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Those TV Drug Ads Distract Us From The Medical Care We Need

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:03 -0400

Doctors spend lots of time answering questions about the latest drug ad, and that means less time answering questions that could really help your health, a primary care physician says.

U.S. Supply Of Yellow Fever Vaccine Will Run Out By Midsummer

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:19:00 -0400

Officials are working on an emergency import deal for another vaccine that is not licensed in the U.S. Even then, a limited number of doses will be available at only a small number of clinics.

Homegrown Indian Beverage Industry Takes On Cola Giants With Nostalgic Flavors

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:38:00 -0400

A handful of new Indian beverage companies are offering traditional Indian tastes in neat, hygienic packs and bottles. The industry is growing fast and already competing with big soda companies.

Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.

Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A new study finds that preschool-age children who didn't have a set sleep routine were more likely to be overweight by the time they hit the preteen years.

What Fish Is Good For Me And The Planet? New Documentary Explores

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:52:00 -0400

In order to investigate how eating fish affects our health as well as the oceans, author and fisherman Paul Greenberg spent a year eating fish every day.

We're All Tired. But When Could Fatigue Mean a Medical Problem?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:03:00 -0400

Avoiding your phone and TV at night and setting a firm bedtime might solve your problem if you feel tired a lot. But fatigue can also be a sign of disease.

Is It Time For Hearing Aids To Be Sold Over The Counter?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:28:00 -0400

About 35 million Americans suffer some hearing loss, but most don't do anything about it. There's a growing effort to make hearing aids easier and cheaper to buy.

Chemo Scrambled My Brain

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:30 -0400

After an incorrect dose of a chemotherapy drug for Crohn's disease caused Anne Webster's bone marrow to shut down, she decided that, if she survived, she'd write about her experience.

Hispanic Men Often Put Off Medical Care, Bringing Bigger Trouble

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Men are more likely than women to put off going to the doctor. Hispanic men can face complications of culture, language and cost that make that even more likely.

Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

No, say food safety experts. Molds can easily penetrate deep into a soft food, like bread. But you can salvage other foods with tougher surfaces, like cabbages, carrots and hard cheeses.

GOP Plan To Trim Insurance Benefits Might Not Tame Premiums

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0400

House Republicans are taking another stab at replacing the Affordable Care Act. But industry analysts say cutting required coverage won't meet their goal of lowering premiums for individual insurance.

Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:55:00 -0400

The agency expanded its warnings about prescription cough and pain medications that contain the narcotics codeine or tramadol, saying they can cause dangerously slow breathing in some kids.

Many Veterans Gained Health Care Through The Affordable Care Act

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0400

Almost half a million veterans gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, cutting the number of uninsured vets by 40 percent.

Trump Extends Troubled VA Program That Pays Private Doctors

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:45:00 -0400

The Veterans Choice program was supposed to make it quicker and easier for vets to see a doctor by paying for private-sector care. But it's ended up being slower and more complicated.