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Johnson & Johnson in early talks to buy drugmaker Actelion

Johnson & Johnson in early talks to buy drugmaker Actelion0

IVF calculator may help predict chances of having a baby

IVF calculator may help predict chances of having a baby0

Chronic gum disease tied to risk of erectile dysfunction

Chronic gum disease tied to risk of erectile dysfunction0

Are colds and flu worse in women than in men?

Are colds and flu worse in women than in men?0

Why fewer Americans say they want to lose weight

Why fewer Americans say they want to lose weight0

Same-day discharge often safe after appendix surgery

Same-day discharge often safe after appendix surgery0

Czech scientists develop human lung model to aid treatments

Czech scientists develop human lung model to aid treatments0

Many LASIK patients have new eye problems after surgery

Many LASIK patients have new eye problems after surgery0

100 years of infectious disease deaths in US: Study shows what's changed

100 years of infectious disease deaths in US: Study shows what's changed0

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Makeup Artist Offers Makeovers to Cancer Patients

Makeup Artist Offers Makeovers to Cancer Patients0

share pin email Norman Freeman, 22, is a successful makeup artist launching a nationwide tour. But he won't be hanging out in celebrity dressing rooms - he'll be in cancer wards, offering free services to those who need a little ...

4 things your yawns are trying to tell you

4 things your yawns are trying to tell you0

You tossed and turned all night. This meeting is dragging on too long. Your kid just yawned across the dinner table and it's unavoidably contagious. Usually when a yawn pops up, you know-or think you know-exactly what it means, case closed. But ...

Firefighter's suicide shines light on PTSD in profession

Firefighter's suicide shines light on PTSD in profession0

A firefighter´s suicide last month is shedding light on post-traumatic stress disorder in the profession in the Florida community. Vero Beach Battalion Chief David Dangerfield had a brave reputation and was known for his positive force in his ...

The best and worst health news of 2016

The best and worst health news of 20160

Headlines tend to be concise and sometimes oversimplified, theoretically telling readers what a story is about in a few words. Unfortunately, this concision often leads to imprecision, and readers take reports of "breakthrough" research more seriously ...

Your office has a microbiome, and it might make you sick

Your office has a microbiome, and it might make you sick0

I worked for a number of years, like many people, in an office building with windows that did not open. For the first time in my life, a slight soreness tingled in my throat almost every day. Each time a denizen of that floor got a cold, it decimated ...

7 proven ways to keep off holiday pounds

7 proven ways to keep off holiday pounds0

Cookies, cocktails, and multicourse meals make the holidays feel like one long eating spree. This year, just remember these seven guidelines and you´ll come out the other side slim and energized-with no food FOMO. Your holiday food ...

Abortions Hit New Low in U.S.

Abortions Hit New Low in U.S.0

The latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incorporating data from 47 states, said the abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. That is down 5 percent from 2012, and is half the rate ...

Abortions Hit New Low in U.S.

Abortions Hit New Low in U.S.0

The latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incorporating data from 47 states, said the abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. That is down 5 percent from 2012, and is half the rate ...

PAHO certifies Paraguay, Chile for impeding Chagas spread

PAHO certifies Paraguay, Chile for impeding Chagas spread0

Asuncion -  The Pan American Health Organization certified the work of Paraguay and Chile in managing to impede the domestic spread of Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that transmits Chagas disease, at a ceremony held Wednesday in Asuncion attended by ...

Sen. Grassley Mulls Subpoenas for Mylan, DOJ Over EpiPen

Sen. Grassley Mulls Subpoenas for Mylan, DOJ Over EpiPen0

Mylan, the Justice Department and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have refused to attend a hearing next week. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said in a statement Wednesday he is postponing the Nov. 30 hearing on a possible ...

Sen. Grassley Mulls Subpoenas for Mylan, DOJ Over EpiPen

Sen. Grassley Mulls Subpoenas for Mylan, DOJ Over EpiPen0

Mylan, the Justice Department and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have refused to attend a hearing next week. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said in a statement Wednesday he is postponing the Nov. 30 hearing on a possible ...

Your Dog May be Smarter Than You Think

Your Dog May be Smarter Than You Think0

Smart Dog study. Claudia Fugazza, ?kos Pog?ny, and ?d?m Mikl?s / MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group "Dogs are among the few species that people consider 'clever', and yet we are still surprised whenever a study reveals that dogs and ...

Your Dog May be Smarter Than You Think

Your Dog May be Smarter Than You Think0

Smart Dog study. Claudia Fugazza, ?kos Pog?ny, and ?d?m Mikl?s / MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group "Dogs are among the few species that people consider 'clever', and yet we are still surprised whenever a study reveals that dogs and ...

