Southwest Life

How best to treat opioids’ youngest sufferers? No one knows

CHICAGO – Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert’s first child was whisked away to a hospital...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Health

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets OK

CHICAGO – The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval. The move means Banyan Biomarkers can commercialize its test, giving the company an...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

14 worms pulled from woman’s eye after rare infection

NEW YORK – An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Marijuana’s 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes

CHICAGO – Marijuana users’ self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. The study lacks evidence on whether pot was...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

NEW YORK – The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

San Juan Regional Medical Center offers tips for flu season

San Juan Regional Medical Center is offering tips for Four Corners residents to protect themselves during this particularly severe flu season. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

WASHINGTON – Call it the political equivalent of a death-defying escape: former President Barack Obama’s health care law pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

What can you do if your doctor always keeps you waiting?

Q: My doctor was seriously late for my appointment, which caused me to miss some work and basically penalized me financially. Can I demand at least a partial refund? A: Just this week I went to a...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

2nd man has gene editing; therapy has no safety flags so far

A second patient has been treated in a historic gene editing study in California, and no major side effects or safety issues have emerged from the first man’s treatment nearly three months ago,...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Overtraining is a real danger, even if you’re not an elite athlete. Know the signs.

Everyone knows that exercise in general makes you happier, stronger and more energetic. We hear it ad nauseam, especially this time of year. But what if fitness did the very opposite? In other...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors warn of heart risk from some breast cancer therapies

Save your life but harm your heart? Health experts are sounding a warning as potential side effects of a growing number of breast cancer treatments come to light. In its first statement on the...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Cancer from cellphones? New studies say no need to hang up

WASHINGTON – Two government studies that bombarded rats and mice with cellphone radiation found a weak link to some heart tumors, but federal regulators and some scientists say don’t worry – it is...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health