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  • Surgeon General: Stop Tanning and Save Your Skin

    Surgeon General: Stop Tanning and Save Your Skin

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:10:55 GMT
    Those of you tanning or burning your skin this summer should stop — seek the shade, wear a hat and some sunscreen and, whatever you do, stay out of indoor tanning salons. It's a familiar skin-cancer prevention message, but it's coming from a new source: the office of the U.S. Surgeon General.The call to action from acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, released Tuesday, says that skin cancer is a "major public health problem" and that too much exposure to indoor and outdoor ul...More >>
    Those of you tanning or burning your skin this summer should stop — seek the shade, wear a hat and some sunscreen and, whatever you do, stay out of indoor tanning salons. It's a familiar skin-cancer prevention message, but it's coming from a new source: the office of the U.S. Surgeon General.The call to action from acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, released Tuesday, says that skin cancer is a "major public health problem" and that too much exposure to indoor and outdoor ul...More >>
  • New Virus From Mosquitoes Arises In Williamson County

    New Virus From Mosquitoes Arises In Williamson County

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:56:15 GMT
    When we think of sicknesses transmitted by mosquitoes, we are usually worried about the West Nile virus....More >>
    When we think of sicknesses transmitted by mosquitoes, we are usually worried about the West Nile virus....More >>
  • Five Chikungunya Cases Confirmed in Texas

    Five Chikungunya Cases Confirmed in Texas

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:55:28 GMT
    There are now five cases of chikungunya confirmed in the state of Texas.More >>
    There are now five cases of chikungunya confirmed in the state of Texas.More >>
  • Study Finds Possible 'Recipe' for Preventing Alzheimer's

    Study Finds Possible 'Recipe' for Preventing Alzheimer's

    Monday, July 14 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-15 02:32:13 GMT
    (NBC NEWS) -- Just two years of exercising, eating healthier food and doing a little brain training boosted people's memory function, researchers reported Monday. It's the first proof that some of the things people have been trying to prevent Alzheimer's may actually work.The study, done in Finland, doesn't point to any one thing people can do to prevent memory loss. Instead, it's a cocktail, the researchers told a meeting of Alzheimer's experts."It's the first time we have been able to give ...More >>
    (NBC NEWS) -- Just two years of exercising, eating healthier food and doing a little brain training boosted people's memory function, researchers reported Monday. It's the first proof that some of the things people have been trying to prevent Alzheimer's may actually work.The study, done in Finland, doesn't point to any one thing people can do to prevent memory loss. Instead, it's a cocktail, the researchers told a meeting of Alzheimer's experts."It's the first time we have been able to give ...More >>
  • Study: Smoking is Better Than Obesity

    Study: Smoking is Better Than Obesity

    Friday, July 11 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-11 22:12:33 GMT
    (CNN) -- It's not going to come as a surprise that obesity shortens your life by contributing to heart disease, strokes, diabetes and other diseases. But how many years are lost? Researchers from the National Cancer Institute compared normal weight smokers to extremely obese non-smokers. They found the smokers lived longer on average.Healthy weight smokers lost about nine years of their lives. Non-smoking adults who were extremely obese -- defined as having a BMI of 55 to 55.9 -- lost nearly ...More >>
    (CNN) -- It's not going to come as a surprise that obesity shortens your life by contributing to heart disease, strokes, diabetes and other diseases. But how many years are lost? Researchers from the National Cancer Institute compared normal weight smokers to extremely obese non-smokers. They found the smokers lived longer on average.Healthy weight smokers lost about nine years of their lives. Non-smoking adults who were extremely obese -- defined as having a BMI of 55 to 55.9 -- lost nearly ...More >>
  • Don't Pressure Your Doctor to Play After a Concussion

    Don't Pressure Your Doctor to Play After a Concussion

    Friday, July 11 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-07-11 21:44:25 GMT
    (CNN) -- After a concussion, doctors often receive pressure from their young patients, families and coaches to give an athlete the "all-clear" as soon as possible. But that's dangerous, says the American Academy of Neurology. The reason: Concussions are linked to long-term impairments in brain function. A new position statement published in the journal Neurology on Wednesday calls for doctors to only give an athlete the "all-clear" to play when medically ready. "Physicians should be thoughtfu...More >>
    (CNN) -- After a concussion, doctors often receive pressure from their young patients, families and coaches to give an athlete the "all-clear" as soon as possible. But that's dangerous, says the American Academy of Neurology. The reason: Concussions are linked to long-term impairments in brain function. A new position statement published in the journal Neurology on Wednesday calls for doctors to only give an athlete the "all-clear" to play when medically ready. "Physicians should be thoughtfu...More >>
  • Doubling Up on Anti-Smoking Medications Increases Chances of Quitting

