August 30, 2014 A healthy man paid $150 for a battery of tests at his church. The findings frightened him and didn't give his doctor any information that changed the man's care.
He's working; really, he is.
August 29, 2014 You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.
The Hilltop Women's Reproductive Clinic in El Paso, Texas, is expected to close if a state law is upheld by a federal judge.
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August 28, 2014 A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
If you can't smell this, you could be in big trouble.
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August 28, 2014 Everybody worries about losing eyesight or hearing, but the sense of smell may help people stay safe. People with impaired odor detection are more likely to eat spoiled food or let pans catch on fire.
Want to find your personal posse of Demodex mites? Gently scrape the pores on the sides of your nose.
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August 28, 2014 If you're grossed out by the idea that tiny relatives of scorpions are living in the pores of your nose, you're not alone. But everybody's got Demodex mites, a study finds. And they're kind of cute.
The MD Brush has an unusual grip that automatically angles the brush head at 45 degrees.
August 27, 2014 You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.
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A woman smokes an electronic cigarette at a store in Miami.
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August 26, 2014 Both the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association say vapors from electronic cigarettes pose a health threat to bystanders, and that the devices should be regulated like tobacco.
State Medicaid programs now have to cover a range of treatments for autism.
August 26, 2014 Advocates for people with autism applauded the move, but some states are concerned about the costs of covering a wide range of therapy for children with autism.
About 40 percent of high schools start before 8 a.m., which contributes to chronic sleep deprivation among teens, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
August 25, 2014 The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation's pediatricians say school districts need to buck up and change schedules to let kids sleep later.
A kids healthy snacks display at Giant Eagle.
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August 25, 2014 Grocers are hoping to entice young consumers and their parents to eat more vegetables by creating kid-focused produce. They're borrowing tactics from the soda and snack industries to win them over.
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Justin McCowan, 39, has Down syndrome and lives at home with his parents in Santa Monica, Calif.
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August 25, 2014 By age 40, the brains of people with Down syndrome start to resemble those of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists hope to speed up Alzheimer's drug development by studying people with Down syndrome.
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Sandra "Pepa" Denton, Deidre "Spinderella" Roper and Cheryl "Salt" James of Salt-N-Pepa at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.
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August 24, 2014 Music has a long history of delivering public health messages, with Ebola the latest topic. But do people really pay attention to the lyrics?
The Canary Island pine is one tree species that hosts a fungus that causes disease in humans.
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August 22, 2014 Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.
The NuvaRing contraceptive ring can be used monthly to prevent pregnancy.
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August 22, 2014 An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.
Seeing better can mean living longer because it helps people remain independent.
August 21, 2014 Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one letter on the eye chart are more likely to die sooner, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence.
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