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Holiday Season Can Trigger Substance Abuse

Posted: 12/13/2012 - Between stressful preparations, parties with alcohol and feelings of sadness, the holiday season includes many triggers for substance abuse.

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Light Smoking May Increase Sudden Cardiac Death Risk In Women

Posted: 12/12/2012 - Even women who are are considered light-to-moderate smokers have a significantly increased risk of sudden cardiac death, new research suggests. But, quitting for less than five years may help them lower that risk by quite a bit.

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Concussions In Kids May Cause Brain Changes That Last For Months

Posted: 12/12/2012 - The link between concussions and long-lasting brain damage is one often brought up in the context of professional football players. A new study that looked at children's brains following concussions found troubling evidence that they too may experience long-term effects from the head injury, even after symptoms subside.

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Flu's "First Kiss": Remembered Forever

Posted: 12/12/2012 - A new global study of a century's worth of flu pandemics gives new meaning to that "first kiss." Influenza's first kiss, that is.

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FDA Backs Prostate Cancer Drug Zytiga For Earlier Use

Posted: 12/10/2012 - The FDA says Zytiga is now approved for late-stage prostate cancer patients who have not yet received chemotherapy, based on study results showing it can extend life by up to five months when taken by men in that group.

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Hospital Says L.A. Surgeon Gave Patients Staph

Posted: 12/10/2012 - The Los Angeles Times reports staph infections occurred after tiny tears in a surgeon's latex surgical gloves allowed bacteria from a skin inflammation on his hand to pass into the patients' hearts.

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New KanCare Health Plan Begins January 1st

Updated: 12/07/2012 - After two years of gathering input and planning, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is ready to implement KanCare, a new health care system for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program beneficiaries in Kansas.

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Expert Says Flu Vaccine Needs Overhaul

Posted: 12/04/2012 - Five southern states, including Texas, are showing the highest rates of suspected influenza cases. In Tennesse, schools in three counties have been shut down.

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Study Suggests Obese Kids More Susceptible To Food Ads

Posted: 11/30/2012 - A study, published online Nov. 30 in the Journal of Pediatrics, finds obese children are more vulnerable to the food advertisements they may see on television, which in turn can make them more likely to eat as a result.

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Report: Nearly 70% of Pork Supply is Contaminated

Posted: 11/28/2012 - Consumer Reports also found 3% to 7% of the samples harbored salmonella, staphylococcus or listeria monocytogenes, other common pathogens for foodborne illness.

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Tobacco Companies Ordered To Publicly Admit Deception

Updated: 11/28/2012 - Tobacco companies have been ordered by a federal judge to publicly admit, through advertisements and package warnings, that they deceived American consumers for decades about the dangers of smoking.

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