Families Can Safely Choose Antibiotics Over Appendix Surgery for Kids

Offering the families of children with appendicitis the option of antibiotics instead of surgery is safe and may ultimately lead to slightly better outcomes, according to a new U.S. study. Researchers found that when families chose antibiotic treatment for kids with simple appendicitis, instead of going immediately for surgery, the children often recovered without ever […]

Antibiotic Resistance Explodes Globally

Antibiotic resistance is reaching such dangerous proportions that the entire global health system is at risk of collapse, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on November 16. The agency released a report highlighting many of the myths about antibiotics that people believe worldwide, and how these contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance. “The rise […]

Government Tip: Drink Water if You’re Thirsty

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put together a webpage offering people instructions on how much water to drink, which includes the advice that people should drink to “quench your thirst throughout the day.” The tipsheet starts by saying people should drink water instead of sugary sodas or sports drinks. But how much water should […]

US Smoking Rate Falls Below 15 Percent

The number of American adults who light up has fallen to a new low of just 14.9 percent, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just last week, the CDC published 2014 figures showing that last year, 16.8 percent of adults smoked. But the new statistics — which […]

CDC: Obesity Still Rising in US, Women Overtake Men

Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows. For the past several years, experts thought the nation’s alarming, decades-long rise in obesity had leveled […]

FDA Urges Cap on Daily Sugar Consumption

It’s official: The Food and Drug Administration is recommending a daily cap on sugar for the first time, in the wake of studies linking sweeteners to the nation’s biggest killers. Americans should limit added sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories, according to the proposed guidelines, The New York Times reports. For […]

CDC Details Bizarre Cancer-Like Parasitic Illness

Something new to scare you. Federal scientists have identified an unsettling new cancer-like illness in a 41-year-old man, who is believed to have become infected through a common stomach bug. The Washington Post reports that the case — the first known transmission of cancer cells from a parasite to a human — involves an HIV […]

Pharmacies Skirt Regs to Compete Against High Prices

With anger over rising generic drug prices reaching a fever pitch, some pharmacies are taking advantage of a lax regulatory process to step in. Compounding pharmacies can offer an alternative to a high-priced drug without having to go through the federal approval process like pharmaceutical companies. That is what small California-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals is doing […]

Feds Spend $1.1 Million Studying the ‘Freshman 15’

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $1.1 million studying the “freshman 15,” trying to determine whether friends influence their college peers to eat more. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) highlighted the project as an example of wasteful spending, calling out the agency for studying a myth invented by Seventeen magazine. “The ‘freshman […]

Ebola Lurks in the Body Long After You’re Cured

The Ebola virus can remain in the semen of survivors for up to nine months, but health officials stress the chances of contracting the disease through sex is low. Preliminary results of a new study released Wednesday clearly proves that the virus persists in the semen of disease survivors longer than previously thought, according to […]