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Could Pacemakers Be Powered By Heartbeats One Day?

Battery-powered pacemakers have to be replaced every five to 12 years. So, some scientists have been working an alternative: battery-free pacemakers that in theory would never have to be replaced.

Kaiser Permanente Med School to Offer Free Tuition

A new medical school will offer free tuition to its first five classes in hopes of student debt as an obstacle to enrollment.

FDA Head: Agency May Cut Kids' Vaccine Exemptions

The federal government could "mandate certain rules about what is and isn't permissible when it comes to allowing people to have exemptions," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNN.

Cancer and Sugar: Is There a Link?

Does sugar cause cancer or make it grow faster? Some experts believe so, while others believe the real culprit is something that can happen if you have too much sugar.

High-Fat Diets Do No Favors for Your Gut Bacteria

The study showed that a high-fat diet is linked to unfavorable changes in the type and numbers of gut bacteria, known as the microbiome, as well increasing inflammatory triggers in the body.

Acupuncture Could Help Ease Menopausal Symptoms

Compared with women who didn't get acupuncture, those who did had significant reductions in hot flashes, a recent study found.

‘Young Blood’ Clinics Shut Down After FDA Action

While the FDA did not name Ambrosia its release, it cautioned consumers that there is “no proven clinical benefit” to the transfusions. Although

Gut Microbes May Help Drive Lupus, Study Finds

Comparing gut bacteria from lupus patients with bacteria from their healthy peers, scientists learned those with lupus had about five times more of the bacteria known as Ruminococcus gnavus.

Walnuts, Almonds Help Hearts in Type 2 Diabetes

Eating five or more weekly servings of nuts also appears to lower the risk of premature death from heart disease or any other cause by about one-third for people with type 2 diabetes.

Study: FDA Fell Short on Tracking Fentanyl Use

Despite what should have been a very restrictive distribution system, as many as half of the patients receiving a specific form of fentanyl did not meet the requirements to get it, researchers said

Heart Attacks Rising Among Younger Women

By 2014, women younger than 55 accounted for 31 percent of hospitalizations for heart attack -- up from 21 percent in the late 1990s.

CDC: Turkey-Linked Salmonella Cases Now at 279

Cases have been reported in 41 states and the District of Columbia, and 107 people have been hospitalized. One death was previously reported in California.

Finding LGBTQ-Friendly Health Care a Challenge

Health care providers are recognizing and trying to meet the need for more inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly health care.

Common Yeast Infection Pill Tied to Miscarriage

Research suggests that use of the drug greatly raises a pregnant woman's odd for miscarriage, as well as the odds that her baby will have a heart defect.

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Deer in 24 States

There is no evidence the disease can spread to people, the CDC said, but hunters should be careful around potentially infected animals.

Apple-Shaped Body? Pear-Shaped? Your Genes May Tell

While obesity is linked to a range of health conditions, excess fat around the middle seems to be a particular risk factor for certain diseases -- like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Hands Don't Spread HPV, Study Finds

"Just because we detect HPV DNA in the hand doesn't necessarily mean the viral particles are viable or that there is enough to cause an infection," the study's lead author says.

Ohio Teen Gets Himself Vaccinated, Inspires Others

As he began to get various vaccinations, media reports about him multiplied, and so did the requests for information and guidance, questions and comments.

Guys, Can You Give Us 40? It May Show Heart Health

Men in their 40s who can do more than 40 push-ups at a time have a 96 percent reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease compared with men who did 10 or fewer.

Osteoporosis Often Missed in Elderly Men

Osteoporosis is a serious condition for men, too. After breaking a hip, the risk of illness and death is greater among men than women, researchers said.

Physical Shows Trump is Obese But in Good Health

Last year the 72-year-old, 6-foot 3-inch Trump weighed 239 pounds, but in a year he has gained 4 pounds and is now 243 pounds. That puts him at a body mass index of 30.4, which crosses the 30 BMI clinical threshold for obesity.

1 Hour of General Anesthesia Safe for Infants

Among more than 700 infants in seven countries, the researchers didn't find any measurable neurodevelopmental or behavioral problems up to the age of 5.

In States With Legal Medical Pot, Teen Use Is Down

The longer medical marijuana had been legal, the less likely teens were to use pot.

Women, Take Your Heart Attack Symptoms Seriously

You can have a heart attack even if your arteries don't have blockages, which is the case for at least a third of women who've had heart attacks, a cardiologist says.

Winter-Proof Your Skin

What is it about winter and dry skin? A dermatologist explains and offers some tips and tricks to soothe winter dry skin.

Teen Weight Loss Surgery Gaining Acceptance

Twenty years ago, weight loss surgery for teenagers was seen as a risky last resort. But today, many doctors say that for some, the benefits outweigh the risks.

