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Indiana HIV outbreak, hepatitis C epidemic sparks CDC alert

Austin - The number of cases of HIV in rural Indiana connected to intravenous drug use has continued to rise, prompting federal officials on Friday to issue a nationwide alert to health departments, hospitals, and doctors.

Op-Ed: 5 natural weight loss techniques to try for Spring 2015

Bathing suit season is just around the corner, and this is the time of year that a lot of people will begin a new diet or workout routine.

One woman dead, 18 sick with botulism linked to church potluck

Lancaster - A suspected botulism outbreak linked to a Ohio church potluck has killed one person and sickened at least 18 others, health officials said Wednesday.

Lifestyle is the major cause of heart attacks in men

The primary reason for coronary heart disease and heart attacks with men relates to lifestyle, according to a new research report.

Mental Health Commission of Canada gets 10 more years Special

Toronto - The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has had its mandate renewed by the Federal Government. The organization has outlined its plans for the future.

Young woman 'burns up from the inside' after taking diet pills

Shrewsbury - What may have started out as a "quick fix" to being a few pounds overweight turned into a tragedy of horrendous proportions. A 21-year-old Glyndwr University student is dead because she took well over the prescribed dose of a lethal diet pill.

Medical study warns about diseases transmitted by pets

Pets are affectionate friends, which many of us love a great deal. However, that love could be blinding us to the real dangers of contracting diseases from our household companions.

New method for reducing aggression in children

A new study shows that children with attention-defici t/hyperactivity disorder who are prescribed a stimulant, an antipsychotic drug, and behavior management techniques have reduced aggressive behavior.

Changes to drug labeling and packaging announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted an update of important alterations made to medicinal products over the past month. This includes the latest safety alerts and medical warnings.

Inside the civil rights movement for people with disabilities Special

One in six children in the United States will have a developmental delay or disability. Developmental disabilities begin during the developmental period of life, either prior to birth or during infancy.

Lawsuit claims scheme bilked taxpayers, targeted poor women

Indianapolis - A lawsuit claims that Indiana's largest health network bilked taxpayers out of millions of dollars, according to charges filed by the U.S. government and a local doctor.

California measles outbreak over, state health officials say

Anaheim - An outbreak of measles at two Southern California theme parks that infected scores of people in December and January has been stopped, California public health officials said Friday.

Are eating disorders genetic?

Mice lacking a gene implicated in human anorexia and bulimia weigh less than other mice. Such animals also display a variety of behavioral disorders. This points to a genetic basis for eating disorders.

NY sees spike in number of hospitalizations due to synthetic pot

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that synthetic marijuana has sent 160 people to hospitals in the state since April 8, a spike that has health authorities warning the public that the substances are dangerous, and also illegal.

Fat injection could slim down obesity

Bejing - Following on from brown fat "good" and white fat "bad" studies, researchers have shown that transplanting energy-burning brown fat can prevent excess weight gain in a mouse model of obesity.

Murder, rape, neglect in California mental health institutions Special

Sacramento - More than 800 pages of records released by the California Department of Public Health have revealed horrific crimes, including deadly physical abuse and neglect, rape, and brutal beatings, inside five mental health institutions.

Canadian research team cracks secret to knuckle-popping sound

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered the secret behind the “pop” sound knuckles make when they’re cracked. So, why does it make that sound? MRI video helps to determine what triggers the noise.

Medical marijuana heads south

A little less than half of U.S. states have passed legislation permitting the use of medical marijuana. California's law is nearly a decade old, and Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Maine followed suit shortly.

Move to ban several 'legal highs'

London - Due to concerns with so-called “legal highs”, which are being seen more frequently in the U.K., the government has instigated a ban on five types of recreational drugs.
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