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Vaccinated against shingles? Great. Do it again.

Federal officials have recommended a new vaccine that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults against the painful rash called shingles. But persuading many adults to...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Fish oil capsules don’t help dry eye symptoms, study finds

Many doctors recommend them, but fish oil supplements failed to help people with dry eye when put to a scientific test. About 14 percent of U.S. adults have dry eye, which causes pain and vision...

DATE: April 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients

CHICAGO – There’s an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced, a new study...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

WASHINGTON – A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Performance center opens at Fort Lewis College, could attract elite athletes

Exercise science majors at Fort Lewis College now have more opportunities to do research and work with athletes thanks to the newly opened Fort Lewis College Durango Performance Center. The Durango...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

TRENTON, N.J. – The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

WASHINGTON – Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said Wednesday that keeping at least some...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

CHICAGO – For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It’s the biggest win so far for...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Organs from drug overdoses could help transplant shortage

WASHINGTON – Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

NEW YORK – Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for...

DATE: April 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

NEW YORK – Here’s some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be...

DATE: April 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Risk of Zika infection through sex may last only a month

NEW YORK – Signs of Zika infection can be seen in semen for as long as nine months, but the risk of sexual transmission appears to end in one month, according to a study published Wednesday. The...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health