Southwest Life

Americans might be owning up to weight

ATLANTA – Are Americans becoming more honest about their weight?That theory could explain why the gap appears to be closing in what people say they weigh and what actual measurements report.A new...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Pregnant mothers who overeat may have obese babies

LONDON – Women who gain too much weight during pregnancy have big babies, putting their children at risk of becoming heavy later on, a new study says.American researchers followed all births in...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors told to avoid 1 flu shot brand for young children

ATLANTA – A government panel is recommending doctors steer clear of giving one brand of flu vaccine to young children this year because of convulsions and fever in kids who got the shot in...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Websites pushing boundaries of online medicine in Britain

LONDON – The doctor will see you now: Just click here.In Britain, an increasing number of websites are pushing the boundaries of online medicine, with at least a dozen sites offering consultations...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

70,000 youths hit ERs annually

CHICAGO – More than 70,000 children and teens go to the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices, and contact lenses are the leading culprit, the first detailed...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Rehab a first promising step for ACL tear

NEW YORK – Attention, weekend athletes: Don’t be too quick to agree to surgery for a common type of knee ligament tear.A study of Swedish amateur athletes – mostly soccer players – found that those...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Hands-only CPR can be a lifesaver

ATLANTA – More bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions – especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth,...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Stem-cell strides

NEW YORK – A few months ago, Dr. Thomas Einhorn was treating a patient with a broken ankle that wouldn’t heal, even with multiple surgeries. So he sought help from the man’s own body.Einhorn drew...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Tests aim to settle if fresher blood works better

WASHINGTON – Facing surgery? You could receive blood that’s been stored for a week, or three weeks, or nearly six – and there’s concern that people who get the older blood might not fare as...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Stem cells aid windpipe transplant

ROME – Doctors have successfully transplanted windpipes into two cancer patients in an innovative procedure that uses stem cells to allow a donated trachea to regenerate tissue and create an organ...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

UA program pairs students with rural doctors

BISBEE, Ariz. – Lauren Bergstrand-Fecteau starts her day by talking to patients, gathering medical histories and conducting basic exams.As a second-year medical student working with Dr. Peggy...

DATE: July 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Guidelines may reduce repeated C-sections

WASHINGTON – Most women who have had a C-section, and many who have had two should be allowed to try labor with their next baby, say new guidelines – a step toward reversing the “once a cesarean,...

DATE: July 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health