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Even without the buns, Trump's favorite fast-food meal is a diet-buster

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:11:40 GMT

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump's typical McDonald's meal contained nearly a day's worth of calories and sodium, almost double the recommended daily dose of saturated fat and 2 times the sugar he should eat in a day, according to US Dietary Guidelines.


America's healthiest and least healthy states

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:30:47 GMT

Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report.


Having older brothers increases men's likelihood of being gay

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:42:50 GMT

If you're a guy with an older brother, there's an increased chance you're gay.


Flu season soars in the United States, especially in the South

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:44:11 GMT

After a slow start in October, flu season in the United States is gaining speed, particularly in the South.


Overthinking the initiation into 'Star Wars' for our kids

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:27:16 GMT

Assuming you already know why "Star Wars" is so important (which I detailed in a previous genuflecting column), I'll make the jump to light speed and get to a parenting question to which I have given a disproportionate share of thought: How to properly introduce my children to the greatest never-ending mythic space opera.


Did President Trump slur his speech?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:36:29 GMT

Toward the end of a news conference on Wednesday, some thought President Donald Trump's usual speech pattern changed and that he started to slur his words.


Birth control still linked to increased risk of breast cancer

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:41:05 GMT

Birth control can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer by up to 38%, depending on how long she has taken it, a new study finds.


Drug trial shows promising results in Huntington's disease fight

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:32:58 GMT

For the first time, an experimental drug has reduced levels of the toxic protein that causes Huntington's disease in humans.


Crescent-shaped eye damage found in woman who viewed eclipse

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:24:33 GMT

On August 21, 26-year-old Nia Payne was hoping to view the solar eclipse in Staten Island, New York. What she didn't expect was to end up in the emergency room with a crescent shape blocking the center of her vision.


CHIP funding is latest victim of DC dysfunction

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:06:30 GMT

Ari Richter grabs the finger-stick glucose monitor from his mother's hand, insisting that he can do it himself. The 4-year-old presses the point against his chubby index finger until it pricks the skin to release a droplet of blood.


3-D printing braces up sea turtle with gap in its shell

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:22:54 GMT

Scientists at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography believe they have created the world's first 3-D-printed brace for a sea turtle's shell, and the results seem promising.


Laid up with 'man flu'? It's real, researcher says

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:53:27 GMT

Don't doubt it: "Man flu" is real, or so says one Canadian researcher who was "tired of being accused of overreacting."


A 12 Diet Cokes-a-day habit like Trump's is worth changing

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:29:33 GMT

President Donald Trump downs a dozen Diet Cokes each day, The New York Times reported this weekend. His love of the bubbly beverage is shared by many Americans and at least one of his predecessors. President Bill Clinton was frequently photographed with a can in his hand and reportedly placed a Diet Coke -- along with a now-outdated cell phone and other items -- in a time capsule at his official presidential library.


Increase in accidental deaths follows spike in gun sales, study finds

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:00:13 GMT

After 26 children and educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 and President Barack Obama talked about increasing gun control, Americans bought more guns. But instead of offering protection, at least in some cases, the sales increased the chances that people would be accidentally shot and killed, according to a study published Thursday in Science magazine.


Helping the victims of the Los Angeles wildfires

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:59:13 GMT

Southern California is being ravaged by fierce wildfires that have devastated areas north of Los Angeles.


Best and worst exercises to do when you have a cold

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:48:34 GMT

If you're feeling under the weather, exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing -- and it's true that when your body's already under a lot of stress, making it do more work isn't always a good idea.


Teen has blunt message for Aetna after less invasive brain surgery denied

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:05:16 GMT

Cara Pressman, 15, wept as her parents told her their insurance company denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9. In the six weeks since the rejection, Cara has had dozens more seizures. Pressed by CNN, Aetna still refuses to approve the surgery -- over the objections of her own doctors.


Pollution cancels out the benefits of exercise, study says

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:32:01 GMT

Going for a long walk on polluted, traffic-laden streets in an attempt to get fit has negligible benefits on your health, a new study has found.


Why am I not losing weight?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:01:51 GMT

There are common behavioral and medical reasons you might not be losing weight, even though you think you are doing everything right.


In US and Europe, kids get cell phones at a younger age

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:26:16 GMT

Sara Zaske's daughter, Sophia, rarely showed much interest in having her own cell phone -- that is, until they moved back to the United States from Germany.


Gas station installs blue lights to combat drug use

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:08:48 GMT

An unlikely front line has emerged in America's opioid epidemic: public restrooms.


After mistakenly declaring newborn dead, New Delhi hospital loses license

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:59:53 GMT

The Delhi government has canceled the license of a private hospital where a newborn baby was mistakenly declared dead.


Officer who developed PTSD after Pulse massacre to lose job

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:16:03 GMT

Omar Delgado was one of the first police officers on the scene of the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando on June 12, 2016. By the time he pushed his way through fleeing survivors to get inside the club, the shooter was holed up in a bathroom.


Does chicken soup really help fight a cold?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:22:22 GMT

We all know the grandmotherly wisdom of serving chicken soup to someone with a cold, but does this particular meal really have medicinal properties? Could slurping up chicken soup save me a trip to the local pharmacy?


What 'baby talk' sounds like around the world

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:53:16 GMT

We all tend to change our voices when talking to babies, but those changes can also vary across cultures. Here is a look at how parents from different parts of the world use "baby talk," and why.


Pollution putting million of infants at risk of brain damage, UNICEF says

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:45:10 GMT

Almost 17 million infants worldwide are breathing toxic air, potentially affecting their brain development, according to a UNICEF report published Wednesday.


Why they're telling the world about their stillborn daughter

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:27:04 GMT

When Heather Hyden learned that she was pregnant, she was overjoyed. Hyden wanted to have a child with her partner, Jimmy Earley, and the pair was thrilled to bring a new person into their community in Lexington, Kentucky.


The strange history of avocados as a health food

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:48:47 GMT

Long before they became a modern-day health food craze, the history of avocados began some 10,000 years ago in the Americas. Now, experts tout the health benefits -- and one concern -- of the green-hued, buttery fruit.


Two kids injured every day by window blinds, study finds

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:56:22 GMT

Nearly one child dies every month and about about two are injured every day in window blind-related incidents, according to a new study.


The brain benefits of your child's dinosaur obsession

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:11:52 GMT

Susan Alloway's daughter Erin was very specific about her Halloween costume. It couldn't be just any dinosaur: Erin, 6, wanted to be an Ozraptor.