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Cholesterol drug lowers risk of death, heart attack, study says

ORLANDO, Fla. – A newer cholesterol drug, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors that might persuade insurers to cover...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Homer can help you’: War veterans use ancient epics to cope

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The trials of Odysseus are really not that different from the struggles of those learning to readjust after wars of today, modern veterans are finding. A small group of military...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors find air pocket where part of man’s brain should be

The 84-year-old man arrived in the emergency room with complaints that weren’t uncommon for a patient his age. He had reported feeling unsteady over the past several months, culminating in repeated...

DATE: March 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Barbershop study trimmed black men’s hair and blood pressure

ORLANDO, Fla. – Trim your hair, your beard, your blood pressure? Black men reduced one of their biggest medical risks through a novel project that shows the power of familiar faces and trusted...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Prescription opioids fail rigorous new test for chronic pain

CHICAGO – A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

NEW YORK – Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year – the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse. A government report released Tuesday shows overdoses...

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Community colleges one signature away from offering four-year nursing degrees

A bill that will allow Southwest Colorado Community College and other community colleges to offer a four-year bachelor of science in nursing degrees won final approval Tuesday in the state House....

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Even the small stresses of daily life can hurt your health

When people talk about harmful stress - the kind that can affect health - they usually point to big, life-changing events, such as the death of a loved one. A growing body of research suggests that...

DATE: March 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Opioid poisonings, overdoses send more U.S. kids to hospitals

CHICAGO – Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of U.S. children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Science Says: Why Europe still has so many measles outbreaks

LONDON – While parts of the world have all but banished measles, Europe is still getting hit with large outbreaks where some people don’t get vaccinated. Measles is still a bigger problem across...

DATE: March 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Worst of bad U.S. flu season finally over as illnesses decline

NEW YORK – The worst of the nation’s nasty flu season is finally over. The season apparently peaked in early February and has been fading since, health officials said Friday. The number of people...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

What’s in the IV bag? Studies show safer option than saline

New research calls into question what’s in those IV bags that nearly every hospitalized patient gets. Using a different intravenous fluid instead of the usual saline greatly reduced the risk of...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health