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UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes


Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. More>>

Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies


A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the government is donating. More>>

Mayo Clinic Heath System leads the way in baby-friendly practices Video included

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and this year the Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging Minnesota Hospitals and Birth Centers to support breast feeding and become baby friendly.

Doctor: No health risk from 2 US Ebola patients

A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk. More>>

Fitness may boost kids' brainpower

Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids' minds. More>>

WHO says Ebola has killed more than 1,200

The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people. More>>

Vigorous exercise seems safe for heart transplant recipients

Vigorous exercise appears to be safe and beneficial for heart transplant patients, according to new research. More>>

Scope of Ebola outbreak may be greater than statistics show: WHO

The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be far greater than the current statistics indicate, officials from the World Health Organization said Friday. More>>

Ebola vaccine trials set to begin in September

Officials at the World Health Organization said that the first round of clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine made by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could begin next month. More>>

Preemies' thinking skills may catch up by adolescence

A new Australian study offers some potentially reassuring news to parents of preemies who are worried about their child's intellectual development. More>>

U.S. hospitals see big rise in drug-related suicide attempts

Drug-related suicide attempts in the United States increased over a recent six-year period, with dramatic increases seen among young and middle-aged adults, health officials reported Thursday. More>>

Are public swimming pools really that dirty?

Just how clean is your neighborhood pool? More>>

More than 10 million people gained coverage under Affordable Care Act

A new study estimates that more than 10 million uninsured Americans gained health coverage over the past year due to the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Marvels of the Med City: Resoundant uses sound waves to diagnose disease Video included

The use of sound waves in the medical field has a long history. But using them to "feel" the hardness of some of your most vital internal organs is brand new technology. It's called Magnetic Resonance Elastography, or an MRE. It helps to diagnose hardening of the liver due to disease without a biopsy, by giving doctors a color-coded, detailed map of your organ's tissue density. More>>

Marvels of the Med City: AWARE system seeks to revolutionize intensive care Video included

Dr. Brian Pickering of the Mayo Clinic is one of three doctors who reimagined and drastically reorganized the way ICU doctors operate, with a program called AWARE. More>>

Marvels of the Med City: Imanis Life Sciences revolutionizes reporter gene technology Video included

A company called Imanis Life Sciences was born in Rochester, and continues to use the resources here to revolutionize reporter gene technology.

Study says that teenage texts = teenage sex

Teenagers who text a lot are more likely to sext and a new study says that they are also more likely to be sexually active. More>>

Researchers spot potential new culprit behind Alzheimer's

Although the exact reason why Alzheimer's disease develops still remains elusive, scientists report that they've found a new protein that may play an important role in the devastating memory illness. More>>

Science finds way to block booze's effect -- in worms

Scientists who created worms that can't get drunk say their research could lead to new ways to treat people with drinking problems. More>>

A little alcohol may not be good for your heart after all

A new study challenges the widely held belief that light drinking of alcohol may be good for your heart. More>>

60 percent of diners use calorie labeling when posted

About six out of 10 adults make use of calorie information on menus, if it's available, to decide what to order in restaurants, according to a new U.S. study. More>>

Health tip: Debunking myths about weight loss

If you want to lose weight, it's important to understand what's really needed to shed extra pounds the healthy way. More>>

Men develop breast cancer, too

While rare, breast cancer does occur in men and is often diagnosed at a later age and stage than in women, experts say. More>>

Glaucoma can affect babies, too

When Olivia Goree noticed something just "wasn't right" about her 6-week-old son's eyes, she trusted her instincts and took him to the doctor. What she never expected was the diagnosis: glaucoma. More>>

Sperm donor age may not affect infertility treatment success

A sperm donor's age doesn't affect the chances of a live birth resulting from fertility treatments using donor sperm, a new study says. More>>

A laptop may boost a hospitalized child's recovery

A hospital can be a lonely and stressful place for a sick child recuperating from a serious illness, but researchers say relief from boredom and isolation is just a mouse click away. More>>

Study: Daily low-dose aspirin may help ward off pancreatic cancer

People who take low-dose aspirin for more than 10 years might be reducing their risk for pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests. More>>

Diets high in dairy might boost colon cancer survival, a bit

A diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend the lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer, a new study suggests. More>>

ER visits peak when kids barred from child care

Child care centers commonly bar parents from dropping off a child with a runny nose or other minor illness. And the result, a new study finds, can be needless trips to the emergency room. More>>

Hypnosis may help improve deep sleep

A short session of hypnosis might lead to a better night's sleep, says a team of Swiss researchers. More>>

U.S. health snapshots: Insurance coverage expands, but gaps remain

Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Number of induced labors falling in U.S.

