By ABC News

Oct 13, 2014 3:00pm

Broccoli Sprout Extract May Help Curb Autism Symptoms

By Dr.Crystal Agi   A chemical derived from broccoli sprout could help treat symptoms of autism, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins and Harvard hospitals. The study authors say it is an “intriguing” first step that could lead to a better life for… Read More »

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Oct 8, 2014 3:24pm

The Flu: What You Need to Know in 7 Tweets

By Anshu Abhat, ABC Medical Unit As flu season approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects expect about 200,000 Americans to be hospitalized with complications related to the seasonal bug. Flu usually starts this month but really ramps up in late November and… Read More »

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Oct 8, 2014 2:25pm

Chain Restaurants Drop Calories From (Some) Menu Items

By Dr. Meena Hasan  Chain restaurants haven’t pulled all their higher-calorie items from their menus, but their new, healthier dishes have an average of 60 fewer calories than their traditional offerings, according to a study published today. The new options could signal a change in… Read More »

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Oct 7, 2014 2:00pm

Sexting Linked to Sex in Teens, Study Shows

By Dr. Anshu Abhat “Sexting” — specifically, sending sexually explicit photos — among teens may also be an indicator that they are more likely to engage in the real thing later, according to a new study. University of Texas researchers embarked on a first-of-its-kind study… Read More »

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Oct 3, 2014 7:13pm

A ‘Sound’ Approach to Help Babies Talk

By Bryan Sisk, MD Many parents wait anxiously for their children’s first words, all the while carrying a lingering fear that those words might not come. Now, new research could provide hope for these parents. Researchers at Rutgers University say they may have found a… Read More »

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Oct 3, 2014 5:33pm

IUDs, Implants Could Cut Teen Pregnancy Rates 80 Percent

By Dr. Natasha Bhuyan Long-acting birth control methods, such as the IUD and implant, could cut pregnancy rates by almost 80 percent in sexually active teens, according to a new study. Researchers studied 1,404 teenagers who were offered free birth control of their choice. A… Read More »

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Sep 24, 2014 10:14am

How to Prevent Four of Five Heart Attacks

By Dr. Natasha Bhuyan We’ve all been told to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent heart attacks, but a new study shows just how important certain health habits can be. Researchers in Sweden followed more than 20,000 men for 11 years. The ones who didn’t smoke… Read More »

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Sep 23, 2014 4:50am

‘Angelina Effect’ Boosts Breast Cancer Referrals, Study Finds

By Dr. Celine Thum The so-called ”Angelina effect” may have led more women with family histories of breast cancer to undergo counseling and gene testing, according to a new study. Researchers in the United Kingdom found that testing for the BRCA mutation – a hereditary genetic glitch known to… Read More »

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Sep 16, 2014 12:18pm

Prescription Drug Deaths Keep Rising: CDC

By Dr. Gina Jabbour Deaths from prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2011, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1999, there were 4,263 deaths linked to opioid drugs but, by… Read More »

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Sep 15, 2014 10:42am

Despite Warnings, Antibiotics Still Overprescribed in Kids

By Dr. Natasha Bhuyan Despite warnings from public health experts that overprescribing antibiotics could lead to difficult-to-treat “superbugs,” doctors are prescribing antibiotics to children about twice as often as they are actually needed, a new study found. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital examined past studies… Read More »