Health & Wellbeing

Washington (AP) - Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they’ll all eventually face: when…
Friday January 29 - February 4, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 5)
Washington (AP) - Harking back to America’s triumphant race into space, the Obama administration is launching what it calls a “moonshot” effort to cure cancer. Don’t expect miracles in the…
Friday January 22 - January 28, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 4)

Q&A on UK’s new drinking guidelines, alcohol link to cancer

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Maria Cheng
London (AP) - British health officials say drinking alcohol regularly increases the risk of cancer. And they’ve issued tough new guidelines that could prove hard to swallow in a nation…
Friday January 15 - January 21, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 3)

Transgender man in Ecuador makes history with pregnancy

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Jacobo Garcia
Bogota, Colombia (AP) - A couple in Ecuador is making history with a unique pregnancy: The father-to-be is carrying the baby of his transgender partner. Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez…

Company: Will offer NY world’s 1st certified kosher medical pot

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3
Albany, N.Y. (AP) - A New York company says it will soon offer the first certified kosher medical pot. Vireo Health says its non-smokable medical cannabis products have been certified…

Clinton announces $2 billion effort to cure Alzheimer’s

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Lisa Lerer
Washington (AP) - U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced last month a $2 billion annual effort to cure Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, calling for doubling federal spending to combat the…
Friday January 8 - January 14, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 2)

Siberia’s novel reward for shedding the pounds _ coal

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Nataliya Vasilyeva
Moscow (AP) - Shedding the pounds in Siberia can come with a particularly welcome reward - coal. When the long-serving - and somewhat overweight - governor of Russia’s Kemerovo region…
Friday January 1 - January 7, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 1)

Feeling like a Grinch? At least it won’t shorten your life

Friday, 01 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 1 By Maria Cheng
London (AP) - There’s good news for grumpy women: Being happy apparently has no effect on how long you might live. That’s the conclusion of the latest attempt to find…
Washington (AP) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health is launching a new project to help unravel how early-in-life environmental exposures may affect autism, obesity and certain other childhood disorders.…
Friday December 25 - December 31, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 52)

Scientists debate boundaries, ethics of human gene editing

Friday, 25 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 52 By Lauran Neergaard
Washington (AP) - Alternating the promise of cures for intractable diseases with anxiety about designer babies and eugenics, hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world began debating the…
Friday December 18 - December 24, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 51)

Rare TB case shows difficulty diagnosing, treating children

Friday, 18 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 51 By Lauran Neergaard
Washington (AP) - When a 2-year-old returned sick from a visit to India, U.S. doctors suspected tuberculosis even though standard tests said no. It would take three months to confirm…

Report: US abortions continue to decline, down 4 pct in 2012

Friday, 18 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 51 By Mike Stobbe
New York (AP) - U.S. abortions continue to fall, according to a new federal report released Wednesday, Nov. 25. Federal statistics show abortions have been in a general decline for…
Washington (AP) - California researchers hatched some malaria-resistant mosquitoes and then gave evolution a shove - using a groundbreaking technology to ensure the insects pass on that protective gene as…
Friday December 4 - December 10, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 49)

Drug might help breast cancer patients avoid heart damage

Friday, 04 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 49 By Marilynn Marchione
Orlando, Fla. (AP) - Many cancer treatments have a dark side - they can damage the heart. New research suggests this risk might be lowered in women with breast tumors…
Friday November 27 - December 3, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 48)

Study: Even the normal-weight should watch that apple shape

Friday, 27 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 48 By Lauran Neergaard
Washington (AP) - A pot belly can be a bad thing - even if a person is not considered overweight. New research suggests normal-weight Americans who carry their fat at…
Friday November 20 - November 26, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 47)

Study: Good gut bacteria may affect babies’ risk of asthma

Friday, 20 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 47 By Lauran Neergaard
Washington (AP) - Gut checks suggest that not having enough of certain “good” intestinal germs early in life may increase babies’ risk of developing asthma, according to a new Canadian…

Txt msgs may lead to broad heart-linked benefits, study says

Friday, 20 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 47 By Lindsey Tanner
Chicago (AP) - Txt msgs may b gud 4U. That’s the message in a study that suggests just four monthly text messages might spur health improvements for heart patients. The…
Friday November 13 - November 19, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 46)

Move to spur pint-sized medical devices to treat sick kids

Friday, 13 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46 By Lauran Neergaard
Washington (AP) - Improvise isn’t a word parents want to hear from their child’s doctor. Yet pediatric specialists too often have to jury-rig care because many of the medical devices…
Friday November 6 - November 12, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 45)

Low-nicotine cigarettes cut use, dependence, study finds

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Marilynn Marchione
A new study might help the push for regulations to limit nicotine in cigarettes. Smokers who switched to special low-nicotine ones wound up smoking less and were more likely to…

UN: More studies needed on new malaria shots before using it

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45
Geneva (AP) - Vaccine experts advising the World Health Organization have recommended that further studies be done on a new malaria vaccine to figure out if officials can actually administer…
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