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Want to be healthier? Pick up the pace

Everyone knows that walking is one of the best exercises for health, which is why physicians regularly recommend 150 minutes a week. But that’s a measure of volume. What about walking speed? Does...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mom’s use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids’ learning

CHICAGO – Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Could increased antidepressant use be contributing to global obesity problem?

The world has changed a lot in the past 30 years, leaving no shortage of possible causes for the global obesity problem: more calories, more sugary beverages, less physical activity, poor sleep and...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question

CHICAGO – Marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers’ breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke

Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks aren’t worth it...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Want to live longer? Stick to these healthy habits

There seems to always be a mad dash toward the next new thing when it comes to nutrition and fitness, whether it’s the latest exercise craze, super food or diet regimen. But leaping from fad to fad...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

BERLIN – The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died. The U.N. agency’s European...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

1 in 7 children of Zika-infected moms have problems

NEW YORK – One out of every seven babies born to U.S. mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem, according to the first long-term look at those...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly becoming an established form of medical care with no...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain, study says

NEW YORK – If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors nudged by overdose letter prescribe fewer opioids

In a novel experiment, doctors got a letter from the medical examiner’s office telling them of their patient’s fatal overdose. The response: They started prescribing fewer opioids. Other doctors,...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

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