Access to meds for opioid addiction expanded
A new rule finalized Tuesday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration increases the number of patients health care providers can treat with buprenorphine, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell said. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Apple to let Health app users sign up as organ donors
Apple is digging deeper into health care. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Marketing can even get kids to eat their vegetables
Apparently, marketing is key to get youngsters to eat more veggies. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Superbug' found in Rio bay not likely to cause infection
One month before Rio de Janeiro hosts the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazilian scientists have detected Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a group of drug-resistant bacteria, at some of the city's beaches. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Super bacteria' discovered in Rio's waters
A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off the shores of some of Rio de Janeiro's most stunning beaches, one month before they're due to host the 2016 Olympic Games. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Enjoy that pasta salad: Noodles linked to lower BMI
A little bit of what's irresistible is good for you, Italian scientists have discovered. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why men might underestimate women's sex drive
Most men may be missing the mark when it comes to gauging women's interest in sex. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain eating amoeba at unusually high levels
Levels of the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri that killed an Ohio teen were unusually high in water samples taken from the U.S. National Whitewater Center, and were likely caused by the failure of the water sanitation system, the Centers for Di... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Essence Festival aims to empower community, attendees with seminars at Convention Center
Essence Festival's weekend of empowerment seminars started on Friday morning. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Butter not as bad as you thought, study suggests
Have we gotten the health risks of butter all wrong? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As fireworks laws are relaxed, injuries increase
Fireworks are synonymous with Fourth of July celebrations. But as entertaining as sparklers, bottle rockets and other consumer items can be, they're also responsible for many injuries, which can sometimes result in death. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World's largest air purifier takes on China's smog
When artist Daan Roosegaarde visited Beijing in 2014, he was inspired by what he didn't see. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

St. Tammany Parish coroner urges caution about dangerous summer heat
St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston issued a warning Thursday for people to take proper safety precautions in the summer heat. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Google publishes patent for smart crib
Google wants to cram as many baby monitoring devices as possible into a single crib. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opening up art for the blind, with 3-D
Luc was only 7 years old when his world went dark and he became blind unexpectedly. But as he likes to say, blindness isn't very effective on him. Even with his can-do attitude, the 13-year-old recalls feeling excluded when he visited a museum exhibi... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is your hand sanitizer safe? The FDA wants to know
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are everywhere these days, and the Food and Drug Administration wants to know more about them. It requested more scientific evidence Wednesday to prove that hand sanitizers are both safe and effective. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What's the No. 1 killer of Americans?
The leading causes of death remained the same from the year before: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer, followed by cancer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and infant mortality decreased 2.3%. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can you get Zika twice?
Once you've had Zika, can you get it again? Scientists don't think so, but it's never been proved (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unsafe lead levels found in House office building
Congressional staff and others are having to drink bottled water around the Capitol after unsafe lead levels were detected by Capitol staff in the Cannon House Office building this week. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Nap or exercise to improve your memory
Scientists have unlocked new secrets for boosting memory retention: One involves breaking a sweat, and the other involves taking a snooze. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Female Viagra' not covered by most insurance policies
Michelle Weber says that when her boyfriend wanted to take Viagra, his insurance paid for it, no questions asked. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New metro safety ads are darkly humorous
Don't let the pleasant narration and sunny surroundings of "Safetyville" fool you. The new Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority's public safety ads are not playing around. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The grossest health concerns of summer
You are not the only one who thrives in the summer and loves its warm, long days. Bacteria and other microbes that cause food poisoning, diarrhea and just general grossness also flourish, threatening to make it a season to be sick. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man loses 140 pounds on Chick-fil-A diet
When Denver, Colorado, resident Alton Ward was at Texas A&M University four years ago, he said he weighed 355 pounds despite trying diets such as Jenny Craig, Atkins, juice diets and every other thing, Valdosta Today reported. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dems-GOP squabble stalls Zika funding
Efforts to combat the Zika virus stalled in the Senate Tuesday when Democrats blocked a $1.1 billion House-passed funding bill, escalating the political battle between the parties over how to respond to the looming public health crisis. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Olympic rowers' suits are anti-pollution
The U.S. Olympic rowing team will appear in seamless unisuits when they hit the bay waters of Rio de Janeiro this summer. Though many viewers will notice only the second-skin fit, these innovative suits will also be providing much-needed protection a... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research: Ovarian cancer prevention extends life
Fewer than half of ovarian cancer patients survive more than five years after their diagnosis. But new research indicates that preemptive surgery to remove a woman's ovaries and fallopian tubes might benefit more women than previously thought. Accord... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can a baby's motor skills predict future success?
