Johnson & Johnson to pay family $72 million
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay damages to the family of a woman who died of cancer she said was caused by the company's talcum powder. Lawyers for the family say a jury in St Louis, Missouri, awarded $72 million in damages. Jackie Fox died o... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacteria swabbing trend for newborns in doubt
Parents are faced with a lot of difficult questions when they're getting ready to give birth. Should the mother get an epidural? Is saving umbilical cord blood worth it? They may even ponder eating the placenta. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A 'compromise' on female genital mutilation?
In 1996, doctors at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle decided to offer its Somali patient population what was characterized at the time as a "ritual nick" to adolescent girls, as a way to avoid a much more extreme procedure. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jury awards $72 million in Johnson & Johnson suit
A jury has awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who said her ovarian cancer was caused by Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and other products containing talcum, The Associated Press reported. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC probes possible sexually transmitted Zika cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is investigating 14 new reports of possible sexual transmission of the Zika virus. The CDC said several of these cases are among pregnant women, although it did not specify how many. "These new re... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Salmonella outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts
Alfalfa sprouts are the likely source of a multistate salmonella outbreak that has caused 13 people to become ill, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Would you drink brown tap water?
Concerns about water safety escalated nationwide after reports of lead poisoning from the tap water in Flint, Michigan. Now there are concerns about iron in the water in Louisiana. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What does it mean to die of 'natural causes?'
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and author Harper Lee recently died of natural causes, according to most news reports. But what does that phrase mean? Or, rather, what is "unnatural" about something that happens to everyone? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK nurse who had Ebola hospitalized again
For the second time, a Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola 14 months ago has been hospitalized for a "late complication" from the original infection. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brazilian scientists decipher Zika virus genome
Brazilian scientists in Rio de Janeiro have obtained the genome sequence of the Zika virus and found the disease is indeed related to the incidence of microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with small heads. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HPV plummeted in teens since vaccine, study finds
The human papillomavirus vaccine was first recommended for adolescent girls in the United States in 2006. Since that time, the prevalence of the cancer-causing virus has been dropping among young women, according to a new study. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Archbishop Aymond blesses the sick, those working in health care
Hundreds attended a special Mass on Sunday at Saint Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter for those suffering from illness and for doctors, nurses and health care providers who care for them. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Local fitness expert offers tips to get your body ready for summer
Having a summer body doesn't mean looking like a model on the cover of a magazine, it just means getting to a point where you can be more confident in your beachwear. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Water runs black in south Texas town
Dirty water and allegations of dirty officials have wracked a small south Texas town that calls itself "The Spinach Capital of the World." Black, stinky water flowed from faucets in a Crystal City on Wednesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What to do if you have the flu
Flu activity is increasing in the United States, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with widespread activity reported in 12 states -- Arizona, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, N... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tips on treating an allergy flare-up
There's a reason why you may be feeling under the weather these days. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coffee may help prevent this liver disease
Make that black coffee order a double. Upping your coffee intake may help reduce your chances of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis, according to a review done by the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics of multiple existing studies. Dr... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Salmonella linked to Garden of Life RAW Meal products
Health officials have identified seven more cases of salmonella illness linked to Garden of Life RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flint water: Lead levels 'much, much better'
Lead levels in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, are "much, much, better," said the research group that initially identified the contamination. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Many US adults don't get enough sleep
You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again: Despite repeated recommendations for adults to sleep at least seven hours each night, a new study shows that more than one-third of us are not getting enough shut-eye. And they've pinpointed which states are the most sleep deprived. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survey: Flint paid highest water bills in 2015
In early 2015, dirty water in Flint, Michigan, was being tested for lead, two lawsuits were challenging rate increases, and now a study finds residents were then paying the highest water bills of 500 communities surveyed nationwide, according to a no... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Struggling to survive: Why maternity laws make it hard for mothers in Louisiana
Many new mothers in the U.S. struggle between paying bills and taking care of a new baby. We look at how the United States compares to other countries when it comes to paid maternity leave, and the new effort to change the law in Louisiana. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Benzodiazepine overdose deaths soar, study finds
The use of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, is on the rise, and the number of overdose deaths related to them soared in recent years, new research says. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Things to consider before becoming human guinea pig
People who volunteer for these trials can be anyone from a healthy student who needs to make a little extra cash to a desperate cancer patient hoping an experimental drug really can help. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jury indicts Colo. tech accused of tampering with syringe
A grand jury has indicted a former surgical tech whose alleged drug tampering spurred a Colorado hospital to warn thousands of patients that they could have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report: Organic meats contain more omega-3s
Fatty fish, nuts and vegetable oils get high marks in the nutrition department because they are rich in "good" fat. Red meat and milk may also be a good source of these polyunsaturated fats, and according to research, organic products have more of them than the conventional nonorganic options. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teen 'doctor': I never said I was an M.D.
