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U.S. flu season off to an early start; widespread in 7 states

NEW YORK – This year’s flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives

CHICAGO – Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Take all their excuses away’: Hard cases in heroin fight

CHICAGO – The van was coming for Richard Rivera, but it was taking a long time. He waited inside the entrance of Saint Anthony Hospital where he had spent the past three days getting off heroin....

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors: Over a year to see if uterus transplant successful

DALLAS – It took well over a year to determine if a woman who received a womb transplant would become the first in the U.S. to give birth, transplant surgeons in Dallas said Monday. Baylor...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care

WASHINGTON – Breast cancer treatment left Susan Wolfe-Tank with an arm too painfully swollen to lift anything heavy or even fit into her usual clothing – a debilitating condition that gets little...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Expanding DNA’s alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

WASHINGTON – Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using man-made DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria – and new research shows those altered microbes actually worked to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

First baby from a uterus transplant in the US born in Dallas

The first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Sweden. A woman who had been born without...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

When healing’s needed, seek out these immunity-boosting foods

My daughter is in the midst of three surgeries that will span five months. She seems much less anxious than I, but children often remain carefree while their parents worry. Before her first...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

UN: About 11 percent of drugs in poor countries are fake

LONDON – About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Intensive care for addicted doctors often proves effective

WARRIOR, Ala. – The day a 39-year-old surgeon checked into his rustic cabin here at Bradford Health Services, he said he doubted that he could beat his decades-long struggle with alcohol and find...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Is your own doctor the best in the hospital? Study eyes hospitalists

CHICAGO – The old-fashioned, family doctor style of medicine could be lifesaving for elderly hospitalized patients, a big study suggests, showing benefits over a rapidly expanding alternative that...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Startup wants to bring back Vioxx for hemophilia joint pain

TRENTON, N.J. – Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so. Merck & Co. voluntarily pulled the blockbuster drug in 2004 amid...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health