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Before New Year's resolutions, work on mental well being

A U.S. expert offers six simple tips for mental well-being that will not only help relieve stress, but also favorably impact New Year's resolutions.
Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer's brain decline

Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer's brain decline

For patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's, vitamin E was effective in slowing brain decline and in reducing caregiver assistance, U.S. researchers say.

Medication may help in Parkinson's disease treatment

The drug inosine may be a safe and effective way to raise levels of urate -- a metabolism byproduct -- in patients with early Parkinson's, U.S. researchers say.
Almost 6 million have health insurance via online marketplace

Almost 6 million have health insurance via online marketplace

Nearly 6 million people are newly insured -- 2.1 million privately insured and 4 million in government insurance plans -- U.S. health officials said Tuesday.
Bariatric surgery for the obese effective, safer than thought

Bariatric surgery for the obese effective, safer than thought

Among different surgical procedures, gastric bypass was more effective for weight loss but was associated with more complications, U.S. researchers say.
Free preventive services for 25 million on Medicare

Free preventive services for 25 million on Medicare

More than 25 million on traditional Medicare received free preventive services such as no co-payment or deductible for a mammogram, U.S. officials say.
If a doctor mentions sex at a teen's physical it lasts 36 seconds

If a doctor mentions sex at a teen's physical it lasts 36 seconds

U.S. physicians bring up sex in 65 percent of annual visits with their teen patients, but the conversations average less than 36 seconds, researchers say.

Sweden, one of best healthcare systems, tested by care for 80+

Sweden's healthcare and elderly care deserve their reputation as one of the best in the world, but it's being tested by its aging population, researchers say.
Less than 1-in-10 adult Canadians have good heart health

Less than 1-in-10 adult Canadians have good heart health

Less than 1-in-10 adult Canadians is in ideal cardiovascular health, Toronto researchers say.
An apple a day to all age 50 and older prevents deaths

An apple a day to all age 50 and older prevents deaths

Those wanting a New Year's resolution to improve health that isn't hard to follow up on may want to consider eating an apple a day, British researchers say.

Sanofi-Genzyme contests FDA rejection of MS drug

The French maker of a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis is "extremely disappointed" it was rejected for U.S. sale, a corporate official said.
A half million U.S. surgeries on knee cartilage may be unnecessary

A half million U.S. surgeries on knee cartilage may be unnecessary

Finnish researchers found repairing meniscal cartilage in the knee is no more effective than a placebo and about 500,000 U.S. surgeries may be unnecessary.
Snapshot of the U.S. uninsured: Young, male, family working

Snapshot of the U.S. uninsured: Young, male, family working

A large fraction of the United States' uninsured are young, men who are either working or have someone in the family working, white or Hispanic, officials say.
So far this flu season, pH1N1 is the predominant virus

So far this flu season, pH1N1 is the predominant virus

It's not possible to predict which viruses will predominate for the entire 2013-14 flu season, but so far pH1N1 is the most prevalent, U.S. officials say.
Harley-Davidson survey says women who ride motorcycles sexier

Harley-Davidson survey says women who ride motorcycles sexier

Riding a motorcycle improves a woman's feelings of overall self-worth, compared to women who don't ride, finds a U.S. survey commissioned by Harley-Davidson.
About 1 million got health insurance via HealthCare.gov in December

About 1 million got health insurance via HealthCare.gov in December

Nearly 1 million uninsured Americans bought health insurance via the federal marketplace website HealthCare.gov in December, a U.S. official says.
Therapy, medication may be most effective for child migraine

Therapy, medication may be most effective for child migraine

Psychological therapy plus medication appears to be the most effective treatment strategy for chronic migraine in children, U.S. researchers suggest.
Researchers study compassionate speech to guide doctors

Researchers study compassionate speech to guide doctors

U.S. researchers say they dissected what compassionate speech sounds like to create a behavioral taxonomy -- classification -- to guide medical training.
Hospital-acquired central line infections rate down 53%

Hospital-acquired central line infections rate down 53%

Central-line associated blood stream infections -- a hospital-acquired infection -- are down 53 percent in New York since 2007, researchers say.
Mixing consumer fireworks and alcohol can be deadly

Mixing consumer fireworks and alcohol can be deadly

If at a New Year's Eve party where consumer fireworks are shot, make sure there is a designated shooter who has not been drinking, U.S. experts say.
Blacks disproportionately die from carbon monoxide

Blacks disproportionately die from carbon monoxide

African-Americans die at nearly twice their proportion of the U.S. population from generator-related carbon monoxide poisonings, a government agency says.
Oil dressing, beet juice, giblets may reduce Alzheimer's risk

Oil dressing, beet juice, giblets may reduce Alzheimer's risk

A U.S. website on successful aging suggests three foods may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's by enhancing brain function and keeping the mind sharp.

Less access to substance abuse facilities in South, Midwest

Substance use disorder facilities in 60 percent of U.S. counties accept Medicaid but access is not as prevalent in the South and Midwest, researchers say.
Few moms familiar with the USDA's MyPlate for healthier eating

Few moms familiar with the USDA's MyPlate for healthier eating

Nine percent of U.S. moms are familiar with MyPlate, created in 2011 by U.S. officials to help consumers put dietary guidelines into practice, a survey says.
N.Y. requires health workers unvaccinated for flu to wear masks

N.Y. requires health workers unvaccinated for flu to wear masks

Influenza is prevalent in New York and a state regulation requires unvaccinated staff at regulated healthcare facilities staff to wear a mask, officials say.
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