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FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Plan B for Woman 15 and Older

FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Plan B for Woman 15 and OlderScott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved Plan B One-Step, a brand of emergency contraceptive, to be available for women 15 and older without a prescription.This comes almost a month after a federal judge ord...

Mediterranean Diet Helps to Preserve Memory and Cognitive Skills

Mediterranean Diet Helps to Preserve Memory and Cognitive SkillsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- According to a new study, a Mediterranean diet, high in Omega-3s and low in meat and dairy, may help to preserve memory and cognitive ability.The study, published in the journal Neurology, was the largest study to da...

Woman with ‘Shy Bladder Syndrome’ Suing Prospective Employer

Woman with ‘Shy Bladder Syndrome’ Suing Prospective EmployeriStockphoto/Thinkstock(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- A woman with a condition that makes here unable to go to the bathroom in public restrooms without water running is suing a Des Moines hospital that she claims was not accommodating to her condition during a j...

Guardian Angels: Real? Or a Survival Mechanism?

Guardian Angels: Real? Or a Survival Mechanism?Courtesy Sharon Boo(NEW YORK) --In the moment of mayhem or in an instant of exquisite fear, people often report being comforted by an invisible companion, what some call a "guardian angel." But who is the guardian angel? John Geiger is an international...

Study: Voice-to-Text While Driving Not Safer than Typing Messages

Study: Voice-to-Text While Driving Not Safer than Typing MessagesTexas A&M Transportation Institute(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) -- To combat the reported dangers of texting while driving, many new mobile phone voice control applications and products have hit the market.Apple's Siri voice assistant and Samsung's S Vo...

New Bird Flu Crosses Strait to Taiwan

New Bird Flu Crosses Strait to TaiwanSTR/AFP/Getty Images(TAIPEI, Taiwan) -- A Taiwanese man has contracted a deadly strain of bird flu once confined to mainland China, health officials said Wednesday. The man, 53, is thought to have imported the H7N9 virus to his native Taiwan after trav...

LA Tops ‘Dirty Air’ List for 13th Time in 14 Years

LA Tops ‘Dirty Air’ List for 13th Time in 14 YearsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Thanks to the Clean Air Act, a lot of people in the United States are breathing a little easier. The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2013″ report, which analyzed ozone and particle ...

Study: Diet and Exercise Are Inseparable

Study: Diet and Exercise Are InseparableGoodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- According to a new study, the best way to improve one's health is to start on a healthier diet and an exercise plan simultaneously.While many find it easier to begin their health quest with just one or the other, the s...

Mammogram Rate Did Not Decline After Controversial Recommendation

Mammogram Rate Did Not Decline After Controversial RecommendationiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Despite a 2009 recommendation from the United States Preventative Services Task Force that women between the ages of 40 and 49 not undergo routine mammogram breast screenings, mammogram rates actually rose among wome...

More Pets Donating Blood

More Pets Donating BloodiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Pet owners are opting for more surgery to keep their pets alive and as a result demand is rising for dog and cat blood donors. The University of Wisconsin Veterinary Teaching Hospital has a list of nearly 2-dozen dog...

Family Misses Chemo Appointment Due to Boston Lockdown

Family Misses Chemo Appointment Due to Boston LockdowniStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Jane Roper was supposed to head to Boston Children’s Hospital Friday morning so that her 6-year-old daughter, Clio, could receive a round of chemotherapy to treat her leukemia. But instead of getting treatment, C...

McDonald’s French Fry Bucket Makes Eating and Driving Easier

McDonald’s French Fry Bucket Makes Eating and Driving EasierPhoto Credit: McDonald's(NEW YORK) -- Eating on the go has never been easier.  Instead of having a friend in the passenger’s seat precariously pass individual fries while the driver inhales the entire container, a nifty little invention now ...

Boston Marathon Photo Helps Son Find Two Injured Parents

Boston Marathon Photo Helps Son Find Two Injured ParentsPhoto by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Richard Whalley, a 25-year-old CEO of a company that makes medical devices for diabetics, got a frantic phone call from his older brother right after the Boston Marathon bombings. He h...

Nearly One-Third of Underage Drinking Deaths Are Traffic-Related

Nearly One-Third of Underage Drinking Deaths Are Traffic-RelatedGeorge Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly two-thirds of deaths due to underage drinking are not related to drunk driving, according to data analysis  released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. One of MADD's initiatives urges parents ...

US Infant Mortality Rate Down 12 Percent Since 2005

US Infant Mortality Rate Down 12 Percent Since 2005Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The infant mortality rate in the United States has dropped nearly 12 percent since 2005, according to a new study.According to a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the infant mortality ra...

Study: Light Drinking During Pregnancy Has No Effect on Children

Study: Light Drinking During Pregnancy Has No Effect on ChildrenJupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A study shows that drinking alcohol lightly during pregnancy may not have a negative effect on children.The study, which was published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, evaluated over 10,000 child...

Heart Abnormality May Be More Dangerous than Previously Thought

Heart Abnormality May Be More Dangerous than Previously ThoughtiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An electrical heart abnormality may be more dangerous that doctors previously believed.According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a cardiac condition known as left anterior fas...

Hospitals Profit from Surgical Complications

Hospitals Profit from Surgical ComplicationsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hospitals may make more money when a surgical procedure leads to complications, according to a new study.The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, determined that hospitals experienc...

Researchers Take First Step in Engineering Artificial Kidney

Researchers Take First Step in Engineering Artificial KidneyiStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have engineered an artificial kidney that they believe holds promise for shortening organ transplant waiting lists.According to BBC News, similar studies have created sim...

Meat Packing Company Recalls 468,000 Pounds of Meat

Meat Packing Company Recalls 468,000 Pounds of MeatComstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A Louisiana meat packing company is expanding its recall to include approximately 468,000 pounds of meat.According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Manda...

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