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Researchers Link Childhood Stomachaches with Mental Health Issues

Researchers Link Childhood Stomachaches with Mental Health Issues

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Could a simple tummy ache be a warning sign of future mental health problems? A new study says it might.Researchers at Vanderbilt University studied nearly 500 children with and without “chronic abdominal pain,” and …

Dyslexia May Be Visible in Childrens’ Brain Scans

Dyslexia May Be Visible in Childrens’ Brain Scans

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Success in learning often begins with success in reading. If parents and teachers are late discovering reading issues, it can be a struggle to get young children on track in school.Now, researchers at the Massachusetts In…

Increased Autism Rate Linked to Induced or Augmented Childbirth

Increased Autism Rate Linked to Induced or Augmented Childbirth

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Boys born to mothers who needed assistance inducing or augmenting birth may have a higher risk of autism, according to a new study.The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatri…

FDA Issues Warning About Potentially Dangerous Vitamin Supplement

FDA Issues Warning About Potentially Dangerous Vitamin Supplement

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about a vitamin supplement which reportedly contains two possible dangerous anabolic steroids.
The FDA wants consumers to avoid a Vitamin B dietary supplement f…

New York Hospitals Prescribing Fruits, Veggies

New York Hospitals Prescribing Fruits, Veggies

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so the saying goes. But for many living in New York City, that apple might come by prescription.
Two of the city’s hospitals — Lincoln Medical Center and Harlem Hospi…

5 Healthy Reasons to Stay Hydrated

5 Healthy Reasons to Stay Hydrated

GNL Media/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) — Summertime means sunbathing on the beach, picnicking with your family and enjoying the outdoors. Naturally, this means spending more time in the sun and trying to beat the hot weather.
When you’re packing the sunsc…

Cory Monteith’s Death Shows Rehab Alone Won’t Cure Addiction

Cory Monteith’s Death Shows Rehab Alone Won’t Cure Addiction

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Cory Monteith’s death less than three months after finishing a 30-day rehab program has some scratching their heads: Shouldn’t rehab have cured the actor of his problem, preventing him from overdosing?
That’s not ho…

Wrong Zip Code Can Mean Shorter Life Expectancy

Wrong Zip Code Can Mean Shorter Life Expectancy

Courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(NEW ORLEANS) — The Treme neighborhood is only a few miles from the Lakeview neighborhood in New Orleans, but in terms of life expectancy those few miles might as well be worlds away.
While residents in La…

What to Do When You Meet an Unattractive Baby

What to Do When You Meet an Unattractive Baby

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — What do you do when you meet a baby you regard as funny-looking, or even “ugly”? You might lie and say the child is adorable, or you might simply smile and say nothing at all.
But what if you’re expected to gi…

Surgeon Accused of Fake Surgeries

Surgeon Accused of Fake Surgeries

Courtesy Debra Nenni McNamee(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) — Constance Nenni died after having a “phantom” knee surgery, according to a legal complaint filed against her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Spyros Panos.
In March 2010, Nenni underwent surgery to repair a le…

Saudi Arabian Health Officials Warn Pilgrims of MERS Coronavirus

Saudi Arabian Health Officials Warn Pilgrims of MERS Coronavirus

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MECCA, Saudi Arabia) — Health officials in Saudi Arabia have issued a warning to pilgrims planning on visiting the country’s holy sites about the risk of spreading Middle East respiratory-syndrome coronavirus, BBC News rep…

Reading, Writing May Help Stall Mental Decline

Reading, Writing May Help Stall Mental Decline

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Dementia, the severe decline in mental abilities, such as memory and reasoning, affects four to five million people in the United States, most of whom are elderly. A study in the journal Neurology finds that keeping …

Blood Drive Protests FDA Ban on Gay Donors

Blood Drive Protests FDA Ban on Gay Donors

Gillian Mohney/ABC News(NEW YORK) — After Marshall Duer-Balkind, 30, exited a blood donation center on Friday morning, he held up a long green form as evidence that he had been rejected as a blood donor.On the form Duer-Balkind pointed out that sectio…

Where to Sit to Survive a Plane Crash

Where to Sit to Survive a Plane Crash

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The harrowing Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport may incite fear in the minds of the millions of Americans who take to the skies every year, but it also proves that even horrific disast…

Coronavirus Does Not Pose Global Threat Yet, Experts Say

Coronavirus Does Not Pose Global Threat Yet, Experts Say

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Though it has caused 41 deaths in 77 confirmed cases, the Middle East respiratory-syndrome coronavirus does not pose a global threat yet, according to a new study in the Lancet.
BBC News reports that a team at the Pasteur…

FDA Rule Could Make Generic Drugmakers More Liable to Lawsuits

FDA Rule Could Make Generic Drugmakers More Liable to Lawsuits

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new rule could open the door for lawsuits against generic drugmakers, which are currently protected by a legal obligation to copy the formulas and labels of their name-brand counterparts.The rule, proposed Wednesda…

3D-Printed Cast Lets Broken Arms Breathe, Minimizes Odor

3D-Printed Cast Lets Broken Arms Breathe, Minimizes Odor

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Three-dimensional printing is making the medical rounds. Whether it’s a young boy’s new robot hand or an older woman’s customized jaw, the technology is catching on with doctors across the globe.One…

WHO Recommends Earlier HIV Treatment

WHO Recommends Earlier HIV Treatment

Bananastock/Thinkstock(GENEVA, Switzerland) — The World Health Organization announced on Sunday that it is recommending earlier treatment for people who are HIV-positive.
According to WHO, if people in the developing world who are HIV-positive are giv…

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Turkish Pomegranate Seeds

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Turkish Pomegranate Seeds

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FDA announced Saturday it will block shipments of pomegranate seeds from a company in Turkey after U.S. health officials determined that the seeds are to blame for a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A that has sicken…

Woman Disfigured by Generic Drug Loses $21 Million Award

Woman Disfigured by Generic Drug Loses $21 Million Award

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Eight years after she was burned and blinded by a prescription drug, Karen Bartlett feels numb.
On Monday the Supreme Court ruled that Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., the maker of the drug Bartlett took for shoulder pai…

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