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Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

WASHINGTON – The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Gene tests can provide health clues – and needless worry

NEW YORK – Last year, Katie Burns got a phone call that shows what can happen in medicine when information runs ahead of knowledge. Burns learned that a genetic test of her fetus had turned up an...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son

NEW YORK – The head of the nation’s top public health agency says the opioid epidemic will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it: His son almost died from taking...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

Every night without fail, Paul Blumstein straps on a mask that prevents him from repeatedly waking up, gasping for air. It’s been his routine since he was diagnosed with a condition called sleep...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

A surge in meth use in Colorado complicates opioid recovery

Huddled at a computer screen at the Denver Recovery Group, counselor Melissa McConnell looks at the latest urinalysis results for her client, Sara Florence. Last fall, it lit up like a Christmas...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Regional News

As singles grow older, the prospect of declining health can provoke fears

Not long before I turned 60, my husband and I split up, and a health concern that I’d never really worried about jumped out at me: What would I do, now alone, if I became seriously ill? I’ve had...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says

Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

What do doctors know about food? Not very much

When Americans hear about a health craze, they may turn to their physician for advice: Will that superfood really boost brain function? Is that supplement okay for me to take? Or they may be...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage

TRENTON, N.J. – There is another opioid crisis happening in the U.S., and it has nothing to do with the overdose epidemic: Hospitals are frequently running out of widely used injected painkillers....

DATE: July 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring. It’s a marvel of ecology as shorebirds...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA OKs first drug made to reduce excessive sweating

U.S. regulators recently approved the first drug developed specifically to reduce excessive sweating, a common condition that can cause people anxiety and affect their social lives. The Food and...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Health official who urged abstinence says views have changed

NEW YORK – The head of the nation’s top public health agency once opposed condoms and needle exchange programs as ways to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. This week, in one of his...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health