Zika have babies with birth defects: CDC

One in 20 women in the U.S. territories who were infected with Zika during pregnancy had babies with serious birth defects, officials reported Thursday.

Migraine warning signs may differ in kids, adults

Fatigue and mood changes are the most common symptoms that occur before children develop migraines, a new study finds.

Guard against this little-known swimming danger

An electric shock is an often overlooked threat to swimmers, a safety expert warns.

Even moderate drinking may dull the aging brain

People who drink at even moderate levels may see some of their mental skills slip faster as they age, a new study suggests.

Overweight kids pay a heavy social price

Overweight kids are excluded and ostracized by classmates in school more often than their thinner peers, new research indicates.

Legionnaires' hiding in hospital, nursing home plumbing systems: CDC

Deadly Legionnaires' disease is lurking in the water systems of hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, putting the most vulnerable patients at risk, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

When a divorce turns bitter, kids' immune systems may pay a price

An unfriendly divorce can raise a child's risk of colds in adulthood, a new study suggests.

Implantable defibrillator may not mean end to sports

Competitive sports may be safe for many athletes who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), new research suggests.

Reporting symptoms online to docs helps cancer patients live longer

When people with advanced cancer report their symptoms to health care providers using an online program, they may live longer, a new study suggests.

Can sharing your bedroom with older baby come with risks?

It's healthiest to evict infants from their parents' bedroom at 6 months of age, suggests new research that runs counter to national guidelines.

Marijuana may make your gums go to pot

Frequent pot smokers might be dooming themselves to diseased gums, a new study suggests.

Compression tights won't trim running times

If you're an avid runner and you think compression tights might shave a few seconds off your time, a new study begs to differ.

Zika's set to return to mainland U.S., but budget cuts threaten response

The Zika virus will strike the continental United States again this summer, and looming federal budget cuts will make it hard for local officials to curb its spread, public health experts said Wednesday.

'Making the best of it': Families face the heavy burden of Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association has just completed a new survey that asked more than 1,500 adults to share their fears and concerns about getting older, getting sick and/or caring for a family member struggling with dementia.

New combo pill offers hope to Hepatitis C patients who fail other treatment

A pill that contains three powerful antiviral drugs might offer a cure for many hepatitis C patients who have failed other treatments, researchers report.

Nearly 4 percent of Americans suffer from food allergies

Millions of Americans have had to swear off shellfish, eggs, peanuts or soy to avoid allergic reactions that can range from stomach cramps to life-threatening swelling of the airways, new research shows.

1 in 4 nursing home residents has antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Multidrug-resistant bacteria, such as E. coli, can be found in more than one-quarter of people living in nursing homes, a research review finds.

Does dad time with infants boost babies' IQ?

If you're a new father, spending plenty of time with your baby could boost his or her mental development, a new study suggests.

Meth addicts' hearts may improve if they quit

Methamphetamine users who quit the drug may get a break: New research suggests it's possible to reverse heart damage with proper medical treatment.

Brush up on swim safety for summer

Before your family pulls out their swimsuits this Memorial Day, brush up on water safety, for your kids' sake.

Scientists report progress on genetic test for anal cancer

A new genetic test may detect anal cancer, a disease that's become more common in women, gay and bisexual men, and people with HIV.

Adults who love exercise may gain 9 'biological' years

Could regular, strenuous exercise be a "fountain of youth"? New research suggests it could be -- for your cells, at least.

5 food groups to jump-start nutrition

Most Americans still don't eat enough nutrient-rich foods from key groups including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy, according to federal health statistics.

Hospital 'baby boxes' may help prevent SIDS in newborns

Child care experts say it's dangerous for infants to sleep in the same bed with their parents. Now, researchers report that "baby boxes" and parent education can help reduce the unsafe practice.

New cholesterol fighting meds target key gene

New gene-based therapies appear to significantly decrease cholesterol levels in people, and could even cut down on arterial plaque, according to results from two early drug trials.

Alzheimer's deaths jump 55 percent: CDC

As more baby boomers age, deaths from Alzheimer's disease have jumped 55 percent, and in a quarter of those cases the heavy burden of caregiving has fallen on loved ones, U.S. health officials report.

CBO: 23 million would lose health insurance under house health care bill

The Republican-led bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that passed the House last month would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage, according to a much-anticipated report released Wednesday.

Compound in pot eases severe form of epilepsy

A landmark clinical trial has shown that a compound in marijuana can ease life-threatening seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.

Could chocolate guard against an irregular heartbeat?

There's delicious news for chocolate lovers: New research suggests the sweet might help keep a common and dangerous form of irregular heartbeat at bay.

Helping ease kids' fears after Manchester terror attack

As reports of the carnage at Monday's Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England, continue to pour in, many teens with tickets to concerts during the coming summer music season may be reluctant to attend an event.

City life tough on teens' mental health

City life seems to take a toll on the adolescent mind, new research suggests.

1 in 4 Americans knows someone hooked on opioids: poll

More than a quarter of Americans -- and 1 in 3 millennials -- say they know someone addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new survey from the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

First-try antibiotics now fail in 1 in 4 adult pneumonia cases

The first prescription of an antibiotic that the average U.S. adult with pneumonia receives is now ineffective in about a quarter of cases, a new study finds.

