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NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:04:32 GMT

Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump.

B.C. health minister suggests increasing smoking age to 21

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:29:25 GMT

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake wants the province to look at raising the legal smoking age from 19 to 21. Lake brought up the issue in a Tweet on Tuesday, as well as in a government news release on Sunday to kick off National Non-Smoking Week. Lake noted that many jurisdictions in the U.S., such as Hawaii and California, have a smoking age of 21. "Tobacco is pervasive and attractive, and we need to think outside the box for ways to help limit the number of young people starting to smoke," Lake said.

Many youth with ADHD given antipsychotic drugs: study

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:29:24 GMT

An Ontario study shows one in 20 children and youth have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and many are prescribed antipsychotic drugs, despite having no other mental health diagnosis. The study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found almost 12 per cent of kids and youth aged one to 24 with ADHD were prescribed antipsychotics like Risperdal, which were developed to treat schizophrenia.

New device monitors heart and lung sounds at home

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:06:55 GMT

In cases of pneumonia, congestive heart failure or even asthma, the sound is crucial, and is often responsible for 15 to 50 percent of clinic visits. "As the technology and knowledge come into the consumer's hands, they are going to be more empowered to have diagnostic computers in their own hands," says Dr. Paul Park, Hummingdoc co-founder and CEO.

UnitedHealth looks beyond insurance to help fuel 4Q growth

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:24:48 GMT

The nation's biggest health insurer made most of its money in the fourth quarter by selling things other than health insurance. UnitedHealth Group's Optum division, which manages prescription drug plans, runs doctor practices and analyzes health care data, generated slightly more of a profit than the company's traditional business of selling insurance.

Snyder defends Medicaid expansion, wants infrastructure fix

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:50:53 GMT

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, right, gives a smooch to his wife, Sue, as he enters the House Chambers to deliver his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Snyder says he will try to persuade Republicans in Congress that the state's Medicaid expansion is a success and a model that can work nationally.

Tobacco giant to emerge from $49 billion deal

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:38:55 GMT

British American Tobacco will take over North Carolina-based Reynolds American Inc. to create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company that would seek to capitalize on growing demand for electronic cigarettes in the U.S. and traditional ones in developing countries. BAT, which has a greater global footprint and already sells Dunhill, Rothmans and Lucky Strike cigarettes, is interested in Reynolds' greater market share in the U.S., where use of e-cigarettes is growing fastest.

UC President Janet Napolitano in hospital after complications from cancer treatment

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:08:43 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary, has been undergoing cancer treatment for five months, the school system said Tuesday, a revelation that came to light only after she was hospitalized with complications. The UC Office of the President said Napolitano, 59, was diagnosed last August but did not say what type of cancer she has or respond to inquiries seeking further details.

In Price's Ga. district, what happens after health repeal

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:08:42 GMT

In this Jan. 5, 2016, file Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. An orthopedic surgeon elected in 2004, Price has long been a conservative critic of Obamacare, arguing instead for as little government involvement as possible.

Why winter weather brings more flu

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:51:47 GMT

Researchers looked at data on weather and flu cases in Gothenburg, Sweden, and found that flu outbreaks occurred about one week after the first stretch of cold weather and low humidity. "According to our calculations, a cold week with an average temperature below zero degree Celsius [32 degrees Fahrenheit] precedes the start of the flu epidemic," said study researcher Nicklas Sundell.

Would you stick needles in your baby to stop it crying?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:05:25 GMT

The study shows applying the traditional Chinese treatment, in which thin needles are inserted into certain sites on the body, twice weekly for two weeks "significantly" reduced crying. Researchers said their findings, published online by the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, show that it may help treat babies with infantile colic - those who cry for more than three hours a day on three or more days a week.

British American Tobacco agrees on takeover of Reynolds

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:04:44 GMT

British American Tobacco Plc has agreed to fully take over Reynolds American Inc. on terms that are improved from an initial bid made last year. The takeover would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and combine BAT's presence in developing countries, where anti-smoking campaigns are not as strong as in the U.S. and Europe, with Reynolds' almost exclusive focus on the U.S. BAT said Tuesday it will buy the 57.8 percent of Reynolds it does not already own.

Clayton Ellis is now out of the hospital and recovering with family.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:36:54 GMT

An East Texas man with a rare disease is out of the hospital. Clayton Ellis says he contracted flesh-eating bacteria from an abscessed tooth.

Drug-resistant superbug may be more widespread than previously known

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:58:26 GMT

This illustration depicts a three-dimensional computer-generated image of a group of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery.

Bird flu confirmed at Lincolnshire turkey farm

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:12:59 GMT

Bird flu has been confirmed in a flock of about 6,000 turkeys at a farm in Lincolnshire, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said. Bird flu has been confirmed in a flock of about 6,000 turkeys at a farm in Lincolnshire, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said.

20-Cent Paperfuge Could Help Diagnose Diseases

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:53:18 GMT

With inspiration from an ancient toy, researchers believe that the simple spinning mechanics of a whirligig could help in the diagnosis of malaria, HIV and other diseases around the world, according to a new study. Whirligigs, buzzers and other spinning toys that date to 3300 B.C. consisted largely of string and an object to spin, like a button or even a piece of bone.

Mums will fall ill 324 times during their children's younger years

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:50:37 GMT

The average mum will fall ill 324 times over their youngster's childhood - with colds and bugs passed on to them by their offspring, a study has found. An endless cycle of sore throats, runny noses, migraines and sickness bugs means the average mum will be left feeling under the weather 18 times a year.