Americans are fatter than ever, CDC survey finds
The results are in from the one of the largest and broadest surveys of health in the United States. And although many of the findings are encouraging -- more Americans had health insurance and fewer smoked cigarettes in 2015 than in previous years --... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby born without back of skull
Even as Ben and Alyssa Riedhead were expecting their first child, they were planning for his funeral. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Former players rally around coach dying of Parkinson's
For 16 seasons, Don Horton was a dad to his college football teams. Now, his former players are coming to the dying coach's aid. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Harnessing spider powers to heal human bodies
Professor Fritz Vollrath keeps his spiders in luxurious accommodation on the roof of Oxford University. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VA's McDonald apologizes for Disney waiting line comparison
Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald apologized Tuesday for comparing long waits at VA hospitals to the lines at Disney amusement parks, amid calls from top Republicans for him to resign because of the remark. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctor uses iPad to conduct surgery
In countries ravaged by conflict, providing international medical expertise on the ground can be almost impossible. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senator calls on VA secretary to resign
A senior Republican senator called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to resign Tuesday after he inflamed the veterans' community by comparing the time it takes to receive medical care to long lines at Disneyland. The demand by Roy Blunt of M... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Late BMX biker Dave Mirra diagnosed with CTE
Iconic BMX biker Dave Mirra was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the same brain disease that has been diagnosed in a number of former professional football players, including Junior Seau and Ken Stabler. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO: Zika result of 'massive' policy failures
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan lashed out at family planning and mosquito control "failures" as root causes of the ongoing Zika crisis in an address to the World Health Assembly. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It's OK to let your baby cry himself to sleep, study finds
Many new parents long for a full night of glorious, uninterrupted sleep yet shudder at the thought of letting their baby "cry it out," the sleep training method in which parents allow babies to cry themselves to sleep. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nasdaq rejects pot startup MassRoots
MassRoots, a social networking platform for cannabis users, said Tuesday that Nasdaq has rejected its request to trade shares on the exchange. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World's top insurer ditches $2 billion tobacco investment
The world's largest insurer is ditching tobacco assets worth $2 billion, saying it can't continue to invest in an industry that kills six million people per year. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protecting the world from deadly superbugs
Superbugs could kill one person every three seconds by 2050, the equivalent of 10 million people a year, according to the final report last week from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VA chief's Disneyland comparison criticized
Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald downplayed Monday the time it takes for veterans to receive medical treatment by comparing the "experience" of waiting for health care to Disneyland guests waiting for a ride. "When you go to Disney, do they mea... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health experts to discuss, answer questions Monday about Zika in Gulf Coast
With the threat of the Zika virus on the minds of Gulf Coast residents, health officials are hosting a panel Monday to answer questions about the public health issue. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is one minute of exercise all you need?
If someone told you that you could get a full workout in the same amount of time it takes you to make a cup of tea or take out the trash, would you believe them? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Listeria concerns prompt recalls
Products containing sunflower seeds from a Minnesota-based company are under a voluntary recall in at least 24 states. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beyond Meat's burger drips canola oil not blood
A new burger is about to hit the market. It looks and cooks like it's made of beef. But there's one key difference -- it's entirely plant based. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DHH hosts meetings for residents to learn about expanded Medicaid program
State health officials will host a series of community meetings for people to learn more about Louisiana's expanded Medicaid program. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obama chides lawmakers over Zika funding
President Barack Obama on Friday urged lawmakers to take up his $1.9 billion proposal to combat Zika, suggesting anything less would leave the U.S. vulnerable to the mosquito-borne virus that causes birth defects. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chamber of Commerce launches ads against Dems
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is wading into some of the most hotly-contested Senate races this year, supporting Republicans and hammering Democrats over Obamacare and spending. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Dig through your freezer for potentially contaminated food
Listeria contamination has prompted a flurry of frozen food recalls over the past month. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The latest on Zika and the Olympics
All eyes are on Rio and its Zika-carrying mosquitoes as the countdown to the 2016 Olympics continues. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fitbit accuracy questioned in lawsuit
Your favorite fitness tracker may not be totally accurate, according to a study used in an amended complaint filed Thursday against Fitbit. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of pregnant women with Zika in U.S. triples
The number of pregnant women in the United States reported to have the Zika virus has more than tripled, increasing from 48 to 157, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Dr. Margaret Honein, chief of the CDC's birth defects bran... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zero gravity weighs heavy on your health
