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Fentanyl deaths skyrocketed more than 1,000% over five years in the US. Here's who it's killing

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:57:25 GMT

Deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl skyrocketed more than 1,000% from 2011 to 2016, according to a report released Thursday.


New film's love story recalls tragic tale of a real-life 'Fault in Our Stars' couple

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 17:23:20 GMT

Dave Prager intends to watch the new movie "Five Feet Apart" hidden away in a corner of the theater where no one can watch him cry.


Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:47:48 GMT

Not long ago, a 4-year-old boy died of the flu. His mother, under doctor's orders, watched his two little brothers like a hawk, terrified they might get sick and die, too.


More US school-age children die from guns than on-duty US police or global military fatalities, study finds

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:51:03 GMT

Gun deaths of school-age children in the United States have increased at an alarming rate, with 38,942 fatalities among 5- to 18-year-olds from 1999 to 2017, according to a new study by Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine.


Promising Alzheimer's drug trial ends in failure

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:50:38 GMT

A promising drug designed to remove proteins from the brains of Alzheimer's patients has been halted, dealing another blow to the ongoing search for treatment and a cure.


Why you can't just eat one cookie or potato chip

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:34:02 GMT

Have you ever found yourself staring at an empty bag of cookies you just devoured? Don't beat yourself up. Your brain is wired to eat that cookie -- and the next 10. It's as automatic a response as running away from a loud noise.


Mumps outbreak grows at Temple University, 'strong recommendation' for vaccine

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:02:50 GMT

Temple University in Philadelphia has reported 74 cases of mumps in an outbreak that began last month, according to a notification sent to the university community on Thursday.


Chickenpox parties and natural immunity: Your questions answered

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:47:13 GMT

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin recently said he chose to expose all nine of his children to the chickenpox instead of giving them the vaccine.


She was once the smallest baby born in Texas. Now, she works in the NICU of the hospital that saved her life

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:26:34 GMT

When Tammy Lewis was born, she was 3 months early and weighed in at only 1 pound 4 ounces. Her family faced the harsh reality their newborn's survival rate was 5-10%.


Tate galleries to stop accepting donations from Sackler family amid opioid crisis

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:20:41 GMT

As criticism mounts over its purported connection with America's opioid crisis, the Sackler family may be falling out of favor with the art world.


How to know whether you're a 'helicopter parent' and why it matters

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:31:42 GMT

The fear of being a helicopter parent began years before I had my first son. Back then, I was fairly certain I could avoid overparenting, and would give my children a healthy amount of freedom.


Almost 70,000 pounds of Tyson chicken strips recalled

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:24:47 GMT

Tyson Foods is recalling chicken strips that may contain metal, federal food safety officials said Thursday.


An Ohio court is being asked to clarify when life begins

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:20:48 GMT

A lawyer in Cleveland, representing a couple that lost embryos in the Ohio fertility clinic storage tank failure last year, is asking an appeals court to answer when -- according to Ohio law -- life begins.


Do you lose nutrients when juicing fruits and veggies? Yes, actually

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:54:08 GMT

Juicing has some benefits but in the process you may lose needed fiber and antioxidants by drinking instead of eating your fruits and vegetables.


One in five Chinese children is overweight or obese, and the booming economy may be to blame, study reveals

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 23:30:08 GMT

One in five Chinese children is overweight or obese, a new study has found, up from just 1 in 20 in 1995.


Kale joins the ranks of the annual 'Dirty Dozen' pesticide list

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 04:46:20 GMT

Kale, that popular green of the health conscious, has joined the ignoble list of 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group. The last time kale was on the list was in 2009 when it was ranked eighth. Strawberries and spinach took the top two spots again this year, respectively, followed by kale.


Who is having more sex over age 50, research explores

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:22:02 GMT

The number of people you have sex with is an individual choice. But certain lifestyle factors play a role in how many sex partners you have, explains a recent study by British researchers.


How kidnapping survivor Midsi Sanchez uses her trauma to help missing and exploited children

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:01:07 GMT

Twenty-seven-year-old Midsi Sanchez has spent the last decade advocating for missing and exploited children.


Nikki Haley is criticized for her comment on health care in Finland

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:06:56 GMT

The top Finnish envoy to the United Nations joined a chorus of people slamming Nikki Haley for saying the European nation's health care system is lacking compared to that of the United States.


San Francisco proposes restricting vape sales. One official would like Juul's headquarters 'gone yesterday'

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 23:31:10 GMT

San Francisco officials are proposing changes that could ban vape sales in the city and jeopardize the headquarters of leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs.


Daily or high-potency cannabis increases risk of psychotic disorder, study finds

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 23:31:37 GMT

Legalization of marijuana, both for medical and recreational use, continues to spread across the globe even as the possible health risks (or benefits) are not fully known. Case in point, according to new research, people who use cannabis daily, as well as those who use high-potency weed, may be three times more likely to develop psychotic disorder than never-users.


Baby cough syrup is recalled after bacterial contamination

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:43:42 GMT

The FDA has recalled DG/health Naturals baby Cough Syrup + Mucus due to a bacterial contamination.


FDA approves first postpartum depression drug

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:59:44 GMT


Anti-vaxers and Facebook: The four subgroups that fuel online attacks

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:48:29 GMT

In the ongoing -- and sometimes vicious -- vaccination debates online, pediatricians who are vocal vaccine advocates have become frequent targets of anti-vaxers.


A morning fitness routine that's good for your brain, too

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:58:27 GMT

Cardiovascular exercise is good for blood flow, which benefits the body and the brain.


Monsanto's Roundup was likely the cause of a second man's cancer, jury says

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 15:22:22 GMT

In the first federal case of what could become thousands of lawsuits, a jury found the world's most widely used herbicide was likely responsible for a California man's cancer, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.


To help fight vaping, schools look to their own students

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:40:14 GMT

Teen vaping is on the rise, and schools are searching for solutions, with some taking disciplinary action or installing vape detectors in bathrooms.


Car crash ER visits fell in states that ban texting while driving, study says

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:03:52 GMT

States with bans on texting while driving saw an average 4% reduction in emergency department visits after motor vehicle crashes, an equivalent of 1,632 traffic-related emergency department visits per year, according to a new analysis.


Contaminated ground beef that made over 400 people ill could still be in your freezer, CDC warns

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 22:44:11 GMT

An outbreak of salmonella infections that led to the recall of more than 5 million pounds of ground beef in December is over, the Centers for Disease Control announced Friday, but warns that many consumers could still have contaminated beef in their freezers.


Mississippi governor signs 'heartbeat bill' into law. Next up: A legal fight

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:17:47 GMT

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is the latest governor to sign into law a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.