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A CDC ban on ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender’? Experts alarmed

NEW YORK – Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Q&A: How is the U.S. opioid crisis affecting children?

NEW YORK – Public attention to the historic wave of opioid addiction gripping the U.S. has focused mostly on its effect on adults and the thousands who have died of overdoses. Missed by much of the...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

MARION, Ind. – She was first roused awake at 2:30 a.m. by a call seeking an emergency placement for a child. Ninety minutes later, it was a storm of texts telling of a problem at a foster home....

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says

CHICAGO – Children’s injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords....

DATE: Dec. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Blood test may help predict which breast cancers will recur

A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found. It was the...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

New studies show that even light activity is healthier than previously thought

As if you needed another reason to make fitness your New Year’s resolution: Two recent mortality studies have produced evidence that exercise – even light activity such as vacuuming or walking the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Are 3-D mammograms really better? U.S. puts scans to the test

WASHINGTON – A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray – and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

IUD program leads to decline in teen pregnancies, abortions in Colorado

DENVER – Colorado teen pregnancies and abortions have dropped sharply since 2009, and state health officials attribute much of the trend to the increased availability of free and low-cost access to...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Gene therapy shows promise against blood-clotting disease

Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. flu season off to an early start; widespread in 7 states

NEW YORK – This year’s flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives

CHICAGO – Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Take all their excuses away’: Hard cases in heroin fight

CHICAGO – The van was coming for Richard Rivera, but it was taking a long time. He waited inside the entrance of Saint Anthony Hospital where he had spent the past three days getting off heroin....

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health