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Midlife ‘wealth shock’ may lead to death, study suggests

A big financial loss may shorten your life, a new study suggests. Middle-aged Americans who experienced a sudden, large economic blow were more likely to die during the following years than those...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Antacids, antibiotics for infants linked to later allergies

Infants who are given antacids like Zantac or Pepcid are more likely to develop childhood allergies, perhaps because these drugs may alter their gut bacteria, a new large study suggests. Early use...

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Yucky ducky? Study reveals bath-time toy’s dirty secret

BERN, Switzerland – Scientists have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are – as some parents have long suspected – a haven for nasty bugs. Swiss and American researchers...

DATE: April 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Science Says: What we know about cancer risk and coffee

Trouble is brewing for coffee lovers in California, where a judge ruled that sellers must post scary warnings about cancer risks. But how frightened should we be of a daily cup of joe? Not very,...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Montezuma, La Plata counties rank high for two STDs

Montezuma and La Plata counties rank in the top 20 among Colorado counties for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Montezuma County had the second highest rate of chlamydia and the third highest rate for...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills

SEATTLE – Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor’s orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine. Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available,...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: Medical bankruptcies may not be as common as thought

Medical bills can push patients over the financial cliff, but a new study says this may not happen as often as previous research suggests. Hospitalizations cause only about 4 percent of personal...

DATE: March 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Dentist group puts teeth in push to curb opioid painkillers

CHICAGO – The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers. The association announced a new policy Monday that “essentially says eliminate...

DATE: March 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Are you storing your pills in the right place? A dose of reality

Just about every household has pills. Where’s the best place to keep them? It’s not the medicine cabinet – or your kitchen counter. About 82 percent of American adults take at least one...

DATE: March 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice

WASHINGTON – Packing on pounds seems to dull people’s sense of taste, and puzzled researchers turned to mice to figure out why: Obesity, they found, can rob the tongue of taste buds. If Tuesday’s...

DATE: March 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu, crowded shelters create perfect storm for homeless

The flu descended on Connie Gabaldon like a fog, she recalled, clouding her mind and compromising her judgment. It progressed to chest and back pain, the aches perhaps made worse by a fall the...

DATE: March 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Do my ‘social prescriptions’ help patients?

About a decade ago, a colleague told me about a cool new initiative, something called “Exercise Is Medicine.” The idea made total sense to me: Rather than just tell my patients about exercising, I...

DATE: March 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health