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Study: Cigarettes with no brand markings less satisfying

WASHINGTON - Legal challenges have stalled the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to require that graphic warning labels cover half of all cigarette packages, but a new study suggests a less in-your-face tactic - requiring packaging to be plain - might nudge some smokers toward quitting.

July 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

FDA moves to regulate use of menthol as cigarette additive

WASHINGTON - Mentholated cigarettes are more appealing to new smokers, more addictive to longtime smokers and pose a greater threat to the public's health than does unflavored tobacco, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday as it announced a new round of efforts to regulate the u…

July 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Brain injury linked to higher risk of stroke

WASHINGTON - In the wake of a traumatic brain injury, a victim may have more to worry about than lingering headaches, dizziness or inability to concentrate: A new study finds that the risk of ischemic stroke - in which blood flow to the brain is blocked or reduced - rises in the years that follow.

June 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Hormone replacement now seen as no mental benefit

WASHINGTON - In the 11 years that researchers, physicians and women's-health advocates have been skirmishing over the benefits and risks of hormone-replacement therapy, one hope had proved tantalizingly persistent:

June 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Imaging of brain takes a huge leap

LOS ANGELES - Scientists have created a three-dimensional virtual brain that not only maps the organ's anatomy in unprecedented detail but also allows researchers to see how the invisible connections between cells produce the complex behaviors that make us human.

June 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obesity, affecting 90 million in US, is disease, AMA says

WASHINGTON - The American Medical Association voted Tuesday to declare obesity a disease, a move that effectively defines 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment.

June 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Low blood sugar in diabetics tied to dementia risk

WASHINGTON - For older patients with Type 2 diabetes, an aggressive focus on keeping high blood sugar down increases the risk of driving blood sugar too low - and with that, boosting the likelihood of developing dementia, says a new study.

June 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Mental illness in youth a common problem

WASHINGTON - Go to a busy street in your community and count the next 25 adolescents who walk, bike, skateboard, stroll or saunter past. Odds are that two of those 25 kids (8.3 percent to be exact) would own up to having experienced 14 or more days in the last month that he or she considered…

May 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Cancer warning for young people proposed for tanning beds, booths

Cancer warning for young people proposed for tanning beds, booths

WASHINGTON - The nearly 3 in 10 white girls of high school age who use indoor tanning beds likely will soon come face-to-face with a new and stiffer warning aimed at young people eager to get that sun-kissed glow in a hurry: Don't.

May 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Physicians debate whether to tell patients they're dying

WASHINGTON -In the days when American physicians dispensed oracular commands and their judgments were rarely questioned, a doctor could take it upon himself with few ethical qualms to keep from a patient the bad news of a terminal diagnosis.

April 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

A ban on supersized sodas likely to have backfired, study finds

After New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled his plan to ban the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces, comedian Jon Stewart complained that the proposal "combines the draconian government overreach people love with the probable lack of results they expect."

April 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Nicotine gum, patch safe if you slip up and smoke, FDA says

Nicotine gum, patch safe if you slip up and smoke, FDA says

WASHINGTON - Millions have worn the nicotine patch, chewed the gum or sucked on the lozenge as a way to wean themselves off cigarettes. But millions more have ripped off the patch or spit out the gum or lozenges because they slipped and smoked a cigarette, and believed the warning labels tha…

April 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Use caution in giving ADHD drugs, docs told

WASHINGTON - Prescribing psychotropic medications to normal, healthy kids who want to boost their academic performance is "not justifiable" because it contravenes a physician's responsibility to promote a child's "authentic" development and to protect him or her against coercion by parents o…

March 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Blinking is more than just a mere reflex, study finds

WASHINGTON - Why do we spend 10 percent of our waking hours with our eyes closed - blinking far more often than necessary to keep our eyeballs lubricated?

December 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Autism linked to early exposure to traffic pollution

LOS ANGELES — In a finding that points to a link between environmental toxins and autism, a new study shows that children who were exposed to the highest levels of traffic-related air pollution during gestation and in early infancy were three times more likely to be diagnosed with the neurod…

November 28, 2012 9:04 pmLoading…

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