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Parents break teen out of world-famous hospital

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 02:05:12 GMT

Alyssa Gilderhus' family begged for her to be sent to Mayo Clinic. They never thought they'd have to help her escape a few months later.


Dozens overdosed in one New Haven park Wednesday

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 02:41:54 GMT

As New Haven Fire Chief John Alston Jr. spoke to reporters about a spate of drug overdoses on Wednesday, he heard shouting coming from behind him.


NYU makes tuition free for all medical students

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:32:54 GMT

New York University will offer a scholarship that covers tuition to every new, current and future medical student, it said Thursday.


Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a 'second chance'

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:47:21 GMT

As Katie Stubblefield brushed her fingers across her face, she could feel the wound.


When insurance wouldn't pay, parents funded cancer patient's lifesaving treatment

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:15:23 GMT

Kate Weissman's parents paid $95,000 for her cervical cancer treatment after her insurer denied coverage. She's now cancer-free. One medical director who denied coverage isn't board-certified in "gynecologic oncology" and was once disciplined for her tattoo removal business.


Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:03:53 GMT

Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, after lung and colorectal cancers


At least 107 measles cases confirmed across 21 states

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:24:12 GMT

More than 100 cases of measles have been diagnosed this year in 21 states and the District of Columbia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.


US drug overdose deaths rose 7% in 2017 and doubled over a decade, CDC reports

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:18:44 GMT

More than 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017, up nearly 7% from 2016, according to preliminary data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2017 preliminary death count for all 50 states and the District of Columbia represents a twofold increase over a decade, the CDC says.


The man bringing rap music to the deaf community

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:47:55 GMT

As A$AP Rocky's "Praise the Lord" begins blaring through the speaker, Matt Maxey smiles. "Turn it up," he says, pointing his finger to the sky. Maxey is animated, kinetic. But he isn't just dancing; he's bringing the song to life. Every move has meaning.


'What did we do?' Families struggle with anxiety over chemicals in tap water

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:27:44 GMT

When Parchment, Michigan, learned that its tap water had the contaminant PFAS at up to 200 times federally recommended levels, the city and state immediately took action. But for residents, it's created a sense of anxiety over their health and the health of their families.


A contact lens was embedded in woman's eyelid for 28 years

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:26:33 GMT

A British woman assumed that her rigid contact lens was lost decades ago during a badminton injury, but it was found embedded in her eyelid.


First generic EpiPen gets FDA approval

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:35:29 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced the approval of the first generic version of EpiPen.


Can 'detox teas' like Teami help you lose weight?

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:11:45 GMT

They call her "Cardi Bardi, banging body / Spicy mami, hot tamale" -- and she's got an image to maintain.


Teen patient accuses world-famous hospital of 'medical kidnapping'

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 04:17:05 GMT

A dying teenager's parents begged for her to be sent to the Mayo Clinic. The family says the world-renowned hospital saved her life, then tried to "medically kidnap" her.


How much exercise you really need

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 22:34:29 GMT

The benefits of exercise are widely known: it helps you live longer and lowers risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A new study published Wednesday in The Lancet Psychiatry journal suggests that when done in moderation, it leads to better mental health as well.


Colleges, courts grapple with the role of companion animals

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:53:26 GMT

A 15-year-old girl took the witness stand to testify against the accused, detailing extensive sexual abuse. David Crenshaw, the clinical supervisor of the girl's therapist at the time of the June 2011 trial, said he and the therapist did not think she would be able to go through with it.


Low and high carb diets increase risk of early death, study finds

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:07:24 GMT

A low-carb or high-carb diet raises your risk of death, a new study suggests, with people eating the food staple in moderation seeing the greatest benefits to their health.


Life expectancy drops in the US and the UK, rises in Australia, a new study finds

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:08:35 GMT

Life expectancy fell across the majority of high-income countries, signaling a collective and simultaneous decline among affluent nations for the first time in decades, a new study finds.


What are the health benefits of turmeric?

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 07:52:29 GMT

Turmeric is a popular spice similar to ginger, known for its bright yellow color and use in curry powders and mustards. Turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for nearly 4,000 years.


How to build a better butt

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:36:16 GMT

As a 48-year-old, fairly fit, working mother of two young boys (I had both kids in my 40s), I try to avoid mirrors as much as possible when I'm in a bathing suit. Recently, however, I happened to catch a glance of my backside, and let's just say I wasn't too thrilled with the sagging specimen reflecting back at me.


Violent crime is like infectious disease -- we can stop it spreading

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:31:58 GMT

In the 1980s and early 1990s, American epidemiologist Gary Slutkin was in Somalia, one of six doctors working across 40 refugee camps containing a million people. His focus was on containing the spread of tuberculosis (TB) and cholera.


What happened on Easter Island? New theory proposed

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:11:32 GMT

For decades, mystery has swirled around what happened to the founding population of the remote Easter Island, known for its towering stone statues depicting large carved heads. A long-held theory suggests that after the islanders set up camp and carved the giant statues, they destroyed their own society through infighting and a depletion of natural resources.


Elephants rarely get cancer. Here's why this matters to humans

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:31:50 GMT

You'd think elephants would be getting cancer left and right: They are giants of the animal kingdom and have trillions more cells than humans -- cells that, in theory, could turn into cancer over their decades-long lifespans.


FDA warns of pet owners using animals to get opioids

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:55:14 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration has raised alarm about one way people might access opioids to misuse and abuse: their pets.


Thyroid medication recalled due to risk of impurities

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:27:32 GMT

Thyroid medications recalled voluntarily by manufacturer after FDA issues warning to Chinese manufacturing supplier.


Unsafe levels of a weed killer chemical in oat products, report says

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:46:08 GMT

Some types of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars contain higher levels of a chemical found in the weed killer Roundup than what the Environmental Working Group considers safe, according to a report released Wednesday by the advocacy group.


How a vegan diet can change your body

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:43:45 GMT

Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where this motivation stems from is varied, but includes concerns about animal welfare, worries about the environment and religious reasons.


How to design a school in the era of mass shootings

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:53:33 GMT

For school designers and architects, the current debate about how to make schools safer focuses too much on add-on measures.


Why does alcohol give you the munchies?

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:36:56 GMT

If you're like many people, the more you drink, the more you eat.


Florida's toxic algae problem: 'Red tide' and 'green slime'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:26:17 GMT

Florida is dealing with a toxic algae problem on multiple fronts. Here's what that means for your health.