Fewer U.S. teens are boozing it up

American teens are hitting the bottle less often than they did 25 years ago, new research reveals.

The water's not fine: U.S. pool-linked infection doubles in 2 years

Families seeking to cool off don't expect to pick up a nasty infection. Yet, outbreaks of a diarrhea-causing parasitic infection have doubled in recent years at swimming pools and water playgrounds in the United States

Are you addicted to your smartphone?

As great as smartphones are, you can get too attached to the gadgets.

Century-old technique may help infertile couples conceive without IVF

A 100-year-old medical treatment could help infertile women get pregnant without undergoing pricey in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new study suggests.

Suicide by insulin?

Insulin typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns.

Nuts! Good medicine for colon cancer survivors?

Colon cancer patients might improve their chances of survival if they eat nuts along with an overall healthy diet and regular exercise, two new studies report.

Could a weight-loss surgery lead to alcohol abuse?

After a popular type of weight-loss surgery, nearly 21 percent of patients develop a drinking problem, sometimes years later, researchers report.

Your doctor's age might affect your care

Contrary to popular wisdom, an older, more experienced doctor may not always be the best choice.

Think you're a 'fun drunk?' a 'mean drunk?' think again

Maybe you think you're the life of the party after your third gin and tonic. Or maybe you worry you'll drink too much and turn into a "mean" drunk.

Is your child's day care center ready for pandemic flu?

The vast majority of U.S. child care centers are not fully prepared to handle the risks posed by a possible influenza pandemic, a new investigation warns.

Many under 40 may not need regular cholesterol checks: study

Many adults under 40 may not need to have routine cholesterol screenings, a new study suggests.

'Female viagra' may lift a younger woman's libido

If a woman's sex drive has waned to the point where she's distressed about it, or the issue is causing relationship problems, the medication dubbed "female Viagra" may help, a review of several studies suggests.

Blood thinners may prevent dementia in atrial fibrillation patients

A new study suggests blood thinners may also help keep dementia at bay.

People with pre-existing health issues fear repeal-and-replace bill

Millions of Americans fear the worst as they face so much to lose if Republicans in Congress pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Fewer U.S. high school students drink, CDC finds

Drinking among U.S. high school students has plummeted in recent years, a new government report shows.

New guidelines say no to most 'keyhole' knee surgeries

"Keyhole" arthroscopic surgery should rarely be used to repair arthritic knee joints, a panel of international experts says in new clinical guidelines.

Life expectancy with HIV nears normal with treatment

Young adults with HIV who get treatment are living longer in North America and Europe, a new study finds.

Common painkillers tied to slight rise in heart attack risk

Commonly used painkillers such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve might increase your risk for heart attack, even in the first week of use, a new study suggests.

Zika risk may be lower than thought for some pregnant women

U.S. women traveling to areas where the Zika virus is circulating might be less likely to be infected than expected, but risk remains, a new study suggests.

Addressing your cancer risk

Where you live appears to play a role in your risk of cancer, a new analysis suggests.

Just 5 percent of daily salt gets added at the table

Tossing out the salt shaker may not be enough for your heart health. Most of the salt that Americans consume comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, a new study finds.

Take control of your asthma

Many resources can help people with asthma manage triggers and symptoms, an allergist says.

After suicide attempt, a phone call could save a life

A simple phone call can make a big difference to someone who's attempted suicide and may be contemplating another try.

Red wine antioxidant might help diabetics' arteries

The antioxidant resveratrol -- found in red wine, peanuts and berries -- might improve the health of blood vessels in people with type 2 diabetes, a small study suggests.

House OKs Republican health care bill

With one vote to spare, Republicans took the first steps Thursday in their longstanding battle to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Arthritis drug shows promise for ulcerative colitis

A new study finds that people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis who haven't done well on other treatments may find relief with Xeljanz (tofacitinib), a drug currently used to treat arthritis.

House to vote Thursday on amended bill to repeal and replace Obamacare

After a week of working to wrangle support for an amended repeal-and-replace bill, House Republicans say they are set for a Thursday vote on legislation aimed at overturning the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

Sleeping pills boost danger of falls, fractures in older users

Falls and resulting hip fractures can prove disabling and even fatal for seniors. And new research suggests the risk of hip fractures rises soon after an older person is prescribed a sleeping pill.

Half of U.S. docs get payments from drug, device industries: study

About half of U.S. doctors received payments from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries in 2015, amounting to $2.4 billion, a new study reports.

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era school lunch rules

The Trump administration announced on Monday that it will ease the requirements for healthy school lunch programs spearheaded by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Low-dose aspirin may lower risk for common breast cancer by 20 percent

Score yet another point for low-dose aspirin: Regularly taking "baby" aspirin appears to protect women from the most common type of breast cancer, new research suggests.

U.S. toddlers eat more french fries than vegetables

American toddlers are more likely to eat french fries than green vegetables on any given day, according to a new national survey on children's eating habits.

Summer camp prep for kids with allergies, asthma

Heading to summer camp for the first time is always a little unnerving. But for a child with allergies or asthma, there are special concerns.

