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N.Y. has plan to reduce cancer deaths

About 288 New Yorkers are diagnosed with cancer each day and more than 96 die, but state health officials have a plan to lower the rate.

50+ unhappy with utility's Sandy response

A survey by AARP New York said many of the state's residents age 50 and older were unhappy with their power utility's Hurricane Sandy response.

Flu increasing in Europe, more 2009 H1N1

For the last week in December, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway reported medium intensity transmission of influenza, health officials said.

Healthcare cost, quality link in doubt

Research into whether higher healthcare costs result in improved quality is inconclusive, a U.S. study found.

Hospital type affects racial disparities

Minority patients' health outcomes are affected by the type of hospital -- community, children's or county -- where they receive care, U.S. researchers say.

Breast lift, augmentation safe together

A breast lift and breast augmentation with implants can safely be performed in a single procedure, U.S. plastic surgeons say.

Meningococcal vaccine urged for HIV men

New York City health officials recommend the meningococcal vaccine to HIV-infected male city residents who have had intimate contact with any man met online.

About 40 abortion restrictions OKd in '12

Last year, 42 U.S. states enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights, with a third restricting access to abortion, researchers say.

CDC: Seasonal flu rising sharply

Influenza activity -- earlier and more severe than usual -- is widespread and at high levels in the United States, federal health officials say.

Gov. Cuomo prepares N.Y. for next disaster

Still angry after Congress delayed voting for assistance to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is preparing for the next big storm.

Flu appears early in Canada, many ill

Seasonal influenza is spreading throughout Canada with 3,500 cases as of Dec. 15, while a year ago there were only 182 cases, officials say.

Drowsy driving can be deadly

One-in-25 U.S. motorists admit having fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once in the past month, federal researchers found.

FEMA advises getting an emergency kit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency advises every U.S. home should have an emergency supply kit ready and January is a good time to get it together.

Cold as big a threat as heat to elderly

Winter cold snaps can be as perilous as summer heat waves to the elderly and frail, a U.S. geriatric expert says.

Report: Professors have least job stress

University professor is the least stressful job available to U.S. workers in 2013, a job-search website said Thursday.

Factor may determine breast cancer therapy

Australian scientists say a "transcription factor" causes breast cancer to develop an aggressive subtype that isn't sensitive to estrogen.

M.D. rating website may have too few items

Millions of U.S. adults read physician ratings on websites, but such ratings may be based on scores from very few patients, U.S. researchers say.

People of lower social status crave bling

People who feel low in status try to compensate by buying high-status goods such as fur coats, cuff links, caviar and Italian suits, U.S. researchers say.

Cholesterol drug may fight malaria effects

Adding a cholesterol-lowering drug to anti-malarial treatment protects against cognitive impairment in a mouse model of cerebral malaria, U.S. researchers say.

Study: A few extra pounds help you survive

Moderately overweight people are less likely to die than people of normal weight, a U.S. government study published Wednesday indicates.

Some don't take generic due to color

Most prescriptions dispensed are generics, but while they are the bioequivalent to the brand names, they often differ in shape and color, U.S. researchers say.

Depression linked to impairment, dementia

Depression in the elderly was associated with prevalent mild cognitive impairment and an increased risk of dementia, Dutch researchers say.

Study: Old age in Britain begins at age 59

A survey by the British government found the average perception of when people start to consider themselves old is precisely 59 years, two months and two weeks.

Politician: Britain a 'neglectful society'

A politician says Britain has become a "neglectful society" and when family and friends don't care for the elderly they are driven to nursing homes.

Space travel may accelerate Alzheimer's

Exposure to radiation in space has the potential to accelerate the development of Alzheimer's disease in astronauts, U.S. researchers say.
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