Your Dog May be Smarter Than You Think

Your Dog May be Smarter Than You Think0

Smart Dog study. Claudia Fugazza / MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group "Dogs are among the few species that people consider 'clever', and yet we are still surprised whenever a study reveals that dogs and their owners may share some ...

E-cigarette explodes in man's pants at NYC's Grand Central

E-cigarette explodes in man's pants at NYC's Grand Central0

Officials say a man shopping in New York's Grand Central Terminal suffered leg and hand burns when an e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket. Central Cellars employee John Lee says it looked like fireworks exploding when the vaporizer pen ...

Sealed chamber brings wonders of nature to hospitalized kids

Sealed chamber brings wonders of nature to hospitalized kids0

At North Carolina Children's Hospital, immune-compromised kids can experience the natural environment while getting around hospital rules - digging in dirt, poking into pitcher plants and observing other wonders of nature otherwise prohibited - thanks ...

Milliken recalls carpet cleaning powder on bacteria fears

Milliken recalls carpet cleaning powder on bacteria fears0

WASHINGTON -  Milliken and Co has recalled about 550,000 containers of carpet cleaning powder because it may contain harmful bacteria, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday. The recall by the Spartanburg, South Carolina, ...

Bought Marlboros in Alabama? Part of $45M might be yours

Bought Marlboros in Alabama? Part of $45M might be yours0

Anybody who bought Marlboro Lights or Ultra Lights in Arkansas over a 40-year period qualifies for a share of a $45 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit, and more than 11,000 have applied. The settlement applies to anybody who bought ...

Scientists say they've figured out how to remove fears from the brain

Scientists say they've figured out how to remove fears from the brain0

Why confront your fear in the hopes of overcoming it when scientists could just erase it from your brain? That's exactly what researchers say they may be able to do in a study published Monday in Nature Human Behavior. Currently, most ...

Gaza doctors face challenge after birth of conjoined twins

Gaza doctors face challenge after birth of conjoined twins0

GAZA -  Palestinian surgeons in the Gaza Strip were discussing medical options on Wednesday after the unexpected birth of conjoined twins - baby girls who share one heart and one body. "We thought they were twins and we would have no problem, ...

Once-Promising Alzheimer's Drug Just Failed a Key Test

Once-Promising Alzheimer's Drug Just Failed a Key Test0

Science / AAAS / NSF "Patients treated with solanezumab did not experience a statistically significant slowing in cognitive decline compared to patients treated with placebo," drug maker Eli Lilly and Co said in a statement. "Lilly will ...

Once-Promising Alzheimer's Drug Just Failed a Key Test

Once-Promising Alzheimer's Drug Just Failed a Key Test0

Science / AAAS / NSF "Patients treated with solanezumab did not experience a statistically significant slowing in cognitive decline compared to patients treated with placebo," drug maker Eli Lilly and Co said in a statement. "Lilly will ...

Once-Promising Alzheimer's Drug Just Failed a Key Test

Once-Promising Alzheimer's Drug Just Failed a Key Test0

Science / AAAS / NSF "Patients treated with solanezumab did not experience a statistically significant slowing in cognitive decline compared to patients treated with placebo," drug maker Eli Lilly and Co said in a statement. "Lilly will ...

Popular aloe vera gels may not contain aloe vera, report finds

Popular aloe vera gels may not contain aloe vera, report finds0

Store-bought aloe vera may not contain the actual healing ingredient it claims, a Bloomberg investigation of the popular gels has found. The trading news analyst conducted lab tests and reviewed ingredients in aloe vera gels available for sale at ...

Consumer watchdog warns some recalled toys still being sold online

Consumer watchdog warns some recalled toys still being sold online0

Some hazardous toys that have been recalled over the past year are still being sold online, a consumer watchdog group warns in a new report as many families are beginning their holiday shopping. On Tuesday, the Seattle-based WashPIRG Public ...

86-year-old man battling cancer knits 300 hats for premature babies

86-year-old man battling cancer knits 300 hats for premature babies0

An 86-year-old man battling cancer has managed to knit 300 caps for premature babies, which he says is his way of "paying it forward." Ed Moseley, who lives at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Acworth, Georgia, taught himself to knit in August as ...

South Korea raises bird flu alert as three more cases found at poultry farms

South Korea raises bird flu alert as three more cases found at poultry farms0

South Korea raised the country's bird flu alert status on Wednesday to its second-highest level following three more outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain after the first cases were confirmed last week. The new bird flu outbreaks were ...

Rare thunderstorm asthma kills 4 people in Australian city

Rare thunderstorm asthma kills 4 people in Australian city0

MELBOURNE, Australia -  A rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma sent hundreds of people to hospitals in Australia's second-largest city, and four deaths had been confirmed by Wednesday. Family confirmed Clarence Leo, a nightclub bouncer ...

