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Mosquito-borne dengue virus lands in Key West

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

They call it "break-bone fever" because of the agonizing muscle and joint pain it causes, while extremely severe cases can trigger internal hemorrhaging.

Smokers are better off quitting, even though they'll gain weight

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Attention smokers: Have you been putting off quitting because you’re afraid you’ll gain weight? Do you tell yourself that those extra pounds will be just as damaging to your heart as cigarettes? A new study says it’s time to get real and kick the habit.

FDA warns heart patients of risk from a second antibiotic

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned that the widely prescribed antibiotic azithromycin -- marketed as Zithromax and Zmax -- may cause potentially fatal changes in the heart rhythm of people who are taking medications to treat existing heart arrhythmia or who have a slower-than normal heart beat or magnesium or potassium deficiencies.

Scanning mummies for heart disease 'about as fun as it can get'

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

As medical director of the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, preventive cardiologist Dr. Gregory Thomas counsels modern-day patients, urging them to eat right, exercise and quit smoking to keep their hearts healthy.

Patient awareness during surgery is rare, physicians report

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

It’s hard to imagine anything much scarier than waking up during surgery and realizing what’s going on. 

USC doctors offer advice for L.A. Marathon runners

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Anyone who plans to run the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday should also plan to wear a hat. And old shoes.

Concussions: Even one can change the brain, study finds

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Even a single concussion appears to cause changes in the structure of the brain that may make cognitive problems and depression a higher likelihood, a new study has found.

Microbe vs. microbe: Sharing bacteria at the roller derby

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

What happens in a day at the roller derby?  For one thing, scientists have discovered and reported Tuesday in the journal PeerJ, a lot of bacteria get swapped around.

For frustrated bad boys, violent video games become more alluring

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Are people playing violent video games blowing off steam, or are they developing habits of violence that may play themselves out off-screen? In the wake of a wave of school shootings that have touched off debate about the roots of violence, those are more than academic questions.

Men in same-sex marriages living longer, study says

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Gay men in same-sex marriages are living longer, according to Danish researchers, but mortality rates among married lesbians have begun to rise after a long period of decline.

You may be smart if you 'like' Mozart and curly fries on Facebook

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

What do Facebook users who “like” Mozart, Morgan Freeman’s voice, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and curly fries have in common? They are likely to have high IQs, according to a new study.

Alzheimer's drug add-on brings some memory improvement

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

In patients with moderate Alzheimer's disease, an experimental drug that alters the brain's "fight or flight" impulse succeeded in improving memory modestly when it was added to at least one of the medications already in wide use to treat the memory-robbing disease.

Magnet swallowing a potentially deadly threat to children, study says

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

A new breed of powerful magnets found in toys and jewelry poses a growing and potentially deadly risk to small children who swallow them, according to a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal.

Ask doctors today about running the L.A. Marathon

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Planning to run the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday? Ready for 26.2 miles? Ready for the recovery afterward? A run that long takes preparation to get a body through it without problems beyond the expected aches and pains.

Change to daylight saving time takes biggest health toll today

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Today is one of the most dangerous days of the year -- and the onset of daylight saving time is to blame.

Struggle to adjust to daylight saving? It's not just you.

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Once again, the oft-dreaded daylight saving time change is upon us. The day that the clocks “spring” forward also inevitably takes a spring out of our step.

Meat Institute finds fault with study on red meat consumption

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

The American Meat Institute has weighed in on a study published this week about eating red meat, and it objects to the study’s methods and conclusions.

Another study finds association between red meat and disease

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Another study has found an association between eating meat and premature death, this time linking the consumption of bacon, sausage and other processed meats with cardiovascular disease and cancer in a study of nearly a half-million Europeans.

More gun laws reduce violent deaths. Or do they?

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Research on gun violence is staging a roaring comeback in the nation's leading medical journals, with a study published this week linking the strength of states' gun laws to varying rates of gun violence across the United States.

Researchers find chemical secret to recapturing youthful brain

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Adults (especially parents) often find fault with the teenage brain. But they should admit that it is a powerful learning machine--and that sometimes, the grown-ups wish they could recapture its nimbleness. New research, conducted by...Show More Summary

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