• coronavirus Apr 23, 2020

    Some Medical Conditions Lead to Increased Likelihood of Complications From COVID-19: Study

    A new study of 5,700 New Yorkers shows that people with diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity are more likely to develop complications when infected with coronavirus. The study was published in the journal of the American Medical Association.

  • Stephen Ellison Oct 9, 2019

    SF Measure Aims to Overturn E-Cigarette Ban

    A San Francisco ballot measure aiming to overturn a ban on e-cigarettes has the “world watching,” political experts say, as the vaping industry has come under fire recently for reports of illnesses and deaths connected to its products.

  • Stephen Ellison Oct 7, 2019

    Election Tracker: San Francisco Vaping Measure Prop C

    San Francisco’s Prop C, a measure to loosen the city’s electronic cigarette law, would allow the sale of vaping products not approved by the government and require more licensing to sell them.

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 25, 2019

    A Spoonful Less Sugar, Tad More Fat: US Diets Still Lacking

    Americans’ diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier but there’s still too much sugar, white bread and artery-clogging fat, a study suggests. Overall, the authors estimated there was a modest improvement over 16 years on the government’s healthy eating index, from estimated scores of 56 to 58. That’s hardly cause for celebration — 100 is the top...

  • Governor Aug 3, 2019

    North Carolina First in South to Ban State Funding for Conversion Therapy

    North Carolina on Friday became the first Southern state to ban the use of state funds for “conversion therapy” for minors, NBC News reported. Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, signed the executive order, which noted that North Carolina is home to approximately 320,000 adults who identify as LGBTQ. The order also noted that suicide rates and ideation are high among...

  • DIRECTOR Jul 19, 2019

    Trump Officials Weigh Delay of Abortion Curbs, Sources Say

    The Trump administration has told federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. That comes after clinics had vowed defiance. Two people attending meetings this week between the Department of Health and Human Services and clinic representatives told The Associated Press that officials said the...

  • president Jul 17, 2019

    Planned Parenthood to Defy Trump Abortion Referral Rule

    Federally funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration’s ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options. “We are not going to comply with a regulation that would require health care providers to not give full information to their...

  • United States Jun 18, 2019

    US Preschoolers Less Pudgy in Latest Sign of Falling Obesity

    Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 — the latest data available — from 16% in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. “It gives us more hope...

  • food May 21, 2019

    Cholesterol Improves in US Kids Despite High Obesity Rates

    Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal. Overall, 7% of kids had high cholesterol in surveys from 2009 to 2016. That was down from 10% a decade earlier. In children, high levels mean 200 or above and ideal measures are below 170. The...

  • United States Apr 12, 2019

    Medical Association Blasts Military's Transgender Policy

    A new Trump administration regulation set to go into effect Friday directs military secretaries to kick out transgender service members who refuse to serve in their birth sex after being “given an opportunity to correct those deficiencies.” The American Medical Association told The Associated Press on Thursday the policy and its wording mischaracterizes transgender people as having a “deficiency” and...

  • Chicago Nov 12, 2018

    New Exercise Guidelines: Move More, Sit Less, Start Younger

    Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government’s physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list of benefits of exercise has grown, and there’s more evidence...

  • CEO Nov 3, 2018

    Massachusetts General Hospital Doctor Says She Was Racially Profiled While Helping Patient on Delta Flight

    Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford said she was on a Delta Air Lines flight into Boston Tuesday night when she noticed that a passenger next to her was in distress. Stanford, who is an African American physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, said she was helping the passenger when her medical credentials were questioned by several flight attendants, even after she showed...

  • Daniel Macht Sep 25, 2018

    Pills for Appendicitis? Surgery Often Not Needed, Study Says

    When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead. A new study from Finland shows her choice is a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis. Five years after treatment with antibiotics, almost two-thirds of patients hadn’t had...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Sep 11, 2018

    Semi-Automatic Rifles Make Active Shooting Incidents Deadlier, Study Finds

    Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows. Researchers examined FBI data on nearly 250 active shooter incidents in the United States since 2000. Almost 900 people were wounded and 718 were killed....

  • United States Jun 12, 2018

    Doctors Group Adopts Policies to Reduce Gun Violence

    The American Medical Association has adopted sweeping measures aimed at reducing gun violence, a problem it considers a public health crisis. At its annual policy-making meeting Tuesday in Chicago, the AMA voted to press for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers.

  • United States Jun 12, 2018

    Doctors Group Adopts Policies to Reduce Gun Violence

    The American Medical Association has adopted sweeping measures aimed at reducing gun violence, a problem it considers a public health crisis. At its annual policy-making meeting Tuesday in Chicago, the AMA voted to press for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers.

  • United States Apr 19, 2018

    Suicide Risk Rises With Quick Repeat Deployments, Study Shows

    Soldiers are more at risk of suicide when they’re repeatedly deployed with six months or less between rotations, and when they’re sent to war too soon after they join the service, new research shows. Dr. Robert Ursano of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences wrote in the report published Wednesday that rates of suicidal behaviors “increased considerably” during...

  • DIRECTOR Apr 3, 2018

    Midlife ‘Wealth Shock' May Lead to Death, Study Suggests

    A big financial loss may shorten your life, a new study suggests. Middle-aged Americans who experienced a sudden, large economic blow were more likely to die during the following years than those who didn’t. The heightened danger of death after a devastating loss, which researchers called a “wealth shock,” crossed socio-economic lines, affecting people no matter how much money they...

  • president Jun 13, 2017

    Drones Carrying Defibrillators Could Aid Heart Emergencies

    It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest. Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of 18 cardiac arrests within about 5 minutes of launch. That was almost 17 minutes faster on average than ambulances — a big deal for a condition where minutes mean life...

  • NBC May 9, 2017

    County-by-County, Life Expectancy Varies by 20 Years Across US

    Americans’ life expectancy varies by nearly a generation across counties in the United States, according to a new study, from a high of 87 years in Colorado’s ski country to a low of 66 years in southwest South Dakota, with other parts of the Dakotas, Appalachia and the Mississippi river basin close behind. NBC News reported that obesity and diabetes...

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