Crossroads for Obamacare

Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, is still the law of the land. But its fate may be sealed by Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration in the coming days, weeks and months.

Type 2 diabetes may be bad for brain health

Previous research has linked type 2 diabetes and memory loss. Now, new research may be closing in on some of the reasons why.

Money pressures mount when a spouse gets cancer

Family income can take a big hit when a wife or husband cares for a spouse with cancer, researchers report.

Oktoberfest study links boozing to heart woes

Drinking heavily over a short period of time can significantly boost the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, even in healthy people, new German research suggests.

Energy drinks may give the heart an unhealthy jolt

The surge from energy drinks can cause unhealthy changes in your heart rhythm and blood pressure that don't occur with other caffeinated beverages, a small new trial suggests.

Ick! synthetic mucus could battle dangerous bugs

Snot, phlegm and other forms of mucus may not be everyone's favorite subject, but scientists say synthetic mucus might help save lives.

Opioid-related deaths might be underestimated: CDC

America's prescription drug abuse epidemic may be even more deadly than expected, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

Common food nutrient tied to risky blood clotting

A nutrient in meat and eggs may conspire with gut bacteria to make the blood more prone to clotting, a small study suggests.

The top 5 conditions that shorten Americans' lives -- and are preventable

More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds.

Immune-based therapy shows early promise against MS

An experimental immune-system therapy appears safe for people with progressive forms of multiple sclerosis. And it may ease symptoms in some, a preliminary study suggests.

Do diet sodas pose health risks?

In the battle to lose weight, many people switch to diet sodas. But while they cut calories they might also raise the risk of stroke or dementia, a new study suggests.

College now the place to try pot: study

There may be new meaning to the term "higher" education: College has become a major setting for first-time pot use, new research contends.

Stronger muscles may pump up kids' memory skills

Here's yet another reason to make sure your kids are active: New research shows those with stronger muscles may have better working memory.

FDA approves device to help curb cluster headaches

Cluster headaches, though rare, are among the most severe forms of headache a person can face.

High blood pressure: a silver lining for ovarian cancer patients?

A woman's prognosis after an ovarian cancer diagnosis may be affected by a number of unexpected factors, new research suggests.

Early school start times tough on teens

Any parent who's ever had to drag a groggy teen out of bed in the morning would likely agree with new guidelines that say kids should start school later in the morning.

New bowel disorder treatments needed, FDA says

There's no known cause or cure for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which affects more than 15 million Americans, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Pot smoking common among pregnant teens: survey

Adding to concerns about the harms of teenage pregnancy are new U.S. survey results that show 14 percent of teenage mothers-to-be smoke marijuana.

Don't let bugs dampen your outdoor fun

If you've spent any time outdoors recently, you may have found yourself swatting away a fly or mosquito -- and that means it's time to bone up on bug avoidance.

Is kindergarten the new first grade?

Study finds kids have higher reading skills when they enter 1st grade than they did a decade ago

These 5 life skills can boost your odds of well-being

Emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness: all important "life skills" that can raise your prospects for a happy, healthy life.

Seniors' brain changes could make them vulnerable to scams

A pair of key differences in the brain may help distinguish which seniors are at risk of falling prey to financial scams, a small new study suggests.

New meds make inroads against Crohn's disease

Fewer Americans with Crohn's disease are ending up in the hospital than in the past, according to a new federal study.

Could a clinical trial help your child?

If a doctor suggests your child enroll in a clinical trial, you'll undoubtedly have questions.

Diabetes continues its relentless rise

Two new studies on diabetes deliver good and bad news, but the overall message is that the blood sugar disease remains a formidable public health burden.

Is 'desktop medicine' chipping away at patient care?

Physicians spend roughly as many hours on computer work as they do meeting with patients, a new study reveals.

Deep brain stimulation may ease Tourette 'tics'

Some young people with severe cases of Tourette syndrome may benefit from having electrodes implanted in the brain, a small study suggests.

Club drug 'poppers' may pose eye dangers

For decades, use of the inhaled, legal high known as "poppers" has been common in dance clubs. But new research suggests the drug might pose a danger to club-goers' vision.

Don't bank on heart-rate accuracy from your activity tracker

Wrist-worn activity trackers such as Fitbit don't reliably assess heart rate, a new study finds.

Race may play role in obese teens' blood pressure

Obese teenagers are at increased risk of high blood pressure, but the effects of those extra pounds may vary by race and ethnicity, a new study suggests.

Muppet with autism makes her 'Sesame Street' debut

A half-century into its run as an iconic staple of children's television, "Sesame Street" will introduce a character with autism to its world-famous neighborhood.

Can smog raise breast cancer risk?

Women who live where the air is thick with pollutants may be more likely to have dense breasts, a known risk factor for breast cancer, new research suggests.

Skin's bacterial 'balance' may help trigger acne

An unbalanced population of bacteria on the skin may play a major role in acne, according to a new, small study.

'Right-to-try' laws: a patient's best last chance or false hope?

The Trump administration may have failed in its initial effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but some activists hope White House support will prove valuable in changing another piece of federal health care policy.

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