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Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question

CHICAGO – Marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers’ breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke

Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks aren’t worth it...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Want to live longer? Stick to these healthy habits

There seems to always be a mad dash toward the next new thing when it comes to nutrition and fitness, whether it’s the latest exercise craze, super food or diet regimen. But leaping from fad to fad...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

BERLIN – The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died. The U.N. agency’s European...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

1 in 7 children of Zika-infected moms have problems

NEW YORK – One out of every seven babies born to U.S. mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem, according to the first long-term look at those...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly becoming an established form of medical care with no...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain, study says

NEW YORK – If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors nudged by overdose letter prescribe fewer opioids

In a novel experiment, doctors got a letter from the medical examiner’s office telling them of their patient’s fatal overdose. The response: They started prescribing fewer opioids. Other doctors,...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Most people who think they have a penicillin allergy are wrong. That’s dangerous

Are you allergic to penicillin? If so, are you sure about that? It’s surprisingly common for people to wrongly think they have a penicillin allergy - and that misconception can be dangerous for...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

No easy answers on best heart check-up for young athletes

WASHINGTON – What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A large study of teenage soccer players in England found in-depth screening didn’t detect signs of trouble in some...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Helping nature: Inducing labor avoids cesarean for some moms

Move over, Mother Nature. First-time moms at low risk of complications were less likely to need a cesarean delivery if labor was induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting for it to start on its own, a...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health