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Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

There was also a slight drop in doctor visits for flu-like illness: 7.5 percent of patient visits during the week ending Feb. 10, down from 7.7 percent of patient visits the week before.

Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British researchers.

Transgender Woman Able to Breast-Feed Infant

Doctors said the case shows "modest but functional lactation can be induced in transgender women," The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. reported.

In Shooting's Wake, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of Surgeons has long pushed a nationwide program to train teachers simple but effective means of

Kids With Sickle Cell Are Missing Out On Meds

Bacterial infections are a major health threat for children with sickle cell anemia, but taking daily antibiotics can reduce that risk by 84 percent, according to the study.

How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness -- even if you can't avoid being around other people.
CDC: Most Children Dying From Flu Not Vaccinated

CDC: Most Children Dying From Flu Not Vaccinated

Most children who have died of the flu so far this season had not been vaccinated, according to the CDC. Of the 63 confirmed flu deaths, investigators have health histories on 56 of them. Of those,

Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study

Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small amounts of smog-producing particles into the air, the researchers explained.
FDA Warning: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food

FDA Warning: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food

J.M. Smucker Co. said it has pulled specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food.

Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Lots of New Meds

Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that use new biological mechanisms or targets.

Researchers Probe Mystery of Illnesses in U.S. Cuba Embassy Personnel

But the exact nature of what harmed more than 20 U.S. government personnel stationed in Havana, Cuba, last year remains mysterious, reports a team led by Dr. Douglas Smith of the University of

Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma an Advantage

Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers found.

Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed foods boosts the risk for cancer by 12 percent, new research suggests.

Yes, It's True: We're Hungrier After Losing Weight

Cutting back on calorie consumption is likely to spark changes that permanently boost appetite among obese men and women, Norwegian researchers report.

FDA Approves First Blood Test to Detect Concussion

Known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, it could help reduce the need for CT scans and thus decrease radiation exposure to patients, according to the FDA.

Parents Find Kids' Weight Grades Hard to Swallow

About half of U.S. states have laws requiring schools to conduct BMI screenings among their students, according to a study published last year in Current Obesity Reports.

Drug Might Be Safer For Dementia Psychosis

British researchers say they may have found a medicine that helps ease symptoms of agitation in dementia patients, but in a much safer way.

Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight?

Widely used manmade chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may undermine dieters' attempts to maintain weight loss by slowing down the body's metabolism, the new study suggests.
Routine Ovarian Cancer Screenings Aren't Helping

Routine Ovarian Cancer Screenings Aren't Helping

Screening not only didn’t prevent any deaths, it also led to harm, the panel said.

Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest

Among women, slightly more than 10 percent have depression, versus 5.5 percent of men. And the mood disorder affects everyday life for a majority of these people, the 2013-2016 questionnaires show.