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  • 'Elf on the Shelf' undergoes emergency surgery after dog attack

    December 11, 2017 3:15 PM 13

    Raw video: Mother who is nurse manager at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children takes 7-year-old daughter's injured Elf on a Shelf for treatment after attack by family dog. A Florida family’s beloved “Elf on the Shelf” is back to his mischievous ways thanks to the work of surgeons at Orlando Health. Jenn Thelen, the emergency department nurse manager at Arnold

  • Can hormonal birth control give you breast cancer?

    December 8, 2017 3:46 PM 38

    If you want to avoid an unintended pregnancy, taking birth control is usually a no-brainer. But what if that same birth control upped your risk of breast cancer? According to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine, women who take hormonal birth control pills or use hormonal IUDs for years experience a small yet significant increase

  • Hormonal birth control linked to increased breast cancer risk, study says

    December 6, 2017 11:30 PM 50

    Women using hormonal birth control methods -- from the pill, to the ring and implants -- appeared to have a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer, according to a new study of 1.8 million women in Denmark. The study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, included 1.8 million women over the course of nearly 11 years. Denmark has a nationwide

  • FDA proposes drug development guidance for rare pediatric diseases

    December 6, 2017 4:41 PM 20

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance on Wednesday to simplify the procedure of developing drugs for rare pediatric disorders, such as Gaucher’s disease, by eliminating the need for certain trials and minimizing patient enrollment. The FDA said the draft guidance was developed in collaboration with the European Medicines

  • The Latest: FBI escorting Kentucky fugitive from Honduras

    December 5, 2017 6:01 PM 38

    Officials in Honduras say a fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago after pleading guilty to massive Social Security fraud is on his way back to the United States. Eric Conn was handed over to the FBI on Tuesday, a day after his capture by a SWAT team as he came out of a restaurant in the coastal city of La Ceiba. Spokesman Jorge Galindo

  • EMT born in ambulance delivers baby en route to hospital on his birthday

    December 5, 2017 5:13 PM 40

    Dan Helsel helped a woman deliver her baby in the back of an ambulance 42 years after he made his entrance into the world the same way. (iStock) For an emergency medical technician in Maryland, life has come full circle. Dan Helsel, who turned 42 on Monday, marked the occasion by helping a woman deliver a baby in the back of an ambulance, which is the same way he made his entrance

  • WHO backs Philippines suspension of Sanofi's dengue vaccine

    December 5, 2017 12:10 PM 24

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization supported a decision by the Philippines Department of Health on Tuesday to suspend vaccinations with Sanofi’s dengue drug Dengvaxia, the WHO said in a statement. “Like many others in the Philippines, WHO is awaiting the expert analysis of new data and advice about its implications for use of the vaccine

  • Vomiting illness linked to longtime, regular pot smoking

    December 4, 2017 4:20 PM 36

    Those misdiagnosed may actually turn to marijuana to ease their nausea, only to bring on the cycle again. (AP) The legalization of pot combined with more potent strains of marijuana appears to be increasing the number of cases of a rare ailment that causes regular bouts of vomiting. As Kaiser Health News explains via NPR, the obscure and hard-to-diagnose

  • Teen postpones college to help dying friend complete bucket list

    December 4, 2017 3:25 PM 31

    Chris Betancourt, 20, was told the leukemia he first battled as a child had returned in September. (My Best Friend's List) A pair of childhood friends are on their way toward completing a bucket list full of good deeds as one of them faces a devastating cancer prognosis. Chris Betancourt, 20, was given about one year to live after the leukemia he faced

  • Mom of 2 dies day after flu diagnosis

    December 4, 2017 2:33 PM 21

    Family members of an Arizona mother who died just one day after being diagnosed with the flu said the 20-year-old was very healthy leading up to her illness, with the exception of suffering from the occasional cold. Alani Murrieta, who leaves behind a 2-year-old and 6-month-old, had started complaining of symptoms on Sunday, Fox 10 reported. “Monday