• India October 29, 2019 9:12 am

    Vaccine Shows Promise for Preventing Active TB Disease

    An experimental vaccine proved 50% effective at preventing latent tuberculosis infection from turning into active disease in a three-year study of adults in Africa. Doctors were encouraged because protection declined only a little after two years, and even a partially effective vaccine would be a big help against TB. The lung disease kills more than a million people a year,...

  • NBC NEWS October 5, 2019 1:39 pm

    Online Services for Birth Control Pills Appear Safe to Use, Study Says

    Online birth control services, which have grown in popularity in recent years, do a good job of screening women for health conditions that may become dangerous when taking birth control pills, according to a new study that sent “secret” shoppers to test the safety of these companies, NBC News reports. The study, published last month in the New England Journal...

  • NBC NEWS October 3, 2019 12:23 am

    'A Direct, Toxic Chemical Injury': What Vaping Does to the Lungs

    Toxic chemical burns may be behind the hundreds of vaping-linked illnesses spiking across the country, according to new images of lung tissue taken from people who got sick after vaping, NBC News reports. The images and resulting analysis from pathologists were published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings provide a better understanding of what’s actually happening...

  • Medicare October 25, 2019 11:23 pm

    The Future of Kidney Dialysis

  • Chicago June 5, 2019 12:06 am

    Drugs Make Headway Against Lung, Breast, Prostate Cancers

    Newer drugs are substantially improving the chances of survival for some people with hard-to-treat forms of lung, breast and prostate cancer, doctors reported at the world’s largest cancer conference. Among those who have benefited is Roszell Mack Jr. Nine years after being diagnosed with lung cancer that spread to his bones and lymph nodes, he is able to work at...

  • DONALD TRUMP June 4, 2019 1:29 pm

    Young Americans' Lawsuit on Climate Change Faces Big Hurdle

    A lawsuit by a group of young people who say U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future faces a major hurdle Tuesday as lawyers for the Trump administration argue to stop the case from moving forward. Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are hearing arguments from lawyers for 21 young people and...

  • The Associated Press April 18, 2019 7:10 pm

    Doctors Discover ‘Bubble Boy' Breakthrough

    A gene therapy developed at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital has cured 10 infants born with a rare genetic disease called SCID-X1, also known as “Bubble Boy Disease,” which is named for the way kids have to be protected from germs.

  • The Associated Press April 18, 2019 8:29 pm

    Doctors Use HIV in Gene Therapy to Fix ‘Bubble Boy' Disease

    They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives. Now eight babies with “bubble boy disease” have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system’s worst enemies — HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A study out Wednesday details how scientists turned this enemy virus into a savior,...

  • energy April 15, 2019 3:39 am

    Study Finds Diabetes Drug May Prevent, Slow Kidney Disease

    A drug that’s used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now been shown to help prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive. Doctors say it’s hard to overstate the importance of this study, and what it means for...

  • Arizona April 11, 2019 6:24 am

    Brain Scans May Reveal Concussion Damage in Living Athletes

    Researchers may be closing in on a way to check athletes while they’re alive for signs of a degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to frequent head blows. Experimental scans found higher levels of an abnormal protein tied to the disease in a study of former National Football League players who were having mood and thinking problems. It’s the first...

  • San Francisco March 29, 2019 4:48 pm

    Hawaii Weighs Nation's First Statewide Ban on E-Cigarette Flavors

    The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people 21 and older is contemplating a new nicotine crackdown: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping. Hawaii would be the first state to adopt such a ban under a bill before the Legislature. San Francisco was the first U.S. city...

  • Commissioner January 31, 2019 1:36 am

    E-Cigs Outperform Patches and Gums in Quit-Smoking Study

    A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the debate in the U.S., where the Food and Drug Administration...

  • United States December 20, 2018 4:18 pm

    Guns Kill Twice as Many Kids as Cancer Does, New Study Finds

    A new study out Wednesday found that nearly twice as many children died from gun injuries in 2016 than from cancer, making guns the second-leading killer of children in the U.S., NBC News reported. Only car crashes killed more children than guns, and the U.S. gun fatality rate for children — which rose 28 percent between 2013 and 2016 —...

  • The Associated Press November 11, 2018 4:03 am

    Big Studies Give Mixed News on Fish Oil, Vitamin D

    Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients. Fish oil taken by healthy people, at a dose found in many supplements, showed no clear ability to lower heart or cancer risks. Same for vitamin D. But higher amounts of a purified, prescription fish oil slashed heart...

  • Cornell August 28, 2018 12:12 am

    Aspirin Disappoints for Avoiding First Heart Attack, Stroke: Study

    Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks don’t outweigh the benefits for most other folks, major new research finds. Although it’s been used for more than a century, aspirin’s value in many situations is...

  • Asher Klein August 16, 2018 8:02 pm

    Smokers Better Off Quitting, Even With Weight Gain: Study

    If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and...

  • NBC NEWS August 9, 2018 6:33 am

    Choosing to Induce Labor at 39 Weeks Reduces Risk of C-Sections: Study

    Inducing healthy first-time mothers at 39-weeks pregnant instead of waiting for them to go into labor does not raise the risk of a cesarean delivery, according to a new study. In fact, it lowers it. The results of the study, to be published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, overturn the longtime view that inducing labor raises the...

  • NBC NEWS July 13, 2018 6:21 am

    Tingling in Woman's Legs Turns out to Be a Worm in Her Spine

    A Frenchwoman whose symptoms started out as “electric shocks” in her legs got an even bigger shock when she found out that she had a tapeworm in her spine. The parasite caused enough swelling in the woman’s spine to affect her ability to walk and ride a horse, French doctors reported in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of...

  • Norway June 26, 2018 3:54 pm

    Doctors Try Using Poliovirus to Attack Brain Tumors

    One of the world’s most dreaded viruses has been turned into a treatment to fight deadly brain tumors. Survival was better than expected for patients in a small study who were given genetically modified poliovirus, which helped their bodies attack the cancer, doctors report. It was the first human test of this and it didn’t help most patients or improve...

  • Governor May 31, 2018 12:57 pm

    Puerto Rico Grid ‘Teetering' Despite $3.8 Billion Repair Job

    After months of darkness and stifling heat, Noe Pagan was overjoyed when power-line workers arrived to restore electricity to his home deep in the lush green mountains of western Puerto Rico. But to his dismay, instead of raising a power pole toppled by Hurricane Maria, the federal contractors bolted the new 220-volt line to the narrow trunk of a breadfruit...

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