Health

Mother uncovers lasting impact of son’s organ donation

WASHINGTON (AP) - An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for ...

Researchers create antibiotic gel to tackle ear infections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Parents know the frustration of trying to get that gunky pink antibiotic into a tot screaming from an ear infection. A one-time squirt of special ear drops one day might replace that ordeal.It's only been tried in animals so far - chinchillas, to be exact. But researchers ...

New rules for results of medical research

By The Associated PressThe Obama administration is publishing new rules that promise to help doctors and patients learn if clinical trials of treatments worked or not.At issue is how to help people find medical studies that may be appropriate for them - and then to make the results public so ...

Concern over drug-resistant germs prompts response

NEW YORK (AP) - World leaders are pushing to end the overuse of antibiotics and to encourage the development of new medicines, driven by concern that drug-resistant germs could lead to millions of deaths and undermine the global economy.For only the fourth time in its 70 year history, the ...

Just how much sugar do Americans consume? The answer is complicated

By Candice ChoiAP Food Industry WriterNEW YORK (AP) - Sugar has become the nutritional villain du jour, but just how bad is our addiction? The answer is tricky.Philadelphia recently passed a tax on sugary drinks, several other places have proposed them, and the government this year recommended ...

Brain cancer now leading childhood cancer killer

NEW YORK (AP) - Brain cancer is now the deadliest childhood cancer in the U.S., now ahead of leukemia, a result of improved leukemia treatment and a frustrating lack of progress on brain cancer.Government statisticians reported the change in rankings Friday, drawing from a review of 15 years of ...

Surge in ER visits for injuries, concussions from soccer

CHICAGO (AP) - Soccer injuries are sending soaring numbers of U.S. kids to emergency rooms, a trend driven in part by young players with concussions seeking urgent medical care, a study has found.The findings, based on 25 years of data, partly reflect soccer's growing popularity. But the ...

Home care helps seniors trying to age in place

WASHINGTON (AP) - Where you live plays a big role in staying independent as you age. Now researchers say an innovative program that combined home fix-ups and visits from occupational therapists and nurses improved low-income seniors' ability to care for themselves in their own homes.Still to be ...

Sorry kids: Docs urge flu shots, not nasal spray

WASHINGTON (AP) - Kids may get more of a sting from flu vaccination this fall: Doctors are gearing up to give shots only, because U.S. health officials say the easy-to-use nasal spray version of the vaccine isn't working as well as a jab.Needle-phobic adults still have some less painful ...

Get a grip on travelers’ diarrhea

ESCANABA - Depending on the destination, 30 to 70 percent of American travelers have their trips interrupted by diarrhea. Those heading out to northern and western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan have no more worries than they would at home, but in developing countries of Asia, Latin ...

Playground concussions are on the rise

CHICAGO (AP) - Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.Most injuries studied were mild, but all concussions are potentially serious and the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety ...

Food allergy or food intolerance?

ESCANABA - Nearly everyone has some negative reaction to some foods on some occasions. The food may cause gas, cramping, an upset stomach or a headache. The rational response is to try to avoid that food at least in the quantity that brought on the reaction. Some people refer to these responses ...

Homegrown Zika raises questions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homegrown mosquitoes apparently have infected four people in the Miami area with Zika and now it's up to tried-and-true public health measures to stamp out the birth defect-causing virus before it spreads.Florida Gov. Rick Scott made the long-dreaded announcement last month of ...

Get your potassium and stay healthy

ESCANABA - Bananas, tomatoes, oranges, cantaloupe, peaches, spinach, Swiss chard, lima beans, potatoes - these are some of the world's healthiest foods, in part because they are excellent sources of potassium. Potassium is an important mineral, one of a class known as electrolytes. When ...

Studies shine light on mysterious placenta

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body's most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues to how this giver of life forms - and how it can go awry, leading to stillbirth, preterm birth, even infections like ...

Study points way to finding genes affecting depression

NEW YORK (AP) - In a key advance for the study of depression, a comprehensive scan of human DNA has turned up the apparent hiding places of more than a dozen genes linked to the disorder."This is a jumping-off point" for further work to reveal the biological underpinnings of depression, which ...

To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk

LONDON (AP) - If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk - just make sure you can spare at least an hour.Scientists analyzing data from more than 1 million people found that it takes about 60 to 75 minutes of "moderate intensity" exercise to undo ...

New technique opens window into how brain cells communicate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The brain's nerve cells communicate by firing messages to each other through junctions called synapses, and problems with those connections are linked to disorders like Alzheimer's and epilepsy. Now Yale University researchers have developed a way to picture synapses in living ...

Behavior changes offer clues to dementia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing - changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.Researchers have outlined a syndrome called "mild behavioral impairment" that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's or other dementias, and ...

Diabetes prevention program offered in Escanaba

ESCANABA - The Northern Lights YMCA Delta Program Center and Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties are offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program.The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based, year-long lifestyle change program for men and women with ...