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Williams’ death spurs hotline calls

The suicide of beloved actor Robin Williams has led to a surge of calls to crisis hotlines around the country last week and has boosted the number of people offering to volunteer as mental-health...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Health

Were you exposed to DDT?

A new study links exposure to the insecticide DDT with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found evidence of DDT exposure in 80 percent of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as 70 percent of...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Health

Deal reached on ads

Tobacco companies are a step closer today to putting out “corrective statements” about their history of defrauding the American public by hiding the dangers of smoking, according to an agreement...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Exercise eases pain from breast cancer drugs, study finds

Supervised exercise may help relieve treatment-related pain among breast cancer patients, a new study finds. The study focused on hormonal therapies called aromatase inhibitors, which certain...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health

CDC: U.S. measles cases up sharply

The United States is experiencing a spike in measles, with 175 confirmed cases and 20 hospitalizations so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Can being married cure your cancer?

Scientists say they may have found the key to surviving cancer: marriage. Married people with cancer were 20 percent less likely to die from their disease, compared with people who are separated,...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2013 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Efforts to stop lead poisoning could be at risk

Pediatricians and public health advocates are working to revive programs to protect children from lead poisoning, after what they describe as a series of devastating blows to their efforts....

DATE: Sept. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

New criteria increase number of men with depression

A new study finds that depression may be far more common in men than previously estimated. Women traditionally have been diagnosed with depression about twice as often as men, with about 20 percent...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: Induced labor, autism are linked

A new study finds that pregnant women who have their labor started or sped up artificially are slightly more likely to have autistic children. The increased autism risk likely stems from an...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health

Don’t fall for that amazing new cure

Con artists come in all shapes and sizes. Some even have medical degrees. Many people fall victim to charismatic quacks when they’re at their most vulnerable and desperate, because they or a loved...

DATE: June 23, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health

Gene mutations causing puberty to occur earlier

Scientists have identified mutations in a gene responsible for some cases of early puberty, an issue of growing concern to doctors, as children begin developing earlier and earlier. Doctors define...

DATE: June 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health

Hospital stays might bring elderly back

For some elderly patients, a hospital stay may actually cause new health problems, making them sick enough to be readmitted within days or weeks of discharge, new research shows.Nearly one in five...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health