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Pot detected in drivers in fatal U.S. crashes triples in decade

Pot detected in drivers in fatal U.S. crashes triples in decade

Investigators found marijuana detected in drivers involved in fatal U.S. accidents rose from 4.2 percent to 12.2 percent from 1999 to 2010, researchers say.
Meat and the way it is prepared linked to Alzheimer's

Meat and the way it is prepared linked to Alzheimer's

Advanced glycation endproducts, or AGEs, common in the "Western diet," suppress levels of sirtuin, a key defense" against Alzheimer's, U.S. researchers say.
Scientists closer to developing paper litmus-like test for cancer

Scientists closer to developing paper litmus-like test for cancer

MIT researchers have developed a paper urine test that could detect cancer and other maladies in humans.
Brooks Hays
Married life may be good for blood pressure

Married life may be good for blood pressure

Researchers at Harvard Medical School say married people -- especially men -- have healthier blood pressure levels.
Brooks Hays
Surprise: high school seniors expected to smoke more pot now that it's legal

Surprise: high school seniors expected to smoke more pot now that it's legal

Researchers say pot use by high school seniors will likely follow legalization efforts.
Brooks Hays
Cannabis chemical may help children with epilepsy

Cannabis chemical may help children with epilepsy

Researchers have found that the cannabis chemical CBD reportedly helps children with epilepsy have fewer seizures.
Aileen Graef
Pfizer pleased with pneumonia vaccine trial for older adults

Pfizer pleased with pneumonia vaccine trial for older adults

Pfizer Inc. in New York said the trial of its pneumonia immunization in adults age 65 and older against bacterial pneumonia achieved its goals.
American Academy of Pediatrics advises against retail clinics

American Academy of Pediatrics advises against retail clinics

The American Academy of Pediatrics says retail-based health clinics do not provide children with the high-quality, preventive healthcare they need.

Giving stroke patients hypertension medication not helpful

Giving stroke patients hypertension medication in the first 48 hours after a stroke does not reduce the likelihood of death or disability, U.S. researchers say.
Acetaminophen while pregnant linked to ADHD-like behavior

Acetaminophen while pregnant linked to ADHD-like behavior

Acetaminophen, a commonly used drug for pain and fever during pregnancy, may be linked to attention-deficit hyperactivity-like behavior, U.S. researchers say.
72 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide in 2013

72 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide in 2013

In 2013, there 72 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide -- the lowest global total since 2009 when there were 67 attacks, U.S. researchers say.
Sedentary lifestyle not only can kill you, it ups disability

Sedentary lifestyle not only can kill you, it ups disability

For seniors, every extra hour a day spent sitting is linked to double the risk of being disabled no matter how much exercise people get, U.S. researchers say.

Calif. officials baffled why children suffering paralysis

Several children in California have suffered paralysis in one or more limbs and public heath officials are asking physicians to report any similar illness.
CSPI objects to soft drink linked to Olympic success

CSPI objects to soft drink linked to Olympic success

A Washington food advocacy groups questions Coca-Cola's TV ad suggesting Olympic skier Ted Ligety's success is due to his consumption of it soft drink.
Fat cats can slim by 'grazing' their kibble all day

Fat cats can slim by 'grazing' their kibble all day

Overweight cats are at risk of diabetes, but U.S. researchers say cats that "graze" on food through the day can lose weight.
Team sports may help middle-age women retain heart health

Team sports may help middle-age women retain heart health

Team sports can help make up for the estrogen loss of women in menopause to help heart health, University of Copenhagen researchers say.
15 cases of measles in California since Jan. 1

15 cases of measles in California since Jan. 1

Fifteen cases of measles since Jan. 1 are confirmed -- compared to two measles cases at this time last year, California health officials say.

Kentucky: Heroin overdoses rise as painkiller overdoses drop

Kentucky heroin overdose deaths and emergency department visits increased from 2011 to 2012, while prescription painkiller overdoses dropped, officials say.

Administration's proposed change to drug coverage prompts outcry

Opponents of a proposed change to Medicare coverage for certain drugs prescribed for depression and schizophrenia say the change could harm patients.
California flu-related death toll at 278

California flu-related death toll at 278

Confirmed flu-related deaths in California rose by 35 this week for a total of 278 deaths this flu season, state health officials said.

More than 10,000 people prosecuted in China over food safety

More than 10,000 people were prosecuted in China between 2011 and 2013 for producing and selling substandard and poisonous food, authorities said.

4 more cases of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China

Four people in two Chinese provinces have been confirmed as infected with H7N9 bird flu virus, authorities said.

Prostate cancer screening test could soon be available

British scientists said in a medical journal this week that DNA testing could revolutionize the war against prostate cancer.

Listeria outbreak linked to cheese kills one person, makes 7 sick

Eight cases of listeria and one death have been linked to cheese made in Delaware and sold in Maryland, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Friday.

Selenium, vitamin E supplements may up prostate cancer risk

High-dose supplements of selenium and vitamin E increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer, depending on a man's selenium level, U.S. researchers say.
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