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Mayo Clinic Offers At-Home Colon Cancer Test

Mayo Clinic Offers At-Home Colon Cancer Test

MINNEAPOLIS (MCT) — Mayo Clinic is taking another step toward making detection of colorectal cancer as convenient as possible, announcing Monday an at-home kit that arrives and is sent back in the mail, stool sample included. In a joint announcement with Cologuard kit maker Exact Sciences of Madison, Wis., Mayo said the screening test will […]

As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

(MCT) — Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can’t even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that American parents are significantly less likely to make an accurate assessment of their children’s weight compared with parents from an earlier […]

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

(MCT) — Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation’s scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it’s set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients. The new research, published Monday […]

Do Sleepy Teens Need Later School Start Times? Pediatricians Say Yes

Do Sleepy Teens Need Later School Start Times? Pediatricians Say Yes

(MCT) — If you thought trying to get a groggy teenager out of bed in time for school each morning was your own private struggle, you thought wrong. The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the chronic sleepiness of our nation’s teenagers a public health issue in a policy statement Monday. And to help fix the […]

Contraception, Abstinence Push U.S. Teen Birthrates To Historic Lows

Contraception, Abstinence Push U.S. Teen Birthrates To Historic Lows

(MCT) — The birthrate for American teens hit an all-time low in 2013, and government statisticians attribute the decline to a reduction in teenage sexual activity and more widespread use of birth control among those who are having sex. Preliminary birth certificate data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 277,749 […]

Can Technology Help Military Veterans Readjust To Civilian Life?

Can Technology Help Military Veterans Readjust To Civilian Life?

With military and veterans’ suicides near record levels in recent years, a free iPhone app is designed to help vets find each other, as well as nearby health centers, emergency care and other critical services. Still in the testing mode, it chiefly focuses on Los Angeles for now.

‘Spice’ Overdoses Prompt State Of Emergency In N.H.

(MCT) — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency Thursday after more than 40 people overdosed on synthetic cannabinoid, also known as “spice.” At least 41 people in Manchester suffered “serious medical reactions,” and at least 20 of those were hospitalized, according to a statement from Hassan’s office. Three people in Concord […]

WHO Says It Is Ethical To Use Experimental Drugs To Fight Ebola Virus

(MCT) — A World Health Organization panel advised Tuesday that it was ethical to use experimental, unapproved drugs to combat the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. “There was unanimous agreement among the experts that in the special circumstances of this Ebola outbreak, it is ethical,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of […]

Thousands Might Lose Health Insurance Over Missing Documents

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Some 310,000 people with inconsistencies in their citizenship and immigration materials might lose their federal marketplace health coverage Sept. 30 unless they provide proper supporting documents by Sept. 5, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. In May, the Department of Health and Human Services began contacting about 2 million people about discrepancies or […]

Study Links Four Proteins To Esophageal Cancer

PITTSBURGH (MCT) — A study has identified four proteins associated with the onset of esophageal cancer, the precursor to developing a blood test for early detection and better treatment of a particularly lethal disease. The findings — by doctors at Allegheny Health Network, the University of Pittsburgh, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., and […]

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