After almost two decades of steady increases, the number of U.S. infants born early due to induced labor and C-section has declined in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and... More>>

Caffeine affects teen boys, girls differently

Kids appear to process caffeine -- the stimulant in coffee, energy drinks and soda -- differently after puberty. Males then experience greater heart-rate and blood-pressure changes than females, a new study suggests. More>>

Can weight-loss surgery lower cancer risk for the obese?

Weight-loss surgery may do more than lower the risk of heart problems and improve type 2 diabetes in obese patients: A new review suggests it may also lower their chances of a cancer diagnosis. More>>

Red meat may raise breast cancer risk

Women who ate the most red meat increased their risk for breast cancer by nearly 25 percent, a 20-year study of nearly 89,000 women suggests. More>>

Recession forced many families to seek Medicaid coverage

During the last economic recession, the families of many children with chronic health conditions had to turn to Illinois' Medicaid program, Chicago researchers report. More>>

Exercise may spur more varied gut microbes

Exercise can increase the diversity of bacteria found in the gut, possibly boosting the immune system and improving long-term health, British researchers report. More>>

Poor sleep may lead to worse grades for college students

Instead of staying up studying all night, college students might want to try a new way to improve their grades: get a good night's sleep. More>>

Scents may sway your sense of beauty

Women may be seen as more attractive if they use scented products or perfumes, a small new study suggests. More>>

Hormone levels in womb tied to autism risk in boys

Some boys with autism may have been exposed to slightly elevated levels of certain hormones in the womb, a new study suggests -- though it's not clear yet what the finding means. More>>

1 in 4 smokers with gene defect may get lung cancer

Up to one in four smokers with a particular genetic defect will develop lung cancer, researchers report. More>>

U.S. measles cases at 20-year high

Measles cases in the United States are at a 20-year high so far this year. And nearly all the cases involve unvaccinated U.S. residents who've traveled abroad to countries where the respiratory disease is much more... More>>

Kids' snacking gets less nutritious as they age

The nutritional quality of children's snacks declines as they get older, a new study finds. More>>

Dad's brain becomes more 'maternal' when he's primary caregiver

Fathers who spend more time taking care of their newborn child undergo changes in brain activity that make them more apt to fret about their baby's safety, a new study shows. More>>

Sharp rise in ER visits tied to abuse of sedative

There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans being treated at emergency departments for abuse of the sedative alprazolam, best known as Xanax, federal officials reported Thursday. More>>

Seat belts, air bags may save your kidneys

Air bags and seat belts help protect the kidneys from damage during car accidents, new research shows. More>>

Injuries from swallowed magnets on the rise in kids

As the number of new and stronger magnet toys being sold has increased, so has the number of kids who have suffered serious injuries after swallowing a magnet, according to new research. More>>

Sperm, semen defects may be linked to shorter life spans

Men rendered infertile due to defects in their semen and sperm are more likely to die early than men with normal semen, new research suggests. More>>

People with mental health issues more likely to turn to e-cigarettes

People with mental health disorders are more likely to use electronic cigarettes, a new study finds. More>>

Can doing the dishes save a young marriage?