    Doubling Up on Anti-Smoking Medications Increases Chances of Quitting

    Friday, July 11 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-11 21:41:43 GMT
    (CNN) -- Smokers looking to quit often use either a medication named Chantix or nicotine patches, hoping it will help reduce withdrawal symptoms. But a combination of those two methods improves the odds you'll quit smoking on the short term, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was funded by the companies that make Chantix and nicotine patches. Researchers randomly assigned 446 smokers to either take Chantix and a nicotine patch...More >>
    (CNN) -- Smokers looking to quit often use either a medication named Chantix or nicotine patches, hoping it will help reduce withdrawal symptoms. But a combination of those two methods improves the odds you'll quit smoking on the short term, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was funded by the companies that make Chantix and nicotine patches. Researchers randomly assigned 446 smokers to either take Chantix and a nicotine patch...More >>
  • Study: Blood Tests Could Detect Alzheimer's Early

    Study: Blood Tests Could Detect Alzheimer's Early

    Friday, July 11 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-07-11 21:38:42 GMT
    (CNN) -- According to the Alzheimer's Association, 44 million people live with dementia worldwide. That number is expected to triple in just 35 years. Alzheimer's is usually diagnosed when the disease has progressed. While there's no cure, early detection could lead to early intervention, which may slow the disease. And a simple blood test could be the key, according to new study published Thursday in Alzheimer's Dementia, a journal of the Alzheimer's Association. Researchers used blood samp...More >>
    (CNN) -- According to the Alzheimer's Association, 44 million people live with dementia worldwide. That number is expected to triple in just 35 years. Alzheimer's is usually diagnosed when the disease has progressed. While there's no cure, early detection could lead to early intervention, which may slow the disease. And a simple blood test could be the key, according to new study published Thursday in Alzheimer's Dementia, a journal of the Alzheimer's Association. Researchers used blood samp...More >>
  • You Don't Have to be Young to Donate a Kidney

    You Don't Have to be Young to Donate a Kidney

    Friday, July 11 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-11 21:29:38 GMT
    (CNN) -- People in need of a kidney often wait years for a deceased donor match. Another option is a live kidney donation. But many times potential live donors are excluded because of their age. It's been thought that older live kidney donors have a higher risk of heart disease after donating their organ. That's not true anymore, according to a new study in the American Journal of Transplantation. Researchers matched 3,368 older donors with older healthy non-donors and followed them for nearl...More >>
    (CNN) -- People in need of a kidney often wait years for a deceased donor match. Another option is a live kidney donation. But many times potential live donors are excluded because of their age. It's been thought that older live kidney donors have a higher risk of heart disease after donating their organ. That's not true anymore, according to a new study in the American Journal of Transplantation. Researchers matched 3,368 older donors with older healthy non-donors and followed them for nearl...More >>
  • New York Legalizes Medical Marijuana

    New York Legalizes Medical Marijuana

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-08 19:23:27 GMT
    New York became the latest state to permit the use of medical marijuana on Monday.At a news conference in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe marijuana in a nonsmokable form to patients with serious ailments that are recognized by the state on a predefined but flexible list of conditions.The bill was passed by the State Assembly and Senate in June, said Jason Elan, a spokesman for Sen. Diane Savino, a sponsor of the bi...More >>
    New York became the latest state to permit the use of medical marijuana on Monday.At a news conference in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe marijuana in a nonsmokable form to patients with serious ailments that are recognized by the state on a predefined but flexible list of conditions.The bill was passed by the State Assembly and Senate in June, said Jason Elan, a spokesman for Sen. Diane Savino, a sponsor of the bi...More >>
  • So Long, Stirrups? Doctors Group Nixes Routine Pelvic Exams

    So Long, Stirrups? Doctors Group Nixes Routine Pelvic Exams

    Monday, June 30 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-07-01 01:27:36 GMT
    (NBC NEWS) -- It’s an annual ritual for millions of American women: Visiting the doctor and lying back for a routine pelvic exam, feet in stirrups. Now the nation’s largest largest medical specialty organization says that tradition needs to change. A new guideline published Monday from the American College of Physicians says doctors should not do pelvic exams on non-pregnant adult women with no symptoms of disease. A review of the exams found they rarely catch disease but are costly, uncomfor...More >>
    (NBC NEWS) -- It’s an annual ritual for millions of American women: Visiting the doctor and lying back for a routine pelvic exam, feet in stirrups. Now the nation’s largest largest medical specialty organization says that tradition needs to change. A new guideline published Monday from the American College of Physicians says doctors should not do pelvic exams on non-pregnant adult women with no symptoms of disease. A review of the exams found they rarely catch disease but are costly, uncomfor...More >>
  • FDA issues warning about aspirin

    FDA issues warning about aspirin

    Monday, May 5 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-05-05 21:50:24 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration is reminding everyone that aspirin therapy is not for everyone.
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  • Infographic: Would You Pay for an Extra Hour of Sleep?

    Infographic: Would You Pay for an Extra Hour of Sleep?

    Monday, May 5 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-05-05 17:20:47 GMT
    It’s National Better Sleep Month. More >>
    It’s National Better Sleep Month. More >>
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