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Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 at 10:31 AM PDT

1 in 3 Americans Took Prescription Opioids in 2015: Survey

1 in 3 Americans Took Prescription Opioids in 2015: Survey

About one in three Americans used prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin in 2015, according to a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NBC News reported. The NIDA study...

Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 02:18 PM PDT

Xtreme Eating Awards: 2017's Calorie-Filled Recipients

Xtreme Eating Awards: 2017's Calorie-Filled Recipients

Most people won't consider eating five bacon double cheeseburgers from Burger King, but that's the calorie equivalent of one Buffalo Wild Wings Cheese Curd Bacon Burger with fries. That's just one of the...

Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 12:37 PM PDT

US Hospitals Treating Heart Attacks at Record Speed

US Hospitals Treating Heart Attacks at Record Speed

There's never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour for the first time since these results...

Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 06:14 AM PDT

2017 Xtreme Eating Awards Announced by The Center for Science in the Public Interest

2017 Xtreme Eating Awards Announced by The Center for Science in the Public Interest

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released its 2017 Xtreme Eating awards. Most people wouldn't dream of eating five bacon double cheeseburgers from Burger King all at once, but at Buffalo...

Friday, Jul 28, 2017 at 01:49 PM PDT

Higher Prices, Fewer Options Likely After Health Bill Fail

Higher Prices, Fewer Options Likely After Health Bill Fail

The health care law of the land has survived for now, but it needs help — and it needs it soon. Soaring prices and fewer choices may greet customers when they return to the Affordable Care Act's insurance...

Friday, Jul 28, 2017 at 02:56 PM PDT

FDA to Target Addictive Levels of Nicotine in Cigarettes

FDA to Target Addictive Levels of Nicotine in Cigarettes

For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive. U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Friday directed the...

Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 05:24 AM PDT

CTE Reports, Concussions Deter Parents From Youth Football

CTE Reports, Concussions Deter Parents From Youth Football

Lori Anderson grew up with a big, traditional, football-loving family in Austin, Texas, and moved her own family to midwest Michigan. There, she did what was once unthinkable: She did not let her 13-year-old son...

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 02:05 PM PDT

Oregon Scientists Do First Human Gene Embryo Editing in US

Oregon Scientists Do First Human Gene Embryo Editing in US

For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. The experiment was just an exercise in...

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 07:07 PM PDT

What’s Next: Health Care ‘Vote-a-Rama’ and the End Game

What’s Next: Health Care ‘Vote-a-Rama’ and the End Game

What can be expected from the health care bill? More debating. Senate leaders are expected to have 20 hours debate before a final vote. When the debate is done, the Senate moves on to what is unofficially called...

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 07:27 AM PDT

Plunging Sperm Counts Called a 'Major Public Health' Crisis

Plunging Sperm Counts Called a 'Major Public Health' Crisis

A recent meta-analysis found a 40-year decline in sperm count in a large sample of men across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, NBC News reported. Researchers from the Hebrew University in...

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