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FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu, or bird flu, has been approved by a panel of experts to be stockpiled for emergency use in case of a pandemic.A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-0 in favor…

Miss America Contestant Will Have Breasts Removed After Pageant

Miss America Contestant Will Have Breasts Removed After Pageant

Stockbyte/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Allyn Rose lost her mother to breast cancer when she was just a teenager, so after the newly-crowned Miss District of Columbia competes in the Miss America pageant in January, she will undergo a double ma…

Kids Allergic to the Cold — Literally

Kids Allergic to the Cold — Literally

Altrendo Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While many people get sick in cold weather, a small number develop an allergic reaction to the cold — literally. Much as with food and pollen allergies, reactions can include rashes, hives that can extend a…

Cracker Jack’s New Surprise: Caffeine

Cracker Jack’s New Surprise: Caffeine

Pepsico(NEW YORK) — The makers of Cracker Jack are adding a little more pop to their candy-coated popcorn. Frito-Lay will introduce Cracker Jack’D Power Bites caffeinated snacks later this year. The jacked-up munchies will come in two flavors — vanil…

New Study Finds Americans Drink Too Many Empty Calories

New Study Finds Americans Drink Too Many Empty Calories

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When it comes to empty calories, alcohol plays a large part for many Americans. A new CDC study finds alcoholic drinks make up about five per cent of the calories American adults consume.The study asked more than …

Mom Wants Oak Trees Cut Down for Kids With Allergies

Mom Wants Oak Trees Cut Down for Kids With Allergies

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(ONTARIO, Canada) — One Canadian mom says she’s going nuts over her children’s food allergies.Donna Giustizia, a  mother of two, says the oak trees near her teenager’s school in Vaughan, Ontario,&nbsp…

CDC Shows Data Revealing Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

CDC Shows Data Revealing Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — African American women are dying from breast cancer more than any other ethnic or racial group, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday.Although deaths from breast cancer have been on a…

Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur Loses 60 Pounds

Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur Loses 60 Pounds

Christopher Polk/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Marissa Jaret Winokur has defied stereotypes both on and off the stage, proving that success is not measured by the scales.The actress discussed her 60-pound weight loss today with Amy Robach on Good Morning A…

Consumer Group Sues 7UP Makers for Antioxidant Claims

Consumer Group Sues 7UP Makers for Antioxidant Claims

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A consumer advocacy group is suing Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, the makers of 7UP, for marketing “nutritionally worthless” sodas as healthy, fruit-filled antioxidant drinks.In its recent ads, and on its website, the…

Study Reveals the Costs of a Heart Attack

Study Reveals the Costs of a Heart Attack

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. If you’re lucky enough to survive a heart attack, then you know that your health is not the only thing that takes the hit. Heart attacks can hurt your f…

Israel Considers Distributing Medical Marijuana

Israel Considers Distributing Medical Marijuana

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Medical use of marijuana is still a hotly contested topic in the U.S., but not in Israel where the country’s health ministry is considering the distribution of medical marijuana through pharmacies. Marijuana is illegal…

Meningitis Outbreak: 404 Cases, 29 Deaths

Meningitis Outbreak: 404 Cases, 29 Deaths

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Eighteen more people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, health officials reported Friday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased…

American Heart Association Stands Firm on Daily Salt Intake Recommendation

American Heart Association Stands Firm on Daily Salt Intake Recommendation

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There is some disagreement among experts about how much salt is too much. Now the American Heart Association has weighed in with the latest opinion.Even when we’re not shaking salt on to our meals, we are still con…

John Lennon’s Molar to Help Fight Oral Cancer

John Lennon’s Molar to Help Fight Oral Cancer

Ivan Keeman/Redferns(NEW YORK) — Imagine there’s no oral cancer. It isn’t hard to do. You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.
Those rewritten John Lennon lyrics may be Tony Gedge’s new motto.Gedge has made it his life’s work to reduce the…

Those Without Power After Sandy Risk Hypothermia

Those Without Power After Sandy Risk Hypothermia

Bananastock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With millions of people still without power after superstorm Sandy, many may be looking at some very cold nights ahead — which means they may find themselves at risk of hypothermia, or cold stress.Hypothermia o…

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place it could be most dangerous is in your body.ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. …

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place it could be most dangerous is in your body.ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. …

Hurricane Sandy: Tips To Make Tap Water Safe for Drinking

Hurricane Sandy: Tips To Make Tap Water Safe for Drinking

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If water supply becomes contaminated, you can either boil water for one minute or make water safe with bleach.Here is how:If tap water is clear:1. Add eight drops of household unscented liquid bleach to one gallon of…

NYC Nanny Stabbing: When Is a Child Too Young to Remember Trauma?

NYC Nanny Stabbing: When Is a Child Too Young to Remember Trauma?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Nessie Krim, a 3-year-old returning from a swim lesson, witnessed a family tragedy that could leave lifelong scars. She and her mother walked into their New York City apartment on Thursday to find her two siblings in…

Study Shows Women Can Extend Life Up to 10 Years by Quitting Smoking

Study Shows Women Can Extend Life Up to 10 Years by Quitting Smoking

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stop smoking now. That’s the take-away from a new study of over a million women conducted over a five-year period.  The study finds that those who give up smoking can extend their life by ten years.  E…

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