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Calcium From Supplements or Dairy Doesn't Strengthen Bones, Study Finds

A new study should put the final nail in the coffin for any lingering beliefs that calcium supplements are good for you.<p>The new study finds that people over 50 don’t get stronger bones either by taking supplements or from eating extra servings of calcium-rich foods such as dairy products.<p>The …

Air Pollution Killing 4,000 in China a Day, U.S. Study Finds

Air pollution is killing about 4,000 people in China a day, accounting for 1 in 6 premature deaths in the world's most populous country, a new study finds.<p>Physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, calculated that about 1.6 million people in China die each year from heart, lung and …

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Hospitals Turn To Toyota To Make Care Safer And Swifter

Until recently, nurses at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Hospital had to maneuver through a maze of wheelchairs, beds, boxes and lights to find surgical supplies in the equipment closet for the operating rooms.<p>But as public hospitals like Harbor-UCLA try to cut costs and make patients happier, …

How Google’s using big data and machine-learning to aid drug discovery

From answering heath-related questions in its search results to a fitness data platform for developers, Google is becoming increasingly ingrained in the fabric of our daily health-and-wellbeing habits. But behind the scenes, the Internet giant is also working to expedite the discovery of drugs that …

How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

Looks like many of us don't have the right stomach for a paleodiet. Literally.<p>Two studies give us a glimpse into our ancestors' microbiome — you know, those trillions of bacteria that live in the human gut.<p>And the take-home message of the studies is clear: Western diets and modern-day hygiene have …

Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Last week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban caused quite a stir on Twitter by suggesting that people, if they could afford it, get quarterly bloodwork to establish a baseline of their own health. A big failing of medicine, he wrote, is that "we wait till we are sick to have our blood tested and …

Cannabis can be highly addictive, major study finds

Research conducted over 20 years links long-term cannabis use with mental illness, lower academic attainment and lower birth-weight of children<p>Cannabis can be highly addictive, cause mental health problems and lead to hard drug use, according to a major study led by a leading British expert on …

Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors

For decades, Big Pharma and medical technology firms have made gifts and other payments to physicians as part of developing, testing and marketing their products, an expense long recognized as another cost of doing business.<p>On Tuesday, the federal government is set to release, for the first time, a …

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Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized

The place: Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.<p>The diagnosis: fast-growing, small-cell lung cancer.<p>The patient: Paula Faber, unrepentant, life-long smoker.<p>The choice: treat it aggressively to <i>extend</i> life, but probably not cure the disease, or manage the pain and focus on the <i>quality</i> of life.<p>It was …

Parents' whooping cough vaccines may protect babies | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When babies are too young to get the whooping cough vaccine, vaccinating their parents might protect them from the dangerous infection, a new study suggests.<p>Young children were 51 percent less likely to be diagnosed with pertussis - also known as whooping cough - when …

Fewer U.S. youth using sunscreen new study finds | Reuters

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Fewer U.S. teenagers are using sunscreen, even as skin cancer rates increase, a study found.<p>Tourists enjoy the sun on New Year's Day on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii in this file photo taken January 1, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing<p>The percentage of high school students using …

How Pakistan succumbed to a hard-drug epidemic

Almost 30 years after first reporting on Pakistan’s then nascent North West Frontier heroin trade, David Browne returns to find a city – and a country – in the grip of mass drug addiction<p>Unlike in India, there are no bright, fantastic colours here. In the horizon the air shimmers evanescent grey, …

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The Bugs In Your Stomach Define You As Much–If Not More–Than Your Genes

At TED, microbial ecologist Rob Knight discussed the secret ecosystem of microbes within our bodies, and its potential to shape behavior and cause–or cure–disease.<p>Every creature on earth has their own microbial community. This internal ecology determines how we digest food and resist disease and …

The age of vaccines

Altmetric: 81<p>Citations: 6<p>More detail<p>Outlook<p>Tony Scully<p>Immunization<br>• Vaccines<p>The advent of routine childhood vaccination has led to dramatic declines in …

Academy of Nutrition And Dietetics Recommends Consuming More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

<i>By Sheryl Wood</i><p>Updated nutritional guidelines recommend consuming 20 to 30 percent of your daily calories from fats. But the type of fat you eat can have a big impact on your health.<p>Fats are essential for proper cell function and different systems of the body. Some fats are manufactured by the body, …

Good News: Americans Are Eating 78 Fewer Calories Every Day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has crunched some numbers, and its conclusion is that Americans are munching less. And on more healthful stuff.<p>On average, working-age adults were eating about 78 fewer calories per day in 2010, compared with five years earlier, according to a report released …

Medical Notes for All to See

During a doctor's appointment, a patient admits that he often forgets to take his medication. Or, he describes feeling short of breath, which could be caused by anything from anxiety to having had a heart attack.<p>In each case, this is information that the doctor should write in the patient's chart. …

Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world

<b>The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980, says a report from a UK think tank.</b><p>The Overseas Development Institute said one in three people worldwide was now overweight and urged governments to do more to influence …

Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo

For Matthew and Brianne Wojtesta, it all started about a week after the birth of their daughter Vera. Matthew was picking up his son from kindergarten when he got a phone call.<p>It was their pediatrician, with some shocking news. Vera had been flagged by New York's newborn screening program as …

Sodium Consumption In U.S. Is Still Too High

Americans on a whole are still eating too much salt, according to a new government report.<p>Eight in 10 preschoolers and nine in 10 children and adults consume too much dietary sodium, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with much of this sodium coming from processed foods or from …

Expensive Healthcare Doesn’t Help Americans Live Longer

Among developed countries, a new report says, the U.S. ranks very low in translating health dollars into longer lives—particularly for women<p>We already know American healthcare is pricey, much more so than that of other industrialized countries. But a new analysis published this week in the <i>American</i> …

As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts

The World Health Organization has declared a polio emergency in Syria.<p>After being free of the crippling disease for more than a decade, Syria recorded 10 confirmed cases of polio in October. Now the outbreak has grown to 17 confirmed cases, the WHO said last week. And the virus has spread to four …

Mass immunisation programme begins in the Philippines

Jobel, 13, looks after his sister while his mother queues for aid<p><b>Around 33,000 children are to be immunised against measles and polio in typhoon-hit Tacloban city.</b><p>The World Health Organization, which is supporting the government campaign, fears possible outbreaks of disease.<p>More than 5,000 people …