Health

Vape Debate: Are E-Cigarettes Wiping Out Teen Smoking?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. smoking rate among high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, falling to a new low. Normally the lower numbers from the U.S. government would have anti-tobacco advocates cheering. But instead, the decline in…

Annual Policy Luncheon Focuses on Cancer Research

SIOUX FALLS, S.D - Today, the annual South Dakota Policy Luncheon was at the Country Club of Sioux Falls. Each year the luncheon has a priority and this year it is cancer research. The focus is on federal cancer research…

Walz Calls For Public Hearings to Break Insulin Impasse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz is urging Minnesota lawmakers to hold public hearings to try to break an impasse over legislation to make insulin more affordable. Lawmakers have made little apparent progress in closed-door talks over the…

Will You Get Dementia? Many May Not Understand Their Risk

New research suggests many American adults inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it. A survey of 1,000 adults aged 50 to 64 found almost half believed they were likely to develop dementia, but…

Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10,000 Pets Needed For Science

SEATTLE (AP) - Scientists are looking for 10,000 pet dogs for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope old dogs can teach us new tricks, or even shed light on human longevity. The project launched Thursday will collect…

Privacy, Consumer Groups Seek to Block Google-Fitbit Deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google's $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns. They say in a Wednesday letter to the…

Google's Health Care Ambitions Now Involve Patient Data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant. The partnership is intended to use artificial intelligence to find patterns that could help doctors, but…

Safety Violations Found After Attacks at Iowa Psych Hospital

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Regulators have found serious safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Iowa where several combative patients have assaulted employees. An inspection found that employees at the Independence Mental Health Institute struggle to manage violent…

Cholesterol Levels Dropping in US, But Many Still Need Care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's some good health news: Cholesterol levels are dropping in the U.S. Researchers examined records of people taking cholesterol-lowering medicine between 2005 and 2016, a few years after a big change in treatment guidelines. They found encouraging…

Possible Chemical Culprit Found in Vaping Illness Outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials are reporting a breakthrough in their investigation into the cause of an outbreak of vaping illnesses. A government lab found the same chemical compound in lung fluid from 29 patients. The compound -…

More Than 2,000 in US Diagnosed in Vaping Illness Outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) - New government figures show more than 2,000 people have been diagnosed with vaping illnesses in the still-unsolved U.S. outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said 2,051 confirmed and probable cases have been…

Health Officials Disclose Another Romaine Outbreak, Now Over

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials are disclosing another food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, but they say it appears to be over. The disclosure comes after romaine producers pledged to step up safety measures following a series of…

US Vaping Illnesses Rise to 1,888 with Pace Picking Up Again

The number of U.S. vaping illnesses has jumped again, reaching more than 1,800 cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 1,888 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 49 states. That includes 37 deaths in…

Disneyland Visitor Had Measles, May Have Exposed Others

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County health officials say a visitor to Disneyland this month may have exposed others to measles. The Department of Public Health says a county resident with a confirmed case of measles visited the theme…

FDA Wants Stronger Warning on Breast Implants About Risks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials want women getting breast implants to receive stronger warnings about the possible risks and complications. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that manufacturers should add a boxed warning - the most serious type…

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