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  • Study tries to give C-section babies healthy germs

    By Lauran Neergaard | February 3, 2016 - 9:07am

    WASHINGTON – Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom’s birth canal.

  • Hotels expand options to keep guests healthy on the road

    By Kelli Kennedy | February 2, 2016 - 9:06am

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room.

  • Average age of new U.S. moms at all-time high, now over 26

    By Mike Stobbe | January 25, 2016 - 3:34pm

    NEW YORK – The average age of first-time mothers is at an all-time high in the U.S – over 26.

  • First lady, school meal directors may be headed for truce

    By Mary Clare Jalonick | January 19, 2016 - 2:03pm

    WASHINGTON – A bipartisan Senate agreement would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve the nation’s schoolchildren, easing requirements on whole grains and delaying an upcoming deadline to cut sodium levels on the lunch line.

  • Instagram trainers dish on secret to staying motivated

    By Kelli Kennedy | January 19, 2016 - 2:03pm

    MIAMI – High-end fashion designers are launching workout lines, Soul Cycle classes are quickly booking up and fitness trainers have become rock stars apart from their celeb clientele.

  • Pinterest is alive with a new you for the new year

    By Leanne Italie | January 13, 2016 - 2:14pm

    NEW YORK – Welcome to New Year’s resolution junction.

  • Medicare changes for new year, new beneficiaries

    By Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar | January 12, 2016 - 10:05am

    WASHINGTON – Whether it’s coverage for end-of-life counseling or an experimental payment scheme for common surgeries, Medicare in 2016 is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 50 years.

  • Not just sribbles, tots learn to read with symbols

    By Lauran Neergaard | January 6, 2016 - 11:31am

    WASHINGTON – Celebrate your child’s scribbles.

  • Tips for caregivers traveling with elderly, frail relatives

    By ALEJANDRA CANCINO | December 16, 2015 - 2:12pm

    CHICAGO – Nancy Powers had to adjust her travel routine when her best friend and travel partner, Phyllis Wesley, was diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition that affects her speech and comprehension.

  • Scientists, ethicists tackle gene editing’s ethics, promise

    By Lauran Neergaard | December 4, 2015 - 10:34am

    WASHINGTON – A hot new tool to edit the human genetic code has a big wow factor: The promise of long-sought cures for intractable diseases.

  • CDC: New diabetes cases in U.S. adults are dropping

    By Mike Stobbe | December 3, 2015 - 10:35am

    NEW YORK – Fewer cases of diabetes are being diagnosed in U.S. adults, according to startling new federal statistics released Tuesday.

  • Using sight and sound to trigger dementia patients’ memories

    By Michael Rubinkam | November 23, 2015 - 11:21am

    EASTON, Pa. – From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Home comes straight out of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

  • Person-centered health care focuses on patient as individual

    By ALEJANDRA CANCINO | November 10, 2015 - 1:49pm

    CHICAGO – Every time JoAnna James took her husband, Lawrence, to the doctor, she left the hospital without understanding what was wrong with him.“You ask (doctors) to break it down so you can understand what they are saying and they make you feel like there is something wrong with you,” said James, 67.

  • E. coli outbreak tests Chipotle’s vow to track ingredients

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship | November 4, 2015 - 1:34pm

    SEATTLE – Chipotle’s industry-leading commitment to tracking its ingredients from farm to table is being put to the test by an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 37 people as of Tuesday, nearly all of whom ate recently at one of the chain’s restaurants in Washington state or Oregon.

  • New push for pint-sized medical devices to treat sick kids

    By Lauran Neergaard | November 2, 2015 - 9:57am

    WASHINGTON – Improvise isn’t a word parents want to hear from their kid’s doctor.

  • College kids should be told by docs to refrain from binge drinking

    By Lindsey Tanner | September 30, 2015 - 11:21am

    CHICAGO – Government researchers say “deplorably” few college students are warned by doctors about the danger from alcohol and drugs or encouraged to reduce drinking or substance use.

  • Take a walk – says the U.S. surgeon general

    By Lauran Neergaard | September 28, 2015 - 10:27am

    WASHINGTON – Take a walk: That’s the U.S. surgeon general’s prescription for sedentary Americans – but communities will have to step up, too, and make neighborhoods easier and safer for foot traffic.

  • Another food fight? Congress mulls school meal standards

    By Mary Clare Jalonick | September 21, 2015 - 11:33am

    WASHINGTON – Add another item to lawmakers’ busy fall agenda: Congress must decide whether to do battle again with first lady Michelle Obama over school lunches with more whole grains and less salt.

  • Study backs more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure

    By Lauran Neergaard | September 11, 2015 - 4:46pm

    WASHINGTON – Aiming lower saves more lives when it comes to controlling high blood pressure, says a major new study that could spur doctors to more aggressively treat patients over 50.

  • Apple cider vinegar a hero to some for beauty, health, home

    By Leanne Italie | September 9, 2015 - 11:36am

    NEW YORK – Like many natural beauty, household and wellness fixes, apple cider vinegar has a long history and dedicated groupies who stand by its powers to help with everything from rust and flies to weight loss and warts.

  • Study: Pot more a habit for college students than cigarettes

    September 2, 2015 - 10:29am

    More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found.

  • Doctors recommend early exposure to prevent peanut allergies

    By Lindsey Tanner | August 26, 2015 - 3:59pm

    CHICAGO – A pediatricians’ group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1.

  • Nickelodeon show profiles dying children

    By David Bauder | August 25, 2015 - 9:40am

    NEW YORK – Even though Linda Ellerbee has addressed many tough topics with young audiences before, it took a decade before Nickelodeon approved her idea of a “Nick News” episode where children with terminal illnesses talk about their lives.

  • Kids with cancer get futuristic chance at saving fertility

    By Lindsey Tanner | August 11, 2015 - 9:46am

    CHICAGO – Barely 2 years old, Talia Pisano is getting tough treatment for kidney cancer that spread to her brain.

  • Food industry angling for trans fat phase out exemptions

    By Mary Clare Jalonick | August 7, 2015 - 8:32am

    WASHINGTON — Shortening, pie crusts, brownies and microwave popcorn could be partially exempt from a government phase out of artificial trans fats — if the food industry gets its way.