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(NEW YORK) -- Federal health officials say researchers may have uncovered a strain of bacteria so resistant to treatment that some of the toughest antibiotics cannot kill it.Bacteria found in a Pennsylvania woman suffering from a urinary tract infection was found to be resistant to the antibiotic called colistin, according to a case report released...
(NEW YORK) -- The first implantable treatment for opioid addiction was approved on Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The implant, a match-sized rod that is inserted under the skin, releases a milder opioid drug called buprenorphine that is usually taken orally to treat addiction. Under the name Probuphine, the implant comprises four...
(NEW YORK) -- Some women at high risk for breast cancer may be able to lower their risk to that of an average woman by making healthy lifestyle choices, according to a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).Dr. Robert Shenk, Medical Director at the Breast Center, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleve...
(CINCINNATI) -- An Ohio man detailed just how hard it was for him and his wife to conceive a child -- even suffering a miscarriage -- in an inspirational Facebook post gone viral.Dan Majesky, of Cincinnati, wrote in a lengthy heart-tugging post that he and his wife Leah tried for three years to have a baby, from enduring hormone treatments and sper...
(SEATTLE) -- Hannah Mae Campbell is an outgoing, spunky and imaginative little girl who is having the time of her life playing outside in the brand new playhouse of her dreams that a generous local Girl Scout troop built in her backyard earlier this month.The reason it’s so special to her, however, is because 4-year-old Hannah has a suppresse...
(NEW YORK) -- The spread of the Zika virus, combined with the start of mosquito season, has consumers looking for ways to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne illness, which has been associated with devastating birth defects.The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday it settled for $300,000 with the marketer of Viatek's Mosquito Shield...
Posted 2016-05-26 07:40:18
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorCaregivers sacrifice a lot when caring for sick and elderly loved ones.A recent report focusing solely on those who care for others with Alzheimer's disease found that caregivers give up basic necessities, such as food and medical care, to support loved ones. According to the report, caregi...
(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a guidance for industry on Wednesday declaring that sweeteners obtained from sugar cane should not be listed on food labels as “evaporated cane juice.” The FDA says the term implies false information suggesting that the sweetener is produced from a fruit or vegetable.  ...
(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Democrats brought out healthy children to talk urge more funding for the battle against the Zika virus and vent their frustrations at Republicans.Toddlers and infants joined four senators and Heidi Murkoff, the author of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and its related titles, to make an argument for i...
(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Cook, a 48-year-old mother of four who made headlines when she refused to abort one of the triplets she was carrying as a surrogate mom, says she will never give up her fight to see the three babies she bore in February.“I loved them while they were in me. I love them still," Melissa Cook said in an interview that aired ...
(NEW YORK) -- For many of us, thinking about death -- our own, or that of anyone we love -- is supremely difficult. So, most of the time, we don’t think about it at all -- until we have no choice.But two Zen Buddhist priests are using meditation, and a generous dose of humor, to show people that the dying process does not have to be scary, an...
(WASHINGTON) -- The head of a British biotech company that has developed a genetically modified mosquito in an effort to lower the population of the insects that spread the Zika virus called for federal regulators Wednesday to expedite a decision on conducting a test of these mosquitoes in Florida.Hadyn Parry, the CEO of Oxitec, spoke at a congress...
(BELTON, S.C.) -- An 11-year-old South Carolina boy who was born deaf has made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.Neil Maes of Belton, South Carolina, received cochlear implants when he was 1 and 5 years old and, through therapy, was able to learn spoken language.Now, the fifth-grader is one of the top spellers in the nation, knowing words lik...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorA new social media trend that resembles something out of a cartoon could potentially cause people to sustain real injuries.The "Banana Peel Challenge" has kids walking on banana peels to see if they're as slippery as the classic cartoon cliché leads us to believe. The falls that resu...
(WASHINGTON) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he "deeply regrets" comparing wait times at VA hospitals and facilities to lines at Disney parks.“At VA we take our mission of caring for those who ‘shall have borne the battle’ very seriously; we have the best and most noble mission in government," McDonald said in t...
(NEW YORK) -- Physicians are increasingly prescribing antidepressants for a variety of conditions unrelated directly to depression, including pain, attention deficit disorder and digestive system disorders, according to a new report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Using electronic medical records to examine data...
(WASHINGTON) -- Federal health officials on Tuesday said they believe "thousands" of people may have contracted the Zika virus before returning to the U.S. as they remain concerned that the virus might start to have ongoing transmission in the U.S.Speaking at a panel at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dr. Anne Schuchat, princi...
(ATLANTA) -- More Americans seem to be kicking the habit.A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the rate of Americans smoking has dropped to 15 percent, falling two percentage points from 2014 in a large national survey. It's the largest drop-off in more than 20 years. Typically, the rate falls by about 1 perce...
(NEW YORK) — Parents should beware that predators may be using online gaming to target their children.“I honestly didn’t think anything like that would ever happen to anybody in my family,” one mother, who requested we not use her real name, told ABC News.This woman, whom Good Morning America is referring to as Susan, says a...
(PORTLAND, Ore.) — After an adorable Sheltie named Ollie became paralyzed, he was moments away from being put to sleep when a veterinary student found a tick lodged in his fur — leading to the diagnosis that ultimately saved him and a recovery his owner called "miraculous."About a week after 10-year-old Ollie returned home to Portland, ...
(WILMINGTON, Del.) — Nearly 17 years after being shot in the face, Dwayne Adams is finally free of the bullet that nearly killed him.In 1998 he had been sitting on his mother's porch when a stray bullet hit him. The bullet went through his left eye, across his face, and lodged below his right eye, knocking out his sense of smell and stopping ...
(NEW YORK) -- Every pet owner should know this list: azaleas, tulips, chocolates, onions and grapes. Any of these items can make your pet sick. But there’s another dangerous item that most pet owners don’t know about -- and in South Carolina, it’s the top call to Animal Poison Control.It’s the Sago Palm -- an everyday plant ...
(NEW YORK) -- Do you need to eat breakfast every single day?For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that eating breakfast kick starts one's metabolism.A new op-ed in The New York Times turns that idea on its head. The author, Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, writes, “Our belief in the...
Posted 2016-05-24 07:40:48
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorIf you can't function without your morning coffee, you might be doing more than perking up your energy.A new study reveals drinking coffee -- even decaf -- can greatly cut your risk of colorectal cancer. According to researchers at the University of Southern California, a study of more than...
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