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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

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets OK

CHICAGO – The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval. The move means Banyan Biomarkers can commercialize its test, giving the company an...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

14 worms pulled from woman’s eye after rare infection

NEW YORK – An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Marijuana’s 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes

CHICAGO – Marijuana users’ self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. The study lacks evidence on whether pot was...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

NEW YORK – The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

San Juan Regional Medical Center offers tips for flu season

San Juan Regional Medical Center is offering tips for Four Corners residents to protect themselves during this particularly severe flu season. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

WASHINGTON – Call it the political equivalent of a death-defying escape: former President Barack Obama’s health care law pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

What can you do if your doctor always keeps you waiting?

Q: My doctor was seriously late for my appointment, which caused me to miss some work and basically penalized me financially. Can I demand at least a partial refund? A: Just this week I went to a...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health