Health

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 ...

The kids are all right: Children with three-way DNA are healthy

By The Associated PressMore than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor.Now researchers have checked up on how the babies are doing as teenagers. The preliminary verdict: The kids are all ...

Patch could help kids with peanut allergies

WASHINGTON (AP) - A wearable skin patch may help children who are allergic to peanuts by delivering small doses of peanut protein, according to a new study that calls for the therapy to be further explored.The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that nearly ...

Young brains & anesthesia: Big study suggests minimal risks

CHICAGO (AP) - Anesthesia during early childhood surgery poses little risk for intelligence and academics later on, the largest study of its kind suggests.The results were found in research on nearly 200,000 Swedish teens. School grades were only marginally lower in kids who'd had one or more ...

Testing if Pap smears offer early peek at birth defect risk

WASHINGTON (AP) - A simple Pap smear may one day offer a way to screen for birth defects a little earlier in pregnancy than today's prenatal tests.Women typically get a Pap during early pregnancy, and Wayne State University researchers report Wednesday that they can capture enough fetal DNA ...

How autism in girls may help reveal the disorder’s secrets

CHICAGO (AP) - Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges, but the way autism strikes girls - or doesn't - may help reveal some of the developmental disorder's frustrating secrets.Autism is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are ...

Have a kid with migraines? Sugar pills work as well as drugs

CHICAGO (AP) - Sugar pills worked as well at preventing kids' migraines as two commonly used headache medicines, but had fewer side effects, in a study that may lead doctors to rethink how they treat a common ailment in children and teens.It's the first rigorous head-to-head test in kids of two ...

One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking

CHICAGO (AP) - Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.The American Cancer Society study found the highest rate among men in Arkansas, where 40 ...

Preteens need fewer HPV shots

NEW YORK (AP) - It's now easier for preteens to get the cervical cancer vaccine.A government panel on Wednesday recommended that preteens get two shots instead of three and space them further apart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately made the change."It will be simpler ...

Study backs kidney transplant method

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 1 in 3 patients who needs a kidney transplant is especially hard to match, and new research suggests a painstaking treatment to help those patients tolerate an incompatible organ is worth considering.More hospitals have begun offering so-called desensitization therapy ...

Critical to monitor babies’ health after Zika, but for how long?

WASHINGTON (AP) - More federal money finally is available to fight Zika, even as the news worsens. Babies who at first seem to have escaped the virus' devastating hallmark defect - an abnormally small head at birth - might not be out of the woods after all.Brazilian doctors have counted a small ...

Contaminated machines linked to surgery infections

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials are warning that small outbreaks of infections spread by contaminated operating room machinery during open-heart surgery could be more widespread than first thought.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted doctors and hospitals.The contamination ...

Paralyzed man feels touch through mind-controlled robot hand

WASHINGTON (AP) - A paralyzed man is regaining a sense of touch while using a mind-controlled robotic hand, feeling subtle pressure in his own fingers when the artificial ones are touched. The experiment reported Thursday is an early step in the quest to create prosthetics that can feel.How it ...