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Sep 16, 2016 11:27 AM

Brain cancer now leading childhood cancer killer

NEW YORK -- Brain cancer is now the deadliest childhood cancer in the U.S., now ahead of leukemia, a result of improved leukemia treatment and a frustrating lack of progress on brain cancer.

By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press
Akron Children's names new director of Adolescent Medicine
Sep 6, 2016 2:31 PM

Akron Children's names new director of Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Stephen Sondike has joined Akron Children's as director of Adolescent Medicine as of Sept. 1. Sondike replaces Dr. James Fitzgibbon, who has held the director position since 1980. Fitzgibbon will continue to see patients in Akron Children's Adolescent Medicine Clinic.

Is your child snoring? It may be a sign of a serious sleep issue
Aug 30, 2016 3:31 PM

Is your child snoring? It may be a sign of a serious sleep issue

Snoring can be a normal symptom of a cold or virus in children. But when snoring persists and children have difficulty sleeping, parents should take their children to a doctor to look for signs of more serious conditions.

By Stephanie Brito | Miami Herald
Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry
Aug 11, 2016 3:11 PM

Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry

WASHINGTON -- Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached.

By Lauran Neergaard | Associated Press
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A genetic link between red hair, freckles and skin cancer
Jul 13, 2016 9:50 AM

A genetic link between red hair, freckles and skin cancer

Whether you call them gingers, the devil's spawn or just-plain sexy, be sure to call redheads out of the sun because along with their fiery tresses comes a powerful propensity to develop melanoma, a particularly deadly form of skin cancer.

By Melissa Healy | Los Angeles Times
Study: Brand-name drugs' high co-pays soak Medicare Part D patients
Jul 8, 2016 9:46 AM

Study: Brand-name drugs' high co-pays soak Medicare Part D patients

WASHINGTON -- A new study takes a fresh measure of generic drugs' price advantages, revealing how much more Medicare Part D patients shelled out in co-payments for two popular brand-name drugs in 2013. The result: 10.5 times more.

By Rachel Bluth | Kaiser Health News (tns)
Getting overdose antidote with painkillers may cut ER visits
Jun 28, 2016 10:39 AM

Getting overdose antidote with painkillers may cut ER visits

WASHINGTON -- Overdoses don't happen just to heroin addicts -- patients who legally use strong painkillers called opioids are at risk in the nation's epidemic, too.

By Lauran Neergaard | Associated Press
Coffee struck from list of possible cancer-causing agents
Jun 15, 2016 3:29 PM

Coffee struck from list of possible cancer-causing agents

LONDON -- Go on, have another cup. Coffee is now off the list of things that could possibly cause cancer. Experts convened by the World Health Organization's cancer research arm declared Wednesday that there isn't enough proof to show that the brew is linked to cancer.

By Maria Cheng | Associated Press
Jun 14, 2016 4:39 PM

Gun injuries: Are they getting more deadly?

New research suggests that between the years 2000 and 2013, the injuries sustained by victims of firearms violence grew both more severe and more deadly, even as mortality from other traumatic injuries declined.

By Melissa Healy | Los Angeles Times
Survey: Fewer high school kids are having sex
Jun 9, 2016 2:54 PM

Survey: Fewer high school kids are having sex

NEW YORK -- The troubles with kids these days ... are not as common as they used to be. U.S. teens are having a lot less sex, they are drinking and using drugs less often, and they aren't smoking as much, according a government survey of risky youth behaviors.

By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press
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Jun 3, 2016 4:24 PM

Panel: Treating hearing loss shouldn't be a pricey hassle

WASHINGTON -- Treating hearing loss shouldn't be such a pricey hassle. That's the message from a prestigious government advisory group that's calling on Medicare and other agencies to find ways to make better hearing more affordable and accessible for millions of older Americans.

By Lauran Neergaard | Associated Press
Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast
May 25, 2016 11:39 AM

Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast

NEW YORK -- The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before.The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years, according to a new government report.

By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press
Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo
May 23, 2016 5:04 PM

Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo

WASHINGTON -- Beg, borrow and steal: Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need.

By Lauran Neergaard | Associated Press
Penis operation highlights past, future of organ transplants
May 17, 2016 11:38 AM

Penis operation highlights past, future of organ transplants

CHICAGO -- Add one remarkable case to the 30,000-plus organ transplants expected to be performed nationwide this year: A cancer patient who received a donor penis.Worldwide, there have been faces, tongues, hands, legs, uteruses -- and now the third penis transplant, a first in the U.S.

By Lindsey Tanner | Associated Press
May is mental health month
May 13, 2016 11:03 AM

May is mental health month

"Mental health °-- it's a good thing!" is the message the Mental Health Recovery Board of Portage County is spreading this May for Mental Health Awareness.

Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer's decline
May 11, 2016 3:08 PM

Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer's decline

WASHINGTON -- Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer's disease -- and those tangles may predict early symptoms, a finding with implications for better treatments.

By Lauran Nergaard | Associated Press
The pesky facts about bedbugs
May 3, 2016 3:18 PM

The pesky facts about bedbugs

A recent study found that bedbugs, like some other insects, have distinct color preferences. Researchers discovered bedbugs are drawn to red and black and repelled by green and yellow. Mayo Clinic parasitologist Dr.

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Apple releases software for medical apps
Apr 28, 2016 10:08 AM

Apple releases software for medical apps

CUPERTINO, California -- Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions -- from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression.

By Brandon Bailey | Associated Press
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Michigan nursing school uses mannequins for medical lessons
Apr 26, 2016 11:08 AM

Michigan nursing school uses mannequins for medical lessons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The leadership at the University of Michigan's nursing school says there is value in students making mistakes while treating patients. And when the patients aren't real, that's even better.

By Mike Householder | Associated Press
Report: Life expectancy dipped a bit for white women in US
Apr 20, 2016 11:58 AM

Report: Life expectancy dipped a bit for white women in US

NEW YORK -- Life expectancy for white women has fallen a little, according to a new government report.White women lost about five weeks from their predicted lifespan in 2014, compared to 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press