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Schools rethink perfect attendance in flu season

February 13, 2013 - 13:09

Round Meadow Elementary School gives awards to the handful of students who make it through a school year with perfect attendance – no absences, no tardies and no early sign-outs. But the school, in Hidden Hills, Calif., is rethinking its policy.

For kidney cancer, this cure may be worse

February 12, 2013 - 23:28
In a stunning example of when treatment might be worse than the disease, research finds that older people with small kidney tumors were much less likely to die over the next five years if doctors monitored them instead of operating right away.

Heart Attack Grill 'spokesman' killed by ... a heart attack

February 12, 2013 - 22:21

A 54-year-old man who spent his days touting the greasy pleasures of the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas has died of an apparent heart attack, the restaurant’s owner said.

St Jude recalls wire used to help plug hole in heart

February 12, 2013 - 22:16
(Reuters) - St Jude Medical Inc is recalling the wire used to put in place a device that closes openings between the two upper chambers of the heart, because of the potential for it to fracture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday on its website.

Folic acid in pregnancy may reduce autism risk

February 12, 2013 - 21:49
Women who take folic acid supplements before becoming pregnant, as well as early in pregnancy, may reduce the risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study.

Overcrowded ERs, PTSD signs tied in heart patients

February 12, 2013 - 19:50
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Being treated for a heart attack in a crowded emergency department may be linked to developing symptoms of a stress disorder, according to a new study.

Study: People living at higher altitudes are slimmer

February 12, 2013 - 18:55
By Andrew M. Seaman, ReutersNEW YORK - Americans who live where the air is thinnest are less likely to be obese than those in low-lying areas, according to a new study.

Pope's shocker underscores strain of late-life work

February 12, 2013 - 18:02

As the pope can attest, even if you’re toiling in the cushiest of corner offices, 85 is not the new LX. Pope Benedict XVI, who’s logged more than five years as pontiff, announced Monday he will relinquish the papacy at the end of the month.

Parents not sleep deprived? We beg to differzzzz

February 12, 2013 - 17:10

A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has some eye-opening findings for tired parents: We're not actually as sleep deprived as we think.

What happens when a night owl works the early shift?

February 12, 2013 - 15:44

All my life, I’ve been the definition of a night owl. I might as well be a vampire. I don’t start to really feel awake until about 2 p.m. I get a surge of energy around 11 p.m. If I had it my way, I would stay up until 4 a.m. and sleep until noon each day.

Mom survey reveals body-image shame

February 12, 2013 - 14:50

‘Love my kids, hate my body’: A TODAY Moms survey finds that many moms hate their bodies, and some would go to surprising lengths to get the perfect body. But a third of moms say having kids has made them feel better about their bodies, more confident and powerful.

10th case of new SARS-like virus found

February 11, 2013 - 20:54
By Kate Kelland, ReutersLONDON - A new virus from the same family as SARS that sparked a global alert last September has been found in a further patient in Britain, health officials said on Monday.

White House warns of food safety cuts

February 11, 2013 - 20:44
Impending across-the-board budget cuts could mean fewer government food safety inspections and higher prices for meat at the grocery store.

Getting lost in a novel means you're empathetic

February 11, 2013 - 20:15
While reading “Life of Pi,” a reader might feel as if she is Pi, staring down the Bengal tiger, Richard Parker, on a small life raft, wondering when Richard might make a snack of her.

Glass fragments in Lean Cuisine spur recall

February 11, 2013 - 20:14
By MyHealthNewsDaily StaffSome packages of Lean Cuisine ravioli, made by Nestlé, are being recalled because they may contain fragments of glass, the Food and Drug Administration said today.

How much will surgery cost? Good luck finding out

February 11, 2013 - 15:32

The cost of a hip replacement could cost you  $11,000, $125,000 or anywhere in between, depending on the hospital, a new study found. And that’s if you can even find out ahead of time how much the procedure will cost.

Evidence thin for helping kids after trauma

February 11, 2013 - 15:08
It’s become a standard line in the sad stories about a violent attack in a school, the suicide of a teenager, or a big natural disaster: Counselors are being provided to help the children with their grief. But, in fact, there's no hard evidence about which methods work.

Bébé wars: What French moms really think of us

February 11, 2013 - 14:24

The author of "Bringing up Bébé" is back with a new guide for American parents who want the secrets of French parenting. What do French moms living in the U.S. think? Turns out there are a few things French moms could learn from us.

Sniffles, flu, fever: When it's OK to work out

February 11, 2013 - 14:02

Sniffles, runny noses and flu-like symptoms can deter, delay and even derail many exercisers just when enthusiasm for that New Year's resolution is beginning to flag.