By ABC News

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 »

By ABC News

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 »

By ABC News

Sep 5, 2014 7:30pm

Child Cancer Survivor Takes Message of Support, Hope for Cure on the Road

In August 2010, Ashley Burnette was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a cancer that begins in immature nerve cells. She was 7. “I went through many, many treatments,” said Ashley of Raleigh, North Carolina. “It was just very hard for me and my family. …… Read More »

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

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

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

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

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 »

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 »

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 »