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WHO Says Anti-Vaxxers Are Global Health Threat

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:51

The movement against vaccinations has taken hold in a number of countries, including the United States, making anti-vaxxers are among the top 10 health threats facing the world in 2019, the World Health Organization says.

Study: 1 in 4 Antibiotic Prescriptions Not Needed

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:15

More than 23 percent of prescriptions studied were inappropriate, or not medically justified, researchers said. The inappropriate prescriptions were mostly for colds, chest infections and coughs.

Money Woes May Damage Black Americans' Hearts

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:15

Compared with those without financial stress, the risk of heart disease was nearly three times higher among those with moderate-to-high financial stress, investigators found.

Experts: People Must Change Diets to Save Earth

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:15

People will need to eat half as much sugar and red meat as now, and double the amount of plant-based foods they eat, including nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, to make sure the Earth will be able to feed a growing population of 10 billion people by 2050, according to an expert panel.

How Getting a Flu Shot Could Save Your Life

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:15

The flu can alter your immunity and make you more prone to other infections,. Getting a flu shot is relatively cheap and can reduce hospitalizations, acute heart illnesses and death.

Study: Climate Change Already Hurting Human Health

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:15

Some of the health effects tied to climate change are intuitive: More frequent, and more intense, heat waves raise the risk of heat-related illness, for example. Other health effects, though, are less obvious

Keep Moving to Keep Brain Sharp in Old Age

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:15

Older people who were physically active kept their minds sharp, even if their brains showed signs of lesions or other markers linked to Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, researchers found.

WebMD Honors Health Heroes Fighting Cancer

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:18

WebMD’s 2018 Health Heroes have left their mark on the fight against cancer in ways large and small.

Pharma Owners Accused of Lying About Oxycontin

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:59

A court filing appears to link the family that owns Purdue Pharma with specific decisions the company made about the marketing of OxyContin, which contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic, The New York Times reported.

DIY Birth Control Patch Being Developed

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:37

The patch, which can be pressed into an arm or leg, has dissolvable microneedles that implant into the skin and slowly dissolve over time, delivering a contraceptive hormone, NBC News reported.

Study: Many Poor Women Can't Afford Tampons, Pads

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:15

About one-fifth -- 21 percent -- said they had to go without pads or tampons on a monthly basis, and nearly half said they often had to make tough choices between buying food or period-related products.

Obesity Can Cut Years Off Your Dog's Life, Too

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:15

Among all breeds in the study, the risk of earlier death was higher among overweight dogs.

Infographic: Reducing Your Alzheimer's Risk

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:16

WebMD's infographic details ways you can keep your brain sharp and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Are Some People Using Their Dogs to Get Opioids?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:29

Veterinarians are prescribing large quantities of opioids to pets, raising concern that some people might be using their furry companions to feed their addiction.

Diabetes Before 40, Mental Health Stays Linked

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:15

About 37 percent of all hospitalization days in a new study’s under-40 group were due to mental illness, the researchers noted. Mood and psychotic disorders were the most common conditions.

Stem Cell Transplant May Help Some Aggressive MS

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:15

Over an average of three years, MS progressed in 34 of 55 patients on medication -- meaning their disabilities worsened. That compared with only three of 55 patients given a stem cell transplant.

FDA Clears Epilepsy Smartwatch for Use in Kids

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:30

The Embrace detects patterns in motion and physiological signals that may be associated with seizures, and immediately alerts caregivers.

Dog Food Recalled Due to Salmonella

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:06

One lot of A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs has been recalled in Nebraska due to possible salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Sit Less Each Day to Live Longer

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:15

People who replaced just 30 minutes of sitting per day with low-intensity physical activity lowered their risk of an early death by 17 percent, according to the study published online Jan. 14 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

More Teens Using Birth Control

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:15

The initiation of contraception before the first sexual experience rose from less than 10 percent in the 1970s to more than 25 percent in the 2000s. The rate of birth control initiation during the first sexual experience was about 40 percent.