After more than 50 years of human spaceflight, NASA is an expert in what happens to the human body when it's in zero gravity. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Insurance companies fight the opioid epidemic
The latest fighters in the opioid addiction epidemic aren't addicts-turned-activists, cops or even addiction counselors. They are health insurance companies. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oklahoma Legislature passes bill criminalizing abortion
The Oklahoma state legislature has passed a bill that would criminalize abortion procedures in the state. According to the language of the bill, anyone who is found to have performed an abortion -- except in instances to save the life of the mother -... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yellow fever outbreak is 'serious and of great concern'
The yellow fever outbreak in Angola is serious and of great concern, the World Health Organization said Thursday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Salmonella outbreaks being caused by turtles
Small turtles may be cute but they are making people sick. That was the warning from U.S. federal health officials on Wednesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exploding vaporizer rips hole in man's tongue
Kenneth Barbero of Albany, NY, was enjoying a nice millennial vaping session when the hand-held device he was using blew up in his face; knocking out teeth, ripping a hole in his tongue and leaving his hands covered in burns. "[It was] like an M80 bom... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Theranos issues thousands of blood-test corrections
Theranos has issued corrections for thousands of blood tests and has voided two years' worth of results from one of its devices. It's the latest setback for the embattled startup, which is facing federal probes. Theranos spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan sai... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The soap that could fight Zika
It's just a little sting, so slight often the victim doesn't even feel it. But it's administered by the most dangerous animal in the world -- the female anopheles mosquito. This insect sinking its mouth into human flesh to feed its unborn children kill... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The bionic skin that can feel a tumor
Our skin is our largest organ. A gateway between our brain and the rest of the world. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Many sunscreens have lower SPF than labels claim
Nearly half of sunscreen products in the United States do not live up to the SPF claim on their bottles, according to a new study. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Mom's voice works like a charm on your brain
Less than one second. That's how long it takes children to recognize their mother's voice. And that voice lights a child's brain up like a Christmas tree. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Carolina passes bill banning abortion after 19 weeks
The South Carolina legislature has passed a bill banning abortions after 19 weeks. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senate approves $1.1 billion compromise bill to combat Zika
More than three months after President Barack Obama asked for $1.8 billion in emergency funds to combat Zika, Congress took its first step Tuesday to approve the request when the Senate passed a compromise $1.1 billion measure. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists: Cloned Zika virus a step toward vaccine
Scientists have for the first time cloned the Zika virus, a development that could bring a desperately needed vaccine within closer reach. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika: Is the U.S. ready for the fight?
If you're a mosquito and you value your life, stay away from Fort Myers, Florida. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Olympians to get 'Zika-proof' condoms
The Australian Olympic team will be given a new way to fight off the Zika virus: a condom said to be "Zika-proof," even though the manufacturer's website states that it has not applied for or received regulatory approval for its claim. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Almost half of all heart attacks are 'silent'
Every 43 seconds, an American has a heart attack. Most people immediately recognize chest pain as a symptom of heart attack, but only 27% of Americans are aware of all the major symptoms. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors perform first U.S. penis transplant
Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital performed the first U.S. penis transplant, they said Monday, calling it a "landmark procedure." Thomas Manning, 64, is recovering well after the 15-hour procedure performed by a team of over 50 surgeons, doct... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Going to church could help you live longer
Many Americans say they attend church because it helps them stay grounded and gives them spiritual guidance. A new study suggests that regular attendance may also help increase their lifespan. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

LSU medical school leaders outline effect of combined $500 million cuts next year
Leaders of the Louisiana State University medical schools in New Orleans and Shreveport expect to take a combined $50 million cut next year that could shutter programs and damage training programs. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Russian doping: Kremlin attacks 'defector'
The Kremlin has dismissed allegations of doping at the Sochi 2014 Olympics Games as "defamation by a defector." (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boy, 10, faces long recovery after pesticide poisoning
Peyton McCaughey still puts on his baseball uniform and cleats, but he has to sit on the bench for the game. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

House Republicans push own Zika plan
House Republicans, who have resisted approving the $1.9 billion that President Barack Obama requested to combat the Zika virus, now are preparing their own spending package and are aiming for a vote as early as next Wednesday. Ever since they sent the... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Singapore confirms first Zika case
Singapore has confirmed its first imported case of the Zika virus, the Ministry of Health said. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

California family given more time to keep son on ventilator
Tubes and wires crisscross Israel Stinson's little body in the heart-wrenching video. Moments after the 2-year-old is tickled under his arm, Israel appears to move slightly on his bed in a Northern California hospital. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news