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U.S. to screen airline passengers from China for new illness

NEW YORK – Three U.S. airports will screen passengers arriving from central China for a new virus that has sickened dozens, killed two and prompted worries about an international outbreak, health...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. drinking more now than just before Prohibition

NEW YORK – Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What’s more, it’s been rising for two decades, and it’s not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Patients push limits for clues to chronic fatigue syndrome

BETHESDA, Md. – Researchers hooked Zach Ault to medical monitors as he slowly climbed onto a gym bike. An invisible disease is sidelining this once avid athlete and he knew the simple exercise...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Electric scooter injuries surge along with their popularity

Electric scooter injuries have surged along with their popularity in the United States, nearly tripling over four years, researchers said in a study published Wednesday. Nearly 40,000 broken bones,...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Cancer group finds biggest one-year drop in U.S. death rate

NEW YORK – Researchers on Wednesday reported the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, a drop they credited to advances in lung-tumor treatments. The overall cancer death...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

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

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