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American teens getting early start on heart disease risk, survey says

The proportion of American adolescents who exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and are free of risk factors for future heart disease is "alarmingly low," says a major new survey of teen health. The comprehensive five-year assessment...Show More Summary

Not every woman should get the BRCA gene test, U.S. task force says

Certain mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can increase a woman's chances of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer dramatically. But that doesn't mean all women should line up for laboratory testing to see if they have those risky versions of the genes, members of a government panel said Monday. 

Chicken pox vaccine effective over long term, Kaiser study finds

Once upon a time, not too terribly long ago, getting the chicken pox was practically a rite of passage for kids.

Kids' menus are not healthy, nutrition group says

Ninety-one percent of thousands of children’s meals at the biggest restaurant chains don’t meet standards set by the National Restaurant Assn.’s own initiative for healthful kids’ meals, a study out Thursday from a nutrition advocacy group says. And nine chains have no meals that meet those standards, the study says.

Buffalo Trace Distillery recalls sauces

The gift shop at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., has voluntarily recalled five condiment sauces due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Do companies that refuse to hire smokers help them or harm them?

The Cleveland Clinic is a world-famous medical center that is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the country. It goes without saying that the health professionals who work there don’t condone smoking. In fact, since 2007, the clinic has refused to hire anyone who smokes.

FDA clears the way for a pill for multiple sclerosis

A new oral medication for multiple sclerosis has won the Food and Drug Administration's marketing approval, and is to become available almost immediately to patients suffering from the debilitating auto-immune disease.

A new drug shows promise of hepatitis C cure

In findings that may represent a breakthrough in the treatment of Hepatitis C infection, researchers have reported that weekly injections of an experimental medication that denies the virus a foothold in the liver substantially drove down subjects' viral loads after five weeks of treatment. Show More Summary

Nearly 18 million Americans will be cancer survivors in 2022

Better cancer treatments and an aging population will push the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. to nearly 18 million by 2022, according to a new report from researchers at the National Cancer Institute.

Bacteria may provide some of gastric bypass surgery's boost

In the latest of a slew of studies examining the role of the so-called microbiome -- the mix of microscopic critters that colonize our bodies and our environment -- in human health, Harvard researchers said Wednesday that part of the...Show More Summary

Workplaces can be good weight-loss sites, researchers say

Weight-loss programs at work can help people shave pounds and keep them off, researchers said in a new report.

Food deserts may not be key in what people eat, study says

There’s no strong evidence of an association between living within walking distance of places to buy food and being overweight or not, researchers said after interviewing nearly 100,000 Californians.

WHO confirms 2 new coronavirus deaths. What is coronavirus?

The deadly and mysterious coronavirus that first appeared in Saudi Arabia last year has claimed two more victims, bringing the official death toll to 11.

Chelation for heart disease: Positive findings don't sway critics

The long-awaited results of a study gauging the benefits of a controversial heart disease therapy have once more pitted the alternative medicine community against mainstream cardiologists.

Undeclared walnuts prompt recall of coffee cake

Chicago-based Gold Standard Baking has voluntarily recalled Sweet P’s Bake Shop branded Caramel Apple Danish Coffee Cake after discovering that it contained walnuts, but was distributed in packaging that did not state their presence, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Fate of same-sex marriage cases likely to influence public health

Advocates for and against same-sex marriage will make legal arguments to the Supreme Court this week about whether laws such as the federal  Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 run afoul of the Constitution. 

Which is worse, isolation or loneliness?

Henry David Thoreau relished isolation but didn't feel lonely. Marilyn Monroe was a social butterfly but died lonely.

Too many babies start eating solid foods too soon, CDC study says

Four out of 10 mothers surveyed began feeding their infants solid food when they were only 4 months old and their still-developing bodies weren’t able to process it -- and more than half the moms said they had been advised to do so by a medical professional. 

Infections might sap brainpower, study indicates

Infections may do more than run you down, make you feel miserable and cause absences from work or school: A new study finds that having a long track record of infections may bite into your mental reserves as well.

Temporary tattoos can cause long-lasting allergic reactions: FDA

That temporary henna tattoo may leave a longer-lasting physical effect than you had hoped for, and it may not be pretty, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.   

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