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In a 24/7 food culture, periodic fasting gains followers

NEW YORK – On low-carb diets, meat and cheese are OK. On low-fat diets, fruit and oatmeal are fine. With the latest diet trend, no foods at all are allowed for long stretches of time. A diet that...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Local vape shops to diversify after national news of hospitalizations, deaths

Some retail vape shops in Durango are looking to diversify their business models after reports about hospitalizations and deaths associated with vaping drove a sales decline. “About a fourth of my...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Tough year’ for measles and other infectious diseases in U.S.

NEW YORK – This year, the germs roared back. Measles tripled. Hepatitis A mushroomed. A rare but deadly mosquito-borne disease increased. And that was just the United States. Globally, there was an...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Anti-gravity treadmill speeds healing of leg injuries

Lauren Loftis, a doctor in town, was training for her first marathon this year when she developed an inflamed tendon in her knee, a condition that felt like someone stabbing her with an ice pick. ...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Vast majority’ of vaping illnesses blamed on vitamin E

Health officials now blame vitamin E acetate for the “vast majority” of cases in the U.S. outbreak of vaping illnesses and they say doctors should monitor patients more closely after they go home...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

What if you knew a cookie would take 20 minutes to run off?

NEW YORK – Would you put down that bag of chips if you saw it had 170 calories? What if the label said it would take 16 minutes of running to burn off those calories? Health experts for years have...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

More Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals

For the first time since the early 1900s, more Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals, a trend that reflects more hospice care and progress toward the kind of end that most people say...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Vaping illness death count surpasses 50 in U.S.

NEW YORK – The death toll in the vaping illness outbreak has topped 50, U.S. health officials said Thursday, Dec. 12. The 52 deaths in 26 states are among the 2,409 hospitalized cases that have...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. approves fish oil-based drug for cutting heart risks

TRENTON, N.J. – U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering pills....

DATE: Dec. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Brain differences may be tied to obesity, kids’ study says

New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children’s health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function. Does excess body weight somehow reduce brain...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Phone-in-cheek: Spike seen in cellphone-linked face injuries

Add facial cuts, bruises and fractures to the risks from cellphones and carelessly using them. That’s according to a study published Dec. 5 that found a spike in U.S. emergency room treatment for...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

NEW YORK – The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

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