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Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds

11 hours 1 min ago
Whether you eat breakfast might be linked with your risk of dying early from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.

How permanent daylight saving time and later school starts could affect health

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 23:16
About 70 countries around the world nudge their clocks back and forth each year -- but some people want to "spring forward" permanently, citing health and other benefits.

Drinking water linked to fewer sugary drinks -- and calories -- in kids

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 23:00
Children and teens who drink water are less likely to consume sugary beverages throughout the day, according to a new study.

We're losing the war on climate change

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 22:36
For years now, people like environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben have been screaming from the treetops that we need a World War II-scale mobilization to fight the scourge of climate change.

US inches closer to measles record, with more than 600 cases reported

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 21:48
There have been 626 cases of measles reported in the United States this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 71 more than the agency reported last week in its weekly update.

A peep into the history of Easter's marshmallow icon

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 20:14
Easter is a popular time for America's bunny- and chick-shaped marshmallows friends known as Peeps. Every day, about 5.5 million Peeps are produced, roughly 2 billion a year.

FDA OKs first medical device to treat ADHD in children

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 18:23
The first medical device to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was approved Friday by the Food and Drug Administration. Instead of medication, the device delivers a low-level electrical stimulation to the parts of the brain that regulate emotion, behavior and attention.

Recall of blood pressure drug losartan expanded

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 01:44
If you take blood pressure medicine, you'll want to double-check your bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its recall of losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets.

This flu season is the longest in a decade, CDC says

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 00:59
It's official: This year's flu season is a record breaker.

Are you protected from measles? It may depend on when you were born

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 00:56
Nearly two decades after measles was declared eliminated in the US, the country and the globe have seen an upsurge of cases -- including adults who thought they were protected by the vaccine. Now, some are questioning whether they are properly vaccinated and whether they are still at risk for getting measles.

There were only 147 of the world's fattest parrots alive -- and then came the baby boom

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 00:14
Behold the delightful kākāpō, a flightless bird that holds the honor of being the fattest kind of parrot in the world. These roly-poly land angels are native to New Zealand, and unfortunately, they are also critically endangered: Up until recently, there were only 147 of them.

Life lessons from the native tribe with the healthiest hearts in the world

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:17
A few years ago, I read reports of an indigenous tribe living deep in the Amazon rainforest whose members had hardly any evidence of heart disease. In fact, the researchers concluded after a year-long study that the Tsimane, as they are called, had the healthiest hearts in the world, a title previously held by Japanese women.

A measles outbreak is dividing families in this orthodox Jewish community. Passover could make it worse

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:57
As one of the holiest Jewish celebrations of the year arrives, families in the Hasidic section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, face a dilemma.

World champion triathlete breaks neck but comes back to complete Ironman

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 19:18
The Ironman triathlon is one of the most grueling competitions in the world. It could easily be seen as a form of self-torture. A true Ironman triathlon involves a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. And in case you're not aware, the Ironman competition puts these three events back-to-back-to-back.

What school threats and lockdowns are doing to a generation of children

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:56
Schools across the country are facing the possibility of security threats. Many have plans in place and run drills to prepare for the unthinkable. But lockdown drills and the constant discussion of danger can confuse and traumatize children. And it doesn't necessarily make them safer.

How to talk to your kids about 420 Day

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:44
How to protect your kids as mainstream brands and social media influencers jump on the weed wagon.

Rural health clinics struggle to fight skyrocketing syphilis cases

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:36
Syphilis is spreading from big cities into rural counties across the Midwest and West. One Missouri clinic has seen more than six times as many cases in the first few months of 2019 compared with the same period last year. Communities grappling with budget cuts and crumbling public health infrastructure also lack experience in fighting the disease.

This baby got measles because of anti-vaxers

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 00:07
Fainy Sukenik believes in vaccines, and her four children are up to date on all their shots.

Indiana University is dealing with a mumps outbreak -- and most cases are linked to a fraternity

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 22:31
At least 16 cases of mumps have been reported at Indiana University since Februrary, and nine cases have ties to a single fraternity.

Why an ancient religious text is the best parenting book I've read in years

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:47
As a parenthood writer, I read a lot of parenting books. Most of them underwhelm by either repeating the obvious or suggesting approaches that are in deep denial of the vagaries of human nature.