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  • Do smoking bans apply to e-cigarettes?

    July 6, 2013 10:56 AM 15

    Look at any electronic cigarette company's website, and you'll read that you can smoke the battery-operated devices almost anywhere. Up until recently, Blu eCigs boasted on its website that one benefit over traditional cigarettes is that you can "Smoke anywhere!" The website has since toned down its language to say that you can "Smoke in many places

  • Toddler gets OK to wear her prosthetic feet full time

    July 6, 2013 12:46 AM 52

    2-year-old's feet were amputated in a riding lawn mower accident in early April. "This is a day we've been waiting for when we knew she could wear her legs full time and start resuming as much of a normal life as possible," said her mom, Nicole Nugent. Ireland's life changed April 10 as her father, Jeremiah Nugent, finished cutting grass on his riding

  • Flammable Sunscreen Prompts FDA Warning

    July 5, 2013 2:57 PM 15

    If you're wearing a certain type of sunscreen and stand too close to a flame like an outdoor grill, you could catch fire. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers about the danger on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The FDA said it was notified of five separate incidents in which people who were wearing sunscreen spray suffered significant burns

  • Murnaghan Family: Sarah Makes Important Step Towards Recovery

    July 5, 2013 1:53 PM 24

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The family of the 10-year-old Newtown Square girl who received two lung transplants in June shared some good news Thursday. Sarah Murnaghan has had four surgeries in the past month. Earlier this week, she underwent her most recent procedure to repair her diaphragm. And from that surgery, a positive step, according to family friend

  • Who Would Really Benefit From 3-Person IVF?

    July 5, 2013 10:15 AM 40

    The argument that three-person in-vitro fertilization is a step toward engineering "designer babies" doesn't make sense to Lori Martin, whose 4-year-old son Will was born with an incurable genetic disease and likely won't survive past childhood. Three-person IVF, called mitochondrial transfer, may be on its way to fruition in the United Kingdom as a means

  • EU approves Novartis eye drug for new use

    July 5, 2013 6:22 AM 29

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis' eye drug Lucentis has been approved as a treatment for a further condition related to worsening eyesight by the European Union, adding to three other conditions for which it is already approved. The Basel-based drugmaker said the European Commission had granted approval for Lucentis to treat patients with visual

  • Skin Cancer on the Rise in Young Women

    July 5, 2013 5:00 AM 31

    On a hot July day last summer, I was lying on the beach at Coney Island with my younger brother when he noticed a dark mole on the back of my arm. “You should really get that checked at the dermatologist,” he said in a worried tone. It turned out that the mole on my arm was fine, but another one on my cheek was basal cell skin cancer. A few weeks later

  • Obesity a Disease or Result of Poor Eating Habits? (Poll)

    July 5, 2013 1:31 AM 49

    If obesity is defined as a disease, as the AMA is proposing, it is currently at epidemic levels in the United States. But, if it’s a disease, then one’s personal responsibility regarding poor eating habits and getting enough exercise would make little if any difference in how obese a person is — obesity would be the result of genetics, or other things

  • Having breathing difficulties? Try singing

    July 4, 2013 12:44 PM 27

    Published: July 4, 2013 8:33 AM By The Associated Press MARIA CHENG (AP Medical Writer) Published: July 4, 2013 8:33 AM By The Associated Press MARIA CHENG (AP Medical Writer) Photo credit: AP | Joanna Foster, actress, singer and singing teacher, right, leads a singing class at Royal Brompton Hospital in London, Monday, June 17, 2013. The weekly group

  • Obamacare requires most insurers to tackle obesity

    July 4, 2013 12:11 PM 35

    Screening and counseling for obesity is covered under a preventive services benefit of the Affordable Care Act, but what health plans offer patients varies. There's new hope for heavy people desperate to lose weight. Many insurers are stepping up their coverage of obesity. Some insurance companies have helped obese patients fight fat for years. They've