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BPA exposure linked to children's asthma risk

MSNBC Health News - March 1, 2013 - 16:12
Children exposed to the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, may be at an increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests.

FDA: Bone drug ingredient linked to cancer risk

MSNBC Health News - March 1, 2013 - 16:06
Staff reviewers for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that a potential increased risk of cancer with drugs containing calcitonin salmon appears plausible.

It's OK to walk during your run, study suggests

MSNBC Health News - March 1, 2013 - 12:45

Didn't manage to finish your latest run without taking a breather? Don't be so hard on yourself. Walking during your run isn't cheating – it's actually your body's natural way of preserving energy.

Mom defends letting the Web name her baby

MSNBC Health News - March 1, 2013 - 09:17

A 27-year-old mom who agreed to let the Internet choose her unborn baby’s name as part of an online contest for $5,000 doesn’t know what all the fuss is about.

Chocolate eggs recalled for salmonella

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 21:24
Zachary Confections Inc. of Frankfort, Ind., has recalled certain lots of its Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs and suspended further production because the treats may be contaminated with salmonella.

4 charged in salmonella outbreak plead not guilty

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 20:57
Four people charged in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak in peanuts that killed nine and sickened hundreds pleaded not guilty Thursday to all charges.

Star of 'Voicebox' anti-smoking ads dies of cancer

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 20:20

The California woman who appeared in the dramatic 1996 anti-smoking television commercial “Voicebox,” has died after a 20-year battle with cancer. Debi Austin was 62. Austin, who was known as California's most well-known anti-smoking advocate, died on Feb.

E-cigarette use doubles in US

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 20:01

Man infected with smallpox-like virus through sex

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 18:27
A man in San Diego was infected with the vaccinia virus — the virus in the smallpox vaccine — in June, 2012 after having sexual contact with someone who'd recently been vaccinated, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only slight risk of cancer after Japan tsunami, WHO says

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 15:58
People exposed to the highest doses of radiation during Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011 may have a slightly higher risk of cancer but so small it probably won't be detectable, the World Health Organization says.

Allure of the ‘cat fight’: Sex, sex ... and maybe more  

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 14:53
There are a few primal sounds known to cause the heads of men to whirl and their eyes to alight with interest: the crack of bat on ball, the hiss of meat on flame and the simple, clarion shout of “Girl fight!”

Why straight women and gay men are often so close

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 14:45

Will and Grace knew it. Ditto for Stanford and Carrie. Now a new psychology study has provided evidence that gay men and straight women are the perfect friends with benefits – as long as the benefits have to do with trustworthy relationship advice.

Researchers find good germs that may zap zits

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 10:54

In a finding that teenagers all over the world will cheer, researchers say they have found a strain of “good” bacteria that may keep acne at bay.

Army withholding findings of Madigan PTSD probe

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 09:32
The results of a months-long investigation into the reversal of post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses at Madigan Army Medical Center are being kept confidential.

Smart jocks: Fit kids do better at math, reading

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 08:36

Forget the old high school clichés about athletes not doing as well academically as less sporty kids -- a new study shows that children who exercise more do better in math, reading tests.

5 mental illnesses share common DNA roots

MSNBC Health News - February 28, 2013 - 00:08
The biggest study yet into genetics and mental health has come up with a stunning result: The five most common mental illnesses -- autism, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia and major depression -- all have a common genetic root.

Let us study gun violence, physicians beg Congress

MSNBC Health News - February 27, 2013 - 23:42

Dr. William Begg wiped away tears as he pleaded with Congress on Wednesday to help rescind laws that limit medical research into gun deaths and that restrict doctors from asking patients about guns in their homes.

Opinion: Horsemeat furor reveals need for strict labeling

MSNBC Health News - February 27, 2013 - 23:05
Would you eat horsemeat?  A lot of people would not. Should you have the right to know if the meat you are eating contains horsemeat?

Higher humidity may thwart flu virus, study says

MSNBC Health News - February 27, 2013 - 22:19
If all the coughing and sneezing associated with this year’s severe flu season have you worried you’ll catch the bug, consider boosting the humidity in the rooms around you. Higher humidity may actually reduce the ability of the flu virus to infection folks, researchers find.