Lilly Alzheimer's drug fails to slow memory loss in big study

Lilly Alzheimer's drug fails to slow memory loss in big study0

Eli Lilly and Co experimental drug solanezumab failed to slow loss of cognitive ability in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease in a large trial, a major setback for the U.S. drugmaker and millions of people with the memory-robbing ...

TV ads may spur snacking in kids as young as 2

TV ads may spur snacking in kids as young as 20

Mindless snacking in front of the television set may start long before children know how to work the remote control, a U.S. study suggests. In an experiment with 60 kids aged 2 to 5 years, researchers focused on how advertising influences ...

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Families living with Alzheimer's learn patience trumps tradition during holidays

Families living with Alzheimer's learn patience trumps tradition during holidays0

For the ever-growing Johnson family, holiday traditions typically involve traveling to southeast Michigan to gather at parents Ken and Barb´s home to celebrate with a large meal and conversation. For Ken, who is one of the more than 5.4 million ...

Suspect low-risk bird flu case found in big German poultry area

Suspect low-risk bird flu case found in big German poultry area0

HAMBURG -  German officials are preparing to cull around 16,000 turkeys after a first suspected farm-based case of low-risk H5 bird flu was discovered in Lower Saxony, one of Europe's biggest poultry-producing regions, authorities said on ...

Health officials clear part of Miami Beach Zika zone

Health officials clear part of Miami Beach Zika zone0

MIAMI -  Florida health officials have cleared part of the Miami Beach Zika transmission zone. Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that the Department of Health has not detected any local transmissions of the Zika virus in the north part of Miami ...

Elderly with dementia targeted in 'sham marriage' scams

Elderly with dementia targeted in 'sham marriage' scams0

Conning the elderly for financial gain is nothing new, but a scheme dubbed the "fake love scam" has officials on high alert. Authorities near Chicago say 92-year-old Aloysius Mack lost much of his life savings to a woman who first approached him at a ...

Zika Damages Babies' Brains After Birth

Zika Damages Babies' Brains After Birth0

Assessment of a Series of 13 Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Infection without Microcephaly at Birth. CDC "Infants with normal head circumference at birth have brain and other abnormalities associated with congenital Zika syndrome and might ...

Zika Damages Babies' Brains After Birth

Zika Damages Babies' Brains After Birth0

Assessment of a Series of 13 Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Infection without Microcephaly at Birth. CDC "Infants with normal head circumference at birth have brain and other abnormalities associated with congenital Zika syndrome and might ...

Zika Damages Babies' Brains After Birth

Zika Damages Babies' Brains After Birth0

Assessment of a Series of 13 Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Infection without Microcephaly at Birth. CDC "Infants with normal head circumference at birth have brain and other abnormalities associated with congenital Zika syndrome and might ...

Zika Damages Babies' Brains After Birth

Zika Damages Babies' Brains After Birth0

Assessment of a Series of 13 Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Infection without Microcephaly at Birth. CDC "Infants with normal head circumference at birth have brain and other abnormalities associated with congenital Zika syndrome and might ...

Palliative care linked to better, if not longer, life

Palliative care linked to better, if not longer, life0

Palliative care may offer a better quality of life to chronically sick or terminally ill patients even if it doesn't help them live longer, a research review suggests. Research to date on the impact of palliative care has produced mixed ...

29-year-old anorexic weighs 65 pounds, wins fight against feeding tube

29-year-old anorexic weighs 65 pounds, wins fight against feeding tube0

At age 5, AG started having "anorexic thoughts." Now 29, the New Jersey woman has been diagnosed with late terminal anorexia-nervosa-and she's just won her fight to enter palliative care rather than be force-fed. Since January 2014, AG has been ...

Spoil sprouts: How little greens can make you sick

Spoil sprouts: How little greens can make you sick0

Sprouts may sound cute, but the tiny greens have sickened more than 2,500 people and caused 186 hospitalizations and three deaths in the past two decades, a new report finds. "Sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health ...

FDA outlines data needed for over-the-counter sunscreen additives

FDA outlines data needed for over-the-counter sunscreen additives0

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidelines on Tuesday detailing the data makers of sunscreen sold over the counter need to produce to prove the ingredients in the products are safe and effective. The guidance is the latest step ...

Could the FDA be dismantled under Trump?

Could the FDA be dismantled under Trump?0

WASHINGTON - Has President-elect Donald Trump put a bull´s-eye on the Food and Drug Administration? It´s been less than a year since Robert Califf was sworn in as the Food and Drug Administration´s chief, but already the agency is facing ...

