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Health Apr 18Here’s what we know about Zika’s threat to pregnant women
Zika may stand convicted of causing devastating birth defects but there still are lots of questions about how much of a threat the virus poses to pregnant women, and what to do about it.
Health Feb 03Report: It’s ethical to create embryos from DNA of 3 people
WASHINGTON -- It's ethical to test a provocative new fertility technique that would prevent mothers from passing on rare but devastating diseases by creating embryos from the DNA of three people -- dad, mom and an egg donor -- advisers…
Health Jan 26Government task force urges doctors to screen all adults for depression
WASHINGTON -- All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday.
Health Nov 18Lab-grown vocal cords offer hope of treating voice disorders
Wednesday, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported the first lab-grown replacement vocal tissue that appears pretty close to the real thing — and that produced some sound when tested in voice boxes taken from animals.
Nation Sep 18What you need to know about this year’s flu shot
WASHINGTON — Give flu vaccine another chance: This year's version got a recipe change that should make it more effective after last winter's misery from a nasty surprise strain of virus.
Health Sep 15Panel backs aspirin for heart health in only certain adults
A government task force says a daily low-dose aspirin could help certain people in their 50s and 60s prevent a first heart attack or stroke -- and they might get some protection against colon cancer at the same time.
Health Sep 01Study: Midlife obesity may spur risk for earlier Alzheimer’s
Obesity in midlife has long been suspected of increasing the risk of Alzheimer's. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health took a closer look and reported Tuesday that being overweight or obese at age 50 may affect the age, years…
Health Jul 21Study suggests that women with mild memory problems worsen faster than men
Older women with mild memory impairment worsened about twice as fast as men, researchers reported Tuesday, part of an effort to unravel why women are especially hard-hit by Alzheimer's.
Health May 26Researchers use brain scans to hunt for Alzheimer’s cause
Now researchers are adding tau brain scans to an ambitious study that's testing if an experimental drug might help healthy but at-risk people stave off Alzheimer's. Whether that medication works or not, it's the first drug study where scientists can…
Health Jan 11Medicare begins paying doctors to coordinate chronic care for seniors
Starting this month, Medicare will pay primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors - those with multiple chronic illnesses - even if they don't have a face-to-face exam.