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(NEW YORK) --   While obesity is often associated with a host of other health issues including high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack, a new study is examining how the condition is also related to cancer risk.A review of several studies published today in the New England Journal of Medicine found new associations between obesity the...
(WASHINGTON) --  Members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging are calling for Mylan, the maker of the EpiPen, to brief members of Congress about the drastic price increase of the medication since 2007.U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Claire McCaskill sent a letter to Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, asking her to explain why the price of a...
(NEW YORK) --  One year after undergoing the most extensive face transplant ever performed, which was covered by Nightline in an Emmy-nominated special edition, Pat Hardison continues to thrive.“I’m happy to tell you that I’m doing great!” Hardison, 42, said at a press conference at NYU Langone Medical Center on Wednesd...
(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Baltimorean who was the first U.S. child to receive a double-hand transplant celebrated the anniversary of his life-changing surgery this week.Zion Harvey, 9, went back to visit his doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia this week, a year after undergoing the breakthrough surgery. Zion lost his hands and feet after...
(NEW YORK) -- The ongoing violence in Syria has taken a physical and mental toll on many, including one 9-year-old boy, who began to look up "ways to commit suicide" online, according to Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul, who assisted with his care.The boy, along with his family, are Syrians. They fled the violence and destruction of the ongoing Syrian cris...
Posted 2016-08-24 09:15:15
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorDo you sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and just can’t fall back to sleep?For isolated incidents of late night/early morning insomnia, you may be surprised to hear my advice: Do nothing. Don’t sleep late the next day, don’t take a power nap -- just go about you...
(NEW YORK) -- In a rare occurrence, a South African same-sex couple has welcomed triplets, which include identical twins, via surrogacy.The couple, Christo and Theo Menelaou, both share biological fatherhood to the babies, since sperm was used from both parents, they said."It's the biggest joy having [these] babies," Christo Menelaou told ABC News ...
(NEW YORK) — Schools are back in session across the country and that means parents are back in the kitchen preparing daily lunches for their kids.Lifestyle expert Sandra Lee appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday with recipe ideas for lunch meals that will keep kids excited about eating and well-fueled for a day of learning.Le...
(MIAMI) -- The devastating effects of the Zika virus on the brains of fetuses go beyond microcephaly, according to a new study published Tuesday in the medical journal Radiology.Researchers evaluated brain scans of fetuses and infants with suspected Zika infection and found that in addition to microcephaly there were severe abnormalities in 94 perc...
(NEW YORK) -- High prescription drug prices in the United States are largely due to drug monopolies and restrictions on price negotiations, according to a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.The review, published Tuesday in Journal of American Medical Association, focused on understanding why U.S. drug costs are s...
(NEW YORK) -- The upward trend of motor vehicle deaths that began in late 2014 has continued to surge through the first half of 2016, according to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council.The non-profit group, using data from state authorities, said deaths on U.S. roadways since January have increased 9 percent from the same period la...
(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A Florida teen has become only the fourth person in the last 50 years to survive an infection from "naegleria fowleri" -- also commonly known as the "brain-eating amoeba."Sebastian DeLeon, 16, continues his recovery after contracting the infection earlier this month.DeLeon was taken to Florida Children's Hospital in Orlando, Flor...
(NEW YORK) -- At least 18 people were evaluated and 14 people were transported to hospitals after a suspected mass overdose in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles Monday. Health officials said they believe the overdoses were caused by the synthetic marijuana drug known as "spice."Symptoms of the overdoses include violent behavior, seizures and altered...
(NEW YORK) — Children and teens from the ages of 2 to 18 should consume no more than 25 grams of sugar a day, according to new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association (AHA).The AHA is also recommending that children younger than 2 should consume no foods or drinks with added sugars.“Strong evidence supports the association o...
(NEW YORK) -- Sebastien Lagree is the creator of the patented Lagree Fitness Method, inventor of the patented Megaformer and Supra tilting-axes resistance workout machines, owner of Lagree Fitness Studio in Los Angeles and a celebrity fitness trainer. Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens and Sofia Vergara are just some of the A-list stars who are devote...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor It looks like emergency room doctors and nurses are more nervous than they need to be. A national survey of ER patients, doctors and nurses found that 80 percent of doctors and nurses are worried patients may feel offended if their sexual orientation is questioned and, therefore, may avoid...
(NEW YORK) -- The skyrocketing price of EpiPens in recent years is putting added pressure on parents as they get ready to send kids back to school prepped for allergic reactions, according to experts.The EpiPen, which is the last remaining epinephrine injector on the market, has seen a dramatic cash price increase over the past decade, according to...
(NEW YORK) -- For some women over 50, the density of their breasts could affect how often they should be screened for breast cancer, based on a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.Current recommendations from different health organizations, including the American Cancer Society and National Comprehensive Cancer Network, are mixed. Generall...
(NEW YORK) -- Trying to eat healthy can actually lead to eating disorders, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The report, giving guidance to pediatricians on the topics of obesity and eating disorders, focuses on ways that Pediatricians can help, and according to the report, “the lifetime prevalence of anorexia...
Posted 2016-08-22 13:37:20
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorSummer thunderstorms can be a common event, but how much do you know about lightning and how to stay safe?If the forecast calls for thunderstorms, you should postpone your trip to the beach or your outdoor activity, or make sure an adequate safe shelter is readily available. Remember the ph...
(MIAMI) — The fight to stop an outbreak of locally transmitted Zika was complicated last week after a second transmission site was located in the Miami area. Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed on Friday there was a new outbreak of locally transmitted Zika in Miami Beach that has left at least five people infected, bringing the total number of ...
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