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  • China Dec 2, 2019

    UN Chief Urges Countries Not to Surrender on Climate Fight

    U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries Monday not to lose hope in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting on tackling global warming. In his opening speech to delegates, Guterres cited recent scientific data showing that levels of heat-trapping gases have hit a record high, reaching levels not seen...

  • The Associated Press Nov 20, 2019

    AMA Calls for Total Ban on All E-Cigarette, Vaping Products

    The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the industry is sure to fight back.

  • Maryland Nov 15, 2019

    Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10,000 Pets Needed for Canine Aging Study

    Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too. The project will collect a pile of pooch data: vet records, DNA samples, gut microbes and information on food and walks. Five hundred dogs will test a pill that could...

  • Michigan Nov 15, 2019

    Will You Get Dementia? Many May Not Understand Their Risk

    Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests. Almost half of adults surveyed believed they were likely to develop dementia. The results suggest many didn’t understand the connection between physical health and brain health and how racial differences can affect dementia risk. Substantial numbers of people...

  • food Nov 15, 2019

    Yelp for Help: Aging Dogs Needed for Study

    Researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Washington are planning to study a slowed aging process pill on dogs.

  • United States Nov 13, 2019

    US Superbug Infections Rising, But Deaths Are Falling

    Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable. So there’s some surprising news in a report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going down. About 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017, down 18% from an estimated 44,000 in 2013, the Centers for...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Nov 11, 2019

    Cholesterol Levels Dropping in US, But Many Still Need Care

    Some good health news: Americans’ cholesterol levels are dropping, and more people at especially high risk are getting treatment. Researchers say Monday’s report suggests a controversial change in recommendations for cholesterol treatment may be starting to pay off. “It is very heartening,” said Dr. Pankaj Arora of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who led the study. “But there is...

  • Canada Nov 11, 2019

    Mercury Putting on Rare Show Monday, Parading Across the Sun

    Mercury is putting on a rare celestial show today, parading across the sun in view of most of the world. The solar system’s smallest, innermost planet will resemble a tiny black dot Monday as it passes directly between Earth and the sun. It begins at 7:35 a.m. EST. The entire 5 ½-hour event will be visible, weather permitting, in the...

  • Danielle Abreu Nov 7, 2019

    Vaping-Related Lung Injuries Grow to Over 2,000

    The CDC reported that the number of vaping-related injuries grew by 8% over the last week, reaching 2,051 confirmed cases across the U.S.

  • Food and Drug Administration Oct 23, 2019

    FDA Wants Stronger Warning on Breast Implants About Risks

    U.S. health officials want women getting breast implants to receive stronger warnings and more details about the possible risks and complications. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that manufacturers should add a warning highlighted by a box — the most serious type — to the information given to women considering implants. The agency is also recommending patients complete a...

  • Los Angeles Oct 20, 2019

    Where You Die Can Affect Your Chance of Being an Organ Donor

    One man’s case illustrates troubling uncertainty in a transplant system run by government contractors that are under fire for letting potentially usable organs go to waste. The Associated Press took a close look at that system and calculated that some of those agencies are securing deceased donors at half the rate of others — even as 113,000 people linger on...

  • The Associated Press Oct 6, 2019

    Verbal Autopsies Used in Push to Better Track Global Deaths

    Increasingly, health officials are using verbal autopsies — an interview in which a trained health worker asks a close relative or caretaker about a recently deceased person — and their computer algorithms to learn more about the global course of human disease. About 50 countries have attempted verbal autopsy projects, and the list is growing. On Tuesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies —...

  • food Sep 30, 2019

    How Risky Is Eating Red Meat? New Papers Provoke Controversy

    Eating red meat is linked to cancer and heart disease, but are the risks big enough to give up burgers and steak? A team of international researchers says probably not, contradicting established advice. In a series of papers published Monday, the researchers say the increased risks are small and uncertain and that cutting back likely wouldn’t be worth it for...

  • director Sep 28, 2019

    As US Urges Caution Amid Vaping Illness Deaths, UK Embraces E-Cigarettes

    While the U.S. scrambles to crack down on vaping, Britain has embraced electronic cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit. The Royal College of Physicians explicitly tells doctors to promote e-cigarettes “as widely as possible” to people trying to quit. Public Health England’s advice is that vaping carries a small fraction of the risk of smoking....

  • California Sep 27, 2019

    US Probe of Vaping Illnesses Focuses on THC From Marijuana

    U.S. health officials said Friday that their investigation into an outbreak of severe vaping-related illnesses is increasingly focused on products that contain the marijuana compound THC. Most of the 800 people who got sick vaped THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes a high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But officials said they didn’t know if...

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 25, 2019

    ‘We’re All in Big Trouble’: Climate Panel Sees a Dire Future

    Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday. Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more acidic and losing oxygen, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report issued as...

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 24, 2019

    A Spoonful Less Sugar, Tad More Fat: US Diets Still Lacking

    Americans’ diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier but there’s still too much sugar, white bread and artery-clogging fat, a study suggests. Overall, the authors estimated there was a modest improvement over 16 years on the government’s healthy eating index, from estimated scores of 56 to 58. That’s hardly cause for celebration — 100 is the top...

  • injury Sep 12, 2019

    What We Know About the US Vaping Illness Outbreak

    U.S. health officials are investigating what might be causing hundreds of serious breathing illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. They have identified 380 confirmed and probable cases in 36 states and one territory, including six deaths.

  • D.C. Sep 9, 2019

    Americans Love Snacks. What Does That Mean for Their Health?

    Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity. Eating habits in the U.S. have changed significantly in recent decades, and packaged bars, chips and sweets have spread into every corner of life. In the late 1970s, about 40 percent of American adults said they didn’t have any...

  • The Associated Press Aug 28, 2019

    Ethiopian Fossil Reveals Face for Ancestor of Famed ‘Lucy’

    A fossil from Ethiopia is letting scientists look millions of years into our evolutionary history — and they see a face peering back. The find, from 3.8 million years ago, reveals the face for a presumed ancestor of the species famously represented by Lucy, the celebrated Ethiopian partial skeleton found in 1974.

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