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Doctor on demand: How app culture is reviving the house call

Alison Mintzer and her family were on a flight from New York to Los Angeles when her daughter complained that she felt sick. By the time they landed, Mintzer's normally uncomplaining 6-year-old said that her neck and ears hurt. When a fever soon followed, it was enough to convince her parents that...

Despite the hype, intermittent fasting isn't a magic weight-loss cure

I joined in a wave of the intermittent fasting trend about 10 years ago -- before I was a dietitian. That's when most of the writings on the topic were in the form of blog posts and self-published PDF e-books. Today, a perusal of the Internet turns up several best-selling books extolling the benefits...

Not quite half of American teens have had sex by 18. That's actually low

American teens may be becoming more conservative about sex. According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report reflecting data from 2011 to 2015, about 42 percent of girls and about 44 percent of boys ages 15-19 reported that they'd had sex. Both numbers continue a gradual decades-long...

High-intensity exercise may be bad for the bowels

When it comes to stomach discomfort during exercise, forget that old adage "no pain, no gain." New research suggests that excessive strenuous exercise may lead to gut damage. "The stress response of prolonged vigorous exercise shuts down gut function," said lead author Ricardo Costa. "The redistribution...

The skinny on skin care for athletes who train in the sun

Sunscreen season is here. But most people with desk jobs have to worry about slathering up only if they go to the beach or the pool on weekends. But what about those who need to be outside to do their jobs or, for that matter, favorite activity? Swimmers, runners, golfers, tennis players and other...

Flu vaccine ineffective for people 65 and older last winter

The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around. U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new vaccine data showing it did a so-so job overall. The vaccine was about 42 percent effective...

U2's The Edge talks up food as an anti-cancer weapon

The lead guitarist of U2, the popular rock band playing in the Washington area this week, has more on his mind than music. In 2006, The Edge's 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, something that he says sent him "into a complete tailspin." Sian recovered and is now 19. The experience...

Could hair dyes, relaxers raise breast cancer risk?

The safety of hair products has been debated for years. Now, new research suggests that black women who use dark hair dyes face a higher risk of breast cancer, while chemical relaxers and straighteners boost the odds in white women. The findings stem from a study of more than 4,000 women. Use of...

200 scientists call for new restrictions on antimicrobial chemicals in personal-care products

The Food and Drug Administration took the bold step late last year of banning 19 chemicals in hand and body soap because of questions about their benefits and concerns about their impact on human health and the environment. What many consumers don't know is that these ingredients are still commonly...

In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues

The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year. The 2014 numbers, the latest available for every state and the District of Columbia, reflect...

Physician moms continue to struggle in a male-dominated culture

As she prepared for the birth of her twins and the prospect of caring for three children under 18 months old, Dr. Hala Sabry felt anxious for the first time in her life. An emergency room physician, wife and mother in Southern California, Sabry lacked the option of taking years off to care for...

Lead found in baby food: How to protect your child

The last thing you want to hear when you’ve already been up all night caring for a baby, buffeted by the emotional turmoil of nursing and teething and sleep deprivation, is that the food you’re feeding the infant may not be safe. There may be lurking dangers in those mushed up carrots and peas....

Column: Confirmed and proposed changes to health insurance you may not know about

I recently heard from a middle-income family with three minor children who, for the first time ever, opted to go without health insurance due to cost. I also heard from a self-employed single woman who has for the past several years purchased coverage through the Illinois health insurance marketplace...

A dog bite sent him to the ER. A cascade of missteps nearly killed him

Becky Krall hurried through the sliding-glass doors of the hospital emergency room around 8 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2015, expecting to see her feverish husband, David, sitting among the patients waiting to see a doctor. Instead Krall, who had left him for about 15 minutes while parking their car, was...

Nutrition experts warn coconut oil is on par with beef fat, butter

Step away from that coconut! The American Heart Association just released a report advising against the use of coconut oil. In fact, coconut oil may be as unhealthy as beef drippings and butter. Gulp! In an unpleasant surprise for many health food devotees, research showed that coconut oil increased...

Carrie Fisher's death shines light on underrated health problem — sleep apnea

Actress Carrie Fisher was unabashedly vocal about her lifelong battles with mental illness and drug abuse. She once defiantly told ABC News, "I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I'm still surviving it. But bring it on." Her candor inspired a generation...

Addiction specialist shares her husband’s battle to quit painkillers

Life’s winding paths always seem to have a way of bringing Neena S. and Danny S. back together. The two met in sixth grade and, through the power of alphabetical order, spent their next six years sitting next to one another in every class. After that, though, “we kind of had different life journeys,”...

Men, you have a biological clock too

When Rahsaan Williams was buying his last car four years ago, he asked a lot of questions at the dealership about whether each model he looked at was kid-friendly. How easily could a car seat be installed? Were the seat belts adjustable so they wouldn't choke a child once she was big enough to...

Dangerous unproven treatments for 'chronic Lyme disease' are on the rise

An increasing number of Americans with medically ambiguous symptoms are being misdiagnosed with "chronic Lyme disease" and prescribed dangerous and often expensive treatments that do not work, according to a new report. In some instances, patients have died after receiving intensive, long-term...

Johns Hopkins researchers say they've unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it

Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading. She wasn't sure what to make of it, until she attended an academic conference and heard...

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