Newlywed couples who have similar expectations for dividing household chores are more likely to have longer-lasting marriages, a new study suggests. More>>

Mild electrical zaps to brain induce 'lucid dreaming' in study

A mild electrical jolt to the brain triggered lucid dreaming in young people, allowing them to become aware that they were dreaming and even gain some control over the plot of their dream. More>>

Ultrasound of lymph nodes no less accurate for obese women

Obesity does not reduce the ability of ultrasound scans to detect breast cancer in underarm lymph nodes, a new study reveals. More>>

Prenatal fish oil supplements may not boost child's brain health

SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Despite public health recommendations that women consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements while pregnant, new research suggests that offspring do not gain any mental health benefit. More>>

E-cigarette vapor contains potentially harmful particles

E-cigarettes may not be as harmless as they initially seemed. New research suggests that e-cigarette vapor produces tiny particles that users suck deep into their lungs, potentially causing or worsening respiratory diseases. More>>

Disease outbreaks may not change minds of vaccine opponents

Health experts who hope that outbreaks of childhood illnesses might spur vaccine-refusing parents to change their stance may be discouraged by results of a large new study. More>>

Good nutrition for a beach-ready body

We all want to firm up those tummies before hitting the surf this summer, but there’s much more to getting bikini-ready than just stopping by your favorite spin class three times a week. More>>

Too much or too little sleep tied to memory problems in older women

Seniors who slept too little or too much during midlife or after are at increased risk for memory problems, as are those whose sleep habits changed over time, a new study suggests. More>>

Spanking may be more common than parents admit

Ask any busy parent of preschool children: Early evening can be a stressful time. Now a small new study that audiotaped families soon after they returned home from work and day care suggests that spanking is surprisingly... More>>

Pot-booze combo more dangerous for teen drivers than alcohol alone

Teenagers who mix alcohol and marijuana are more likely to be dangerous on the road than teens who use one or the other drug, a new study suggests. More>>

Smoke-free laws may help prevent copd hospitalizations

People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are less likely to be hospitalized for breathing problems if they live in an area where local laws prohibit smoking in public spaces including bars,... More>>

Could more coffee lower your odds for diabetes?

Drinking more coffee might lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, a new large U.S. study suggests. More>>

1 in 13 U.S. schoolkids takes psych meds

More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows. More>>

Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better. More>>

Too little sleep may add to teen health problems

Many teens from lower- and middle-income homes get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds. More>>

School bans on chocolate milk may backfire

Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found. More>>

Bleeding irregularities common in menopause

Extended and heavy menstrual bleeding during menopause is common, according to a new study. More>>

Blood test aims to predict breast cancer's return

A new blood test may one day help predict the recurrence of breast cancer and also a woman's response to breast cancer treatment, researchers report. More>>

Young dads at risk of depressive symptoms

Young fathers may be at increased risk of depression symptoms after their baby arrives, all the way through to the child's kindergarten, a new study suggests. More>>

Does housework count as exercise?

Most household chores can count toward your physical activity quota, but to really stay fit, you need to make sure you're getting your heart rate up. More>>

Social skills a casualty of childhood head injury

Serious head injuries may be linked to children's lack of ability to interact with others, a new study indicates. More>>

Aerobic exercise may help older women at risk for dementia

Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain's memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia, according to a small new study. More>>

Intensive care unit related depression often overlooked

One-third of patients admitted to an intensive care unit develop depression that causes physical symptoms rather than the typical psychological signs, a new study finds. More>>

Drinking milk may slow knee arthritis in women

Milk may be a useful weapon against arthritis of the knee for women, but the same can't be said for yogurt or cheese, a new study says. More>>

Heart disease haunted mummies, too

Though the pyramids are proof of the ancient Egyptians' architectural skills, new research on mummies tucked away inside them unearths a lesser known fact: heart disease was as common then as it is today. More>>

CDC salt guidelines too low for good health

Don't toss out your salt shaker just yet: A new analysis from Denmark finds current recommended salt guidelines may be too low. More>>

Too much running tied to shorter life span

Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol. More>>

Space travel alters shape of human heart

The hearts of astronauts become more spherical when they spend long stretches of time in space, and this change might lead to heart problems, a new study indicates. More>>

Marathon training might boost heart health

Marathon training may be a good way for middle-aged men to reduce their risk of heart problems, a new study suggests. More>>

Doctors really do raise your blood pressure

Patients' blood pressure readings are notably higher when they're taken by a doctor than by a nurse, a new study finds. More>>

Spanking triggers vicious cycle

Parents who spank unruly children may not know it, but they are participating in a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years, a new study suggests. More>>

Drunk-driving deaths under-reported in U.S.

