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Trump in 'very good health overall,' according to annual physical results

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:29:42 GMT

President Donald Trump, 72, is in "very good health overall," according to results from his physical examination, which were released on Thursday.

10 ways to get healthier after 60

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:07:26 GMT

It takes moxie to flip an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one -- particularly for folks over 60.

Teen who inspired many by walking while on life support has died

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:45:29 GMT

Zei Uwadia, a teenage girl who defied expectations by walking while on life support, has died, according to a Facebook post by her mother.

Eating 'ultraprocessed' foods accelerates your risk of early death, study says

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:08:55 GMT

The quick and easy noshes you love are chipping away at your mortality one nibble at a time, according to new research from France: We face a 14% higher risk of early death with each 10% increase in the amount of ultraprocessed foods we eat.

The 'Salt Queen' working to transform the health of a nation

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:04:23 GMT

Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:45:59 GMT

Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world's most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says.

Drugmaker that pushed pill on elderly now facing fines

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:23:18 GMT

A pharmaceutical company that aggressively marketed a drug to nursing home residents now faces significant financial penalties as the result of an investigation by the Justice Department.

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

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:28:49 GMT

Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform, a move that raises questions about free speech and public health.

What are PFAS chemicals, and what are they doing to our health?

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:58:12 GMT

PFAS chemicals are known as "forever chemicals," a family of potentially thousands of synthetic chemicals that are extremely persistent in the environment and in our bodies. PFAS is short for perfluoroalky and polyfluoroalkyl substances and includes chemicals known as PFOS, PFOA and GenX.

Does chocolate cause acne? After many studies, the answer is ... 'complicated'

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:06:35 GMT

"I love this question because I get it every day, and I always wonder why people are so obsessed with the notion that chocolate causes acne," said Dr. Patricia Farris, a dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Racial disparities in US cancer deaths are shrinking, study finds

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:35:41 GMT

Racial disparities in cancer deaths between black and white patients in the United States are receding -- but more progress is needed to completely close the gap for some cancer types and age groups, according to a new study.

'Everything is a fight to get medications': How the quest for lower drug prices is hurting children with asthma

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:01:27 GMT

Debarrin Norman is 15 years old and loves basketball. He plays every day. But over the past two years, his mom, Toya Lacey, has seen him more and more often on the sidelines, wheezing and gasping for air. His current medication is just not doing the trick, she says.

Weakest sperm left behind at 'gates' along reproductive path, study finds

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:19:22 GMT

The race to fertilize an egg is a ruthless one -- and now, scientists have shed more light on the punishing obstacle course attempted by hundreds of millions of sperm cells in their bid to get there first.

Moved by CNN investigation, Georgia lawmaker proposes storing rape kits for at least 50 years

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:57:58 GMT

Inspired by a CNN investigation that revealed law enforcement agencies nationwide improperly destroyed rape kits, a Georgia lawmaker introduced legislation Wednesday aimed at preventing that from happening in his state.

He taught himself this skill in prison. Now he's using it to brighten the lives of cancer patients

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:20:35 GMT

With loving hands and a dainty hook, a craftsman is making the world a little warmer by crocheting colorful caps -- almost as colorful as the tattoos on his muscular forearms.

How love sparks better heart health

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:43:12 GMT

When you think of your loved one, does your heart feel warm and fuzzy? Or would you say it skips a beat, goes pitter-patter or begins to race?

Pediatrician: How I partnered with parents who didn't want to vaccinate

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:32:54 GMT

Vaccinating, like all parenting decisions, is one that is made from a place of love and caring. A parent who chooses to vaccinate has their child's best interest at heart, as does a parent who chooses not to vaccinate.

A nursing home patient 'rotted to death' under nurses' care, Ohio attorney general says

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:47:35 GMT

Current and former employees of an Ohio nursing facility are accused of mistreating two patients in their care, including one who died as a result of the nurses' actions, Attorney General Dave Yost said Thursday.

Avoid these 'ultraprocessed' foods and you might live longer

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:23:24 GMT

A study published Monday revealed an alarming statistic: Eating a lot of unhealthy, "ultraprocessed" foods may shorten your life. Specifically, researchers found that a 10% increase in the consumption of ultraprocessed foods was significantly associated with a 14% higher risk of death from all causes.

To our kids, after tragedy: 'People are good, not bad'

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:11:04 GMT

Every mass shooting, act of terrorism and hate crime I read/watch/hear about in the news chips away a piece of my heart and makes me want to pull my daughters close, as if my hugs can protect them. But ultimately, none of these tragedies reduces my faith in humanity.

Killing it with crutches, athlete with spina bifida takes on extreme racing

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:14:09 GMT

Misty Diaz showed no fear as she lined up for the Red Bull 400, a brutal foot race straight up the Olympic ski jump in Park City, Utah.

Drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:23:25 GMT

Drinking two or more diet sodas a day is linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart attacks and early death in women over 50, a new study says. The risk was highest for obese and African American women.

Salmonella outbreak tied to raw turkey expands with 63 more illnesses

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:20:22 GMT

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.

This year's flu shot is less than 50% effective in preventing infection, CDC says

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:01:25 GMT

Don't let your guard down: The US flu season is expected to continue for several more weeks, with activity across the nation now elevated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. A flu shot is still recommended for those who have neglected to get one, but the CDC estimated this year's vaccine's overall effectiveness in preventing an infection at just 47%.

Teen gets vaccinated despite parents' concerns: 'I was doing it for my safety and the safety of others'

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:39:16 GMT

Ethan Lindenberger grew up thinking that not being vaccinated was normal.

Opioid epidemic spilling over onto roads, study says

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:37:07 GMT

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.

Officials hope to change minds amid 'exquisitely contagious' measles outbreak

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:05:25 GMT

Officials in Clark County, Washington, publish a list every day of where people infected with measles have been. Among them: busy spots like Concourse D at Oregon's Portland International Airport on January 7 and the sold-out Portland Trail Blazers' home game four days later. There's also a Costco, a Trader Joe's, numerous schools, day-care centers and churches, a swimming pool and even a trampoline park.

All breast cancer patients should get genetic testing, surgeons say

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:59:42 GMT

Barriers to genetic testing need to fall as knowledge of inherited cancer risks grows, surgeons say.

Nearly 1 in 7 US kids and teens have a mental health condition -- half go untreated, study says

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:14:24 GMT

Half of children with a mental health condition in the United States go without treatment, according to a new study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

FDA targets illegally marketed dietary supplements

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:16:09 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration is taking new action against dietary supplements, sending warning letters to companies who claim, without proof, that their products can prevent or treat Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer, the agency announced Monday.