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In NYC, obesity in preschoolers down

In New York City, from 2003 to 2011, obesity decreased among blacks, whites and Hispanics, but increased among Asians, health officials say.

Most food service workers get no sick days

Nearly 80 percent of U.S. food service and hotel workers don't have any paid sick days and many go to work ill, a non-profit group says.

Broad approach urged to curb gun violence

Three Harvard experts say the best way to curb U.S. gun violence is to take the broad public health approach used to curb smoking, car crashes and poisonings.

Few provide for their pets when they die

An American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals survey indicates only 17 percent of U.S. pet owners legally provide for a pet if its owner dies.

After flu shot, hand washing best defense

With this year's flu epidemic in full force, U.S. hygiene experts urge everyone to step up how often and how effectively they wash their hands.

Rule enhances patient's privacy

A new omnibus rule enhances a patient's privacy, provides individuals new rights to their health information and strengthens enforcement, a U.S. official says.

CDC: U.S. halfway through flu season

The United States is at the midpoint of the flu season overall but flu cases are increasing in California and elsewhere, a federal health official said.

'Engaged' workers healthier, productive

U.S. workers who are engaged in their work and workplace are more likely than those who are not engaged to have a healthier lifestyle, a survey indicates.

CDC: Manufacturers making more flu vaccine

Drug manufacturers say they will produce 10 million additional doses of flu vaccine, bringing the total to 145 million doses, a U.S. official said.

Guinea worm close to eradication

U.S. health officials say they are close to eradicating a rare tropical disease called Guinea worm, and may eliminate it from the planet by 2015.

FDA: Spot shortages for flu drug Tamiflu

The elderly, pregnant, and those with asthma, diabetes or heart disease with the flu should get antivirals, but there are some shortages, a U.S. official says.

Physician advises how to avoid bedbugs

Bedbugs can hide in used furniture, used clothes -- any crevice or weave of cloth -- a U.S. physician warns.

Nurses satisfied at work now, but fearful

Seventy-six percent of U.S. nurses say they are satisfied with their jobs, but 72 percent fear future workload increases and liabilities, a survey says.

Checklists can cut surgical complications

For more than 60 years surgeons said surgical crises were too complex for simple checklists to be helpful, but they have been proven wrong, a U.S. expert says.

CDC: Flu in 48 states, may be waning

Influenza activity remained elevated in the United States during the week of Jan. 6, but may be waning in some areas, federal health officials say.

AMA awards grants to transform med school

U.S. medical schools have until Feb. 15 to submit brief, bold, innovative proposals on how to transform how doctors are trained, a doctors' group says.

U.S. cancer rates down after 1991 peak

From 1991 to 2009, the overall U.S. death rate for cancer declined 20 percent, but 580,350 cancer deaths are projected in 2013, researchers say.

Migraine similar stigma as epilepsy

People with migraines -- headache, nausea, light sensitivity -- suffer stigma similar to that experienced by patients with epilepsy, U.S. researchers say.

New, faster flu vaccine method approved

Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say they approved a new type of flu vaccine that could be produced in less time than the current method.

Flu shot protects fetus of pregnant women

Pregnant women in Norway who got a vaccine against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus showed no increased risk of pregnancy loss, researchers say.

Flu not only hurts workers, but reputation

A flu outbreak affects more than a person's health: Communities, schools and businesses are all impacted and judged on how they handle it, a U.S. expert says.

Psychiatric disorders prevalent in inmates

Psychiatric disorders are prevalent among inmates, and mental-health treatment could help former inmates reintegrate into society, U.S. researchers say.

U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Study: Some with autism 'outgrow it'

Some children accurately diagnosed as children with autism lose their symptoms and the diagnosis as they grow older, but U.S. researchers are not sure why.

Healthcare costs a drain on middle-class

U.S. middle-income households spent 51 percent more on healthcare in 2010 than a decade earlier, researchers say.
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