Alcohol's role in U.S. traffic deaths is significantly under-reported, a new study shows. More>>

Daily exercise lowers breast cancer risk

Getting more than an hour of physical activity each day can reduce women's risk for breast cancer, new research suggests. More>>

No-fridge nasal vaccines on the horizon

Nasal-spray vaccines that don't require refrigeration -- which are still in the experimental stage -- could help protect people in remote regions from future disease outbreaks, according to a researcher. More>>

Color vision tends to fade with age

Here's one more ability that seems to decline with age: color sense.

Head lice growing resistant to standard meds

Most head lice found in North America now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to standard over-the-counter treatments, a new study cautions. More>>

18,000 volunteers to test 'chocolate pills'

There may soon be a way to reap the benefits of dark chocolate without the calories. More>>

Yes, you can catch a bad mood on Facebook

Before you post your latest mood on Facebook, consider whether it's a mood you want your friends to catch. More>>

'Love hormone' may help those with anorexia

A small, preliminary study hints that a hormone connected to positive feelings could help ease obsessions with food and obesity in people with anorexia. More>>

Are you musical or tone deaf? Genes may be key

Inheriting certain inner-ear genes may make for top-notch musical chops. More>>

New knees, hips may also help the heart

A knee or hip joint replacement may provide a surprising benefit: better heart health. More>>

When smartphone is near, parenting may falter

Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table. More>>

Could more time on Facebook help spur eating disorders?

Young women who spend a lot of time on Facebook tend to be more likely to be concerned about their body image and could be at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study suggests. More>>

Tips to improve your brain power and memory

While we do lose brain cells past the teenage years, there’s accumulating evidence that we can also foster new ones. More>>

He makes nutritionists frown, but a man who ate all of his meals at McDonald's for six months says he's lighter and healthier as he nears the end of his unconventional weight-loss plan. More>>

2-Mile daily walk might help fight COPD

Taking daily walks of at least two miles can reduce hospitalizations from severe episodes of a life-threatening breathing disorder, new research suggests. More>>

Hangovers don't delay the next drink

Hangovers don't influence when people will have their next drink, according to a new study that challenges some common beliefs. More>>

Heart attack risk rises in hours after angry outburst

A new study might supply another reason to keep your cool under stress. Researchers say angry outbursts may raise your odds for a heart attack or stroke in the hours after the incident. More>>

Baby 'sleep machines' could damage hearing

Some of the "sleep machines" marketed to soothe infants seem capable of generating enough noise to potentially damage a baby's hearing, a new study suggests. More>>

Common asthma meds may raise sleep apnea risk

Medicines commonly used to control asthma may increase the risk of a potentially serious sleep problem in some people, a small, early study suggests. More>>

Secondhand smoke linked to miscarriage risk

Breathing in someone else's tobacco fumes might raise a woman's odds for miscarriage, stillbirth or other complications, a new study suggests. More>>

Nurse caseloads, education tied to surgery outcomes

Patients who've undergone common surgical procedures are more likely to die if they are being treated in hospitals where nurses have heavier workloads and fewer nurses hold a bachelor's degree. More>>

MERS virus that threatens humans also found in camels

Scientists looking for the origin of the MERS virus, which has infected at least 182 people since 2012, have found that it is widespread among camels in Saudi Arabia. More>>

Legal drinking age of 21 saves lives

A legal drinking age of 21 saves lives. And demands by some to lower the age limit should be ignored, a new review says. More>>

Scientists use fishing line, thread to make artificial muscles

Fishing line and sewing thread can create powerful artificial muscles that could be used to help disabled people or to build incredibly strong robots, a new study says. More>>

Do you often recall dreams? Your brain might be more active

People who often remember their dreams have high levels of activity in certain areas of the brain, a new study says. More>>

'Talking' medical devices, apps continue to evolve

They remind you when it's time to take your medicine, coach you through emergency medical procedures and text you their approval when you eat your veggies. More>>

Food price hikes may affect those with type 2 diabetes

Food prices are linked to blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. More>>

Flu hits unvaccinated hardest

If you want to avoid the very worst of the flu, get a flu shot. More>>

Obamacare enrollment nears 3.3 million

Nearly 3.3 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the state and federal marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. More>>

