Health

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 ...

Rheumatoid arthritis pill rejected by FDA

By Linda A. Johnson AP Medical Writer Eli Lilly said U.S. regulators have rejected its much-anticipated pill for the immune disorder rheumatoid arthritis, the drugmaker’s second drug development setback since November. The Food and Drug Administration said in a letter to the company that ...

Panel OK with prostate cancer tests

CHICAGO (AP) — An influential U.S. government health panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. The new draft guidelines echo those of several leading medical groups, but they don’t ...

FDA approves more drugs, and faster, than Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Contrary to some political claims, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved more drugs, and two to three months faster on average, than European regulators did in recent years, new research shows. “It’s an urban myth” that the FDA is slower than other countries ...

The newest fitness trend: Mixing it up

MIAMI (AP) — The latest workout crazes promise to stimulate your brain and your muscles in new ways with barre plies in the air (think aerial ballet), dance cardio (think a night out) or a killer routine modeled after a popular cooking show. “Everybody falls into fitness ruts,” said ...

Drug for eczema cases shows promise

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first powerful, injected medicine to treat serious cases of the skin condition eczema. The Food and Drug Administration approved Dupixent for moderate or severe eczema, which causes red, fiercely itchy rashes on the face, arms and ...

A ‘sci-fi’ cancer therapy fights brain tumors, study finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a large study suggest. Many doctors are skeptical of the ...

Company to pay $35M in deal to end feds’ opioid probe

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A top maker of brand-name and generic narcotic painkillers has agreed to pay the U.S. government $35 million to resolve a probe of its distribution of those drugs. Mallinckrodt PLC said it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the ...

Typos in DNA help fuel cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cancer patients often wonder “why me?” Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet? Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame but new research suggests random chance plays a bigger role than ...

FDA OKs new drug for Parkinson’s

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first new drug in a decade for Parkinson’s disease, a chronic neurological disorder that causes tremors and movement difficulties. The Food and Drug Administration said that it has approved Xadago for use when a patient’s regular ...

MSU designs prosthetic for boy without limbs

HOLT, Mich. (AP) — It’s time for the morning meeting in Betty Brown’s sixth-grade classroom at Holt’s Hope Middle School, and the students are learning an important skill: shaking hands. “Not a floppy fish, not too firm,” Brown tells the class. “Practice a just-right hand grip ...

Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal. Recent research may have found an explanation for problems like his, something called “hidden hearing loss.” Scientists have been finding ...

Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate on cost

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that’s likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost. Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor ...

Indigenous Bolivians have healthiest hearts

LONDON (AP) — Deep in the Bolivian Amazon lives a group of indigenous people who spend their days hunting and farming. Researchers say this may be partly why they have some of the healthiest hearts on the planet. The Tsimane, a society of hunter-gatherers, have the lowest-ever recorded ...

Fewer heavy Americans trying to lose weight, study finds

CHICAGO (AP) — Fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years, and researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons. The trend found in a new study occurred at the same time obesity rates climbed. “Socially accepted normal body weight is ...

Bacon, soda, too few nuts tied to US deaths

CHICAGO (AP) — Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of U.S. deaths from these causes, the study ...

Rookie docs can work longer, 24-hour shifts

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new work limits taking effect this summer — a move supporters say will enhance training and foes maintain will do just the opposite. A Chicago-based group that establishes work standards for U.S. medical school graduates ...

First step taken to help preserved organs survive the deep freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-freezing donated organs might one day help improve the transplant supply but scientists must first figure out how to thaw the delicate tissue without it cracking. Now researchers are taking a first step toward that goal, using nanotechnology to create super heaters for ...