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  • Bacteria might be means to overcome malnutrition

    By Lauran Neergaard | February 22, 2016 - 4:02pm

    WASHINGTON – Manipulating what kinds of bacteria live in the gut might lead to a new way to treat millions of children suffering chronic malnutrition, says new research that suggests the right microbes can help get the most out of a poor diet.

  • Effort fulfills breast milk need

    By Devan Filchak | February 15, 2016 - 6:27pm

    ANDERSON, Ind. – 
When Ashley Nevin had her third child, she was set on breast feeding her baby.

  • Mental Health Court offers more than justice

    By Theresa Churchill | February 8, 2016 - 6:54pm

    DECATUR, Ill. – The series of events that sent Jeff Lingle spiraling into depression began with the premature birth of his son in 2008.

  • Controversial gene research gets OK

    By Maria Cheng | February 1, 2016 - 6:22pm

    LONDON – Britain’s fertility regulator has approved a scientist’s request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to better understand how embryos develop – but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries.

  • Sisters show screening’s value

    By Stephanie Dickerell | January 25, 2016 - 6:16pm

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. – It takes more than one hand to count the number of women in the Hansen family who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Top age for mammogram remains unknown

    By Lauran Neergaard | January 18, 2016 - 6:30pm

Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they’ll all eventually face: when to stop.

  • Heart warning signs go unheeded

    By Lauran Neergaard
    The Associated Press | January 11, 2016 - 4:29pm

    WASHINGTON – Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden: New research suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse.

  • Older patients have more care options

    By Lindsey Tanner | January 4, 2016 - 7:37pm

    CHICAGO – Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the way home from the hospital.

  • Chaplains help as life fades

    By Jerrilyn Zavada
    The (Ottawa) Times | December 28, 2015 - 4:04pm

    OTTAWA, Ill. – For those who have a terminal illness, hospice care can be a spiritual lifesaver.The Rev.

  • Shooting victim walks again

    By Giles Bruce
    The (Munster) Times | December 21, 2015 - 5:30pm

    MUNSTER, Ind. – 
Chris Reyes took more steps on one recent day than he had in almost a year. But he had more practical concerns.

  • Boy gets ‘robo-hand’ he wants

    By Chris Kenning | December 14, 2015 - 7:04pm

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – 
Six-year-old Lucas Abraham was born without fingers on his right hand.

  • Medical examiner shortage causes problems

    By Denise Lavoie | December 7, 2015 - 4:23pm

    BOSTON – A severe shortage of medical examiners nationwide means families must sometimes wait months for death certificates and autopsy reports, compounding their grief and at times creating financial hardships by holding up life insurance payouts and other benefits.

  • Long waits plague disability applicants

    By Kelli Kennedy | November 30, 2015 - 6:58pm

    MIAMI – Diabetes, arthritis and open-heart surgery have kept Sherice Bennett from working, but she can’t afford her medicine and became homeless while waiting more than two years for a chance to convince a judge that she qualifies for federal disability benefits.

  • Medicare drug costs to spike

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press | November 23, 2015 - 4:14pm

With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare’s popular prescription drug program.

  • Experts fight heroin’s ‘revolving door’

    By GEOFF MULVIHILLand MICHAEL R. SISAK | November 16, 2015 - 7:49pm

    CAMDEN, N.J. – It’s a truth addicts and health providers know well: Naloxone can reverse heroin overdoses, but it can’t cure the addictions that cause them.

  • Push boosts kid-sized devices

    By Lauran Neergaard | November 9, 2015 - 4:00pm

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

  • VW’s cheating comes at a human cost

    By Seth Borenstein | November 2, 2015 - 5:04pm

Volkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

  • Treatment heals long-ago wound

    By Jennifer Kay | October 26, 2015 - 3:14pm

    MIAMI – In the photograph that made Kim Phuc a living symbol of the Vietnam War, her burns aren’t visible – only her agony as she runs wailing toward the camera, her arms flung away from her body, naked because she has ripped off her burning clothes.

  • Insurance penalty rises for ’16

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press | October 19, 2015 - 5:12pm

    WASHINGTON – The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that to help drive its new pitch for health law sign-ups.

  • New genetic technique prompts debate

    By Lauran Neergaard | October 12, 2015 - 4:13pm

The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words such as “revolutionary” as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anemia and preventing babies from inheriting life-threatening disorders.

  • Medical pot soon hits market

    By Carla K. Johnson | October 5, 2015 - 3:24pm

    ALBION, Ill. – A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest.

  • New vaccine better targets flu

    By Lauran Neergaard | September 28, 2015 - 3:00pm

Give the flu vaccine another chance: This year’s version got a recipe change that should make it more effective after last winter’s misery from a nasty surprise strain of virus.

  • Agency's bungling hurt Ebola response

    By Maria Cheng and Raphael Satter and Krista Larson

    The Associated Press | September 21, 2015 - 3:19pm

    KENEMA, Sierra Leone – The chlorine was expired. The protective gear was missing.

  • Psychiatrist shortage plagues nation

    By David Crary | September 14, 2015 - 3:04pm

    NEW YORK – It is an irony that troubles health care providers and policymakers nationwide: Even as public awareness of mental illness increases, the shortage of psychiatrists worsens.

  • Doctor embraces working with robot

    By Shari Rudavsky | September 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

    INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Jackson croons over the speakers. The lights are dim. Three students and their teacher, Dr. Kirpal Singh, wear masks.