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'What did we do?' Families struggle with anxiety over chemicals in tap water - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:27am - 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.

Dozens overdosed in one New Haven park Wednesday - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:53am - 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.

China finds second African swine fever case at WH Group plant - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:38am - China found its second case of African swine fever (ASF) on Thursday at a slaughterhouse owned by WH Group Ltd's Chinese unit, stirring concerns about the spread of the deadly infection across the world's largest pig herd.

A contact lens was embedded in woman's eyelid for 28 years - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:26am - 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.

How a vegan diet can change your body - 16 Aug 2018 at 6:08am - 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 Karate Helped an Aging Expert Age Better - 16 Aug 2018 at 5:00am - The ancient Greek karate style known as pankration offers time-tested lessons on aging well.

FDA warns of pet owners using animals to get opioids - 16 Aug 2018 at 4:55am - The US Food and Drug Administration has raised alarm about one way people might access opioids to misuse and abuse: their pets.

Florida's toxic algae problem: 'Red tide' and 'green slime' - 16 Aug 2018 at 4:26am - Florida is dealing with a toxic algae problem on multiple fronts. Here's what that means for your health.

Pfizer bets on biotech flu vaccine in $425 million BioNTech alliance - 16 Aug 2018 at 1:32am - Pfizer has agreed to pay German biotech firm BioNTech up to $425 million in an alliance to develop more effective influenza jabs, the latest among several major pharma companies to bank on a promising new genetic approach.

Report Finds Traces of a Controversial Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats - 15 Aug 2018 at 8:59pm - The herbicide glyphosate is the world?s most popular weedkiller. There is widespread disagreement among lawyers, researchers and regulators over any potential links to cancer.

At least 107 measles cases confirmed across 21 states - 15 Aug 2018 at 8:24pm - 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.

Adult smokers more apt to use e-cigarettes than nonsmokers - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:49pm - (Reuters Health) - Current smokers are more likely than ex-smokers or adults who have never smoked to use e-cigarettes, according to a Swedish study that concludes e-cigarettes might not work as a cessation aid.

Cancer risk with diabetes is higher for women than men - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:40pm - (Reuters Health) - People with diabetes are more likely to develop certain cancers than those without the condition, and a new analysis suggests that the increased risk is greater for women than for men.

Best Buy to acquire health services company GreatCall for $800 million - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:36pm - Best Buy Co Inc said on Wednesday it would buy health services provider GreatCall Inc for $800 million in cash, its largest acquisition ever, as it focuses on selling products and services to an aging U.S. population.

Weight gain temporarily hikes diabetes risk when smokers quit - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:32pm - (Reuters Health) - Weight gain can be a big concern for smokers who want to quit, and a new study suggests that it raises the odds of developing type 2 diabetes in the first six years after quitting.

Cancer patients using alternative medicine may skip some standard care - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:28pm - (Reuters Health) - Cancer patients who use alternative, non-medical therapies may be more likely to forgo recommended medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, and be more likely to die as a result, a U.S. study suggests.

Any Weight Loss Can Be Healthful, but More Can Be Much Better - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:45pm - Overweight people who lost 5 to 10 percent of their weight lowered their risk for metabolic syndrome by 22 percent. Those who lost 20 percent cut their risk by over 50 percent.

Vertex cystic fibrosis drug gets expanded approval for use in infants - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:42pm - U.S. health regulators have expanded the use of one of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc's cystic fibrosis drugs to include patients aged between 12 months and 24 months.

Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017 - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:35pm - Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment.

Getting too little sleep may 'age' the heart - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:16pm - (Reuters Health) - Adults who sleep too little or too much may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, say researchers who argue that the best way to think of the harmful effect is in terms of "excess heart age."

Thyroid medication recalled due to risk of impurities - 15 Aug 2018 at 3:27pm - Thyroid medications recalled voluntarily by manufacturer after FDA issues warning to Chinese manufacturing supplier.

Express Scripts staking out million dollar gene therapies - 15 Aug 2018 at 1:01pm - Express Scripts Holding Co built a multi-billion enterprise pressuring drug companies to lower their prices for U.S. patients. Now it is quietly building a side business: getting paid to help drug companies dispense a new generation of high-priced drugs.

How to design a school in the era of mass shootings - 15 Aug 2018 at 11:53am - For school designers and architects, the current debate about how to make schools safer focuses too much on add-on measures.

For Online Daters, Women Peak at 18 While Men Peak at 50, Study Finds. Oy. - 15 Aug 2018 at 11:41am - The study, which looked at nearly 200,000 users, also showed that a man?s desirability increased with greater education. For women, it was another story.

South Africa's parliament considers tougher anti-smoking bill - 15 Aug 2018 at 11:36am - A bill that would toughen anti-smoking legislation in South Africa has been submitted to parliament for review by lawmakers, a health ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, as a campaign against the proposed changes intensifies.

Stocking EpiPens at restaurants might reduce fatal allergic reactions - 15 Aug 2018 at 11:00am - (Reuters Health) - If restaurants and other food establishments stocked epinephrine autoinjectors, the number of fatal allergic reactions, known as anaphylaxis, could decrease, a small study in Canada suggests.

Long-acting injection a shot in the arm for GSK's HIV business - 15 Aug 2018 at 9:56am - A long-acting injection developed by GlaxoSmithKline and given once a month has proved as effective as standard daily pills for controlling the AIDS virus, lifting prospects for the British drugmaker's key HIV business.

Chinese vaccine maker made 500,000 substandard baby vaccines: Xinhua - 15 Aug 2018 at 6:59am - A Chinese drug company produced nearly 500,000 substandard vaccines for babies, roughly double an earlier estimate by authorities investigating a safety scandal, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

How to build a better butt - 15 Aug 2018 at 6:36am - 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.

Express Scripts staking out million-dollar gene therapies - 15 Aug 2018 at 6:19am - Express Scripts Holding Co built a multi-billion enterprise pressuring drug companies to lower their prices for U.S. patients. Now it is quietly building a side business: getting paid to help drug companies dispense a new generation of high-priced drugs.

Elephants rarely get cancer. Here's why this matters to humans - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:31am - 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.

Phys Ed: Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:00am - Taking a walk every 30 minutes can restore blood flow to the brain when you?re sitting for hours.

Generation Grandparent: Singing With My Grandbaby - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:00am - Researchers say that singing is among the most meaningful activities we share with children.

Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a 'second chance' - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:47am - As Katie Stubblefield brushed her fingers across her face, she could feel the wound.

Unsafe levels of a weed killer chemical in oat products, report says - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:46am - 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.

Violent crime is like infectious disease -- we can stop it spreading - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:31am - 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.

When insurance wouldn't pay, parents funded cancer patient's lifesaving treat... - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:28am - 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.

China's Liaoning culls more than 8,000 hogs after African swine fever outbreak - 15 Aug 2018 at 2:59am - Northeast China's Liaoning province has now culled 8,116 hogs in response to an outbreak of African swine fever earlier this month, the provincial animal husbandry bureau told Reuters on Wednesday.

A teacher battling cancer ran out of sick days. Colleagues gave theirs. - 14 Aug 2018 at 8:57pm - The chemotherapy dripped through a catheter in his chest. Cancer patient Robert Goodman had burned through his paid sick days while undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for colon cancer.

Should You Choose a Female Doctor? - 14 Aug 2018 at 7:52pm - Studies show that female doctors tend to listen more, and their patients ? both male and female ? tend to fare better.