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Durango pancreatic cancer patient beating the odds

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, Durangoan Tom Riesing has beaten the odds for survival by seeking out a blend of effective nontraditional treatments. Only 9% of pancreatic...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors turn to thumbs for diagnosis and treatment by text

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Dr. Anna Nguyen spoke with none of the five patients she treated on a recent weekday morning. She didn’t even leave her dining room. The emergency physician nevertheless helped...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

3 sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs again in US

NEW YORK – U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year. More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year. The infection rate...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Twin births in U.S. now going down, at lowest level in decade

NEW YORK – Fewer U.S. families are seeing double, according to a government report that finds a drop in new twins. Twin births steadily increased for more than three decades, driven largely by...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. vaping illnesses top 1,000; death count is up to 18

NEW YORK – The number of vaping-related illnesses has surpassed 1,000, and there’s no sign the outbreak is fading, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Doctors say the illnesses, which first...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Group pulls video that stirred talk of designer babies

A government-funded group that’s leading efforts to set standards for gene editing has pulled a video it posted in the wake of concern about how it portrayed the ethically dicey science and its...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. vaping illness count jumps to 805, deaths rise to 13

NEW YORK – Hundreds more Americans have been reported to have a vaping-related breathing illness, and the death toll has risen to 13, health officials said Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Health officials: It’s time to give flu vaccine another shot

WASHINGTON – The flu forecast is cloudy and it’s too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said Thursday not to delay vaccination. While the...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Laser therapy offers lasting relief for muscle, nerve pain

Durangoan Kristin Gerela tried physical therapy, massages and chiropractic adjustments to relieve her neck pain before receiving laser therapy treatment. “This was the fastest response and the best...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

What we know (and don’t) about Juul, teen vaping and illness

NEW YORK – An outbreak of vaping illnesses. A surge in teens using electronic cigarettes. They’re often spoken of in the same urgent breath, but it’s not clear how – or even if – they are...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

2nd Ebola vaccine to be used in Congo, as UN efforts slammed

LONDON – The World Health Organization on Monday announced Congo will start using a second experimental Ebola vaccine, as efforts to stop the deadly outbreak are stalled and Doctors Without Borders...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

As Colorado’s meth crisis grows, doctors try medication to treat addiction

Melinda McDowell had used drugs since she was a teenager. But she didn’t try methamphetamine until one fateful night in 2017 after her mother died suddenly of a stroke. She went over to a...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

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