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Health overhaul signup ends, survives for now

Posted: 03/31/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Monday marks the end of the six-month sign-up period for insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a highly controversial attempt to reduce the number of Americans without medical coverage, estimated at about 50 million.

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Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol

Posted: 03/28/2014 - There's fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams.

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Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems

Posted: 03/28/2014 - Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.

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Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

Posted: 03/26/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law, allowing the administration to boost sign-ups and the political fortunes of Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

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E-cigarettes: fresh air or smoke and mirrors?

Posted: 03/10/2014 - NEW YORK (AP) - On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help - but no booze.

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Polio-like illnesses called a 'rare phenomenon'

Posted: 02/25/2014 - STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - More than a dozen children in California have developed an extremely rare, polio-like syndrome within the past year that within days paralyzed one or more of the children's arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say.

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FDA launching anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth

Posted: 02/04/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation's at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking.

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Attorneys: Brain-dead woman's fetus 'abnormal'

Updated: 01/23/2014 - DALLAS (AP) - The pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman being kept on life support over her family's protests is carrying a fetus that is "distinctly abnormal," attorneys for the woman's husband said Wednesday.

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Texting, dialing while driving raises crash risk

Posted: 01/02/2014 - A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

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Study: Kids are less fit than their parents were

Updated: 11/19/2013 - DALLAS (AP) - Today's kids can't keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young.

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Q&A: What are trans fats?

Posted: 11/08/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - You may not even know you are eating them, but trans fats will eventually be a thing of the past in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration says it is phasing them out, saying they are a threat to public health. Some questions and answers about the dangerous fats:

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Q&A: More lenient lice policies bug some parents

Posted: 11/08/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Some schools are letting kids with live lice in their hair back in the classroom, a less restrictive policy that has parents scratching their heads.

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Rickets making a comeback in the UK, doctors say

Posted: 11/08/2013 - LONDON (AP) - Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era, is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain.

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US recalls antibiotic due to visible particles

Posted: 10/15/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. government health officials are alerting doctors to the recall of an injectable antibiotic made by B. Braun Medical Inc., due to floating particles found in vials of the drug.

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All Day Oklahoma Flu Clinics

Updated: 10/02/2013 - Bryan, Choctaw, Pushmataha and McCurtain County Health Departments have scheduled extended hour clinics to enable residents to receive their vaccine

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Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

Posted: 09/26/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.

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FDA lays out rules for some smartphone health apps

Posted: 09/23/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Food and Drug Administration officials say they will begin regulating a new wave of applications and gadgets that work with smartphones to take medical readings and help users monitor their health.

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Extreme binge drinking not uncommon in high school

Posted: 09/18/2013 - CHICAGO (AP) - Almost 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors have engaged in recent extreme binge drinking - downing at least 10 drinks at a rate that barely budged over six years, according to a government-funded report.

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Woman who starred in stark anti-smoking ads is dead

Updated: 09/17/2013 - ATLANTA (AP) - Federal health officials are mourning the death of a North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking.

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