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Surgery causes cognitive losses in some seniors

Two years ago, Daniel Cole’s 85-year-old father had heart bypass surgery. He hasn’t been quite the same since. “He forgets things and will ask you the same thing several times,” said Cole, a...

DATE: May 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Gut check: Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert

Scientists have developed a swallowed capsule packed with tiny electronics and millions of genetically engineered living cells that might someday be used to spot health problems from inside the...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain

Josephine Rizo survived chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, but breast cancer treatment wrecked her finances. Money was already tight when doctors told the Phoenix resident she had an aggressive...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Greeley man works to restore old car for wife’s kidney donor

GREELEY (AP) – Though Sandi Elder knows better, she has an occasional nickname for her husband: She calls him “Stoic ‘Ole Willie.” You might not ever get to see the Tootsie Roll under that hard...

DATE: May 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

With death rate up, U.S. life expectancy is likely down again

NEW YORK – The U.S. death rate rose last year, and 2017 likely will mark the third straight year of decline in American life expectancy, according to preliminary data. Death rates rose for...

DATE: May 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA approves 1st nonopioid drug to ease withdrawal symptoms

TRENTON, N.J. – Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

NEW YORK – The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out artery-clogging trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. The United Nations agency has...

DATE: May 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. approves 1st drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

TRENTON, N.J. – U.S. regulators Thursday approved the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraines. The Food and Drug Administration’s action clears the monthly shot Aimovig (AIM’-oh-vig) for...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

NEW YORK – U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and – surprisingly – their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Young adults feel stress of long-term care, poll says

WASHINGTON – Most young adults haven’t given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway

SEATTLE – Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use....

DATE: May 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

When someone hovers at the edge of death, these singers step in to ease the passage

It’s a quiet afternoon at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center, a hospice in Arlington, Virginia, as four women huddle close, talking quietly in a tight circle before walking through the doors to...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health