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Early humans hunted monkeys and squirrels in the rainforest

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:02:26 GMT

New evidence from Sri Lanka's oldest archaeological site suggests that early humans used sophisticated techniques to hunt monkeys and squirrels, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

FDA targets illegally marketed dietary supplements

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:16:09 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration is taking new action against dietary supplements, sending warning letters to companies who claim, without proof, that their products can prevent or treat Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer, the agency announced Monday.

Teen gets vaccinated despite parents' concerns: 'I was doing it for my safety and the safety of others'

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:39:16 GMT

Ethan Lindenberger grew up thinking that not being vaccinated was normal.

Screen time for kids under 2 more than doubles, study finds

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:00:17 GMT

Screen time has more than doubled for children under 2 years old since 1997, a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found, with time spent in front of a TV as the main driver despite a changing screen landscape.

'Everything is a fight to get medications': How the quest for lower drug prices is hurting children with asthma

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:01:27 GMT

Debarrin Norman is 15 years old and loves basketball. He plays every day. But over the past two years, his mom, Toya Lacey, has seen him more and more often on the sidelines, wheezing and gasping for air. His current medication is just not doing the trick, she says.

Immunotherapies could change kidney cancer care, studies suggest

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:11:03 GMT

The way doctors typically approach kidney cancer treatment could be evolving.

Avoid these 'ultraprocessed' foods and you might live longer

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:23:24 GMT

A study published Monday revealed an alarming statistic: Eating a lot of unhealthy, "ultraprocessed" foods may shorten your life. Specifically, researchers found that a 10% increase in the consumption of ultraprocessed foods was significantly associated with a 14% higher risk of death from all causes.

This year's flu shot is less than 50% effective in preventing infection, CDC says

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:01:25 GMT

Don't let your guard down: The US flu season is expected to continue for several more weeks, with activity across the nation now elevated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. A flu shot is still recommended for those who have neglected to get one, but the CDC estimated this year's vaccine's overall effectiveness in preventing an infection at just 47%.

All breast cancer patients should get genetic testing, surgeons say

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:59:42 GMT

Barriers to genetic testing need to fall as knowledge of inherited cancer risks grows, surgeons say.

Killing it with crutches, athlete with spina bifida takes on extreme racing

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:14:09 GMT

Misty Diaz showed no fear as she lined up for the Red Bull 400, a brutal foot race straight up the Olympic ski jump in Park City, Utah.

Does chocolate cause acne? After many studies, the answer is ... 'complicated'

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:06:35 GMT

"I love this question because I get it every day, and I always wonder why people are so obsessed with the notion that chocolate causes acne," said Dr. Patricia Farris, a dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Amid measles outbreaks, Facebook considering how to reduce spread of anti-vaccine content

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:28:49 GMT

Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform, a move that raises questions about free speech and public health.

Give me some skin: A nighttime ritual to bond parent and child

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:02:47 GMT

One of the greatest tests of a parent's patience comes at night when you are trying to get your child to fall asleep, stay asleep or go back to sleep.

A nursing home patient 'rotted to death' under nurses' care, Ohio attorney general says

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:47:35 GMT

Current and former employees of an Ohio nursing facility are accused of mistreating two patients in their care, including one who died as a result of the nurses' actions, Attorney General Dave Yost said Thursday.

How love sparks better heart health

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:43:12 GMT

When you think of your loved one, does your heart feel warm and fuzzy? Or would you say it skips a beat, goes pitter-patter or begins to race?

The 'Salt Queen' working to transform the health of a nation

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:04:23 GMT

Trump in 'very good health overall,' according to annual physical results

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:29:42 GMT

President Donald Trump, 72, is in "very good health overall," according to results from his physical examination, which were released on Thursday.

Can you eat your way to better mental health? Study says yes

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:38:34 GMT

It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too.

The argument for playing video games with our kids

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:50:52 GMT

There is, inevitably, a gap between the parents we are and the parents we think we are. Not unlike algorithms, we rely on the past to inform our parenting decisions in the present. But this world keeps on turning, and the parenting present is never quite like the past.

To our kids, after tragedy: 'People are good, not bad'

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:11:04 GMT

Every mass shooting, act of terrorism and hate crime I read/watch/hear about in the news chips away a piece of my heart and makes me want to pull my daughters close, as if my hugs can protect them. But ultimately, none of these tragedies reduces my faith in humanity.

'Alarming' number of people received restricted fentanyl, study says

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:40:25 GMT

An "alarming" number of US patients received a highly potent form of opioid that is 100 times more powerful than morphine and that they never should have been prescribed, according to a new study.

Salmonella outbreak tied to raw turkey expands with 63 more illnesses

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 17:45:14 GMT

Sixty-three more people have been infected with salmonella linked to raw turkey products in an outbreak that began in November 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

Officials hope to change minds amid 'exquisitely contagious' measles outbreak

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:05:25 GMT

Officials in Clark County, Washington, publish a list every day of where people infected with measles have been. Among them: busy spots like Concourse D at Oregon's Portland International Airport on January 7 and the sold-out Portland Trail Blazers' home game four days later. There's also a Costco, a Trader Joe's, numerous schools, day-care centers and churches, a swimming pool and even a trampoline park.

Opioid epidemic spilling over onto roads, study says

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:37:07 GMT

Patients who are prescribed opioids and the clinicians who prescribe them have more to be concerned about than steadily rising rates of opioid overdoses, according to a new study.

Eating 'ultraprocessed' foods accelerates your risk of early death, study says

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:08:55 GMT

The quick and easy noshes you love are chipping away at your mortality one nibble at a time, according to new research from France: We face a 14% higher risk of early death with each 10% increase in the amount of ultraprocessed foods we eat.

Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:45:59 GMT

Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world's most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says.

Nearly 1 in 7 US kids and teens have a mental health condition -- half go untreated, study says

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:14:24 GMT

Half of children with a mental health condition in the United States go without treatment, according to a new study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Deer in 24 states infected with chronic wasting disease

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 11:19:18 GMT

Chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild deer, elk or moose in 24 states, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning hunters to avoid handling or eating potentially infected meat.

New recommendations say not all women need genetic testing for cancer. Critics say it could cost lives

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:00:39 GMT

Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to decide who should undergo genetic counseling for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended Tuesday. The mutations increase a woman's cancer risk.

Why are some countries making a vaccine U-turn?

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:11:52 GMT

More than a century before Facebook, anti-vaccination campaigners had another method for spreading their message -- an eye-catching march through town with tiny children's coffins emblazoned with the words: "Another victim of vaccination."