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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 »

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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 »