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Life lessons from the native tribe with the healthiest hearts in the world

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:49:28 GMT

A few years ago, I read reports of an indigenous tribe living deep in the Amazon rainforest whose members had hardly any evidence of heart disease. In fact, the researchers concluded after a year-long study that the Tsimane, as they are called, had the healthiest hearts in the world, a title previously held by Japanese women.

Does sugar make kids hyper? That's largely a myth

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:56:34 GMT

Does sugar make kids hyper? Maybe.

A measles outbreak is dividing families in this orthodox Jewish community. Passover could make it worse

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:38:52 GMT

As one of the holiest Jewish celebrations of the year arrives, families in the Hasidic section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, face a dilemma.

Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:17:02 GMT

Whether you eat breakfast might be linked with your risk of dying early from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.

US inches closer to measles record, with more than 600 cases reported

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:48:33 GMT

There have been 626 cases of measles reported in the United States this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 71 more than the agency reported last week in its weekly update.

This flu season is the longest in a decade, CDC says

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:59:42 GMT

It's official: This year's flu season is a record breaker.

World champion triathlete breaks neck but comes back to complete Ironman

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:15:19 GMT

The Ironman triathlon is one of the most grueling competitions in the world. It could easily be seen as a form of self-torture. A true Ironman triathlon involves a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. And in case you're not aware, the Ironman competition puts these three events back-to-back-to-back.

How permanent daylight saving time and later school starts could affect health

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:16:00 GMT

About 70 countries around the world nudge their clocks back and forth each year -- but some people want to "spring forward" permanently, citing health and other benefits.

Former pharmaceutical company execs hit with drug trafficking charges

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:37:01 GMT

Two former executives of a pharmaceutical distributor company are facing criminal drug trafficking charges on accusations of illegally distributing opioids and conspiring to defraud the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the first time distributors have been criminally charged with these crimes.

Why an ancient religious text is the best parenting book I've read in years

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:47:18 GMT

As a parenthood writer, I read a lot of parenting books. Most of them underwhelm by either repeating the obvious or suggesting approaches that are in deep denial of the vagaries of human nature.

Experimental blood pumping system restores some function to brains of dead pigs, study says

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:23:45 GMT

A new experiment has raised questions as serious as those surrounding gene editing: A support system delivering artificial blood to pig brains prevented degradation of important neural functions, Yale researchers discovered.

A peep into the history of Easter's marshmallow icon

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 19:03:28 GMT

Easter is a popular time for America's bunny- and chick-shaped marshmallows friends known as Peeps. Every day, about 5.5 million Peeps are produced, roughly 2 billion a year.

Rural health clinics struggle to fight skyrocketing syphilis cases

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:36:18 GMT

Syphilis is spreading from big cities into rural counties across the Midwest and West. One Missouri clinic has seen more than six times as many cases in the first few months of 2019 compared with the same period last year. Communities grappling with budget cuts and crumbling public health infrastructure also lack experience in fighting the disease.

Walgreens raises age of tobacco sales to 21 after FDA pressure

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:45:39 GMT

Walgreens Boost Alliance will no longer sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 starting in September, in response to a FDA crackdown.

Medicaid expansion tied to positive gains for black babies

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:11:56 GMT

A major part of the Affordable Care Act -- the expansion of the Medicaid program -- may play a role in shrinking the gap in premature birth and low birth weight between black and white infants born in the United States, according to a new study.

The secret to changing your lactose tolerance may be in your gut

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:54:16 GMT

Lactose tolerance in adults arises from a single nucleotide changing out of the millions in our DNA.  If you don't have that mutation, research shows manipulating our gut bacteria might help.

What school threats and lockdowns are doing to a generation of children

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:56:51 GMT

Schools across the country are facing the possibility of security threats. Many have plans in place and run drills to prepare for the unthinkable. But lockdown drills and the constant discussion of danger can confuse and traumatize children. And it doesn't necessarily make them safer.

FDA OKs first medical device to treat ADHD in children

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:19:51 GMT

The first medical device to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was approved Friday by the Food and Drug Administration. Instead of medication, the device delivers a low-level electrical stimulation to the parts of the brain that regulate emotion, behavior and attention.

Insurer sent $33,000 to a man struggling with addiction. He used the cash to go on a binge -- and died

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:40:44 GMT

Jennifer Alba sifts through the boxes of photographs and documents. It's a collection of what once was, and what her life has become. A mother sorting through pain.

Seniors' suicides in long-term care often go overlooked, analysis finds

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:07:38 GMT

An investigation finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.

Drinking water linked to fewer sugary drinks -- and calories -- in kids

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:00:21 GMT

Children and teens who drink water are less likely to consume sugary beverages throughout the day, according to a new study.

This baby got measles because of anti-vaxers

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:09:04 GMT

Fainy Sukenik believes in vaccines, and her four children are up to date on all their shots.

Are you protected from measles? It may depend on when you were born

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:59:03 GMT

Nearly two decades after measles was declared eliminated in the US, the country and the globe have seen an upsurge of cases -- including adults who thought they were protected by the vaccine. Now, some are questioning whether they are properly vaccinated and whether they are still at risk for getting measles.

Target recalls half a million wooden toy cars that pose a choking risk

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:32:05 GMT

Target is voluntarily recalling nearly half a million Bullseye's Playground toys after four reports that the wheels can detach from the vehicles, posing a choking hazard to children, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said. No injuries have been reported.

Recall of blood pressure drug losartan expanded

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:51:16 GMT

If you take blood pressure medicine, you'll want to double-check your bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its recall of losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets.

World's first malaria vaccine to go to 360,000 African children

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:54:17 GMT

Some 360,000 children a year in three African countries will receive the world's first malaria vaccine as part of a large-scale pilot project, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

We're losing the war on climate change

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:36:20 GMT

For years now, people like environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben have been screaming from the treetops that we need a World War II-scale mobilization to fight the scourge of climate change.

Computers, not TV, are to blame for increase in US sitting time, study says

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:10:49 GMT

There's a key culprit in the battle against sitting. Time spent watching TV and videos has remained consistently high in the United States over the past 15 years, but time sitting at a computer has increased dramatically, new research finds.

Girl's deadly reaction to toothpaste is extremely rare, allergist reminds parents

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:14:22 GMT

Monique Altamirano's 11-year-old daughter, Denise Saldate, died of a severe allergic reaction to toothpaste, she told Allergic Living.

Indiana University is dealing with a mumps outbreak -- and most cases are linked to a fraternity

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:31:23 GMT

At least 16 cases of mumps have been reported at Indiana University since Februrary, and nine cases have ties to a single fraternity.