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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to study diabetes drug metformin

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles announced today it will use a $2.8 million grant to study the effectiveness of the drug metformin is treating type 1 diabetes.

New study suggests e-cigarettes may not be gateway to smoking

E-cigarettes don’t appear to entice teens to try smoking tobacco, a new study says.

Suicide a risk for young cancer patients, study finds

A diagnosis of cancer may put teens and young adults at risk for suicide, a new study finds.

Easy entertaining calls for an ‘Unbeetable’ recipe

Beet & Berry Chutney Servings: 10 (1/4 cup) servings Prep time: 20 minutes 1/2 cup orange marmalade 1 jar (15.5 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Harvard Beets, not drained 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon finely chopped candied ginger, optional ...

Mondays might be your best day to quit smoking

Smokers are most likely to think about kicking their habit on Mondays, according to a new study, and this finding may help boost the effectiveness of anti-smoking campaigns.

Obamacare: Fewer options for many

Some of Thomas Harte’s New Hampshire neighbors are frustrated by the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces but not for the reasons you might expect.

Weight-loss surgery seems to beat diet and exercise

For people who have a lot of weight to lose, weight-loss surgery appears more effective than diet and exercise, a new review suggests.

California teens drinking more sugary drinks

Although younger children in California are drinking less soda and other sugary beverages, teens in the state are actually drinking more, according to a report released Thursday.

Flu shot may also help your heart

If avoiding an achy, feverish week or so laid up with the flu doesn’t motivate you to get a flu shot, a new study linking flu shots to a lower incidence of heart disease might persuade you to roll up ...

Vigorous workouts, but not work, tied to blood pressure

Exercising for fun may lower the risk of high blood pressure, but heavy lifting on the job does not offer the same benefit, according to a new review of the evidence.

Human milk purchased via the Internet may contain high levels of bacteria

In the study, “Microbial Contamination of Human Milk Purchased via the Internet,” published in the November 2013 issue of Pediatrics, researchers purchased 102 cross-sectional samples of human milk through a popular U.S. milk-sharing website.

L.A. City councilmen push to ban GMO's

No GMOs. That’s the message from Los Angeles City Councilmen Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell, who introduced a motion today to ban the growing or selling of genetically modified seeds or plants in Los Angeles.

Halloween tricks and treats spice up family entertaining

Halloween is the sweetest holiday of the year, making it a favorite for giddy children who dream of giant bags of candy. Before they rush out the door on Halloween night, make sure your kids and their fellow trick-or-treaters are ...

Teaching sleep tips to parents seems to help kids with autism

Sleep education for parents of children with autism helps improve the youngsters’ behavior and quality of life, according to a new study.

Immune protein found to block HIV spread in some people

One percent of people infected with HIV have a second line of defense deep in their immune system, which serves as a back-up for the body’s defenses that get wiped out by the virus, according to a new study.