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Nation Apr 05Trump’s FDA pick faces questions over financial ties to medical companies
Scott Gottlieb promised to prioritize the opioid crisis, said science will prevail despite his extensive financial ties to FDA-regulated medical companies.
Health Jan 05Give peanuts to infants to prevent allergies, new guidelines say
Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, say guidelines released Thursday that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy.
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.