The moment when a baby crawls or walks for the first time is something most of us document in our family scrapbooks for sentimental reasons, but a new study suggests that the milestone could provide valuable foresight. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GOP senators warn Democrats not to block Zika funds
Top Senate Republicans urged Democrats not to block a Zika funding measure that faces a key vote Tuesday, cautioning that Democrats will be blamed if children are born with the birth defects caused by the dangerous mosquito-borne virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diet Pepsi brings aspartame back
The aspartame is back in Diet Pepsi. Just 10 months after Pepsi announced it would stop using the artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi due to consumer safety concerns, the company said it will bring aspartame back. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Officials working with water park after amoeba kills woman
A water park in North Carolina, where a deadly amoeba was found in the water after the death of an Ohio woman, will not be fully reopening for several weeks, Mecklenburg County Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia said Monday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wendy Davis: 'Overjoyed' by SCOTUS ruling
Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis said Monday she was "absolutely overjoyed" by the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down a Texas abortion access law. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meet the man redefining 'disabled' in Colombia
As a young man with cerebral palsy, Jeison Aristizábal has fought his entire life to overcome the obstacles in his way. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flint water crisis: How bad was it?
The residents of Flint, Michigan, continue to face an unprecedented crisis over lead in water. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes clear how much damage was done. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO weighs emergency measures for yellow fever vaccine
In Angola, the worst outbreak of yellow fever in three decades may result in a vaccine shortage. If this happens, fractional dosing -- giving one-fifth the standard amount of vaccine -- could be used to control an outbreak of the viral hemorrhagic disease. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Making a Difference: Serving up the skills children need to 'ace' their future
Using the game of tennis to teach life lessons to the youth of New Orleans is how one organization is making a difference. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Louisiana State University, Southern University want to grow medical marijuana
Louisiana State University and Southern University want to begin growing marijuana for medical use. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What does Brexit mean for UK health care?
After voting Thursday to leave the European Union, citizens of the United Kingdom now face the consequences, including the potential impact on their health care services. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Making a Difference: Serving up the skills kids need to 'ace' their future
Using the game of tennis to teach life lessons to the youth of New Orleans is how one organization is making a difference. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: College education linked to brain tumor risk
A Swedish study suggests that people who attend college may be more likely to develop certain types of brain tumors. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Worldwide drug use steady, but heroin on rise in U.S.
Worldwide, drug use has remained steady over the past four years, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. However, researchers found that heroin use in the United States is up 145 percent since 2007. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hundreds arrested for millions in health care fraud
The Justice Department announced Wednesday it's charging hundreds of individuals across the country with committing Medicare fraud worth hundreds of millions of dollars. It's the largest takedown in history -- both in terms of the number of people cha... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ohio teen dies from brain-eating amoeba
A brain-eating amoeba took the life a teenager who went on a church trip in Charlotte, North Carolina, health officials said Wednesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dad gets scar tattoo to support son fighting cancer
Josh Marshall's tattoo is definitely cooler than yours. The Kansas man noticed his young son, who's battling brain cancer, was self-conscious about the scar left behind on his head after a surgery. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are kids getting more concussions than we realize?
Every year, almost half a million (PDF) children across the United States visit emergency rooms for concussions. But recent studies find that number may undercount just how many kids really have concussions. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unlikely drug may block breast cancer
Scientists might have just pinpointed a nonsurgical way for women at a high risk of breast cancer to minimize their chances of developing the devastating disease. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can you get Zika from kissing?
Theoretically, yes, as long the virus is active and the kiss is more than a quick smooch. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Microsoft testing new mosquito trap to fight Zika
On the Gulf Coast of Texas, a new player is working to fight mosquitoes carrying Zika and other diseases. It's not a usual suspect from the world of health care, but Microsoft, a company best known for computer software and video games. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Another frozen veggies recall due to Listeria
The National Frozen Food Corp. issued a voluntary recall of frozen peas and mixed vegetables due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, commonly referred to as Listeria. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First Zika vaccine to be tested in humans
The first human trial of a Zika vaccine will begin soon, Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Monday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news