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In this Feb. 28, 2014 photo, first-year Northwestern University medical student Jared Worthington, left, poses for a photo with his "Alzheimer's buddy," retired physician Dan Winship in Chicago. The two are part of a “buddy” program pairing doctors-to-be with dementia patients, pioneered at Northwestern and adopted at a handful of other medical schools. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Alzheimer’s buddy program pairs patients, students

CHICAGO (AP) — At age 80, retired Chicago physician and educator Dan Winship is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach about medicine — only this time he’s the subject. In the early stages of […]

03/04/2014

A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette and the smoke like vapor that comes from it in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Council considers restrictions on e-cigarettes in LA

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – E-cigarette use — often called “vaping” — would be banned at bars, nightclubs, restaurants and some other public areas under an ordinance to be taken up by the Los Angeles City […]

03/04/2014

Pharmacist Jarrett Bauder checks on a prescription for a patient in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Friends are a common source of abused prescription meds

CHICAGO (AP) — Most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, while drug dealers are a relatively uncommon source for those at highest risk for deadly overdoses, a […]

03/03/2014

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‘Toxic People’ author offers advice for handling, well, toxic people

Communication expert and author of the best-selling book  “Toxic People,” Dr.  Lillian Glass says she was inspired to write the book because  in her practice she would hear so many complaints of people making others […]

02/28/2014

Let's Move video posted by the White House on YouTube.

Barack and Joe show how to ‘move’

In a foot race between the President and Vice President, does the number two guy pull back a bit and let the Commander in Chief win? It probably did not come down to that as […]

02/28/2014

Doctors Without Borders General Director Arjan Hehenkamp talks to journalists during a press conference at their office in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Doctors Without Borders expelled from Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Doctors Without Borders has been kicked out of Myanmar after two decades of caring for sick people in one of the world’s poorest countries, in a decision the group said Friday […]

02/28/2014

Teen girls help in researching their disease in video on YouTube.

Teen helps scientists study her own rare disease

WASHINGTON (AP) — First the teenager survived a rare cancer. Then she wanted to study it, spurring a study that helped scientists find a weird gene flaw that might play a role in how the […]

02/27/2014

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Study finds cannabis use triggered 2 deaths

BERLIN (AP) — Cannabis use likely triggered fatal complications that led to the deaths of two men with underlying health conditions, according to scientists in Germany. The findings are noteworthy because cannabis isn’t normally associated […]

02/26/2014

A kit with naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is displayed at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Heroin overdose antidote: Who gets to carry it?

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — As deaths from heroin and powerful painkillers skyrocket nationwide, governments and clinics are working to put a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose into the hands of more paramedics, police […]

02/26/2014

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Child obesity rates drop 43% in past decade

We apparently are making an impressive dent in child obesity rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity rates in children ages 2 to 5 dropped 43 percent in the past decade. […]

02/26/2014

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 photo, Oumou Balde, 4, left, plays with her teacher Jacqualine Sanchez, right, and pretend food in a pre-kindergarten class at the Sheltering Arms Learning Center in New York in a program to educate children about nutrition and health. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A signal that preschooler obesity is falling?

ATLANTA (AP) — A new study may be another signal of a national decline in childhood obesity. The finding comes from a government study considered a gold-standard gauge of trends in the public’s health. The […]

02/25/2014