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Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT

Watch This Baby Smile When She Hears Sound for the 1st Time

Watch This Baby Smile When She Hears Sound for the 1st Time

One-year-old Ayla Esler bursts into a smile after hearing sound for the first time, thanks to cochlear implants installed in the toddler’s ears last month at Fort Worth’s Cook Children’s Hospital. In a...

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 01:27 PM EDT

House Passes Massive Package to Address Opioid Crisis

House Passes Massive Package to Address Opioid Crisis

The House of Representatives on Friday passed the largest legislative package on opioids in recent history, NBC News reported. The package, made up of 58 bills, would direct federal agencies to prioritize...

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 at 12:45 PM EDT

New Evidence Suggests Viruses May Play Role in Alzheimer's

New Evidence Suggests Viruses May Play Role in Alzheimer's

Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the...

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 at 09:55 AM EDT

'Gaming Disorder' Revives Medical Debate on Addiction

'Gaming Disorder' Revives Medical Debate on Addiction

Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short answer is probably not. The new "gaming...

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 06:59 PM EDT

Family Separations at the Border Alarm Child-Welfare Experts

Family Separations at the Border Alarm Child-Welfare Experts

The sights and sounds are wrenching: A boy's cries of "Papa! Papa!" for the father he had been separated from. Youngsters placed in chain-link cages in an old Texas warehouse. Parents begging to know what...

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 06:09 PM EDT

Lower Costs, Fewer Benefits in New Health Insurance Option

Lower Costs, Fewer Benefits in New Health Insurance Option

The Trump administration's new health insurance option offers lower premiums for small businesses and self-employed people, but the policies are likely to cover fewer benefits. Another caveat: if healthy people...

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 06:13 AM EDT

Smoking Hits New Low: About 14 Percent of US Adults

Smoking Hits New Low: About 14 Percent of US Adults

Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show. There hadn't been much change...

Monday, Jun 18, 2018 at 08:17 AM EDT

Compulsive Video-Game Playing Now New Mental Health Problem

Compulsive Video-Game Playing Now New Mental Health Problem

For video game addicts, it might soon be "game over." In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the World Health Organization said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as...

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 06:25 AM EDT

Why Fecal Bacteria Sometimes Takes Over Jersey Shore Beaches

Why Fecal Bacteria Sometimes Takes Over Jersey Shore Beaches

The cloud of fecal bacteria that lingered off New Jersey beaches last week is a reminder of a grim truth on the Shore: The water is not safe after it rains. The reason why is pretty easy to understand, but the...

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 04:19 AM EDT

State Appeals Court Reinstates California's Right-to-Die Law

State Appeals Court Reinstates California's Right-to-Die Law

A state appeals court has reinstated — at least for now — California's law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives. The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside issued an immediate stay Friday...

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