March 23, 2011 A new law that imposes the longest waits for abortions in the country is vulnerable to constitutional challenge. Supporters of abortion rights have vowed to file suit. And abortion opponents are uncharacteristically mum.
March 22, 2011 Doing a lot more exercise or having a lot more sex would actually reduce the risk of heart attacks, researchers say. And people who are regularly physically active gain benefits that far outweigh that small risk.
Eating a few mullet like these could be good for your eyes.
March 15, 2011 Women who ate fish, a prime source of omega-3s, at least once a week were less likely to get age-related macular degeneration compared with women who ate fish just once a month, a new study finds.
March 2, 2011 Women who use oxycodone, codeine and hydrocodone painkillers early in pregnancy may increase the risk of having a baby with birth defects, including heart defects and spina bifida, according to a new study.
February 25, 2011 Abortion rights opponents, who pushed for the law, say it will hold clinics to higher safety standards. But advocates for abortion rights in the state warn the law will place such heavy burdens on clinics that many may be forced to close.
February 23, 2011 The strange fractures that may be associated with certain osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates occur low on the thighbone, where the femur is usually strongest. Bone specialists say the benefits of the drugs still outweigh their risks.
February 11, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service decided breast-feeding supplies are medical equipment and therefore can be deducted from taxes. Lawmakers and moms rejoiced.
February 5, 2011 If all the women eligible to get the newly approved drug actually got it, researchers estimate there would be 10,000 fewer preemies a year – out of more than half-a-million born that way.
A registered nurse holds a birth control pill pack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Shrewsbury, N.J.
February 3, 2011 The White House is reportedly looking into whether under the Affordable Health Care Act, it can require insurance companies to offer free contraceptives and family planning as a preventive service. Experts say 50 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended.
January 31, 2011 The new USDA nutrition guidelines are pretty good at telling us what to eat, like more vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat milk. It's a little less clear when they're telling us what not to eat.
January 25, 2011 The bargains can be appealing for people who don't have insurance coverage for infertility treatments, which is to say most people. Only about 20 percent of companies covered pricey treatments like in vitro fertilization, a survey found.
A lone demonstrator who did not wish to be identified stands outside the abortion and contraception clinic operated by Dr. LeRoy Carhart, in Bellevue, Neb., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.
January 11, 2011 A national survey finds that a longstanding decline in abortions has stopped, with a slight uptick in the number of procedures performed. Protests against providers of abortions have increased, however.
January 4, 2011 Babies born even a little shy of the full 39-week mark for gestation may still suffer health trouble, including breathing and feeding problems. A 2005 estimate put the U.S. cost of premature births at $26 billion.
Our holiday health reading.
December 28, 2010 Speed dating meets literary criticism. Shots reviews some of this year's health books which came our way. Many had advice about what to eat. Several had something to say about belly fat and abs.
Scientists say cranberry's medicinal powers include preventing bacteria like E. coli and staph from sticking to cells.
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December 9, 2010 A study in female college students found a placebo was as effective as cranberry juice for preventing repeat urinary tract infections. But an outside scientist says the results won't topple the research that says cranberry juice works well.
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