Report: Breast-feeding could save 800,000 lives per year
A report concludes that dramatically scaling up breast-feeding to near-universal levels for infants and young children could save 820,000 children's lives a year around the world, preventing 13% of all deaths of children under five. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China arrests hospital ticket 'scalpers'
Beijing police have arrested 12 people for scalping tickets for hospital appointments as authorities pledge to crack down on a scam that infuriates many and prevents some patients from getting much-needed care. The arrests, confirmed by police Thursd... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GOP wary of helping Flint with $600 million bill
Scrambling to respond to the lead poisoning in the Flint, Michigan, water supply, the two Democratic senators from that state unveiled a $600 million proposal to help replace contaminated pipes and treat residents who were exposed to the dangerous el... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two more states see listeria cases
Connecticut and Missouri have joined the list of states affected by a listeria outbreak that has killed one person and hospitalized 15 others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The CDC said last week that salads sold under ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Better info needed on antidepressants and pregnancy
An estimated 15% of women in their reproductive years take antidepressants, raising concerns about the possibility of birth defects associated with these medications, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika virus 'spreading explosively,' WHO says
The Zika virus is "is now spreading explosively" in the Americas, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday, with another official estimating between 3 million to 4 million infections in the region over a 12-month period. "The level of c... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lawyers want Planned Parenthood probe to continue
Attorneys for anti-abortion activists who were indicted in Texas this week after making secret videos to expose Planned Parenthood said Wednesday that the charges have "no chance" of ending in convictions, and asked the county district attorney to al... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The secret to losing weight: Flavonoids
Still looking for a quick fix to make your diet resolution stick? Put some blueberries on your breakfast cereal and pour that small glass of orange juice. It turns out that an apple a day really can keep the doctor away -- at least away from a lectur... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teens die after drinking soda mixed with racing fuel
"Dewshine," a mixture of Mountain Dew and methanol-based racing fuel, is the likely cause of the recent deaths of two Tennessee teens, a poison control official said Wednesday. Two other boys who drank the mixture at a party last week were hospitalize... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Editor: Times could have helped Flint residents
The New York Times' public editor released a scathing review of the newspaper's coverage of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, noting sarcastically that the paper had the resources to cover such public issues as "lumbersexuals" and "breadfacing." In h... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New recommendation: Screen adults for depression
Have you felt down a lot in the last couple of weeks? How often have you felt tired or felt as if you couldn't concentrate? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Exercise can help reduce menopause hot flashes
Women who lead sedentary lives have more severe menopause symptoms compared with more physically active women, a new study finds. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oprah lost 26 pounds, Weight Watchers stock soars
Oprah Winfrey still has the Midas Touch for Weight Watchers. Oprah, an investor in Weight Watchers as well as a member of the company's board and diet service, said in a video she posted to Twitter Tuesday afternoon that she has already lost 26 pound... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Five things you need to know about Zika
A relatively new mosquito-borne virus is prompting worldwide concern because of an alarming connection to a neurological birth disorder and the rapid spread of the virus across the globe. The Zika virus, transmitted by the aggressive Aedes aegypti mo... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where health experts stand on E-cigarettes
New research from the prestigious medical journal BMJ finds teens who use e-cigarettes are more than three times as likely to be smoking traditional cigarettes a year later. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 ways for women to protect heart health
The chances you'll die from heart disease are good -- too good. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. It's especially of concern for women, because their symptoms can be different from men's, according to the American Heart Assoc... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Halting the spread of Zika into the US
At a lab in Texas, a scientist pipettes 3 milliliters of sheep's blood into a tiny bowl, heats it to 98.6 to replicate the temperature of human blood, and spikes it with the dreaded Zika virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The mental health issue behind gun violence
If there's anything both sides of America's heated and polarizing gun debate may agree on, it's the need to keep firearms out of the hands of people with serious mental illness. That is not the same as saying gun violence is a mental health issue, whi... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 unanswered questions about Bernie Sanders' health care plan
Bernie Sanders has finally outlined how he'd pay for his nearly $14 trillion Medicare-for-all plan, but lots of unanswered questions remain. Shifting the U.S. to a single-payer system would be very disruptive, experts say. The eight-page proposal Sand... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The centenarian tide is on the rise
Death rates have been dropping for Americans of almost every age for decades now. A study of centenarians, Americans 100 years and older, suggests that they are joining the ranks, as their death rates started to decline in 2008. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO expects Zika virus to spread
The World Health Organization anticipates that the Zika virus will spread to all but two countries in South, Central and North America. The mosquito-borne disease has raged in South America and other regions for several months. Twenty-one countries and... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Rio, Olympics working to help prevent Zika
To guard against a virus linked to birth abnormalities, Brazil's Olympic and Paralympic venues will be inspected daily during the 2016 Games in Rio Janeiro, games spokesman Phil Wilkinson said Sunday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ohio EPA demands more water tests for town
Following on the heels of the tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Ohio officials have shut down schools in a small town over concerns about its drinking water. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has warned some residents not to drink tap w... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First Zika cases reported in UK
