HealthWatch: Child Cancer Research Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  President Barack Obama signed a pediatric research initiative into law today. Known as the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, the law establishes a 10-year pediatric research fund. Monies previously designated to finance national political conventions will now be used to support research into childhood cancer and other pediatric diseases and disorders. … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Help for Heroin Overdose

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FDA regulators are giving the “OK” to a device that can reverse heroin overdoses. The prescription device called Evzio Is like an Epi-pen, which is used to treat severe allergy attacks. It’s injected into muscle — releasing a drug that stops heroin and other opioids from fatally slowing a person’s breathing. The … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Controversial Pain Med OK’d

IRVINE, Cal. — The FDA’s recent approval of a new painkiller is drawing protests. Zohydro ER is the first medication that contains only hydrocodone. The capsules also contain up to ten times more hydrocodone than medications currently on the market. Those who’ve lost loved ones to prescription drug abuse say Zohydro will only create more … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Fresh vs Frozen

By Susan Hendricks (CNN) — Spring is here and fresh produce is now available at local farmer’s markets, but, as nutritionists will tell you, healthy veggies can also be found in your freezer or cupboard shelves all year long. Veggies and fruits picked at their peak of freshness and flavor is a great way to … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Kids and Bullying

DAVIS, Cal. — A new University of California, Davis, study finds that popular adolescents – but not the most popular ones – are the most likely to bully their friends. Robert Faris, an assistant professor of sociology at UC Davis, says “Our findings underscore the argument that – for the most part – attaining and … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Expanding Statin Use

DURHAM, N. Ca. — Half of Americans between the ages of 40 and 75 should be on statins, which treat high cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. That expanded number was calculated by Duke Researchers and published online this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. It means about 12.8 million more u.s. adults should … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Salt Intake and Teens

SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. — Researchers say that kids eating too much salt can lead to premature aging, but not in the way most people think about the process. Instead of wrinkles and greying hair, the overindulgence in salt can lead to cell structures changing which in turn causes earlier risk of heart disease. Haidong Zhu, … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Alzheimer’s Risk

  MEDFORD, Ore. — The just-released Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report shows women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as they are breast cancer. The report states that a woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with nearly … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Colon Cancer Rates Decline

MEDFORD, Ore. — The American Cancer Society is reporting a 30% decrease in the number of colon cancer cases in the past 10 years. Researchers say that drop is directly related to the number of colonoscopy’s that are performed. The American Cancer Society says “screening has the potential to prevent colon cancer because it can … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Riskiest Extreme Sports

NEW ORLEANS, Lou. — Orthopaedic surgeons say of all the extreme sports,  the greatest risk of head injuries comes from skateboarding. The study is being presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, held from March 11 to 15 in New Orleans. The researchers looked at data from seven popular sports … Continue reading »

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