Medical Unit
Sep 3, 2014 4:20pm

Perdue Farms Curbs Human Antibiotic Use in Chickens

One of the country’s largest poultry distributors announced today that the bulk of its flock no longer employed antibiotics used in human medicinal consumption — a move applauded by industry watchdogs. Health experts have warned overuse of the drugs in agriculture can contribute to the… Read More »

By ABC News

Medical Unit
Sep 2, 2014 2:24pm

Obama, in New Video, Speaks to Africans About Ebola Outbreak

President Obama released a video today urging the people of West Africa to get the facts about Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 1,550 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Human Trial for Ebola Vaccine to Begin This Week ‘Ebola Is… Read More »

By ABC News

Medical Unit
Sep 2, 2014 12:01pm

Low-Carb May Trump Low-Fat in Diet Wars

By Gina Jabbour, MD When it comes to choosing the best diet for weight loss and a healthy heart, low-carb may beat low-fat, a new study found. Researchers at Tulane University found that people following a low-carbohydrate diet had significant benefits in terms of weight… Read More »

By ABC News

Medical Unit
Sep 2, 2014 10:40am

Breastfeeding May Influence Kids’ Eating Habits at Age 6

By Pearl Philip, MD What you feed your child in his or her first year of life could very well predict their health habits at age 6, according to a new report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings… Read More »

By ABC News

Medical Unit
Sep 2, 2014 10:19am

Action Flicks May Fuel Mindless Munching, Study Finds

By Dr. Shaun Hanson We’ve all been there before. You hunker down by the TV with a bag of chips, a tub of ice cream or perhaps your very own pizza pie, and before you know it, the credits are rolling, and the food is… Read More »

Medical Unit
Aug 28, 2014 6:07pm

Puppies (and Kittens) Are Just the Prescription for Staff at Philadelphia Hospital

For the health care workers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, lunch time is puppy time. Rather than grabbing a sandwich or a cup of coffee, they decompress a little from the day’s highs and lows by cuddling puppies and kittens. The idea… Read More »

Medical Unit Richard Besser
Aug 26, 2014 6:01pm

2 African Ebola Patients to Be Discharged From Hospital After Getting ZMapp

MONROVIA, Liberia – Two African health workers who received doses of the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp are set to be discharged from the hospital later this week, a Liberian health official told ABC News today. Ebola Wards See Flood of Patients, Outflow of Bodies Looking… Read More »

By ABC News

Medical Unit
Aug 25, 2014 5:19pm

Could Medical Marijuana Laws Cut Painkiller Deaths?

By Dr. Jamie Zimmerman States that have legalized medical marijuana may be reaping an unintended benefit from easing up on restrictions: They appear to have nearly 25 percent fewer deaths from overdoses involving prescription painkillers, a new study found. The  study, published today in the… Read More »

By ABC News

Medical Unit
Aug 21, 2014 10:10am

Woman Credits Hypnosis for 140-Pound Weight Loss

  Is the secret to weight loss simply tricking your mind into thinking you had gastric bypass surgery? That’s what happened to Julie Evans, an overwhelmed mom of two small children, who at her biggest weighed 287 pounds. Evans claims hypnosis helped her begin craving… Read More »

By ABC News

Medical Unit
Aug 15, 2014 10:05am

When Your Daughter Can’t Stop Eating: Raising a Child with Prader-Willi Syndrome

Tonya Wilkinson and her family were recent subjects of a ABC’s “20/20″ piece. Tonya’s 14-year-old daughter Hannah was born with a rare condition called Prader-Willi syndrome, caused by a chromosomal flaw. Prader-Willi syndrome, which strikes only one in 15,000 people, can cause learning issues, muscles… Read More »