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$375,000 price leads disabled mom to ration meds

14 hours 12 min ago
Bhanu Patel couldn't believe the news. The medication that allows her to move shot up to $375,000. Fearful of becoming a financial burden to her family, she's begun rationing the medication she currently has -- taking two pills a day, instead of four. "The words that I can use is I can't believe this is happening," she said.

For nearly 2 decades, Grand Canyon tourists were exposed to radiation beyond the federal limit, safety manager says

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 22:49
Uranium ore stored at the Grand Canyon National Park museum may have exposed visitors and workers to elevated levels of radiation, according to the park's safety, health and wellness manager.

FDA chief: Federal government might step in if states don't change lax vaccine laws

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 19:23
The head of the US Food and Drug Administration says that if states don't require more schoolchildren to get vaccinated, the federal government might have to step in.

FDA may recommend overdose reversal drug alongside opioid prescriptions

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 17:05
In a growing number of states, patients who get opioids for serious pain may leave their doctors' offices with a second prescription -- for naloxone, a drug that can save their lives if they overdose on the powerful painkillers.

FDA warns against using young blood as medical treatment

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:35
Wannabe vampires, beware: The US Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday against using plasma infusions from young blood donors to ward off the effects of normal aging as well as other more serious conditions. Plasma, the liquid portion of the blood, contains proteins that help clot blood.

Heart attacks are on the rise among young women, study shows

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 03:00
The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why.

Researchers hope experimental 2.5-minute sepsis test could save lives

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 01:50
UK researchers have developed a test they say might quickly identify sepsis, a potentially fatal complication from an infection.

'Alarming' number of people received restricted fentanyl, study says

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 01:21
An "alarming" number of US patients received a highly potent form of opioid that is 100 times more powerful than morphine and that they never should have been prescribed, according to a new study.

New recommendations say not all women need genetic testing for cancer. Critics say it could cost lives

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 01:11
Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to decide who should undergo genetic counseling for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended Tuesday. The mutations increase a woman's cancer risk.

Early humans hunted monkeys and squirrels in the rainforest

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:02
New evidence from Sri Lanka's oldest archaeological site suggests that early humans used sophisticated techniques to hunt monkeys and squirrels, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

Give me some skin: A nighttime ritual to bond parent and child

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:02
One of the greatest tests of a parent's patience comes at night when you are trying to get your child to fall asleep, stay asleep or go back to sleep.

Screen time for kids under 2 more than doubles, study finds

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:00
Screen time has more than doubled for children under 2 years old since 1997, a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found, with time spent in front of a TV as the main driver despite a changing screen landscape.

The argument for playing video games with our kids

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 17:50
There is, inevitably, a gap between the parents we are and the parents we think we are. Not unlike algorithms, we rely on the past to inform our parenting decisions in the present. But this world keeps on turning, and the parenting present is never quite like the past.

Can you eat your way to better mental health? Study says yes

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 17:38
It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too.

Parents were protesting compulsory vaccinations 150 years ago. Some are still angry

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 18:28
More than a century before Facebook, anti-vaccination campaigners had another method for spreading their message -- an eye-catching march through town with tiny children's coffins emblazoned with the words: "Another victim of vaccination."

Immunotherapies could change kidney cancer care, studies suggest

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 06:11
The way doctors typically approach kidney cancer treatment could be evolving.

Deer in 24 states infected with chronic wasting disease

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 19:19
Chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild deer, elk or moose in 24 states, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning hunters to avoid handling or eating potentially infected meat.

Salmonella outbreak tied to raw turkey expands with 63 more illnesses

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:20
Sixty-three more people have been infected with salmonella linked to raw turkey products in an outbreak that began in November 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

Amid measles outbreaks, Facebook considering how to reduce spread of anti-vaccine content

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 03:28
Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform, a move that raises questions about free speech and public health.

Opioid epidemic spilling over onto roads, study says

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:37
Patients who are prescribed opioids and the clinicians who prescribe them have more to be concerned about than steadily rising rates of opioid overdoses, according to a new study.