Three British travelers have been infected with the Zika virus, the first cases confirmed in the UK, health officials revealed this week. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flint hospital finds Legionnaires' bacteria in water
A hospital in Flint, Michigan, reported Friday that low levels of Legionnaires' disease bacteria were discovered in its water system. The discovery came after the city switched its water supply. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deadly listeria outbreak linked to Dole salad
One person has died and 12 others are hospitalized after eating packaged salads linked to a listeria outbreak. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Serious birth defect on the rise
An increasing number of babies are being born with a serious birth defect, gastroschisis, and it's got scientists concerned. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Device aims to give everyone access to a toilet
Everybody poops. But not everyone has access to a toilet. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EPA slams city, state response to Flint water crisis
For several weeks now, city and state officials have traded barbs over who is ultimately responsible for the toxic water that's inundated Flint, Michigan. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cough syrup recalled because it has morphine
A California-based company is voluntarily recalling cough syrup because it contains morphine, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The agency announced that Master Herbs, Inc. distributed 100ml bottles of Licorice Cough Liquid with the opioi... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How one doctor exposed Flint's water crisis
If Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha hadn't had a friend over to dinner in August, the public might still be in the dark about the lead contamination poisoning the water supply in Flint, Michigan. Her friend was a water expert who had worked for the Environmenta... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obama: US shouldn't 'accept' unsafe drinking water
Insisting the country refuse to accept Flint, Michigan's water poisoning crisis, President Barack Obama said Thursday his administration was working to rush funds to the state to improve water systems. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ebola: Sierra Leone has 2nd post-outbreak case
A second case of the deadly Ebola virus has been reported in the West African nation of Sierra Leone in as many weeks -- just seven days after health officials declared a major epidemic in the region had ended. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

App wants to make birth control available on demand
Birth control is a pain to get. Skipping it can have life-altering consequences. Unfortunately for busy women in a pinch, the United States requires a prescription for birth control, unlike the majority of countries in the world. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Martin Shkreli clashes with senator over 5th Amendment
Martin Shkreli defended his constitutional right not to assist a Congressional investigation after a senator lashed out against him on Twitter. Republican Susan Collins tweeted Wednesday that Shkreli's choice to invoke the Fifth Amendment is akin to s... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mich. governor's emails shine light on Flint water crisis
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's then-chief of staff wrote an email in September that expressed concern the water crisis in Flint was being politicized, and argued the issue was not primarily the state's problem. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Martin Shkreli subpoenaed to appear before Congress
Martin Shkreli has a date with Congress. On Wednesday, he tweeted that he had been subpoenaed to appear before a House oversight committee. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How your smell can reveal if you're sick
Did you know you have an "odorprint"? The smells pouring out from various parts of the body are unique to an individual, made up of select compounds that vary depending on age, diet, sex, metabolism... and health. "Some diseases result in a characteris... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Screen some pregnant women for Zika
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending pregnant women who have recently traveled to areas where Zika virus is transmitted be screened for the mosquito-borne disease. This applies to pregnant women who have traveled to Bra... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Governor on Flint water crisis: 'I am sorry and I will fix it'
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vowed to do everything in his power to solve the Flint water crisis, asking legislators for $28 million to fund a series of immediate actions. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could doctor bias be affecting your treatment?
If you are overweight, have emotional problems or have difficulty with English, there's a good chance your doctor could be judging you because of it. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Artificial sweeteners: Healthy or not?
Sugar -- how can something so good be bad for us? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trader Joe's recalls cashews over salmonella fears
Trader Joe's has recalled a line of cashews over concerns it might be contaminated with salmonella. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby with microcephaly had Zika infection
A Hawaii newborn born with microcephaly, an unusually small head, had been infected with the Zika virus. The case could be the first one reported in the United States linking the birth defect with the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Preven... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug trial participant dies in France
A man has died in France after participating in a clinical drug trial, the University Hospital of Rennes said in a statement Sunday. The conditions of five other volunteers have been improved to stable. The French Health Ministry is investigating wha... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

City enrollment effort fails to put dent in number of outstanding uninsured residents
Time is running out for uninsured Americans to get health insurance or face a tax penalty. The last day to enroll through healthcare.gov is Jan. 31. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sanders would likely raise taxes to pay for universal health care
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders likely wants to raise everyone's taxes to pay for universal health care, but promises it will be worth it. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC issues travel warning due to Zika
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday advised pregnant women to postpone travel to Mexico, Puerto Rico and parts of Central America and South America due to the presence of the Zika virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sierra Leone reports Ebola death
Sierra Leone has reported a death from the Ebola virus -- a major setback hours after global experts said the outbreak is over in West Africa. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obama picks Vilsack to address heroin spike
President Barack Obama is naming a Cabinet-level point person to address the problem of heroin and other opiate use in rural communities. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news