What one mother learned after her son's mysterious illness put him in a coma

What one mother learned after her son's mysterious illness put him in a coma0

Sudden, unrelenting seizures forced doctors to put 22-year-old Daniel Wong in a medically induced coma. His mother describes the difficulties of dealing with a rare, often-unrecognized disease. Two doctors familiar with the condition, called ...

Toddler at center of brain death test battle between parents and hospital dies

Toddler at center of brain death test battle between parents and hospital dies0

A 2-year-old Virginia girl whose parents went to court to block a hospital from performing a brain death test on the child has died, the hospital said Monday. Mirranda Grace Lawson passed away Nov. 1, said Michael Porter, a spokesman for ...

Zika birth defect may only become clear months after birth

Zika birth defect may only become clear months after birth0

Feb. 12, 2016: In this file photo, Lara, who is less then 3 months old and was born with microcephaly, is examined by a neurologist at the Pedro l hospital in Campina ...

Cultural Factors Complicate Zika Prevention in American Samoa

Cultural Factors Complicate Zika Prevention in American Samoa0

And despite extensive prevention and education efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Samoa may see even worse outcomes than expected due to economic and cultural factors, according to health officials and ...

Cultural Factors Complicate Zika Prevention in American Samoa

Cultural Factors Complicate Zika Prevention in American Samoa0

And despite extensive prevention and education efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Samoa may see even worse outcomes than expected due to economic and cultural factors, according to health officials and ...

Cultural Factors Complicate Zika Prevention in American Samoa

Cultural Factors Complicate Zika Prevention in American Samoa0

And despite extensive prevention and education efforts by the U.S. Department of Health, American Samoa may see even worse outcomes than expected due to economic and cultural factors, according to health officials and anthropologists. There ...

Cultural Factors Complicate Zika Prevention in American Samoa

Cultural Factors Complicate Zika Prevention in American Samoa0

And despite extensive prevention and education efforts by the U.S. Department of Health, American Samoa may see even worse outcomes than expected due to economic and cultural factors, according to health officials and anthropologists. There ...

George H.W. Bush shares new photo of boy he shaved head for

George H.W. Bush shares new photo of boy he shaved head for0

Three years after shaving his head to show support for a toddler battling leukemia, Former President George H.W. Bush says that same boy "is feeling and doing much better." The 92-year-old Bush provided an update and a new picture of him with ...

Your guide to a thinner Thanksgiving dinner

Your guide to a thinner Thanksgiving dinner0

One of the most anticipated times of the year is upon us: the holiday season. While the holidays are a time to get together and celebrate with family and friends, they are also a trying time for those looking to maintain their weight. In fact, the ...

What global disease threat worries public health officials most?

What global disease threat worries public health officials most?0

Infectious-disease outbreaks not only have the potential to destabilize societies, they pose a threat to international economies, as well. What should public-health officials and businesses be doing to prepare? Physicians Thomas ...

NFL great Troy Aikman's workout to end back pain

NFL great Troy Aikman's workout to end back pain0

When Troy Aikman retired from the National Football League after 12 seasons as the Dallas Cowboys´ quarterback, he was determined to keep training as hard as ever, out of fear he´d become an "overweight retired guy," he says. Mr. Aikman, the ...

Is your parenting style making your child sick?

Is your parenting style making your child sick?0

A growing body of research is finding that the way parents relate to their children affects more than their mental and emotional health. It also has an impact on their physical well-being. In a recent study, researchers compared five separate ...

Selfie deaths are slowly rising around the world

Selfie deaths are slowly rising around the world0

More people are dying for the perfect selfie. A new study titled, "Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths" found that 127 people have died in a 29-month span through last September while trying to get photos of ...

Study suggests cheese may help you live longer

Study suggests cheese may help you live longer0

A recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine reported that eating cheese - specifically the aged kind containing the compound spermidine, as found in blue cheese - was linked to a longer life in mammals when tested on mice. "The mice ...

Dementia Rates Are Declining. This Might Be the Reason

Dementia Rates Are Declining. This Might Be the Reason0

Elderly woman covering face with her hands. Westend61 / Getty Images Dr. Kenneth Langa of the University of Michigan and colleagues studied records from 21,000 people with an average age of 75. While 11.6 percent of Americans aged 65 and ...

Dementia Rates Are Declining. This Might Be the Reason

Dementia Rates Are Declining. This Might Be the Reason0

Elderly woman covering face with her hands. Westend61 / Getty Images Dr. Kenneth Langa of the University of Michigan and colleagues studied records from 21,000 people with an average age of 75. While 11.6 percent of Americans aged 65 and ...

Playboys and misogynists more likely to have mental health problems: study

Playboys and misogynists more likely to have mental health problems: study0

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -  Men who behave like promiscuous playboys or feel powerful over women are more likely to have mental health problems than men with less sexist attitudes, according to a study released on Monday. The ...

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