Health

Brain disease seen in most football players

CHICAGO (AP) — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. But ...

Did TV series caused suicide searches?

CHICAGO (AP) — A popular TV series that showed a teen ending her life may have triggered a surge in online searches for suicide, including how to do it. That’s according to a new study about the show “13 Reasons Why.” Netflix released all 13 episodes on March 31. Researchers found ...

FDA to target levels of nicotine in cigarettes

By Carla K. Johnson AP Medical Writer For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren’t so addictive. U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb directed the agency’s staff to develop new regulations on nicotine. ...

Amy Band, center, teaches children how to handle confrontations at the Verner Center in Asheville, N.C., on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for the preschoolers are designed to help kids cope with intense stress so they can learn. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom. The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for her and the other preschoolers at the ...

FDA advisers review data on potential 1st US gene therapy

A panel of cancer experts on Wednesday reviewed what could be the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration advisory panel discussed a treatment for advanced leukemia developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Novartis Corp. The drugmaker is seeking approval ...

Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers

An expert panel of scientists says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, not only on patients, but also on families, crime and the demand for heroin. In a sweeping ...

Sleep technology explodes

NEW YORK (AP) — Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on how much you twist and turn? Companies are adding more technology into their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night’s sleep. Some specialized businesses are making gadgets that ...

Opioid prescribing falling, but not everywhere

NEW YORK (AP) — Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released Thursday finds. The amount of opioids prescribed fell 18 percent between 2010 and 2015. But ...

The bottom line of workplace wellness

It’s no surprise that workers who struggle to stay healthy and fit can cost employers in many ways, from missed time to lowered productivity. That’s why many companies are launching wellness programs designed to boost their staff’s health and morale, and by extension, their own bottom ...

Tumor gene testing urged to tell if drug targets your cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colon cancer. Uterine cancer. Pancreatic cancer. Whatever the tumor, the more gene mutations lurking inside, the better chance your immune system has to fight back. That’s the premise behind the recent approval of a landmark drug, the first cancer therapy ever cleared ...

Nurse navigators give new moms boost

Whether you’re a first time mom, or an experienced mom, bringing a new baby into the world is an exciting and special time. But, it can also be confusing, with conflicting information online and advice coming out of the woodwork. For Ottawa resident Denise Dock, it was a lot to sift through ...

Infant’s illness prompts warning about placenta pills

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are warning new moms about the potential dangers of taking pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant’s infection was tied to the practice. Trendy among some mothers, the practice of eating the placenta after giving birth is believed by some to ...

Pregnant? Don’t let Zika guard down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don’t let your guard down — especially if you’re pregnant or trying to be. While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply from last year’s peak in parts of Latin America and the ...

Choosing the right sunscreen

As the summer gets into full swing, kids will head outdoors for some fun in the sun. But during summertime, while the rays are at their strongest, parents must be even more vigilant about protecting their kids’ delicate skin. The risk for skin damage and skin cancer is directly related to ...

Tick-borne illness season expected to be one of worst

The recent mild winter could mean more ticks this summer, prompting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention to predict the worst season on record for tick-borne illness. The CDC estimates around 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease each year, and is now warning people to ...

Drones could aid heart emergencies

CHICAGO (AP) — It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest. Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of 18 cardiac arrests within about 5 minutes of launch. That was almost 17 ...

In this May 4, 2017 photo, Melissa Jones, center, a nurse educator with Alosa Health, speaks with social worker Jean Easter, left, and physician's assistant Emily Braunegg in the lunch room of a medical office in Monroeville, Pa. Jones visits medical offices in western Pennsylvania, to educate doctors and their teams about new opioid prescribing guidelines. (AP Photo/Carla K. Johnson)

Overcoming Opioids: Easing an epidemic 1 doctor at a time

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Even doctors can be addicted to opioids, in a way: It’s hard to stop prescribing them. Melissa Jones is on a mission to break doctors of their habit, and in the process try to turn the tide of the painkiller epidemic that has engulfed 2 million Americans. It was ...

Teen vaping on the decline, study says

NEW YORK (AP) — Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year in the United States. A government survey released Thursday suggests the number of high school and middle school students using electronic cigarettes fell to 2.2 million last year, from 3 million the year ...

Pregnancy safe for breast cancer survivors

CHICAGO (AP) — A study gives reassuring news for breast cancer survivors who want to have children. Those who later became pregnant were no more likely to have their cancer come back than those who did not have a baby. It’s a big issue — the average age of moms has been rising in the ...

New frontier in cancer care: Turning blood into living drugs

SEATTLE (AP) — Ken Shefveland’s body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins and unleashed them into his bloodstream. Immune therapy is the hottest ...