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Science Says: Why Europe still has so many measles outbreaks

LONDON – While parts of the world have all but banished measles, Europe is still getting hit with large outbreaks where some people don’t get vaccinated. Measles is still a bigger problem across...

DATE: March 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Worst of bad U.S. flu season finally over as illnesses decline

NEW YORK – The worst of the nation’s nasty flu season is finally over. The season apparently peaked in early February and has been fading since, health officials said Friday. The number of people...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

What’s in the IV bag? Studies show safer option than saline

New research calls into question what’s in those IV bags that nearly every hospitalized patient gets. Using a different intravenous fluid instead of the usual saline greatly reduced the risk of...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

New services, technologies can help with aging in place

There is nothing quite as devastating for many older people as having to leave the comfort of home because of poor health or limited mobility. But a new generation of services and technology is...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Swallowing problems can be a serious health risk

Behind your tongue, just a few inches down the back of your throat, lies a dangerous precipice: over one edge it’s a straight shot down your trachea and bronchi and into the lungs, and over the...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Preventive treatment for peanut allergy succeeds in study

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Hickenlooper, other governors release health plan

WASHINGTON – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joined two other governors Friday morning in unveiling a “bipartisan blueprint” focused on decreasing costs and restoring stability in the health care...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Carbs, fat, DNA? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows

CHICAGO (AP) – A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn’t hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters’ DNA profiles. Previous research has suggested that a...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain. “I don’t like taking pain medication. I...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Can gene therapy be harnessed to fight the AIDS virus?

For more than a decade, the strongest AIDS drugs could not fully control Matt Chappell’s HIV infection. Now his body controls it by itself, and researchers are trying to perfect the gene editing...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

NEW YORK – The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that’s causing most illnesses. Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

How best to treat opioids’ youngest sufferers? No one knows

CHICAGO – Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert’s first child was whisked away to a hospital...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health