Southwest Life

Young children may make their parents less fit

CHICAGO – Could kids be to blame for new parents’ bad health habits?A study found that mothers of young children were heavier and ate more calories, sugary drinks and fatty foods than childless...

DATE: April 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

When the bug bites, when the bee stings

WASHINGTON – It’s that time of year when the bugs emerge to bug us.Some can pose real threats – Lyme disease from tiny ticks, West Nile virus from mosquitoes, or life-threatening allergic reactions...

DATE: April 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

CT scans for kids raises radiation concern

CHICAGO – Soaring numbers of kids are getting CT scans in emergency rooms, a study found, raising concerns some may be exposed to adult-sized radiation doses and potential risks for cancer down the...

DATE: April 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Japan nuke workers: Store blood cells now

NEW YORK – Workers at Japan’s troubled nuclear plant should store blood cells now in case they need them later as treatment for radiation overdose, some Japanese experts suggest.Plant workers are...

DATE: April 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Death rate for lung cancer among women declines

WASHINGTON – For the first time, women’s death rates from lung cancer are dropping, possibly a turning point in the smoking-fueled epidemic. It’s a small decline, says the nation’s annual report on...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Study tracks heart deaths in NCAA

WASHINGTON – The death of a Michigan teenage basketball player has renewed questions about what kind of heart checkup young athletes need to make the team, and a new study may influence that...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Everest skiers climb high for MS

One of the twin brothers whose documentary film about skiing the north ridge of Mount Everest is scheduled to attend a showing of the film Wednesday evening in Durango to raise funds for multiple...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Hormonal gel reduces preterm births in some women

WASHINGTON – A simple treatment – a hormone-containing vaginal gel – significantly reduces premature births among pregnant women who are at high risk because of a problem with the cervix,...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Just a placebo? German doctors advised to give more

LONDON – For German patients plagued with problems like chronic pain and mild depression, doctors may soon be trying something a little different: a placebo.After completing a major study on the...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Institute urges more studies of gay, transgender health

WASHINGTON – Scientists only recently learned how certain diseases affect women differently than men, and blacks differently than whites. Now a major new report says it’s time to study the unique...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

The robotic touch

STEVENAGE, England – Eden Sawczenko used to recoil when other little girls held her hand and turned stiff when they hugged her. This year, the 4-year-old autistic girl began playing with a robot...

DATE: April 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Hunt on for better radiation care

WASHINGTON – Japan’s nuclear emergency highlights a big medical gap: Few treatments exist to help people exposed to large amounts of radiation.But some possibilities are in the pipeline –...

DATE: April 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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