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With death rate up, U.S. life expectancy is likely down again

NEW YORK – The U.S. death rate rose last year, and 2017 likely will mark the third straight year of decline in American life expectancy, according to preliminary data. Death rates rose for...

DATE: May 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA approves 1st nonopioid drug to ease withdrawal symptoms

TRENTON, N.J. – Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

NEW YORK – The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out artery-clogging trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. The United Nations agency has...

DATE: May 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. approves 1st drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

TRENTON, N.J. – U.S. regulators Thursday approved the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraines. The Food and Drug Administration’s action clears the monthly shot Aimovig (AIM’-oh-vig) for...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

NEW YORK – U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and – surprisingly – their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Young adults feel stress of long-term care, poll says

WASHINGTON – Most young adults haven’t given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway

SEATTLE – Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use....

DATE: May 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

When someone hovers at the edge of death, these singers step in to ease the passage

It’s a quiet afternoon at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center, a hospice in Arlington, Virginia, as four women huddle close, talking quietly in a tight circle before walking through the doors to...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

WHO: Saturated fat should be less than 10 percent of diet

LONDON – The World Health Organization is taking on the battle of the bulge, saying that saturated fats shouldn’t make up more than 10 percent of a person’s diet. In its first draft guidelines on...

DATE: May 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible

When my mother prayed - when she remembered what prayer was - she asked every saint to please let her die in her sleep. In late 2016, my mom died that way, in her own bed, one week past her 101st...

DATE: May 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

The risky surgery to remove a woman’s 132-pound tumor that grew by 10 pounds a week

The tumor had ballooned to 132 pounds and stretched the patient’s abdomen into a 3-foot-wide orb. By the time oncologist Vaagn Andikyan examined the 38-year-old woman, she could no longer walk. And...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Drug epidemic ensnares 25-year-old pill for nerve pain

WASHINGTON – The story line sounds familiar: a popular pain drug becomes a new way to get high as prescribing by doctors soars. But the latest drug raising red flags is not part of the opioid...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

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