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BPA-free plastics not as safe as previously thought

BPA-free plastics not as safe as previously thought

BPA-free plastics may leach just as much synthetic estrogen, studies show.
Brooks Hays
Doctors call for healthcare reforms in prisons

Doctors call for healthcare reforms in prisons

In a new study, public health experts say more should be done to protect and improve the health of prison populations.
Brooks Hays

Telemarketers -- target seniors -- kept 62% of NY donations

In 2012, New York charities raised nearly $249 million, but telemarketers kept about 62 percent of the donations, the state attorney general says.

Child adversity linked to lower quality adult relationships

African-American men who endured greater childhood adversity are likely to experience disadvantages in health and relationships, U.S. researchers say.
Prescription painkiller abusers often get them from a doctor

Prescription painkiller abusers often get them from a doctor

Those at highest overdose risk from prescription painkillers -- opioids -- most likely get them from a doctor, U.S. health officials say.

Protective mutations for type 2 diabetes found

U.S. researchers say they identified mutations in a gene that can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even in the obese or aged.
TV in a U.S. child's bedroom may be linked to weight gain

TV in a U.S. child's bedroom may be linked to weight gain

U.S. researchers suggest removing televisions from the bedrooms of children may be helpful in the nation's fight against child obesity.
Infant sleep machines may contribute to baby's hearing loss

Infant sleep machines may contribute to baby's hearing loss

Infant sleep machines designed to mask household noises or soothe an infant may also contribute to a baby's hearing loss, researchers in Canada say.
Rheumatologists advise against medical marijuana use

Rheumatologists advise against medical marijuana use

The risks of medical marijuana use outweigh the benefits, say rheumatologists in new paper published in Arthritis Care & Research.
Brooks Hays
Researchers team therapy dogs with senior exercise program

Researchers team therapy dogs with senior exercise program

Florida State University researchers said teaming a retirement community and therapy dogs helped motivate seniors to sustain an exercise program.

302: Calif. influenza death toll in adults age 65 and younger

California confirmed influenza-related deaths in adults age 65 and younger increased by 24 for a total of 302 deaths for the 2013/2014 season, officials say.
CDC: U.S. flu activity down, but high in Hawaii and Oklahoma

CDC: U.S. flu activity down, but high in Hawaii and Oklahoma

U.S. flu activity continued to decrease during the week ending Feb. 22, but was high in Hawaii and Oklahoma,
Survey: Nevada adults most likely being sick with flu

Survey: Nevada adults most likely being sick with flu

Nevada adults are the most likely to report being sick with the flu on any given day last year, with California and New York close behind, a survey indicates.
Almost 9 million Americans found eligible for Medicaid or CHIP

Almost 9 million Americans found eligible for Medicaid or CHIP

Nearly 9 million people have been determined to be eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program since Oct. 1, U.S. officials said Friday.
Pulling infected teeth before heart surgery may be catch-22

Pulling infected teeth before heart surgery may be catch-22

Often infected teeth are pulled before a patient has heart surgery to reduce the risk of infection, but U.S. researchers say this may be a catch-22.
1-in-5 hospitals don't make hand sanitizer available

1-in-5 hospitals don't make hand sanitizer available

Many U.S. hospitals have hand sanitizer at entrances, in every patient room and every treatment room, but 1-in-5 don't have it everywhere, researchers say.
Better educated nurses and more of them = few hospital deaths

Better educated nurses and more of them = few hospital deaths

European hospitals where nursing staff care for fewer patients and nurses have more bachelor's degrees had fewer surgical patients die, researchers say.
Content of conversations in dating as not important as language

Content of conversations in dating as not important as language

Similar use of language in dating is a better predictor than other variables, such as shared points of view, of relationship stability, U.S. researchers say.

Vitamin D deficiency does not affect diabetes progression

Vitamin D deficiency precedes the onset of type 1 diabetes, but the vitamin deficiency does not seem to influence disease progression, German researchers say.
Physicians' stethoscopes have more germs than their hands

Physicians' stethoscopes have more germs than their hands

A physician's stethoscope is as full of germs as a physician's hands, and U.S. researchers suggest it should be cleaned after use on each patient.

Being rejected socially is physically painful

Being rejected socially -- or seeing it in others -- is physically painful, researchers in Italy say.
In six countries, most children unaware of tobacco warnings

In six countries, most children unaware of tobacco warnings

Most children interviewed in Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia knew little about cigarette health warning labels, researchers say.
Identical triplets born in Pennsylvania

Identical triplets born in Pennsylvania

Allison and Wes Rhoa, of Abington, Pa., welcomed three identical triplets early this month.
Kate Stanton
New cancer vaccine could help fight tumors

New cancer vaccine could help fight tumors

Researchers have developed a vaccine that boosts the response of the body's immune system to unwanted tumor cells.
Brooks Hays
Scientists study why dark chocolate is good for the heart

Scientists study why dark chocolate is good for the heart

Research shows that eating dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to stiff arteries and keeps white blood cells from sticking to thickening artery walls.
Brooks Hays
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