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U.S. health officials link childhood trauma to adult illness

NEW YORK – U.S. health officials estimate that millions of cases of heart disease and other illnesses are linked to abuse and other physical and psychological harm suffered early in life. In a...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech rivals pose a threat

CHICAGO – Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope – the very symbol of the medical profession – is facing an uncertain prognosis. It is threatened by hand-held devices that are also...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Vaccine shows promise for preventing active TB disease

An experimental vaccine proved 50% effective at preventing latent tuberculosis infection from turning into active disease in a three-year study of adults in Africa. Doctors were encouraged because...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

More severely obese kids should get surgery, MD group says

Even some severely obese preteens should be considered for weight loss surgery, according to new recommendations. The guidance issued Sunday by the American Academy of Pediatrics is based on a...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Meth is most common drug in overdose deaths in chunk of U.S.

NEW YORK – Fentanyl is driving drug overdose deaths in the U.S. overall, but in nearly half of the country, it’s a different story. Meth is the bigger killer, a new government report shows....

DATE: Oct. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Hyperbaric chambers encourage the healing of chronic wounds

A wound in Durangoan Jim Harvey’s foot caused an infection that nearly killed him six years ago. Now, he is battling a wound in the same spot that he expects will close faster and heal without a...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA wants stronger warning on breast implants about risks

WASHINGTON – U.S. health officials want women getting breast implants to receive stronger warnings and more details about the possible risks and complications. The Food and Drug Administration said...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Study points to virus as culprit in kids’ paralyzing illness

WASHINGTON – Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a virus is to blame for a mysterious illness that can start like the sniffles but quickly paralyze children. The poliolike...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

UN says Ebola in Congo still qualifies as global emergency

LONDON – The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo still warrants being classified as a global emergency, even though the number of confirmed cases has slowed in recent...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor

WASHINGTON – If Roland Henry had died in a different part of the country, his organs might have been recovered. And lives could have been saved. But the local organ collection agency said no. It...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Who says you can’t eat red meat? Food advice questioned anew

NEW YORK – So is red meat good or bad for you? If the answer were only that simple. A team of international researchers recently rattled the nutrition world by saying there isn’t enough evidence to...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Durango pancreatic cancer patient beating the odds

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, Durangoan Tom Riesing has beaten the odds for survival by seeking out a blend of effective nontraditional treatments. Only 9% of pancreatic...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

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