• NBC News Oct 5, 2019

    Online Services for Birth Control Pills Appear Safe to Use, Study Says

    Online birth control services, which have grown in popularity in recent years, do a good job of screening women for health conditions that may become dangerous when taking birth control pills, according to a new study that sent “secret” shoppers to test the safety of these companies, NBC News reports. The study, published last month in the New England Journal...

  • Donald Trump Jun 4, 2019

    Young Americans' Lawsuit on Climate Change Faces Big Hurdle

    A lawsuit by a group of young people who say U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future faces a major hurdle Tuesday as lawyers for the Trump administration argue to stop the case from moving forward. Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are hearing arguments from lawyers for 21 young people and...

  • The Associated Press Apr 15, 2019

    Study Finds Diabetes Drug May Prevent, Slow Kidney Disease

    A drug that’s used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now been shown to help prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive. Doctors say it’s hard to overstate the importance of this study, and what it means for...

  • San Francisco Mar 29, 2019

    Hawaii Weighs Nation's First Statewide Ban on E-Cigarette Flavors

    The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people 21 and older is contemplating a new nicotine crackdown: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping. Hawaii would be the first state to adopt such a ban under a bill before the Legislature. San Francisco was the first U.S. city...

  • United States Dec 20, 2018

    Guns Kill Twice as Many Kids as Cancer Does, New Study Finds

    A new study out Wednesday found that nearly twice as many children died from gun injuries in 2016 than from cancer, making guns the second-leading killer of children in the U.S., NBC News reported. Only car crashes killed more children than guns, and the U.S. gun fatality rate for children — which rose 28 percent between 2013 and 2016 —...

  • The Associated Press Nov 11, 2018

    Big Studies Give Mixed News on Fish Oil, Vitamin D

    Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients. Fish oil taken by healthy people, at a dose found in many supplements, showed no clear ability to lower heart or cancer risks. Same for vitamin D. But higher amounts of a purified, prescription fish oil slashed heart...

  • Asher Klein Aug 16, 2018

    Smokers Better Off Quitting, Even With Weight Gain: Study

    If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and...

  • NBC News Aug 9, 2018

    Choosing to Induce Labor at 39 Weeks Reduces Risk of C-Sections: Study

    Inducing healthy first-time mothers at 39-weeks pregnant instead of waiting for them to go into labor does not raise the risk of a cesarean delivery, according to a new study. In fact, it lowers it. The results of the study, to be published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, overturn the longtime view that inducing labor raises the...

  • NBC News Jul 13, 2018

    Tingling in Woman's Legs Turns out to Be a Worm in Her Spine

    A Frenchwoman whose symptoms started out as “electric shocks” in her legs got an even bigger shock when she found out that she had a tapeworm in her spine. The parasite caused enough swelling in the woman’s spine to affect her ability to walk and ride a horse, French doctors reported in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of...

  • United States May 29, 2018

    Hurricane Maria Killed Thousands More Than Official Toll in Puerto Rico: Study

    Officially, the government of Puerto Rico has blamed Hurricane Maria for 64 deaths, but a new study out Tuesday found that the powerful storm was responsible for more than 4,500 deaths. That’s more than 70 times deadlier than the official estimate, and the true figure could be even higher, according to the study published in the New England Journal of...

  • NBC May 17, 2018

    Opioid Crisis Makes More Organs Available for Donation: Researchers

    America’s opioid epidemic is making more organs available for lifesaving transplants, researchers reported Wednesday. Close to 14 percent of people who donated an organ in 2016 — 1,029 donors — had died of a drug overdose, the team of experts reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. That compares to just 1 percent in 2000, or 59 donors. And...

  • The Associated Press Apr 11, 2018

    Risk of Zika Infection Through Sex May Last Only a Month: Study

    Signs of Zika infection can be seen in semen for as long as nine months, but the risk of sexual transmission appears to end in one month, according to a study published Wednesday. The study suggests health officials have been overly cautious in advising couples to abstain from sex or to use condoms for at least six months after a...

  • Harvard Dec 7, 2017

    Hormone Contraceptives Carry Small Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Finds

    Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast cancer, especially with long-term use. Researchers found a similar breast cancer risk with the progestin-only intrauterine device, and they couldn’t rule out a risk for...

  • Massachusetts Dec 7, 2017

    Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Blood-Clotting Disease

    Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the blood disease. Hemophilia almost always strikes males and is caused by lack of a gene that makes a protein needed for blood to clot....

  • NBC Dec 2, 2017

    Miami Doctors Encounter ‘Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo on Unconscious Patient

    An unconscious patient’s “Do Not Resuscitate” tattoo on his chest posed quite a dilemma for doctors at the University of Miami recently.

  • China Jun 12, 2017

    Obesity Rising in Nations Rich and Poor, Especially in Kids

    The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study. The researchers estimated more than 107 million children and 603 million adults are obese. The research found obesity has tripled in children...

  • California Apr 26, 2017

    Blood Tests Track Lung Cancer Gene Changes, Aiding Treatment

    Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors as they progress from their very earliest stages. With experimental tests that detect bits of DNA that tumors shed into the blood, they were able to detect some recurrences of cancer up to a year before imaging scans could,...

  • Donald Trump Apr 5, 2017

    FDA Approves More Drugs, and Faster, Than Europe: Study

    Contrary to some political claims, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved more drugs, and two to three months faster on average, than European regulators did in recent years, new research shows. “It’s an urban myth” that the FDA is slower than other countries to clear promising treatments for patients, said the agency’s longtime cancer drugs chief, Dr. Richard Pazdur....

  • spokesman Mar 17, 2017

    Cholesterol Drug Cuts Heart Risks, Spurs New Debate on Cost

    A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that’s likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost. Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor are cheap and lower LDL or bad cholesterol, but some people can’t tolerate or get enough help...

  • director Apr 13, 2016

    CDC Concludes Zika Causes Microcephaly, Other Birth Defects

    Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects. Since last year, doctors in Brazil have been linking Zika infections in pregnant women to a rise...

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