Fight norovirus with oregano

A substance in oregano oil may help attack norovirus, an intestinal illness that often affects nursing homes, cruise ships, hospitals and schools. More>>

Quitting smoking linked to better mental health in study

Quitting smoking may be as good for your mental health as it is for your physical health, a new study suggests. More>>

Cat bites may lead to serious infections, hospitalizations

Cat bites may look less serious than dog bites, but beware: They can cause dangerous infections, particularly when they involve the hand, new research indicates. More>>

Common causes of winter allergies

Some allergy sufferers breathe a sigh of relief when colder weather settles in, but for others, allergy symptoms flare. More>>

Shy kids might not have difficulty with language

Shy children do not have difficulties with language, suggests a new study that challenges previous research. More>>

Want to keep the weight off? Weekday meals may be key

People trying to lose weight should pay close attention to what they eat during the week, and not worry as much about enjoying themselves during the weekend, a new study suggests. More>>

U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk

American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns. More>>

Study ties home births to higher infant death rates

The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say. More>>

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life More>>

Docs detail healthy food choices for Super Bowl Sunday

Along with football, food is a major part of the Super Bowl Sunday experience -- but it's a good idea to choose what you eat wisely and avoid overindulging, experts say. More>>

Keep lice off your child's head

It's that time of year when your children are back in school -- and you need to be on the lookout for head lice, an expert says. More>>

How to prevent winter sports injuries

Get out and enjoy winter but take steps to protect yourself from common ski- and snowboard-related injuries such as sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures, an orthopedist says. More>>

Dealing with the deep freeze

As another blast of Arctic air sends millions of Americans into a prolonged deep freeze, doctors are offering advice on dealing with dangerously frigid temperatures. More>>

Fewer Americans lack health insurance, poll finds

The nation's uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. More>>

Time for docs to ditch the white coat?

Could a doctor's white coat or necktie help spread germs among patients? More>>

Sunlight might be good for your blood pressure

Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why. More>>

Your guide to keeping kids healthy

Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice. More>>

Okra revisited

In Lagos, Nigeria, the viscous vegetable claims a regular spot at the dinner table. More>>

Having a baby? Price tag for delivery varies widely

The bill for delivering a healthy baby varies enormously among California hospitals, with new mothers facing cost differences of 8- to 10-fold depending on the hospital where they end up giving birth. More>>

Women more open to weight-loss surgery

Women are four times more likely than men to seek weight-loss surgery, a new study finds. More>>

When a common cold becomes more dangerous for kids

Frequent colds are a normal part of young children's lives, but sometimes a stuffy nose becomes a more severe lung infection. Now, a new study clarifies some of the factors that put certain kids at greater risk. More>>

Assaults at schools send 90,000 kids to ER each year

Children and teenagers who are assaulted at school account for nearly 90,000 emergency-room visits in the United States each year, new research finds. More>>

Recession triggered wave of health worries

Americans' concerns about stomach ulcers and other stress-related health problems rose sharply during the recent recession, according to a new study. More>>

U.S. cancer deaths decline again

The rate of cancer deaths among Americans continues to decline, according to a new report. Over the last 20 years, the overall risk of dying from cancer has dropped 20 percent, researchers found. More>>

Get fit before you hit the slopes

Downhill skiing is a great way to enjoy winter, but you need to prepare your body beforehand to reduce the risk of injuries, an expert suggests. More>>

Avoiding injury during winter sports

Skiing, skating, snowboarding and sledding are great ways to stay active during the winter -- if you take proper safety precautions. More>>

New year, new exercises!

The latest workout trends will help you avoid the same old routine and have you hitting your goals in no time. More>>

What yoga can and can't do for you

Chances are that you've heard good things about yoga. It can relax you. It can get you fit -- just look at the bodies of some celebrities who sing yoga's praises.

7 good luck foods for the new year

With all the feelings of hope and inspiration a new year brings, why not add some good luck into the mix? The following are some of the foods that are associated with good luck in the New Year. More>>

Keeping healthy during holiday travel

Traveling long distances by plane, car or train over the holidays can pose health risks if you don't take steps to protect yourself, an expert warns. More>>

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