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Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 10:32 AM PST

Images Reveal Woman's Eye Damage From Staring at Eclipse

Images Reveal Woman's Eye Damage From Staring at Eclipse

A New York woman suffered from blurred vision and permanent dark spots after staring directly into the solar eclipse in August, according to a case study released Thursday. The woman, identified by CNN as...

Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 10:11 AM PST

US Flu Season Off to an Early Start; Widespread in 7 States

US Flu Season Off to an Early Start; Widespread in 7 States

This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people sick, but it's too...

Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 06:42 AM PST

Blood Test May Help Predict Which Breast Cancers Will Recur

Blood Test May Help Predict Which Breast Cancers Will Recur

A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found. It was the largest...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 04:28 PM PST

Southern California Wildfires Create Unhealthy Air Quality

Southern California Wildfires Create Unhealthy Air Quality

As several different wildfires raged in Southern California, officials urge individuals to stay inside.

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 12:05 PM PST

Veterinarians Seek Permission to Research Pot Meds for Pets

Veterinarians Seek Permission to Research Pot Meds for Pets

Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well. "The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains. "The 'Calm and...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 10:49 AM PST

Poor Health, High Expectations for Medicaid, Analysis Finds

Poor Health, High Expectations for Medicaid, Analysis Finds

People on Medicaid are more prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But that's not the whole story. A new study suggests that low-income Medicaid...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 08:52 AM PST

Thursday Marks Deadline for 2018 Medicare Plan Enrollment

Thursday Marks Deadline for 2018 Medicare Plan Enrollment

Medicare's fall open enrollment period ends Thursday. During the annual seven-week period, which began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, beneficiaries can make changes related to Medicare Part C (known as an Advantage...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 05:14 AM PST

Small Risk of Breast Cancer Seen With Hormone Contraceptives

Small Risk of Breast Cancer Seen With Hormone Contraceptives

Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 04:37 AM PST

Gas Station Hopes Blue Lights in Bathroom Can Deter Drug Use

Gas Station Hopes Blue Lights in Bathroom Can Deter Drug Use

A Pennsylvania gas station is testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it difficult for people to see their veins. The Sheetz gas station chain has installed the lights at its...

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 11:07 PM PST

Officials Crack Down on Pharmacies Fueling Drug Abuse

Officials Crack Down on Pharmacies Fueling Drug Abuse

In Los Angeles County, nearly two people died every day in an opioid related death last year. In Orange County, the rate averaged almost one person a day.

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