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  • The newest fitness trend: Mixing it up

    By Kelli Kennedy | March 26, 2015 - 9:03am

    MIAMI – The latest workout crazes promise to stimulate your brain and your muscles in new ways with barre plies in the air (think aerial ballet), dance cardio (think a night out) or a killer routine modeled after a popular cooking show.“Everybody falls into fitness ruts,” said fitness expert Jeff Halevy, owner of Halevy Life gym in New York. “It either means you are no longer getting results from your program or you’re just sick and tired of doing the same old thing.”His advice?

  • Studies boost hopes for new class of cholesterol medicines

    By Marilynn Marchione | March 17, 2015 - 8:03am

    SAN DIEGO – New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems.

  • Patients at Kansas hospital die, contaminated ice cream suspected

    By TERRY WALLACE and NICHOLAS CLAYTON | March 16, 2015 - 8:39am

    DALLAS – The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has prompted the Texas icon’s first product recall in its 108-year history.

  • First lady, Ellen DeGeneres get groove on to ‘Uptown Funk’

    By Darlene Superville | March 16, 2015 - 8:38am

    WASHINGTON – Michelle Obama has brought the “funk” to Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show.

  • ResearchKit: Five things to know about Apple’s medical apps

    By Anick Jesdanun | March 12, 2015 - 9:27am

    SAN FRANCISCO – Amid all the talk of Apple Watch, a new MacBook laptop and a partnership with HBO, a set of Apple tools aimed at promoting medical research didn’t get much attention.

  • ‘Looks Like Laury’ chronicles woman’s battle with dementia

    By Lynn Elber | March 10, 2015 - 9:30am

    LOS ANGELES – Pamela Hogan knew Laury Sachs before, as a talented, big-hearted friend, wife and mother.

  • Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

    By Mike Stobbe | March 5, 2015 - 8:15am

    NEW YORK – Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children.“I think we’re all kind of frustrated,” said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. “As scientists, we’re probably the least equipped to know how to do this.”They say they are contending with a small minority of parents who are misinformed – or merely obstinate – about the risks of inoculations.

  • McDonald’s dropping human antibiotics from chicken

    By Candice Choi | March 4, 2015 - 4:07pm

    NEW YORK – McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics commonly used in humans, and milk from cows that are not treated with an artificial growth hormone.

  • Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines

    By Lindsey Tanner | March 3, 2015 - 10:22am

    CHICAGO – Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests.

  • Drug abuse in Iran rising despite executions, police raids

    By Ali Akbar Dareini | February 12, 2015 - 2:58pm

    VERDIJ, Iran – Iran is breaking bad.

  • Dietary guidelines stay the same, while they evolve

    By Mary Clare Jalonick | February 11, 2015 - 1:47pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt?

  • Report urges new name, better diagnosis for chronic fatigue

    By Lauran Neergaard | February 10, 2015 - 4:46pm

    WASHINGTON – Chronic fatigue syndrome is a real and serious disease that needs a new name to reflect that – and a straightforward way to diagnose the illness, a government advisory group declared Tuesday.

  • White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids

    By Nedra Pickler | February 2, 2015 - 9:56am

    WASHINGTON – Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children.

  • ‘Still Alice’ highlighting often hidden toll of Alzheimer’s

    By Lauran Neergaard | February 2, 2015 - 9:56am

    WASHINGTON – Her performance as a vibrant woman fading into the darkness of Alzheimer’s is doing more than earning awards for actress Julianne Moore.

  • Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan Rivers’ death

    By Colleen Long | January 27, 2015 - 10:49am

    NEW YORK – While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa.

  • Measles outbreak that began at Disneyland grows to 87 cases

    January 27, 2015 - 10:48am

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.

  • People not vaccinated for measles urged to avoid Disneyland

    By Alicia Chang | January 22, 2015 - 10:53am

    LOS ANGELES – People who haven’t been vaccinated against measles, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disneyland after new infections were linked to the theme park, California public health officials said Wednesday.

  • Welcome to New Year’s resolution month: Tips to save on gyms

    By Leanne Italie | January 21, 2015 - 9:41am

    NEW YORK – How’s that new year, new you fitness pledge going?

  • Obama to renew push for paid leave for working parents

    By Darlene Superville | January 15, 2015 - 11:23am

    WASHINGTON – Renewing a push for paid leave for workers, President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid sick time a year, the White House said.

  • 9 measles cases linked to Disney theme parks in California

    By Amy Taxin | January 8, 2015 - 9:58am

    SANTA ANA, Calif. – Seven Californians and two people in Utah have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted on trips last month to Disney theme parks in California, officials said.

  • Guide for healthy eating may consider environment

    By Mary Clare Jalonick | January 5, 2015 - 11:12am

    WASHINGTON – The government issues dietary guidelines every five years to encourage Americans to eat healthier.

  • New Year’s resolutions can be dangerous to your mental health

    By Dr. Gregory Ramey | December 29, 2014 - 11:18am

    DAYTON, Ohio – Over the next few weeks, prepare to be barraged by admonitions to make New Year’s resolutions.

  • ‘Thermometer’ to help gauge cancer patients’ state of mind

    By Helena Oliviero | December 12, 2014 - 7:16am

    ATLANTA – Marilyn Kapaun was given a new “distress thermometer” at Piedmont Hospital shortly after her cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

  • Congress relaxes whole grain standards for schools

    By Mary Clare Jalonick | December 10, 2014 - 11:06am

    WASHINGTON – Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line.

  • Justices weigh bias claim of pregnant UPS driver

    By Mark Sherman | December 4, 2014 - 8:24pm

    WASHINGTON — Two of the three women on the Supreme Court vigorously questioned a UPS lawyer Wednesday over the company’s refusal to give lighter duty to a pregnant worker, a closely watched case with potentially broad impact for female workers and their employers.