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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.
U.S. flu activity down -- no states report high flu activity

U.S. flu activity down -- no states report high flu activity

For the week ending Feb. 15, U.S. influenza activity dropped and no states reported high influenza-like illness, down from six states last week, officials say.
One-in-3 on Medicare get medications from more than one doctor

One-in-3 on Medicare get medications from more than one doctor

One-of-3 Medicare beneficiaries who receive painkiller prescriptions get them from multiple providers, raising the risk of injury, U.S. researchers say.
Excessive tanning may be linked to mental disorders

Excessive tanning may be linked to mental disorders

Despite warnings that tanning brings a greater risk of skin cancer, many still tan to excess and U.S. researchers suggest mental health issues may play a role.
1-in-4 U.S. employees go to work sick

1-in-4 U.S. employees go to work sick

One-in-four U.S. employees go to work sick because they'd miss deadlines, they have no paid sick days, or their boss expects it, a survey indicates.
CDC: U.S. adults ages 18-64 hard hit by influenza

CDC: U.S. adults ages 18-64 hard hit by influenza

This year's influenza season was hard -- more deaths and more hospitalizations -- on younger- and middle-age adults ages 18 to 64, U.S. officials say.
Recall: Fannie May candy box contains one chocolate with peanuts

Recall: Fannie May candy box contains one chocolate with peanuts

Fannie May Confections Brands in Chicago recalled 12,000 units of its 4-ounce, red heart-shaped gift box of chocolates because one piece contains peanuts.

Avastin, effective for colon cancer, failed for brain tumors

Avastin, effective against late-stage colon cancer, failed to increase overall survival for people with glioblastoma -- brain cancer, U.S. researchers say.

Football helmets not that effective in preventing concussion

Student football helmets reduced the risk of traumatic brain injury by only 20 percent, on average, compared to not wearing a helmet, U.S. researchers say.

FDA OKs drug for debilitating drop in blood pressure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Northera capsules -- droxidopa -- for the treatment of a debilitating drop in blood pressure, officials say.

U.S. young adults with hypertension often not given medication

One-in-10 U.S. adults ages 18 to 39 has hypertension, but primary care doctors are not quick to prescribe anti-hypertensive drugs to them, researchers say.
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