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Measles Cases Continue to Rise Across the United States

Latest CDC tally has 141 people sickened in 17 states and the District of Columbia

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 The number of measles cases in the United States has reached 141 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

The outbreak began at two Disney t... » Read the full article



Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu

Study reveals protective response to rare virus strains

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 Seasonal flu vaccines trigger immune system protection against the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, a new study reveals.

This strain of bird flu, which emerged in China in 2013, kills nearly one-thir... » Read the full article



Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: Study

But drug's side effects still worry some doctors

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 The anti-smoking medication Chantix can boost the likelihood that cigarette smokers who aren't ready to stop cold turkey will cut down gradually, a new study suggests.

"The main contribution o... » Read the full article



Too Few Breast Cancer Patients Getting Radiation After Mastectomy: Study

More than a third with 'locally advanced' disease don't get treatment aimed at preventing tumor's return

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 Many American women with locally advanced breast cancer do not receive recommended radiation therapy after mastectomy, a new study finds.

Experts at the U.S. National Cancer Institute currently ... » Read the full article



Study Refutes Notion That Fans Are Useless in Extreme Heat

But, air-conditioning is still best option when temperatures soar, experts say

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 When a heat wave strikes, using a fan may help keep you cool, despite some public health guidance to the contrary, new research suggests.

Previously, some public health experts have recommended ... » Read the full article



Achilles Tendon Can Handle Downhill Running: Study

The key is to transition gradually, researcher says

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 The Achilles tendon can handle downhill running better than previously thought, says a study that offers good news for distance runners.

The key is to transition gradually to downhill running, t... » Read the full article



Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains

MRI-based study finds illicit drug causes more damage in adolescents

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 Long-term use of methamphetamine causes more brain damage in teens than adults, a new study finds.

Researchers conducted MRI brain scans of 51 teen and 54 adult chronic methamphetamine abusers. ... » Read the full article



'Calculators' Doctors Use May Overestimate Heart Risks, Study Says

Such assessments should only be starting points for predicting risk, researcher explains

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 The various "calculators" that doctors use to estimate patients' odds of future heart trouble often overestimate the risks, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that four of five widely used ... » Read the full article



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