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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

Most people who think they have a penicillin allergy are wrong. That’s dangerous

Are you allergic to penicillin? If so, are you sure about that? It’s surprisingly common for people to wrongly think they have a penicillin allergy - and that misconception can be dangerous for...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

No easy answers on best heart check-up for young athletes

WASHINGTON – What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A large study of teenage soccer players in England found in-depth screening didn’t detect signs of trouble in some...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Helping nature: Inducing labor avoids cesarean for some moms

Move over, Mother Nature. First-time moms at low risk of complications were less likely to need a cesarean delivery if labor was induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting for it to start on its own, a...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Advocates condemn techniques used to keep kids online

CHICAGO – Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens....

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Patients who accepted infected kidneys cured of hepatitis C

NEW YORK – Some patients in desperate need of a kidney transplant participated in a bold experiment where they received organs infected with hepatitis C. The gamble paid off. Their new organs are...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

How to keep working out on vacation

It’s vacation season, and we all agree we should take a break from work. But that doesn’t mean we should take a break from working out. Working out is a great habit that, once broken, can be hard...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

3D-printed implant restores woman’s collapsed ankle

Sonnin Dahl endured more than a year of pain before she had an ankle bone replaced at Mercy Regional Medical Center, one of a few hospitals in the country offering the procedure. Dahl’s talus, the...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Want to be happier? Stop scheduling your free time, study says

Your social calendar might be sucking the joy out of activities that are supposed to be fun or relaxing, according to an upcoming paper co-written by a professor who studies time management. The...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA OKs 1st drug to treat smallpox, in case of terror attack

U.S. regulators on July 13 approved the first treatment for smallpox – a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago – in case the virus is used in a terror attack. Smallpox, which is highly...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Pediatricians leery of giving fruit juice to children

How much fruit juice should kids drink? Not very much. That’s the essence of the juice policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. School-age children (7 to 18 years old) should limit...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA approves new pill to reduce pain from endometriosis

TRENTON, N.J. – A new treatment for pain caused by endometriosis was approved Tuesday by U.S. regulators. The common condition involves abnormal tissue growth from the uterus that can cause severe...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

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