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Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 at 12:46 PM PST

How Many Kids Have Autism? US Government Measures 3 Ways

How Many Kids Have Autism? US Government Measures 3 Ways

How many American children have autism? The U.S. government answers that question at least three different ways and says the latest estimate — 1 in 40 kids — doesn't necessarily mean the numbers are rising.

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 at 11:40 AM PST

AP Investigation: Insulin Pumps Have High Number of Injuries

AP Investigation: Insulin Pumps Have High Number of Injuries

When Polly Varnado's 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it didn't take long for the family to hear about insulin pumps. In September 2012, the girl picked out a purple one — her favorite...

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 at 05:30 AM PST

50K Women Killed by Partners, Family Last Year: UN Report

50K Women Killed by Partners, Family Last Year: UN Report

The United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime says about 50,000 women around the world were killed last year by their "intimate partner" or a member of their family, NBC News reported. That means nearly six...

Monday, Nov 26, 2018 at 01:26 PM PST

CDC Confirms 116 Cases of Polio-Like Paralysis

CDC Confirms 116 Cases of Polio-Like Paralysis

At least 116 people, mostly children, have been confirmed with the polio-like condition called acute flaccid myelitis, federal health officials said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Monday, Nov 26, 2018 at 01:51 PM PST

Gene-Edited Baby Claim by Chinese Scientist Sparks Outrage

Gene-Edited Baby Claim by Chinese Scientist Sparks Outrage

Scientists and bioethics experts reacted with shock, anger and alarm Monday to a Chinese researcher's claim that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies. He Jiankui of Southern University of...

Monday, Nov 26, 2018 at 09:57 AM PST

Breast Implant Injuries Hidden as Patients' Questions Mount

Breast Implant Injuries Hidden as Patients' Questions Mount

To all the world, it looked like breast implants were safe. From 2008 to 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration publicly reported 200 or so complaints annually — a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands...

Monday, Nov 26, 2018 at 11:36 AM PST

FDA Says It Will Overhaul Criticized Medical Device System

FDA Says It Will Overhaul Criticized Medical Device System

U.S. health officials said Monday they plan to overhaul the nation's decades-old system for approving most medical devices, which has long been criticized by experts for failing to catch problems with risky...

Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 at 07:42 PM PST

Spinal-Cord Stimulators Help Some Patients, Injure Others

Spinal-Cord Stimulators Help Some Patients, Injure Others

Desperate for relief after years of agony, Jim Taft listened intently as his pain management doctor described a medical device that could change his life. It wouldn't fix the nerve damage in his mangled...

Monday, Nov 26, 2018 at 07:17 AM PST

First Gene-Edited Babies Claimed in China

First Gene-Edited Babies Claimed in China

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very...

Friday, Nov 23, 2018 at 06:07 AM PST

Experts Study Long-Term Impact of Bad Air From Calif. Fires

Experts Study Long-Term Impact of Bad Air From Calif. Fires

Wind and rain arrived in Northern California this week, providing welcome relief to a region buffeted by the state's deadliest wildfire and then besieged for nearly two weeks by a dome of thick, noxious...

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