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Repeated hits, not concussions, cause CTE, study finds

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:32:19 GMT

The neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy can start early and without any signs of concussion, according a study released Thursday.


New Trump initiatives: A win for anti-abortion activists, protections for 'conscience' objections

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:01:38 GMT

Coinciding with Friday's March for Life in Washington, President Donald Trump's administration announced new measures to support the anti-abortion cause.


Former NFLers call for end to tackle football for kids

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:42:01 GMT

Several former NFL players called Thursday for an end to tackle football for kids ages 13 and under.


5 ways the government shutdown could be bad for your health

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:32:45 GMT

A government shutdown could potentially hurt the health of more than the government workers who will be plagued with the uncertainty and stress of not knowing when they'll get back to work and collect a paycheck. The shutdown could impact you, too.


Family of patient found at a cold bus stop demands justice

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:19:18 GMT

A young patient, dressed only in a thin, hospital gown and tube socks, was left standing outside by a bus stop earlier this month after being discharged from a Baltimore hospital, as seen in a viral video.


Poison control calls 'spike' due to online laundry pod challenge

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:12:32 GMT

It used to be that washing your kid's mouth out with soap was seen as a punishment. Now, authorities are trying to keep teens from doing just that.


Essure or surgery? New study compares risks

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:03:00 GMT

A new study finds the controversial hysteroscopic sterilization method associated with a lower immediate risk of procedural complications, a higher risk of gynecological complications, and no increased medical risks, when compared with a more invasive option.


For hospital patients, beware the "weekend effect"

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:13:02 GMT

Doctors call it the "weekend effect." Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours -- whether it's for a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs.


A better way to build a flu vaccine?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:27:14 GMT

In the quest for improved and universal vaccines, scientists turned to a mutant virus to build an experimental flu vaccine. So far, the vaccine only has been studied in mice and ferrets.


Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner says

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:02:21 GMT

Musician Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose of several medications, a statement from his family, posted on tompetty.com, and a news release from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner said Friday.


Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:22:40 GMT

Teens' happiness and self-esteem can be linked to the amount of time they're spending in front of their screens, a new study says.


Will #MeToo be a turning point for younger girls, too?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:16:47 GMT

There is hope that the #MeToo conversation on sexual harassment will halt the decline in confidence that young girls experience in middle and high school.


After officer adopts opioid-addicted baby, mom's struggle continues

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:20:45 GMT

A chance encounter with a homeless pregnant woman addicted to heroin put Albuquerque Police Officer Ryan Holets on one of the most emotional journeys of his life. Now, two weeks after their story touched millions, there's a second chapter.


Flu widespread throughout the nation, 30 children dead

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:40:15 GMT

This year's flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years.


How music therapy helped a woman heal

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:18:00 GMT

Some say music has the power to heal. That's the idea behind "music therapy". See how it helped a teen deal with the death of her father seven years ago.


Doctor delivers baby on international flight

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:49:32 GMT

This definitely wasn't what Dr. Sij Hemal was expecting when he booked a flight with Air France from India to the United States.


A blood test for cancers gets one step closer

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:18:37 GMT

Scientists develop an experimental blood test that could make it easier to detect eight major types of cancer in their early stages, but more research is needed before such a test could be widely used.


Flu diagnosis ends up being flesh-eating disease

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:58:59 GMT

An Arizona woman who originally thought she had the flu had instead a rare flesh-eating disease.


FDA strengthens warning on opioid cold medicine

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:03:13 GMT

Cough and cold medicines containing opioid ingredients, such as codeine or hydrocodone, should no longer be given to children of any age, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.


Fight a cold by ... eating yogurt?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:08:16 GMT

This winter, there's a good chance you might be looking for anything and everything to rid yourself of an annoying, lingering and sometimes debilitating cold.


After shark attack, mom regains control with a bionic arm

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:24:30 GMT

Tiffany Johnson and her husband, JJ, are avid cruisers -- self-described "vacation junkies." In June 2017, the two left their home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and embarked on a relaxing cruise in the Caribbean.


Opioid commission: We need drug courts, not prisons, for abusers

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:48:51 GMT

The President's opioid commission on Wednesday recommended nationwide drug courts to help place substance abusers into treatment rather than sending them into the prison system.


Judge lets little girl go back to school with medical marijuana

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:03:48 GMT

A little girl is back in a school she loves in Schaumburg, Illinois this week, but only after a federal judge gave her the ok. She uses medical marijuana which Illinois law prohibits on school grounds. The case could have extensive ramifications down the road.


Screw up (in small ways) at parenting. It's good for your kids

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:55:11 GMT

Your parents messed up. They didn't mean to, but they did, somehow.


Drug overdoses contribute to record number of organ donors

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:41:59 GMT

Though the number of lives lost to the US opioid epidemic continues to spike, it has also contributed to a record number of organ donations.


President Trump has common form of heart disease

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:02:42 GMT

Like most men of his age, President Donald Trump has a common form of heart disease, relatively easy to address if he increases the dose of his cholesterol-lowering medication and makes necessary lifestyle changes. Without those changes, the President has a moderate risk of having a heart attack in the next three to five years, according to the Mayo Clinic.


Women who marched, one year later: 'We are exhausted but we're here and we're still marching'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:05:29 GMT

One year ago, Allison Busch-Vogel of South Orange, New Jersey rented four buses even before she knew if she could fill them.


Opioid commission member: Our work is a 'sham'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:31:39 GMT

The Republican-led Congress has turned the work of the president's opioid commission into a "charade" and a "sham," a member of the panel tells CNN.


How Nassar's abuse impacts gymnastics families everywhere

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:09:45 GMT

Gymnastics parents must grapple with new dilemmas: how to talk to young athletes about sex abuse, and whether they even want their children in the sport.


Michael Phelps: 'I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:42:19 GMT

Far from the familiar waters of an Olympic pool, swimmer Michael Phelps shared the story of his personal encounter with depression at a mental health conference in Chicago this week.