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Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:45:45 -0500


Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks to mothers after childbirth

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500

A nationwide survey shows that postpartum nurses often fail to warn mothers about potentially life-threatening complications following childbirth, mainly because they need more education themselves.(image)

Women who love wine: Are you binge-drinking without realizing it?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0500

When it comes to explaining the increase found among women, the way alcohol is marketed may play a role.(image)

Probiotic bacteria could protect newborns from deadly infection

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:09:00 -0500

Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year.(image)

U.S. teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:57:15 -0500

The overdose death rate rose to 3.7 per 100,000 teens in 2015, from 3.1 the previous year. Most of the deaths were accidental and were mainly caused by heroin, researchers found.(image)

UnitedHealth CEO to step down after run of more than decade

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:49:46 -0500

The company said David Wichmann will take over Sept. 1, and Stephen Hemsley will become executive chairman of the board. Current Chairman Richard Burke will become lead independent director.(image)

Wisconsin man drives to hospital after nail shot into heart

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:16:13 -0500

Doug Bergeson said he initially thought "it just nicked me." But then he "could see the nail moving with my heartbeat. It was kind of twitching with every heartbeat."(image)

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:02:43 -0500

Some may be left with no insurance options if President Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers.(image)

Source of deadly E. coli infection in Wright County remains unknown

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:59:46 -0500

The infection killed a 3-year-old girl last month and severely sickened her older brother.(image)

Merck CEO steps down from presidential council; Trump lashes out

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:35:49 -0500

The CEO of the nation's third largest pharmaceutical company is resigning from the President's American Manufacturing Council citing "a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."(image)

Did yogis know about 'mummy tummy' exercise centuries ago?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0500

A new exercise to help moms fix their mommy pooch looks suspiciously like an ancient yoga breathing technique. But there are few key difference.(image)

Listen: Roundtable discussion on infertility

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:24:50 -0500

A physician, psychologist and the founder of Fruitful discuss assisted reproduction and support systems for people struggling to have biological children.(image)

Bernie Sanders knows his Medicare-for-all bill won't pass. That's not the point

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:00:16 -0500

The Vermont senator will soon introduce a new bill for single-payer health care. The goal is mostly about pushing the Democratic Party to the left, and party leaders have tried avoiding the proposal.(image)

Drinking on the rise in U.S., especially for women, minorities, older adults

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:39:00 -0500

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry looks at rates of alcohol use from 2002 to 2013. Alcohol use in general went up, and problem drinking -- binging, abuse and dependence -- increased even more.(image)

Poll: Most say time to end effort to repeal Obama health law

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:49:57 -0500

Around 4 in 5 want the Trump administration to take actions that help former President Barack Obama's law function properly, rather than trying to undermine it, according to the poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.(image)

Trump to declare opioid crisis a 'national emergency'

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:43:54 -0500

"We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," Trump told reporters Thursday.(image)

47 hospitals slashed their use of 2 key heart drugs after huge price hikes

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:52:00 -0500

These two older drugs, nitroprusside and isoproterenol, are frequently used in emergency and intensive care situations and have no direct alternatives, say cardiologists.(image)

Despite proven technology, attempts to make table saws safer drag on

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500

It's unclear whether the Consumer Product Safety Commission will finally pass a rule requiring all new saws to have an active injury prevention monitoring system built into them.(image)

Trump escalates feud with Senate GOP leader over health care

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:40:04 -0500

"Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!" President Trump tweeted Thursday.(image)

Study: Trump actions trigger health premium hikes for 2018

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:48:29 -0500

The analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that mixed signals from President Trump have created uncertainty "far outside the norm," leading insurers to seek higher premium increases for 2018 than would otherwise have been the case.(image)

Some tuna can carry up to 36 times the toxic chemicals of others. Here's why

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:39:00 -0500

When it comes to pollutant levels, researchers now say where your tuna was caught can make a huge difference. But tracking your yellowfin to the spot it was caught may be tricky.(image)