Fitness & Wellbeing
  • NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters Health) - If gaps in insurance coverage dramatically reduce the number of male babies being circumcised in the United States, related health costs could soar by several billion dollars, a new study suggests.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT
  • People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a new study.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT
  • Firefighters work to decontaminate items from a campus ministry at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. New Hampshire's state public health director Dr. Jose Montero said a woman from the state contracted a case of gastrointestinal anthrax and is in critical condition.

    LONDON (Reuters) - A British drug user has died from anthrax, health authorities said on Friday, triggering concerns a European outbreak of the rare infection among people who inject heroin may be worsening.

    The user was possibly infected by contaminated heroin and there were at least seven other similar cases across Europe, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said in a statement.

    "It's likely that further cases ... will be identified as part of the ongoing outbreak in EU countries," said the HPA's Dilys Morgan.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT
  • This undated frame screen shot from video, provided by AARP and the Ad Council, is from a new public service announcement illustrating the frustration that family members can feel as they struggle to care for aging loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children and taking care of their own health. The campaign, beginning Thursday, is to raise awareness of family caregivers and point them toward resources that may ease the strain.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman grips her car's steering wheel and silently lets out a scream as her frail father, on oxygen, coughs beside her and her kids play around in the back seat.

    The frustration portrayed in an arresting new public service announcement is recognizable to millions of Americans who struggle to care for aging loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children and taking care of their own health.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT
  • In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, patients come and go at a temporary health clinic at the middle school in Stratham, N.H. The state health department set up the clinic to test hundreds of people for hepatitis C related to an outbreak at nearby Exeter Hospital.

    Radiology technician David Kwiatkowski was a few weeks into a temporary job at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian in 2008 when a co-worker accused him of lifting a syringe containing an addictive painkiller from an operating room and sticking it down his pants.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT
  • In this undated image provided by the Minister for Health and Ageing is proposed cigarette packaging stripped of all logos and replaced with graphic images that tobacco companies in Australia will be forced to use.

    Australia's highest court upheld the world's toughest law on cigarette promotion Wednesday, prohibiting tobacco company logos on cigarette packs that will instead show cancer-riddled mouths, blinded eyeballs and sickly children.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT
  • The Democrat underwent an extensive evaluation and is responding well to treatment for the disorder at the facility in Rochester, Minn.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT
  • In this May 3, 2006 photo, a student purchases a brown sugar Pop-Tart from a vending machine in the hallway outside the school cafeteria, in Wichita, Kan. According to the first large study of states’ laws governing the sale of junk food and drinks in U.S. public schools, these regulations may help curb childhood obesity.

    CHICAGO (AP) — Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off.

    The results come from the first large national look at the effectiveness of the state laws over time. They are not a slam-dunk, and even obesity experts who praised the study acknowledge the measures are a political hot potato, smacking of a "nanny state" and opposed by industry and cash-strapped schools relying on food processors' money.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 12, 2012, 12:58 PM EST