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Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 at 04:13 PM CDT

Number of Babies Born With Syphilis Has Hit a 20-Year High

Number of Babies Born With Syphilis Has Hit a 20-Year High

The number of babies born with syphilis has doubled since 2013 and is at a 20-year high, federal health officials said Tuesday. More than 900 U.S. babies were born infected with syphilis in 2017, the Centers for...

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 at 01:05 PM CDT

Pills for Appendicitis? Surgery Often Not Needed, Study Says

Pills for Appendicitis? Surgery Often Not Needed, Study Says

When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen's abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she'd be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics...

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 at 08:08 AM CDT

Drug Prices Going Up Despite Trump Promise of 'Massive' Cuts

Drug Prices Going Up Despite Trump Promise of 'Massive' Cuts

President Donald Trump made reducing drug prices a key promise during his election campaign, repeatedly accusing drugmakers of "getting away with murder." At the end of May, he promised that drug companies would...

Monday, Sep 24, 2018 at 05:52 PM CDT

Woman Says She Contracted Legionnaires' Disease in Chicago

Woman Says She Contracted Legionnaires' Disease in Chicago

A woman who stayed a downtown hotel on a trip to Chicago said she was unknowingly exposed to a dangerous bacteria during her stay.

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 06:52 PM CDT

Flea, Tick Pills Can Cause Nerve Reactions in Pets: FDA

Flea, Tick Pills Can Cause Nerve Reactions in Pets: FDA

Chewable products that protect dogs and cats against fleas can cause neurological problems such as stumbling or seizures, and pet owners need more warning, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The...

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 06:07 AM CDT

New FDA Campaign Hopes to Scare Teens Away From E-Cigarettes

New FDA Campaign Hopes to Scare Teens Away From E-Cigarettes

The federal government is hoping it can scare American teens away from e-cigarette use. The Food and Drug Administration is rolling out a new campaign of videos aimed at graphically illustrating the dangers of...

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 at 08:43 AM CDT

Scared of Heights? Spiders? Virtual Reality Therapy May Help

Scared of Heights? Spiders? Virtual Reality Therapy May Help

Virtual reality therapy is just now reaching the mainstream after 20 years of research. Equipment is lighter and more affordable, with tech advances spilling over from the gaming industry to help people fight...

Monday, Sep 17, 2018 at 11:05 AM CDT

2 Million US Teens Are Vaping Marijuana, Survey Finds

2 Million US Teens Are Vaping Marijuana, Survey Finds

A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain...

Monday, Sep 17, 2018 at 11:38 AM CDT

Watchdog: Foster Kids Are Overprescribed Psych Drugs

Watchdog: Foster Kids Are Overprescribed Psych Drugs

Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have...

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 09:37 AM CDT

Puerto Rican Government Abandons Bottled Water, Citing Taste

Puerto Rican Government Abandons Bottled Water, Citing Taste

Puerto Rican government officials resorted to mass finger-pointing after CBS News recently reported that thousands of water bottles were abandoned on the taxiway of a naval base in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. In a...

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