An 18-year-old charged with posing as a doctor told ABC News that "just because someone has a title 'doctor' in front of their name does not necessarily imply M.D." Malachi Love-Robinson, who police say posed as a medical doctor and treated patients ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: People exercise more for financial gain
Companies that want their employees to exercise more might want to skip the promise of prizes or pats on the back. Instead, a new study shows, giving someone a financial incentive and then threatening to take it away might work better. Workplace welln... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What that hot, sugary drink is doing to you
It's 7 a.m., your train is late, you're exhausted and stressed, with another long day at work ahead of you. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your Starbucks drink may have 25 spoons of sugar in it
Warning: You might want to put that caramel latte down before reading this. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First sexual transmission of Zika in U.S.
The news out of Dallas in early February exploded around the world: Zika can be transmitted by sex. Suddenly, a virus that wasn't supposed to be a game changer in the United States took on a whole new dimension. It spurred the Centers for Disease Con... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Academy of the Sacred Heart to host annual blood drive on Wednesday
What can you donate, free of charge, that has the power to save lives? The answer: well, it's deep inside you! (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brazil, WHO officials deny pesticide-microcephaly link
Brazilian health officials and the World Health Organization are denying links between a well-known pesticide and microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to develop abnormally small heads and leads to death in some cases. The pesticide is called ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why men need to worry about Zika virus
Watching the news, Dr. William Schaffner wanted to reach into his television set and give soccer player Hope Solo this message: "You have it all backward!" (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can eating fish lead to childhood obesity?
Advice to pregnant women to not overdo it on fish is getting an endorsement from new research. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The mosquitoes that changed history
In Spanish, mosquito translates to "little gnat," but its impact on history has been far from miniscule. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kentucky bill requires spouse consent to husband's Viagra use
Angered by a new law requiring women receive medical counseling at least 24 hours before an abortion, a Kentucky lawmaker decided she was going to "strike a nerve" with her political opponents -- in particular, the men. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For some, sleep improves with pet in bed
A new sleep study has found sleeping with your pet in bed doesn’t necessarily disturb sleep. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Couch potatoes might have smaller brains
Poor physical fitness in middle age might be associated with a smaller brain size later on, according to a study published in an online issue of Neurology. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One can at a time: Support group aims to help families affected by Zika virus
Members of a special needs support group geared up Saturday night to help families battle the Zika virus and to help stop the spread of the disease. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hawaii signs emergency proclamation on Zika virus
The governor of Hawaii has signed an emergency proclamation regarding Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State offers solutions for upstate N.Y. water contamination
New York state is working to develop new long-term water sources for a small upstate town where the water system has been contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical, the state said Friday in a press release. The state may install new or deeper wells ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Michigan Legionnaires' deaths were preventable, official says
Residents of Flint, Michigan, began getting gravely ill and in some cases dying in summer 2014 in one of the worst outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in U.S. history, and a county health director says attempts to find the source were hampered when th... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What threat does Zika pose to the Olympics?
Well before the Zika epidemic began in Brazil last year, Olympics organizers knew they would face a challenge in keeping the approximately 16,000 athletes and 600,000 visitors to Rio de Janiero healthy. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3 deaths linked to Zika virus in Venezuela
Three people have died in Venezuela from complications related to the Zika virus, President Nicolas Maduro said. There have been 319 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the nation, state-run newspaper Correo Del Orinoco reported Thursday. Venezuela's... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How your brain works against your best intentions
Have you ever tried to stop yourself from doing something, but were unable to summon up the willpower? A new study finds your brain might be working against your best intentions, and scientists think they might know what could help you unlock your better self. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DHH investigating 2 possible cases of Zika virus in state
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is investigating two possible cases of Zika virus in the state. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinton, Bush biggest recipients of Pharma donations
When former Turing Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli announced that he was increasing the price of an HIV drug called Daraprim by nearly 5,000%, he turned the cost of prescription drugs into a political issue. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Silicon Valley is dealing with mental illness
It was a less than a year ago that Adrienne Heinz lost her brother, Austen, who committed suicide after a lifelong battle with depression. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These earplugs could replace your noise machine
Should everything be "smart?" (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news