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Flu season intensifies; 30 children have died

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:46:26 GMT

Influenza virus is still spreading. The CDC reports flu activity intensified across the U.S. this week, and 30 children have died this flu season

Core exercises that are better for your back (and body) than crunches

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:35:00 GMT

These exercises protect your back and neck, and target more of your abdominal muscles than crunches alone.

Without CHIP funding, 1.7 million kids could lose healthcare in weeks

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:19:00 GMT

"I'm tired of my daughter's health being used as a political weapon," said Lisa Nunez, whose 11-year-old daughter is a CHIP recipient.

How to make a better flu vaccine

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:57:38 GMT

Researchers made a mutant flu virus, then used it to make a better influenza vaccine

How three first-generation immigrants are using machine learning to improve mental health care

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:44:00 GMT

Spring Health's technology looks at the answers of a client assessment and recommends a treatment using a machine-learning algorithm.

The difference between Trump's annual physical exam and yours

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:21:35 GMT

Want presidential treatment at the doctor's office? You'll need to do your homework.

Maternal health statistics staggering for black women

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:56:00 GMT

About 50,000 women suffer complications during pregnancy and black women are three to four times more likely to die than white women during pregnancy.

Could flu be spread just by breathing?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:31:59 GMT

Influenza virus might be spread simply by breathing, a new flu experiment shows. And here's why that's news.

Healthy tweaks to make your diet today, according to nutritionists

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:42:00 GMT

Forget fad diets. Try these eight simple changes for a healthier 2018.

Here's why flu seems so bad this time

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:48:00 GMT

Flu is closing schools, swamping ERs and causing states of emergency across the U.S. yet Congress continues to cut preparedness funding for influenza.

How one woman lost weight by changing the way she talks about food

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:38:00 GMT

Stop labeling foods "good" or "bad."

What's stopping American workers from being more active?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:45:06 GMT

Our workplaces aren't organized to promote good fitness habits and that needs to change.

Could you pass the mental test Trump took?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:06:06 GMT

Trump took the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), designed as a screening tool for the loss of clear thinking that sometimes precedes dementia.

When adult friendships fail: How to break up with a friend

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:07:00 GMT

Sometimes we need to cut our friends some slack. Sometimes we just need to call it quits.

How one man lost 50 pounds with 5:2 intermittent fasting

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:38:00 GMT

He eats normally five days a week and fasts for two.

Trump is overweight, but who isn't?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:28:04 GMT

President Donald Trump is a normal healthy 71-year-old, overweight but not obese, his doctor says.

Genius hacks that make convenience foods healthier

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:17:00 GMT

Add freshness and flavor and an extra dose of nutrition to your favorite pantry staples.

'Minister for loneliness' appointed to fight isolation in Britain

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:46:00 GMT

One in ten people said they felt lonely "always or often," and hundreds of thousands of elderly people said they hadn't spoken to a friend or relative in weeks.

The most commonly believed fitness myths hindering your progress

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:29:00 GMT

These misconceptions could be sabotaging your efforts at the gym.

Vaccine rates are up, but so are refusals

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:35:51 GMT

More U.S. kids are getting their full series of vaccines, but more and more parents are also refusing vaccinations, new health insurance data show.

New Trump HHS rules reverse Obama protections

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:49:53 GMT

New rules from the Health and Human Services Department will let state Medicaid programs freeze out Planned Parenthood and protect religious beliefs of doctors

New 'religious freedom' division sows fears of LGBTQ discrimination

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:48:40 GMT

Health and Human Services' creation of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division is being seen by many as a "license to discriminate."

Custom aorta saves lives, leads to quicker recovery

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:29:51 GMT

A personalized approach at the Mayo Clinic, is saving lives for often deadly abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Counting time, not calories can lead to weight loss

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:31:00 GMT

Time-restricted feeding, or TRF, is an increasingly studied diet that researchers believe may be a tool for weight-loss, diabetes prevention and even longevity.

How the government shutdown might affect your health

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:44:00 GMT

In all, the Department of Health and Human Services will send home or furlough about half of its employees, or nearly 41,000 people.