Health

Vaccine may cut HPV infections in men

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new study finds. These cancers are rising fast, especially in men, and research ...

Summer offers cool exercise options

ESCANABA — After being cramped inside for months while snow piled up on walks and trails, we all looked forward to the summer months when exercise is free and easy. If you’re a runner, walker or cyclist, you can be out the door in a flash wearing only shorts, T-shirt and a cap to protect ...

Tests for lead poisoning may be faulty, regulators warn

By Linda A. Johnson AP Medical Writer U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead. As a result, some children under 6, along with pregnant and nursing women, may need retesting, the Food and Drug ...

Few doctors discuss cancer costs with patients, study finds

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer Most doctors did not discuss the cost of cancer treatment with patients, spent less than two minutes on it when they did, and usually did so only after patients brought it up, a study that taped hundreds of visits at several large hospitals ...

‘Fat and frail’ seniors benefit from right exercise combo

CHICAGO (AP) — Heavy seniors who want to lose pounds safely shouldn’t skip the weight machines or the treadmill, new research suggests. Experts have worried about recommending weight loss to older, obese people because it speeds up bone and muscle loss, increasing the danger of falls and ...

Aggressive treatment of sepsis can save lives

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minutes matter when it comes to treating sepsis, the killer condition that most Americans probably have never heard of, and new research shows it’s time they learn. Sepsis is the body’s out-of-control reaction to an infection. By the time patients realize they’re in ...

Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many US drugs

CHICAGO (AP) — Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found. The results covered all 222 prescription drugs approved by the U.S. ...

Summer offers cool exercise options

After being cramped inside for months while snow piled up on walks and trails, we all looked forward to the summer months when exercise is free and easy. If you’re a runner, walker or cyclist, you can be out the door in a flash wearing only shorts, T-shirt and a cap to protect your head ...

First-in-nation law targets doctor shortage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Numerous additional doctors from around the U.S. could become eligible to treat patients in Missouri’s underserved areas as a result of a planned expansion of a first-in-the-nation law aimed at addressing a pervasive doctor shortage. The newly passed Missouri ...

Tailpipe tests vastly underestimate diesel pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pollution from diesel trucks, buses and cars globally is more than 50 percent higher than levels shown in government lab tests, a new study says. That extra pollution translated to another 38,000 deaths from soot and smog in 2015, the researchers estimated. The work ...

Dogs help kids with autism on their dentist visits

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Diego Rosales was so terrified during his dental appointments when he was 4 that he kept biting his dentist. Today, the 9-year-old is far calmer, soothed by the presence of “Zucca,” a black Labrador that helps children like him with autism face one of their worst ...

Service dog helps woman cope with seizures

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — When you enter Kiara Williamson’s Southfield home the first thing she asks you to do is pray for her. The 23-year-old has cerebral palsy and cri du chat, a chromosomal disorder, and a seizure disorder. She often experiences two to 45 seizures per day and needs ...

Protect against carbon monoxide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are on the trail of a potential antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning, an injected “scavenger” that promises to trap and remove the gas from blood within minutes. It’s very early-stage research — but a reminder that, however it turns out, there are steps ...

Overcoming Opioids: When pills are a hospital’s last resort

BALTIMORE (AP) — A car crash shattered Stuart Anders’ thigh, leaving pieces of bone sticking through his skin. Yet Anders begged emergency room doctors not to give him powerful opioid painkillers — he’d been addicted once before and panicked at the thought of relapsing. “I can’t ...

Tips for finding opioid alternatives for surgical pain

By The Associated Press Headed for surgery? Specialists say talking to your doctors ahead of time may turn up ways to control post-operative pain while minimizing use of those problematic painkillers called opioids. Among the advice: - Ask what to expect. Patients who are overly anxious ...

Overcoming Opioids: The quest is on for less addictive drugs

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ...

FDA: Avoid fake ‘miracle’ cancer treatments

˘TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat, diagnose or prevent cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says these products , mostly sold on websites and social media sites, can ...

Simulating mom’s womb in research to help earliest preemies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work. Today, premature infants weighing as little as a ...

Trans fats ban linked with fewer heart attacks and strokes

CHICAGO (AP) — Local bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in several New York counties, a new study suggests. The study hints at the potential for widespread health benefits from an upcoming nationwide ban, the authors and other ...

Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn’t use

DENVER (AP) — Americans think it’s safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to a new Yahoo/Marist poll. Two-thirds of the respondents in the telephone survey said ...