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Finding answers for patients with rarest of rare diseases

WASHINGTON – The youngster’s mysterious symptoms stumped every expert his parents consulted: No diagnosis explained why he couldn’t sit up on his own, or why he’d frequently choke, or his...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA expands use of cervical cancer vaccine up to age 45

U.S. regulators Friday expanded the use of Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds

NEW YORK – Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

More older women may benefit from bone drugs, study says

A bone-strengthening drug given by IV every 18 months greatly lowered the risk of fracture in certain older women, a large study found. The results suggest these medicines might help more people...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mercy to offer free education to those with prediabetes

Mercy Regional Medical Center will offer a free class about prediabetes from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday in Suite 140 of the medical office building, 1010 Three Springs Blvd. The class is offered to...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Concussions drop in Ivy League football with kickoff change

Concussions plunged in Ivy League football after the kickoff line was moved to thwart what might be the game’s most dangerous play, according to a study published Monday. The aim of the 5-yard move...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

San Juan Basin Public Health emphasizes importance of vaccines

San Juan Basin Public Health recommends keeping school-aged children up to date on all vaccines. Childhood vaccines protect against serious but preventable life-threatening diseases. When children...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Public questions Southwest Memorial Hospital officials on fiscal crisis

Dozens of citizens expressed dismay and anger about the decline in the financial health of Southwest Memorial Hospital during an emotionally charged community forum earlier this week at Cortez City...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

80,000 people died of flu last winter in U.S.

NEW YORK – An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter – the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. The director of the Centers for Disease Control...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Implant, intense rehab help 3 people paralyzed for years take steps

WASHINGTON – Three people whose legs were paralyzed for years can stand and take steps again thanks to an electrical implant that zaps the injured spinal cord – along with months of intense rehab,...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Cancer survivorship workshop to be held

“Embracing Your Inner Superhero – Meeting the Emotional Challenges of the Cancer Journey with Skill, Resilience, and Compassion” workshop will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

GENEVA – Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said. The U.N. health agency also warned that current policy responses are...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

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