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Teen births plummet to record low

February 11, 2013 - 05:07

Teenage birth rates fell 8 percent in a single year, from 2010 to 2011, the newest data shows. They’ve now plunged 25 percent since 2007 and they are down 49 percent since 1991, the federal government says.

When your feelings hurt your health

February 10, 2013 - 16:21
While your emotions may be invisible to the world's most advanced medical technology, they still impact your health just as much as your flesh-and-blood organs do.

No one fix to slow hospital readmission epidemic

February 10, 2013 - 15:41

More than 1 million Americans wind up back in the hospital only weeks after they left for reasons that could have been prevented — a revolving door that for years has seemed impossible to slow.

Boys' classroom behavior affects grades, study finds

February 10, 2013 - 15:20

A new study finds that boys in elementary school earned lower grades than they would have based on test scores mostly because their teachers held their classroom behavior against them.

Soldier Hard's hip-hop lyrics reveal PTSD's rough edges

February 10, 2013 - 10:13

Jeff Barillaro, an Iraq War veteran out of the service since 2010, has steadily gained fame among active-duty troops, young veterans and their families for his bare, often-bleak music about the daily demons of living with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Cancer doctors want supercomputer's help

February 9, 2013 - 00:02
IBM's Watson supercomputer has beaten expert "Jeopardy" quiz show contestants, and its predecessor defeated a world chess champion. Now, doctors hope it can help them outsmart cancer.

Miss. health insurance exchange plan rejected

February 8, 2013 - 20:49
Mississippi on Friday became the first state to have its proposal for a health insurance exchange rejected by the government, and federal officials said Republican Governor Phil Bryant's opposition to the plan was to blame.

How to avoid germ-ridden travel hazards

February 8, 2013 - 19:45
From unsanitary conditions on airplanes to close quarters in hotels and on cruise ships to questionable food preparation, vacationers come in contact with a multitude of germs.

Assisted suicide on legal agenda in several states

February 8, 2013 - 19:05
By Susan Haigh, APHARTFORD, Conn.

Catholic bishops reject birth control compromise

February 8, 2013 - 17:16
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama Administration's latest bid for compromise over a hotly disputed health policy that requires employees at religiously affiliated institutions to have access to insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Flu season hitting elderly hard, CDC says

February 8, 2013 - 16:28
This year’s especially grim flu season has been sickening and killing a very high number of people over 65, federal officials report. And doctors reported flu killed 14 kids last week, bringing the total childhood deaths to 59.

Flu shot ingredient eyed for narcolepsy link

February 8, 2013 - 14:19

Mounting evidence of a link between GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix flu shot and a spike in narcolepsy cases among children in Europe is putting one of the vaccine's key ingredients, AS03, under intense scrutiny.

Dad's word of warning: Adderall 'changed' my son

February 8, 2013 - 01:46

Richard Fee was on a path to success and seemed to have great potential. He was intelligent and athletic, earned a full scholarship to college and had his sights on medical school.

Millennials are the most stressed-out generation

February 8, 2013 - 00:40
A new survey from the American Psychological Association says the most stressed generation of adults in the nation is also the youngest.

U.K. lasagna products recalled for 60 percent horsemeat

February 7, 2013 - 23:20
Some beef lasagna products recalled from British stores contained more than 60 percent horsemeat, U.K. food safety authorities said Thursday.

Aging bikers 3 times more likely to get injured

February 7, 2013 - 20:34

Jim Lattimore, of Franklin, Tenn., has ridden over 800,000 miles on motorcycles in 74 countries over a span of nearly five decades. He still owns 14 bikes. But he’s 69, now.

French fry sales drop, more opting for low-cal

February 7, 2013 - 20:21
Serving lower calorie and low-fat foods isn’t just good for the hearts and arteries of customers – it’s good for the bottom line, too, according to a new study published Thursday.

Christie on doc's weight concern: 'She should shut up'

February 7, 2013 - 14:00

Chris Christie has proven he can handle jokes and the running commentary about his weight. But the New Jersey governor drew the line at remarks by a former White House doctor who expressed concern over him “dying in office.”

Code glitch may threaten mental health services

February 7, 2013 - 09:47

Marc Milhander conducted more than 100 psychotherapy sessions in the first few weeks of this year, treating patients ranging from the mildly anxious to the severely depressed and the 24-year-old with antisocial personality disorder who really wants to get his hands on a gun.

New whooping cough strain may be drug-resistant

February 6, 2013 - 23:55
Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be resistant to the vaccine.