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Clinical trials need more minorities

At her 33rd appearance as Subject 16019 in a clinical trial of an experimental drug she hoped would fix "this little problem with my memory," Sandra Brannon sank into a medical exam room's recliner and waited. "What's the date again?" Sandra asked me. I had escorted her to a wing at Bellevue Hospital...

Study suggests possible link between urban lighting and breast cancer

New research reveals an unexpected potential risk factor for breast cancer: city lights. The Harvard Medical School study found an association between living in areas with high amounts of ambient nighttime light and slightly increased odds for breast cancer in younger women who smoke. "In our modern...

Remove the glasses or no? Facts about solar eclipse eye safety.

The Great American Eclipse is just days away, and although we’ve been told never to stare directly at the sun, who can resist the opportunity to watch this celestial spectacle? If you gaze without any means of protection, the results could be permanently damaging, and there is a lot of conflicting...

Blood test shows promise for early-stage cancer detection

A new genetic blood test might pave the way for detecting early stage cancers that often prove fatal when caught too late, a new study suggests. The test scans blood for DNA fragments released by cancerous tumors, explained lead researcher Dr. Victor Velculescu. By reviewing these DNA fragments...

Antidepressant use jumps 65 percent in 15 years

The number of Americans who say they've taken an antidepressant over the past month rose by 65 percent between 1999 and 2014, a new government survey finds. By 2014, about one in every eight Americans over the age of 12 reported recent antidepressant use, according to a report released in August...

'Herd immunity' may be curbing U.S. Zika numbers

The number of Zika infections has dropped dramatically in Florida this summer, and scientists say herd immunity may be the reason why. In practical terms, herd immunity means that people traveling to the United States from South America and the Caribbean may have been infected with Zika in the...

A guide to the best free online workouts

It's easy to get discouraged by the boutique fitness craze with $25 per class fees and the weekly chore of sitting by your computer to reserve a spot in that popular spin class that always sells out. It's often tempting to just skip it, so we rounded up our favorite free online workouts that you...

Trouble with dairy? A2 milk could provide a solution

Maria Elena Sullivan could tell that her daughter Sofia, now 3, had trouble digesting milk from the moment she offered it to her at a year old. Sofia immediately spit it up. By the time she was 2, it was clear from her "serious reaction to it," which included abdominal pain and vomiting, plus the...

Teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows. The drop in teen deaths had been a rare bright spot in the opioid epidemic that has seen adult overdose deaths surge year after year — fueled by abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin...

Pregnant women addicted to opioids face tough choices

Jennifer Kostoff had been in a heroin rehabilitation program for a little more than a week when a routine blood screen showed she was pregnant. Caregivers told her she would have to leave. She could be a liability. The inpatient center near her Granite City, Illinois, home had prescribed her Suboxone...

Zika virus tied to neurological issues in adults

Adults infected with the Zika virus can develop a number of serious neurological conditions, a new study finds. Until now, the most troubling Zika-related illness in adults has been Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes muscle weakness and paralysis. A review of 35 Zika-infected patients in Brazil...

Marijuana may help ease nerve pain

Marijuana may be slightly effective at reducing chronic nerve pain known as neuropathy. But there's little evidence on whether pot helps treat other types of pain or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a pair of new studies suggests. The findings on neuropathy "fit generally well with what we...

Self-massaging with foam rollers may ease muscle pain

A massage feels great. But who can run out and get one every time muscles ache? Take heart, weekend warriors. A growing body of research suggests you don’t have to. A few 30-second sessions with a foam roller or a rolling-pin-like device called a muscle roller or massage stick can help you recover...

Fleas carrying plague found in Arizona

A second Arizona county in two weeks has confirmed that fleas in the area tested positive for plague. The announcement by Navajo County Public Health officials on Friday comes one week after Coconino County officials found prairie dogs in the area to be carrying fleas with the plague. Plague is...

Driving while aging: How to ask seniors to give up the keys

Dolores Munson, 85, got tired last winter of waiting behind a police car that had made a traffic stop about a mile from her home. She swerved into the next lane to pass, but couldn’t help looking to see who had gotten in trouble. “I was nosy,” the Stratford, N.J., woman said. Distracted, Munson...

Gym-going seniors are benefiting from more than exercise

Until an injury temporarily sidelined him recently, Burt Abramowitz, 81, and his 76-year-old workout partner had a standing commitment three times each week. They'd work out at the Gold's Gym in Rockville, Maryland then go out to eat afterward, usually at the Dunkin' Donuts or Silver Diner. Abramowitz...

Study: One in eight American adults are alcoholics

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this month finds that the rate alcohol use disorder, or what's colloquially known as "alcoholism," rose by a shocking 49 percent in the first decade of the 2000s. One in 8 American adults, or 12.7 percent of the U.S. population, now meets diagnostic criteria...

8 fitness gurus to work out with for free on YouTube

Instead of neglecting our workout (and the mood-boosting benefits that come from it), we schedule ourselves a little one-on-one workout time with YouTube. The workouts are time-flexible, accessible and expert-led. In other words, it’s basically a treasure trove of fitness. A quick search unearths...

Learning life lessons at Camp Rhythm, a summer camp for kids with heart conditions

Corwin Pherson had never been to an overnight camp before. He was up at 5 a.m. the first morning, waiting for the rest of the cabin to wake up. The 9-year-old from Waterloo isn’t sure what it’s called — the heart problem he was born with. He knows he’s had like 17 surgeries, three big open-heart...

Drop in kids' ear infections linked to pneumococcal vaccine

American kids' ear infections dropped threefold over 10 years, compared to the 1980s, largely due to pneumococcal vaccines that protect against one type of bacteria that causes them, a new study suggests. However, the study, which tracked more than 600 children from 2006 to 2016, also found a shift...

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