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Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:55 PM PST

Don't Spank: Pediatricians Warn Parents of Long-Term Harms

Don't Spank: Pediatricians Warn Parents of Long-Term Harms

The nation's leading pediatricians' group has strengthened its advice against spanking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm.

Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 04:48 AM PST

Earth's Ozone Layer Is Healing, UN Report Says

Earth's Ozone Layer Is Healing, UN Report Says

Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientist raised...

Friday, Nov 2, 2018 at 09:47 AM PDT

Heroin, Fentanyl Remain Biggest Drug Threat to US, Feds Say

Heroin, Fentanyl Remain Biggest Drug Threat to US, Feds Say

Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of...

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 at 09:24 AM PDT

Federal Health Care Website Up and Running After Slow Start

Federal Health Care Website Up and Running After Slow Start

The federal website where consumers can get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act was up and running Thursday after a slow start as sign-up season for 2019 opened days before the midterm elections. Du...

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 11:17 AM PDT

Studies: Appendix Removal Linked to Lower Parkinson's Risk

Studies: Appendix Removal Linked to Lower Parkinson's Risk

Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson's disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut — maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of...

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 at 11:00 PM PDT

US Steps Up Scrutiny of Funds for Asbestos Exposure Victims

US Steps Up Scrutiny of Funds for Asbestos Exposure Victims

The Trump administration has stepped up scrutiny of asbestos trust funds, concerned that the pots of money intended to help people exposed to the hazardous substance are being depleted by fraudulent claims,...

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 05:10 AM PDT

Halloween Can Be Deadly for Pedestrians, Traffic Study Says

Halloween Can Be Deadly for Pedestrians, Traffic Study Says

Trick-or-treaters beware: Halloween can be deadly for pedestrians and children face the greatest danger. Research published Tuesday found a 43 percent higher risk of pedestrian deaths on Halloween night than on...

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 at 10:12 AM PDT

Gum, Bottled Water, Pizza Bagels want to be Called 'Healthy'

Gum, Bottled Water, Pizza Bagels want to be Called 'Healthy'

Pizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revamping its definition of healthy to...

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 at 09:22 PM PDT

Trump: New Proposal Will Lower Some US Drug Prices

Trump: New Proposal Will Lower Some US Drug Prices

Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to...

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 at 05:54 PM PDT

US Approves First New Type of Flu Drug in 2 Decades

US Approves First New Type of Flu Drug in 2 Decades

U.S. health regulators have approved the first new type of flu drug in two decades. Wednesday's approval of Xofluza for people age 12 and older comes ahead of the brunt of this winter's flu season. Xofluza is a...

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