What to Do When Adult Children Want to Move Back In

How do you handle it when your millennial adult child wants to move back home? See what a psychologist has to say about house rules and boundaries.

Flu Shot Much More Effective This Year, CDC Says

This year's flu vaccine offers 47 percent protection against all circulating strains, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sports Are Important to Keep You Fit, Active as You Age

Research shows that playing sports and exercising in midlife promotes activity as men age. The benefits of sports may also surpass those of gym-based exercise.

Learn About How Geriatricians Care for Older Adults

Just as pediatricians care for young patients, geriatricians focus on caring for older adults. Learn more about what these medical doctors do.

Blacks Gain, Still Have Highest Cancer Death Rate

The number of black lives lost to cancer in the United States is falling, and at a faster rate than observed among white people. That's helping to close a decades-long "race gap" in cancer deaths.

Is There a Right Time for Sex After Childbirth?

There's really no one-size-fits-all time for resuming sexual activity. The six-week guideline seems widely accepted, but researchers were not able to find evidence to support it.

Alcohol Problems Grow as Booze Gets a Bigger Kick

It’s only in the past decade or two that most states allowed higher-alcohol beers to be sold in restaurants and stores. Most had an ABV limit of 6% or 7%. In other words, those estimates do not reflect that a 12-ounce beer with an alcohol by volume of 10% has about twice the alcohol content of a 5-ounce glass of wine.

Could Diet Sodas Raise Older Women's Stroke Risk?

Women who drank two or more diet drinks per day saw their overall stroke risk rise by 23 percent, compared with those who had diet drinks less than once a week.

Your Valentine May Bring You Better Sleep

If you can have a good relationship, you probably have good interpersonal skills. And if you get along well with your partner, you're probably less likely to get into a fight with your boss or a friend.

Does Bullying Start at Home?

Bullying was more likely to occur in families with three or more children, and the eldest child or older brothers were more often the bullies. Female children and younger children were more often targeted.

Breast Cancer and DDT: Exposure Timing May Matter

If harmful DDT exposures occur at times when breast tissue is rapidly changing, such as during puberty, they impact breast development in ways that can later result in cancer, the study author said.

Tattooed and Need MRI? What You Need to Know

While millions of people with tattoos have MRIs every year without side effects, some adverse reactions have been reported, including a pulling sensation on tattooed skin because tattoo ink can contain pigments that are magnetic and interact with the MRI's strong magnetic fields.

Pumped Breast Milk Falls Short of Direct Nursing

Researchers found that breast milk from women who pumped tended to have more potentially bad bacteria than milk from women who fed their infants only from the breast.

Teen Pot Use Raises Later Suicide Risk

Not only were those who smoked marijuana more likely to suffer depression and suicidal thoughts, they were also more than three times as likely to attempt suicide between the ages of 18 and 32.

New Mammogram Screening Guidelines FAQ

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that women who aren't at high risk of breast cancer start getting mammograms at age 50, a decade later than previously recommended. Experts answer questions about the new mammogram guidelines.

FDA Panel Backs Ketamine-like Drug for Depression

Despite the panel's approval, two of five key studies of esketamine failed to meet their primary goals. When taking esketamine, some patients experienced sedation, blood pressure spikes and dissociation (feeling disconnected from surroundings) within two hours of taking the drug, CNN reported.

Your Sex Life After Baby: When You Can Get Back to Sex, How to Find the Energy

WebMD discusses how new parents can get their sex lives back on track.

Does PTSD Really Harm Veterans' Hearts?

Veterans with PTSD had higher rates of smoking, depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but no single condition explained the association between PTSD and heart disease, a new study found.

'Ultraprocessed' Foods Tied to Higher Death Risk

The researchers found that each 10 percent increase in the amount of ultraprocessed foods consumed was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of early death, CNN reported.

Hep C Meds Are Safe for People With Liver Cancer

Study findings contradict previous research suggesting that antiviral drugs might increase these patients' risk of liver cancer recurrence.

Teen Defies Mother, Gets Vaccinations

High school senior Ethan Lindenberger said his parents' misguided anti-vaccine beliefs put him, and his younger siblings, at risk, CBS News reported.

Dating With Schizophrenia

Dating when you have schizophrenia can be a challenge. But your condition doesn’t have to stand in the way of a happy, healthy relationship. Get tips on easing into the dating game.

Nearly 8 million US Kids Have Mental Issues

Mental health problems in U.S. children are common, according to a new survey, with about 1 in 6 children of school age affected. The survey asked parents about anxiety, depression and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD—because they are the most prevalent and pose the greatest risk for long-term problems

HPV Might Be Behind Vocal Cord Cancers in Young

Vocal cord, or glottic cancer, has been associated strongly with smoking and almost entirely seen in patients over 40 years, but today nonsmokers make up nearly half of glottic cancer patients, and it is common for them to be diagnosed under the age of

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