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  • Study: Obesity can impact teen brains, hinder performance

    A "constellation" of health problems linked to obesity can create brain impairment in adolescents, lowering test scores and hindering efforts to learn, according to research just published in the journal Pediatrics.
  • Sheriff: Man stole doctor’s ID, saw 500 patients

    Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A man stole a physician’s identity and pretended to be a doctor for a year in South Carolina, and now investigators are combing through medical records to see whether he harmed any of the hundreds of patients he treated, authorities said. Ernest Addo of Austell, Ga., is charged with […]
  • European court nixes Italy embryo screening ban

    ROME (AP) – The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Italy’s ban on screening embryos for disease before they are implanted in a womb has violated the rights of a couple whose first child was born with cystic fibrosis. The France-based court’s ruling Tuesday in favor of the Italian couple triggered fresh calls […]
  • China’s chaotic health care drives patient attacks

    Associated Press HENGYANG, China (AP) – Dr. Chen Yuna had just eaten her lunch and was seated at her desk updating patients’ medical records when a masked man entered her office. He pulled out a dagger and stabbed her 28 times in her neck, chest, stomach and elsewhere. Then he left her to die in […]
  • Smoking rate in U.S. falls, ties all-time low

    Smoking among adults in the U.S. is currently tied for the all-time low, according to Gallup trends that date from 1944.
  • UK man who failed to overturn euthanasia law dies

    LONDON (AP) – Lawyers for a British man with locked-in syndrome who failed in a bid to overturn his country’s euthanasia law say he has died at home. Tony Nicklinson died Wednesday his lawyers at Bindmans LLP said in a statement. They offered no details on the circumstances of his death. Nicklinson suffered a stroke […]
  • Lunch workers study how to get kids to eat healthy

    Associated Press DENVER (AP) – There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them. “We don’t want healthy trash cans. We want kids who are eating this stuff,” said Kern Halls, […]
  • New school lunch guidelines take effect this fall

    (AP) – New U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for school lunches will take effect this fall, including the first national calorie and sodium limits for what can be served on lunch lines. A look at what the new guidelines require, according to the School Nutrition Association: ___ Grains: Grades K-5: 8 to 9 servings per […]
  • Insurer Aetna to buy Coventry in $5.7 billion deal

    AP Business Writer (AP) – Aetna, one of the nation’s biggest health insurers, staked a $5.7 billion claim in the burgeoning market for government-funded coverage Monday when it announced plans to buy fellow insurer Coventry Health Care. The Hartford, Conn., company’s proposed cash-and-stock acquisition of Coventry will bolster its Medicaid enrollment months before millions of […]
  • Australian court OKs logo ban on cigarette packs

    Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s highest court on Wednesday upheld the world’s toughest law on cigarette promotion, meaning tobacco companies will be prohibited from displaying their logos on cigarette packs that will instead feature images of cancer-riddled mouths, blinded eyeballs and sickly children. The High Court rejected a challenge by tobacco companies who […]