Southwest Life

Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring. It’s a marvel of ecology as shorebirds...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA OKs first drug made to reduce excessive sweating

U.S. regulators recently approved the first drug developed specifically to reduce excessive sweating, a common condition that can cause people anxiety and affect their social lives. The Food and...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Health official who urged abstinence says views have changed

NEW YORK – The head of the nation’s top public health agency once opposed condoms and needle exchange programs as ways to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. This week, in one of his...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

CHICAGO – Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a study of...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Exercise and obesity are both rising in U.S.

NEW YORK – It may seem like a contradiction, but more adults in the U.S. say they are exercising at the same time more of them are becoming obese. About 24 percent of adults last year said they...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Loss of income can change health insurance status

People who have lost income because of the 416 Fire may be eligible for a change in their health insurance status. People may qualify for Medicaid in 2018 if their income for the year falls under...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mercy targets emerging epidemic of fragile bone fractures

Mercy Regional Medical Center is aiming to reduce the number of broken bones osteoporosis patients suffer as the population ages. The National Orthopedic Association describes the 2 million...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mercy Regional Medical Center to offer prediabetes class

Mercy Regional Medical Center will offer a free class for people diagnosed with prediabetes from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday in Suite 140 of the medical office building at the hospital, 1010 Three Springs...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Science Says: How family separation may affect kids’ brains

CHICAGO – Doctors have long known that separating families and other traumatic events can damage children’s well-being. More recent research has shed some light on how that may happen: Severe early...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Enemy turned ally: Poliovirus is used to fight brain tumors

One of the world’s most dreaded viruses has been turned into a treatment to fight deadly brain tumors. Survival was better than expected for patients in a small study who were given genetically...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Medical milestone: U.S. OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures

WASHINGTON – U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law,...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

How do you count deaths from a hurricane?

NEW YORK – How many people died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria? It’s a question that has been debated since the powerful storm slammed into the island and devastated the U.S. territory last...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health