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U.S. flu season poised to be milder than last year’s harsh one

NEW YORK – It’s early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said. In most parts of the country, most illnesses right...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. medical marketing reaches $30 billion; drug ads top surge

Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found. The advertisements for various medicines showed up on...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline

NEW YORK – The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It’s been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst

Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

New hearts forge new friendship for transplant recipients

CHICAGO – A suburban Detroit woman and South Side Chicago man are recovering in a Chicago hospital following rare triple transplant surgeries that gave them the healthy heart, liver and kidney each...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

AP-NORC Poll: Edit baby genes for health, not smarts, poll says

WASHINGTON – Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases – but a new poll finds they’d draw the line at changing DNA so...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it

People with health insurance often pay for coverage they never use. A startup wants to shake that up. It’s a radical idea: On-demand insurance that lets customers buy some of their coverage only if...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. adults aren’t getting taller, but they’re still putting on pounds

NEW YORK – You don’t need to hang the mistletoe higher but you might want to skip the holiday cookies. A new report released Thursday shows U.S. adults aren’t getting any taller but they are still...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Device opens airways for a good night’s rest

An implant is offering a new form of relief for people struggling to sleep through the night because of obstructive sleep apnea. Those with the condition often snore loudly or gasp for air when...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. urges doctors to write more prescriptions for overdose antidote

The U.S. government told doctors Wednesday to consider prescribing medications that reverse overdoses to many more patients who take opioid painkillers in a move that could add more than $1 billion...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Child abuse climbs after Friday report cards, study says

Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released – but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study in Florida suggests. The curious finding startled researchers, who...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

More sleep in Seattle: Later school start helps kids get more rest

SEATTLE – High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, say scientists studying later school start times. Teenagers wore activity monitors to find out whether a later start to the school...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

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