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Meditation May Have a Dark Side, New Study Says

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:50:00 GMT

Contrary to popular belief, a new study says meditation can result in distressing and potentially impairing experiences.

Conservative Reps Urge Trump to Fire NIH Head

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:47:32 GMT

A group of conservative members of Congress urged President Trump to fire NIH director Francis Collins because of his support for stem cell research.

Two Staffers at Pennsylvania Rehab 'Lodge' Die of Drug Overdoses

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:13:00 GMT

Two staffers at an unlicensed Pennsylvania recovery home for drug addicts trying to kick their habits died on the same night from the same thing — overdoses from a lethal mix of heroin and fentanyl.

Alzheimer's Disease Deaths Up 55 Percent

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:39:57 GMT

Deaths from Alzheimer's disease rose by 55 percent over the last 18 years, and the CDC is worried about caregivers.

Gene Study Shows Zika's Stealthy Spread

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:38:44 GMT

The Zika virus was spreading in Brazil for as long as a year before anyone noticed, and for weeks and months in places such as Miami, studies show.

Health Care Bill Impact on Premiums, Uninsured, Pre-Existing Conditions

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:18:00 GMT

The GOP bill would insure 23 million fewer people than current law after a decade while potentially affecting many with pre-existing conditions, the CBO says.

Girl Pulled Into Water by Sea Lion Treated for 'Seal Finger'

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:01:00 GMT

The little Canadian girl who was dragged into the water by a sea lion over the weekend is being treated for a related infection, the Vancouver Aquarium said on Wednesday.

Transgender Woman Defends Man Who Botched 'Back-Alley Surgery'

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:53:00 GMT

A transgender woman who had her testicles removed without a doctor said she had tried to get surgery "through legitimate routes" without success.

Marijuana Extract Eases Severe Form of Epilepsy

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:41:11 GMT

A compound taken from marijuana greatly helped some children with a severe and often deadly form of epilepsy, doctors reported.

U.S. Doctor Dies Near Mount Everest's Summit

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:30:18 GMT

It was a deadly weekend on the world's highest mountain.

Botulism Confirmed in Nacho Cheese Outbreak

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:15:00 GMT

California officials said botulism killed one man and sickened nine others who ate nacho cheese from a service station.

Babies Don't Need Juice, Pediatricians Say

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:00 GMT

Babies do not need fruit juice and older kids need to watch it, pediatricians said Monday.

US Gender Confirmation Surgery Up 19% in 2016: Doctors

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:49:00 GMT

Gender confirmation surgeries rose 19 percent in 2016 from the previous year, a survey of plastic surgeons said.

From 10 to 375 Cases in Two Weeks: Students Get 'F' for Flu Shots

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:19:10 GMT

It started with 10 students — but within two weeks at The College at Brockport, 375 had the flu, the biggest outbreak in decades.

Ariana Grande Fans Suffered 'Same Injuries' as Kids in Syria: Surgeon

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:22:37 GMT

British Dr. Mounir Hakimi is all too familiar with innocent children being killed by bombs. He just never thought it would happen so close to home.

WHO Spends More on Travel Than on AIDS

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:46:04 GMT

The WHO spends more on travel than it does on AIDS or malaria. Is that OK?

See the States That Trump's Budget Would Hit the Hardest

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:46:00 GMT

Trump's budget will overhaul many of the country's social safety-net programs — ones more commonly used in Republican-leaning states.

Women Not Getting Zika Followup, Expert Says

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:15:00 GMT

Only about a quarter of babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant are getting the recommended follow-up, an expert warned.

Ethiopian Wins Race to Head WHO

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:57:13 GMT

Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won the race to be the next head of the WHO Tuesday, becoming the first African to lead the giant agency.

Some Hospitals Will Now Offer Patients Interest-Free Loans

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:16:01 GMT

Around 77 percent of Americans cannot afford an unexpected medical bill of $2,000 or more.

What the GOP Bill Would Do to Obamacare's 'Essential Health Benefits'

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:36:37 GMT

Maternity care. Mental health. Dentist visits for kids. States trying to save money health insurance are likely to ask to cut these and other services if the latest version of the GOP's health reform bill passes, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

Forty More Genes for Intelligence Discovered

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:37:00 GMT

More genes for intelligence have been found, but don't expect designer smart babies or DNA tests for big brains.

Vermonters Turn Their Backs on Vaccine 'Debate'

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:14:13 GMT

When petitions and arguments failed to stop a meeting of vaccine skeptics, residents avoided confrontation. Instead, they held a bake sale.

Drink Less, Exercise More to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:33:00 GMT

The study also found a strong link between obesity, alcohol consumption and breast cancer.

Sugar Feeds Some Kinds of Lung Cancer Cells

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:42:20 GMT

Can cutting sugar reduce your risk of some kinds of lung cancer?