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Millions of Americans Bombarded by Loud Noises

Almost 58 million Americans are exposed to loud noises at work and home, but too few try to protect their hearing, a new study finds. "This noise exposure epidemic had not really been quantified at the household level in the ...

Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study

Low vitamin D levels are common among college football players and may put them at increased risk for injuries, a new study suggests. "Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in muscle function and strength," said senior study ...

Sickle Cell Trait Tied to Higher Kidney Failure Risk for Blacks

Black people with a trait for sickle cell anemia appear to have double the risk of kidney failure that requires dialysis, new research suggests.

Republicans move to repeal and replace Affordable Care Act

For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that Republicans control all levels of government, they are preparing legislation to (potentially) strip 30 million Americans ...

Mediterranean Diet May Ease Chronic Pain of Obesity

People who are overweight and plagued by chronic pain may find relief in a Mediterranean diet, new research suggests. The study of 98 men and women between the ages of 20 and 78 builds on growing evidence that a diet ...

Your DNA May Determine How You Handle the Time Change

Some people have more trouble adjusting to daylight saving time than others and genes may be the reason why, says an expert on sleep/wake patterns.

Sickle Cell Trait Tied to Higher Kidney Failure Risk for Blacks

Black people with a trait for sickle cell anemia appear to have double the risk of kidney failure that requires dialysis, new research suggests. "Although you cannot change the genes you are born with, doctors can use this information to ...

A Better Easter Brunch

Hosting an elegant Easter brunch is easy when you build a menu around exceptional ingredients. Your dishes don’t have to be overly complicated; simple dishes are perfect for the occasion when you let stand-out flavors steal the show. Brunch calls ...

Hospital Room Floors May Harbor 'Superbugs'

Hospital room floors may be more of a "superbug" threat than many hospital staffers realize, new research suggests. "Efforts to improve disinfection in the hospital environment usually focus on surfaces that are frequently touched by the hands of health care ...

Bad Diet in Youth Might Raise Risk of Early Breast Cancer

A poor diet while young may do more than just make it tough to fit into a pair of jeans: New research suggests it might also raise a younger woman's risk for breast cancer. "A diet high in sugar, refined ...

Supervisors blast Obamacare repeal

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to push back against the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain

There has been a sharp rise in the number of American seniors who take three or more medications that affect their brains, a new study reveals. The study looked at seniors' use of opioid painkillers, antidepressants, tranquilizers and antipsychotic drugs. ...

Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections

There's preliminary evidence that adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections. These infections include colds, bronchitis and pneumonia, the researchers said. In a review of past trials of people taking vitamin D supplements, researchers from ...

A blended take on family favorites

It’s not always easy to create meals that are both nutritious and satisfying. Managing intake of added sugar and saturated fat takes effort and planning, but transforming your favorite recipes into more nutritious family meals can be simpler than you ...

Tightened rules for antibiotics in food animals go into effect

A new rule that aims to safeguard essential antibiotics for humans by limiting their use in food animals is now fully in effect. Under the Food and Drug Administration policy, antibiotics that have been designated “medically important”—in other words, they’re ...