Health

Volunteers get bit to test new strategy for malaria vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers infected lab mosquitoes with genetically weakened malaria parasites, and then recruited volunteers willing to be bitten — a lot — to test a possible new strategy for a vaccine. The idea: Vaccinate using living malaria parasites that are too weak to make ...

Brain-injury deaths in high school football players increasing

NEW YORK (AP) — Two dozen high school football players died in recent years from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and the annual death count has been growing slightly, according to a new study. But such deaths remain rare, and are far lower than in decades past. Also, it’s not ...

Fish oil pills for pregnant moms may cut asthma risk

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a possible way to help prevent this growing ...

Diet Res-Illusions: Tips from the pros on how to lose weight

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer We make ‘em, we break ‘em. New Year’s diet resolutions fall like needles on Christmas trees as January goes on. Genes can work against us. Metabolism, too. But a food behavior researcher has tested a bunch of little ways to tip the ...

Cells dripped into the brain help man fight cancer

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer A man with deadly brain cancer that had spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, completely vanish after a novel treatment to help his immune system attack his disease — another first in this promising field. The type of ...

Rest may not be best medicine for kids’ concussions

CHICAGO (AP) — Strict rest may not be the best medicine for kids with concussions, a Canadian study found, challenging the idea that physical activity should be avoided until symptoms disappear. A month after their concussions, ongoing or worse symptoms were more common in children and ...

YMCA: Manageable resolutions help make a healthy new year

ESCANABA — Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept ...

Don’t cut the cord too fast; a pause benefits most newborns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t cut that umbilical cord too soon: A brief pause after birth could benefit most newborns by delivering them a surge of oxygen-rich blood. New recommendations for U.S. obstetricians, the latest in a debate over how quick to snip, suggest waiting “at least 30 ...

Brain changes seen in pregnancy, may help mom prepare for baby

NEW YORK (AP) — Pregnancy affects not only a woman’s body: It changes parts of her brain too, a new study says. When researchers compared brain scans of women before and after pregnancy, they spotted some differences in 11 locations. They also found hints that the alterations help women ...

Birth defects seen in 6 percent of US pregnancies in connection with Zika

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. study of Zika-infected pregnancies found that 6 percent of them ended in birth defects. The rate was nearly twice as high for women infected early in pregnancy. It’s the first published research on outcomes in the United States, and the authors say the findings echo ...

Women increase use of pot during their pregnancies

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women are increasingly using marijuana during pregnancy, sometimes to treat morning sickness, new reports suggest. Though the actual numbers are small, the trend raises concerns because of evidence linking the drug with low birth weights and other problems. In 2014, ...

Does a doctor’s gender affect your chance of survival?

CHICAGO (AP) — What if your doctor’s gender could influence your chance of surviving a visit to the hospital? A big study of older patients hospitalized for common illnesses raises that provocative possibility — and also lots of questions. Patients who got most of their care from women ...

Alarm sounding on teens’ use of e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation’s youth. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research into the health effects of “vaping,” but said e-cigarettes aren’t harmless and too many teens ...

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

NEW YORK (AP) — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health ...

Protect against carbon monoxide as researchers hunt antidote

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 ...

Science panel urges rewrite of food allergy warning labels

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Made in the same factory as peanuts.” ‘’May contain traces of tree nuts.” A new report says the hodgepodge of warnings that a food might accidentally contain a troublesome ingredient is confusing to people with food allergies, and calls for a makeover. Foods ...

Goals missed on obesity, food poisoning, despite gov’t push

NEW YORK (AP) — Progress in the U.S. against obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been uneven and disappointing, despite dedicated efforts to fight these health threats by the nation’s top public health agency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Many smartphone health apps don’t flag danger, says review

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t count on smartphone health apps in an emergency: A review shows many don’t warn when you’re in danger. The study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs found problems even with apps considered to be among the highest-quality offerings on the ...

Study finds possible culprit in preterm births

WASHINGTON (AP) - Researchers have uncovered a surprising possible trigger for some preterm births: calcium buildup in the womb, similar to the kind that stiffens older people's arteries or causes kidney stones.Ohio researchers studying more than 100 pregnant women found that when a mom-to-be's ...

DIY breast reconstruction: Device lets women do part at home

By Marilynn MarchioneAP Chief Medical WriterThis might be the ultimate do-it-yourself project: Doctors are testing a device that would let women do part of their own breast reconstruction at home.It's aimed at not only making treatment more comfortable and convenient, but also giving women a ...