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A Doctor’s Take on Painkiller Abuse

A Doctor’s Take on Painkiller Abuse

A Doctor’s Take on Painkiller AbuseDoctor’s Notebook by NORLEENA GULLETT, M.D.(NEW YORK) — Some doctors knowingly prescribe powerful painkillers to patients who abuse them, according to a new editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine.And as ups…

Meningitis Outbreak: 271 Cases, 21 Deaths

Meningitis Outbreak: 271 Cases, 21 Deaths

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — One more person has died from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections, raising the death toll for the outbreak to 21.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has increased the tally of cases to 27…

Truckers Stay Fit and Healthy on the Road

Truckers Stay Fit and Healthy on the Road

File photo. Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — John Drury is a rare breed. At 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds he is a trucker who is also a dance fitness instructor. He cares a great deal about his health, but admits it’s tough to keep in shape when you’re behi…

Cholesterol Levels Down Among US Adults

Cholesterol Levels Down Among US Adults

Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cholesterol levels among U.S. adults have dropped an average of 10 points in two decades, a new study found, but cardiologists say Americans still have a lot to do to improve their health.The survey-based study of more th…

Food Swap for Less Salt: How to Make Healthier Kids’ Lunches, Snacks

Food Swap for Less Salt: How to Make Healthier Kids’ Lunches, Snacks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re a label reader, here is a nutrition fact you don’t want to miss. It’s not just calories, fat and sugar you should be checking. Another culprit assaulting our diets is sodium — and it can …

Felix Baumgartner Beats Claustrophobia in Record Sky Dive

Felix Baumgartner Beats Claustrophobia in Record Sky Dive

Joerg Mitter/Red Bull via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Felix Baumgartner, the daredevil who stunned the world this weekend with a 23-mile skydiving free fall, could handle the height, just not the tight, pressurized suit. Like millions of others, the 43-y…

Jewish Groups Challenge Law on Circumcision Ritual

Jewish Groups Challenge Law on Circumcision Ritual

David De Lossy/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Jewish groups are challenging a new law requiring parental consent for a rare circumcision ritual linked to two infant deaths. During the ritual, called metzitzah b’peh, a mohel, who’s trained in th…

‘Mother’s Kiss’ Help Remove Objects from Kids’ Blocked Noses

‘Mother’s Kiss’ Help Remove Objects from Kids’ Blocked Noses

Design Pics/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A little-known technique — called the “mother’s kiss” — is a safe and effective way to remove nasal foreign objects for children, according to Dr. Stephanie Cook, general practitioner at…

Spa Foot Treatments on the Rise

Spa Foot Treatments on the Rise

Getty Images/Flickr RF(NEW YORK) — More spas have introduced specialty foot treatments, and the offerings go far beyond basic reflexology. And while many may sound gimmicky, the demand for spa treatments that focus on the feet are increasing. At the I…

Botched Wisdom Tooth Extraction Patient Receives $9.8 Million from Jury

Botched Wisdom Tooth Extraction Patient Receives $9.8 Million from Jury

Design Pics/Thinkstock(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) — On Friday, a White Plains jury awarded the staggering sum of $9.8 million to a man, 49, who suffered sustained injuries due to a botched wisdom tooth extraction. According to the plaintiff, he went to Dr. W…

More HIV-Positive Patients Undergoing Organ Transplant Surgeries

More HIV-Positive Patients Undergoing Organ Transplant Surgeries

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More hospitals are willing to transplant organs to people with HIV because drug regimens are helping these patients live longer, according to the Wall Street Journal.Kidney and liver transplants are the most common…

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: 170 Cases, 14 Deaths

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: 170 Cases, 14 Deaths

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported two more deaths linked to the outbreak of fungal meningitis from steroid shots for back pain, bringing the total number of people who have died to 14.The CDC als…

Kellogg Issues Mini-Wheat Recall

Kellogg Issues Mini-Wheat Recall

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Kellogg is recalling boxes of Mini-Wheats cereal due to the “unlikely but possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part,” according to the company.“Although there have been n…

Kellogg Issues Mini-Wheat Recall

Kellogg Issues Mini-Wheat Recall

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Kellogg is recalling boxes of Mini-Wheats cereal due to the “unlikely but possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part,” according to the company.“Although there have been n…

Sarah Palin Writing a Fitness Book

Sarah Palin Writing a Fitness Book

by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sarah Palin debuted a new look in Los Angeles this week: frosted hair, frosted lips, and a thinner figure than she’s had in the past. Turns out, she’s got a new project to go with it — penning a d…

Household Danger: Product That Spontaneously Combusts

Household Danger: Product That Spontaneously Combusts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Linseed oil, a common wood polish and sealant, can burn your house down in minutes if it’s not handled properly.The product can spontaneously combust and mishandling it can be as simple as tossing some rags and…

Fireplace Industry Warns Consumers Against Burns

Fireplace Industry Warns Consumers Against Burns

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – With colder weather on its way to many parts of the U.S., people are getting their fireplaces ready to bring the heat. But the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association is urging consumers to act with caution when …

Tomatoes Linked to Lower Stroke Risk

Tomatoes Linked to Lower Stroke Risk

George Doyle/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tomatoes are linked to a decreased risk of stroke in men, a new study finds.The study, published Monday in the journal Neurology, involved more than 1,000 Finnish men between 46 and 65 who never had a stroke before….

Nicole Scherzinger Reveals 8-Year Bulimia Battle

Nicole Scherzinger Reveals 8-Year Bulimia Battle

SAV/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — As a member of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger appeared to be at the height of her fame, winning MTV awards, selling albums and appearing all over the world.Behind the scenes, however, the singer was in the midst of…

Fungal Meningitis: Know the Subtle Symptoms

Fungal Meningitis: Know the Subtle Symptoms

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Health officials are urging thousands of back pain patients to be on the lookout for symptoms of fungal meningitis amid an outbreak that has killed five people and sickened 42 across seven states.The outbreak has bee…

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