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Drugstore pain pills as effective as opioids in ER patients

CHICAGO – Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Concerned about inflammation? These foods may help

There’s a lot of talk about inflammation and anti-inflammatory diets – but there’s also a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding these nutrition buzz words. Many people aren’t quite clear...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Do I have Alzheimer’s or don’t I?

Twenty years ago, at age 39, I began having memory and cognitive problems. My primary-care doctor and my neurologists said I was stressed and depressed. I also was diagnosed with mild cognitive...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Five things to know about Colorado Connect for Health open enrollment

Federal funding cuts to insurance offered by state health care exchanges have raised questions about the coverage that would be available next year. While some people will see prices change,...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

FDA moves to ax claim for heart benefits from soy foods

WASHINGTON – U.S. regulators want to remove a health claim about the heart benefits of soy from cartons of soy milk, tofu and other foods, saying the latest scientific evidence no longer shows a...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

‘What could help me to die?’ Doctors clash over euthanasia

GHENT, Belgium – After struggling with mental illness for years, Cornelia Geerts was so desperate to die that she asked her psychiatrist to kill her. Her sister worried that her judgment was...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

A shocking overdose photo exposed her addiction – and may have saved her life

Erika Hurt had become the face of drug addiction. The young mother was captured in a photograph by police, passed out in the driver’s seat of her car outside a Dollar General store in Hope, Indiana...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Dollars targeting opioids hit hurdles as impatience builds

Nearly a year after Congress approved an extraordinary $1 billion to tackle the opioid crisis, the money that poured into all 50 states is gradually reaching places where it can do some good, but...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. vaccine panel to discuss waning effectiveness, new shots

NEW YORK – Two years ago, George Green got stabbing pain and bad blisters around his right arm. It was the worst case of shingles his doctor had ever seen. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, I had the...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus. Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said the Food and Drug Administration...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumor boards guide cancer care

SAN DIEGO – Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it, but the choice was no guesswork....

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

San Juan Regional Medical Center to offer free flu shots

San Juan Regional Medical Center will offer free influenza vaccination clinics in October and November at five locations in northwestern New Mexico: Oct. 28: 9 a.m.-noon, San Juan Regional Medical...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health