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Seeing green might make your workout better

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 20:29
The positive effects of green exercise may have more to do with the color green than with being surrounded by nature, according to a new study.

Big rise in diabetes, especially down South

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 20:11
A breakdown of U.S. diabetes cases shows dramatic increases in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes overall between 1995 and 2010, with especially sharp increases -- up to 50 percent -- among people in the South and in Appalachian states.

FDA: Fungal outbreak could happen again

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 19:15
Food and Drug Administration officials know little about compounding pharmacies in the U.S., including who is making the drugs and medical supplies, how much they are making and where they are sending it, the agency's commissioner said Thursday.

Report: FDA investigating energy drinks after deaths

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 16:56

Federal officials are looking into reports of 13 deaths possibly connected to 5-Hour Energy, a liquid “shot” that contains caffeine and other compounds, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Medicaid fraud thrives in home health care

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 14:10
A federal report finds that the Medicaid program that pays for personal home health care services is afflicted by poor claims documentation, insufficient monitoring of claims data for fraud and waste, and a crazy-quilt of varied requirements for personal care workers in different states.

Heartburn on the rise -- and scientists aren't sure why

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 13:39

It could be the stress, too many trips to Starbucks or the spicy chili from the food truck. The number of people plagued by heartburn is increasing -- but scientists aren’t sure why.

See Jesus in toast? Science explains the mind trick

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 13:05

People have claimed to see Jesus in their burnt toast. Others have spotted the Virgin Mary in a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich, or seen a vague resemblance to Elvis in an oddly shaped potato chip.

Report reveals our boozy diet-busting calories

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 13:02

You’re counting calories at every meal, but you’re still not losing weight. What’s up? You might be missing a big diet buster: that nightly glass of wine. As it turns out, on average Americans are consuming 100 calories a day in alcoholic beverages, according to a new report.

Computer issues may hinder health exchanges

MSNBC Health News - November 14, 2012 - 23:09
New online insurance markets set to begin selling health coverage to consumers next October may be hampered by delays in launching a key computer program, according to state consultants and insurance regulators.

Alzheimer gene discovery points to possible cause

MSNBC Health News - November 14, 2012 - 22:35
Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer's disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder.

Pharmacy owner won't testify about outbreak

MSNBC Health News - November 14, 2012 - 17:14

The owner of a pharmacy at the center of an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 32 people and made 438 people sick refused to testify at a hearing on Wednesday, and managed to avoid facing the family of his first victim.

87-year-old doctor still charges $5 a visit

MSNBC Health News - November 14, 2012 - 17:07

Patients line up early outside his office just off the town square, waiting quietly for the doctor to arrive, as he has done for nearly 60 years. Dr. Russell Dohner is, after all, a man of routine, a steady force to be counted on in uncertain times.

You may have diabetes and not know it

MSNBC Health News - November 14, 2012 - 14:43
Diabetes is running at record levels worldwide and half the people estimated to have the disease are, as yet, undiagnosed, according to a report on Wednesday.

Too tough to get sick: Why men won't see the doc

MSNBC Health News - November 14, 2012 - 13:20

Many American men, such as 28-year-old James Chisum, simply refuse to go to the doctor, ever, either out of male pride, out of white-coat fear or simply out of lifestyle habit.  That mindset could be genetic, experts suggest.

Fruit on food labels — are you being misled?

MSNBC Health News - November 14, 2012 - 12:44
Are some healthy-looking foods really misleading you? TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen exposes some colorful marketing tactics that experts say may leave you feeling blue.

Genome sequencing halts superbug outbreak

MSNBC Health News - November 14, 2012 - 00:42
Researchers have used DNA sequencing for the first time to identify, analyze and put a halt to an infectious disease outbreak in a hospital.

Oxytocin keeps attached men away from hot women

MSNBC Health News - November 13, 2012 - 23:09
The "love hormone" oxytocin may help maintain romantic relationships by prompting men to keep their distance from attractive women, a new study from Germany suggests.

US preterm birth rate lowest in a decade

MSNBC Health News - November 13, 2012 - 19:14
The percentage of babies born early in the United States in 2011 was the lowest in a decade, according to a new report from the non-profit March of Dimes. The rate fell to 11.7 percent.

Fat-blocking Pepsi not a diet fix, nutritionist says

MSNBC Health News - November 13, 2012 - 19:06

A soda that claims to prevent the absorption of fat in your body is launching in Japan this week. What’s next, cavity-reducing candy?