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'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

A new kind of cancer treatment that uses genetically engineered cells from a patient's immune system to attack their cancer easily cleared a crucial hurdle Wednesday.<p>A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee unanimously recommended that the agency approve this "living drug" approach for …

Medicine

Popular stomach acid blockers linked to higher death rates

A higher risk of death is associated with long-term use of popular stomach acid reducers known as proton pump inhibitors, according to a study of prescribed drugs published Monday.<p>These drugs are sold under brand names such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix and Zegerid, along with generic versions such …

Medicine

Costly Doctors Don’t Provide Better Care

Doctors who tend to spend more in treating hospitalized patients do not get better results than those who spend less, a new study has found.<p>Researchers examined spending records of 72,042 physicians at more than 3,000 acute care hospitals. The patients were fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries 65 …

Health Care

A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health

“Look on the sunny side of life.”<p>“Turn your face toward the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you.”<p>“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”<p>“See the glass as half-full, not half-empty.”<p>Researchers are finding that thoughts like these, the hallmarks of people …

Happiness

Those Indecipherable Medical Bills? They’re One Reason Health Care Costs So Much.

The catastrophe struck Wanda Wickizer on Christmas Day 2013. A generally healthy, energetic 51-year-old, she suddenly found herself vomiting all day, racked with debilitating headaches. When her alarmed teenage son called an ambulance, the paramedics thought that she had food poisoning and didn’t …

Should 15,000 Steps a Day Be Our New Exercise Target?

Taking 10,000 steps per day is often suggested as a desirable exercise goal for people who wish to improve their health. But a new study of postal workers in Scotland suggests that that number could be too conservative and that, to best protect our hearts, many of us might want to start moving …

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.<p>A study …

In new report, doctors urge more exercise for pregnant women

Old health advice often dies hard. This is particularly true — perhaps dangerously so — of historic advice for pregnant women, according to a new Viewpoint published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.<p>Most adults remember the traditional guidelines for expectant mothers. Get …

Pregnancy

Life Span of South Korean Women Is Headed Toward 90

Life spans in the world’s wealthiest countries will continue to increase in the future, and women in South Korea may be the first to live longer than 90 years on average, a new study has found.<p>The study — a mathematical model blending 21 other forecasts and published in The Lancet — gave South …

North Korea

Deadly, Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that a dozen antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” pose an enormous threat to human health, and urged hospital infection-control experts and pharmaceutical researchers to focus on fighting the most dangerous pathogens first.<p>The rate at which new strains of …

Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens

In a new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that many of us — youngsters, teenagers, adults — are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally addicted.<p>Dr. Alter, 36, is an …

Teens

Shoveling Snow Can Kill Men, Canadian Study Finds

Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, and it’s probably from the exertion of shoveling snow, Canadian researchers reported Monday.<p>They found a slight increase in both heart attacks and deaths from heart attack in Quebec after a storm. The likelihood went up with each extra …

Medical Journals

Overeating at the Super Bowl Is Bad, World's Least Surprising Study Finds

This year, over a hundred million people will shout and flail at flashing screens, completely engrossed by the “Super Bowl,” a live Lady Gaga concert …

With Concussion Risk In Soccer, Headers May Kick It Up A Notch

Heading a soccer ball is both a fundamental skill and a dynamic way to score a goal, but research says it could be causing concussions along with player collisions.<p>Players who headed a lot of balls, an average of 125 over two weeks, were three times more vulnerable to concussion than those who …

Soccer

The Health Reporter Is In: Jan. 25, 2017

Have a question for our Health Reporter? Click here<p><b>Q: I’m worried about my son losing health coverage under an ACA repeal and wonder how we should</b> …

Researchers developing app to detect sleep apnea

Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans and can lead to attention deficit disorder, high blood pressure and even diabetes. Going to a clinic to be diagnosed can be costly and time consuming.<p>But now there’s an app in the works that can help.<p>Doctors at the University of Washington Medicine …

Sleep

The curious case of high blood pressure around the world

ONE in eight deaths worldwide is due to high blood pressure. The condition is the main risk factor for heart and kidney disease, and it greatly …

Diabetes

Highly contagious stomach flu rips through US schools

They went down like dominoes in Aimee Romero’s household. First her 5-year-old daughter came home sick from school. Hours later her 8-year-old son started vomiting every 20 minutes for six hours. Next she started feeling sick. Two days later, it was her husband’s turn.<p>The Romero family in …

Public Health

Erin Andrews reveals cancer diagnosis

Days after being diagnosed with cervical cancer and just moments before surgery, Erin Andrews had one request for her oncologist.<p>“I’m not watching …

The Right Way to Fall

Rare is the individual who hasn’t tripped over a pet or uneven pavement, tumbled off a bike, slipped on ice or maybe wiped out skiing or skating.<p>Some get injured, while others go unhurt — often claiming it’s because they knew how to fall.<p>According to paratroopers, stunt professionals, physical …

Martial Arts

The $5.8 billion hidden cost of the flu on the US economy

Much to the distress of human resource departments across the country, there's no way to predict how bad this year's flu epidemic will be. But a look …

Public Health
Pharma

Medical Debt Is Top Reason Consumers Hear From Collection Agencies

More people have health insurance than ever before, but many still struggle to pay for care.<p>A recently released report says medical debt is the No. 1 reason consumers reported being contacted by a collection agency. If efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act result in more people losing their …

Health Care

How to Cure Chapped Lips

The Internet is rife with conspiracy theories about lip balm. Some claim it's addictive, while others argue popular products are loaded with …

Beauty

Drugs For Rare Diseases Have Become Uncommonly Rich Monopolies

More than 30 years ago, Congress overwhelmingly passed a landmark health bill aimed at motivating pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs for people whose rare diseases had been ignored.<p>By the drugmakers' calculations, the markets for such diseases weren't big enough to bother with.<p>But …

Pharma

Ultimate guide to kid vomit: Causes and treatment

Photo: iStock<p>Barf. Puke. Vomit. Call it what you will, but rest assured that as a parent, you’ll encounter it—and it won’t be fun. Even the most …

Ancient toy inspires low-cost medical diagnostic tool

Modern medicine often feels like magic: A technician pricks your skin, draws a drop of blood and whisks it away into another room. Oftentimes, this gives the doctor enough information to make a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment. But for people in developing countries, these kinds of diagnostics …

World Records

Real survivors get fairy-tale endings

<b>Milwaukee (CNN) —</b> He seemed like such a nice man, the clean-cut 25-year old who visited a rural Wisconsin church one autumn morning in 1996, looking for a wife.<p>By the end of the service, he'd set his sights on Misti Hawn, a pretty, auburn-haired 18-year-old who attended the fundamentalist Christian …

Little Red Riding Hood

1 in 3 Women Receive Unnecessary Treatment After Mammogram

Researchers say one in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram receive unnecessary treatment.<p>According to the American Cancer Society, …