WCSG Health News Archives

Potential Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

LONDON (AP) — Doctors in London researching spinal cord injuries say they've had success using an experimental treatment on four patients now.

They've gotten them to stand and move their legs by ...

Updating Nutrition Labels

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover.

The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 19...

Most booster seats do well in new safety rankings

DETROIT (AP) — More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The institute, which is funded by insurers, r...

New Study on Adults/Infants Sleeping Side by Side

CHICAGO (AP) — The government's latest infant bed-sharing numbers are out leaving health officials concerned.

The percentage of babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled...

Is There A Link Between Induced Labor and Autism?

CHICAGO (AP) — A large study suggests autism might be linked with inducing and speeding up labor.

The results are preliminary and autism experts say they need investigating since labor is induced...

Smokers Being Told They Can't Smoke Outdoors

ATLANTA (AP) — The front lines of the "No Smoking" battle have moved outdoors.

City parks, public beaches, college campuses and other outdoor venues across the country are putting up signs tellin...

Diabetes Strips Recalled

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients with diabetes about the recall of 62 million glucose test strips used to measure blood sugar levels.

Nova Diabetes Care anno...

Another Reason to Eat Breakfast

ATLANTA (AP) — Here's another reason to eat breakfast.

A new study says skipping breakfast may increase your chances of a heart attack.

Harvard researchers found that older men who regularly s...

Later retirement may help prevent dementia

New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp.

A study of nearly half a million people in France finds that people who delay retirement have less r...

FDA will investigate added caffeine in foods

— Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer.

The Food an...

New Diabetes Drug Treats Disease Differently

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a first-of-a-kind diabetes drug from Johnson & Johnson that uses a new method to lower blood sugar.

The agency cleared J&J'...

Doc groups issue list of overused tests, therapies

— For people who sometimes wonder about the necessity of medical tests ordered by their doctors, the advice from physicians' groups is -- just ask.

A coalition of medical groups representing more...

Change the Channel! Study on Kids and Violence

SEATTLE (AP) — A study suggests limiting TV for preschoolers may not be the only way to help young children avoid aggressive, violent behavior. The research in the journal Pediatrics finds that teac...

New Sight for the Blind

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patients who have lost their sight due to a rare disorder may be able to regain some vision using a new implantable device that takes the place of damaged cells inside the eye.

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ER visits tied to energy drinks double since 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide in a recent four-year span.

That's the ...

Obesity's a crisis but we want our junk food

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's obesity epidemic, but a poll finds they're split on how the government should help.

A third of ...

Bulletproof Vests for Kids? Designer Say Effective and Fashionable

Would you want your child to wear something that can stop a bullet but still look like a backpack? A designer in Columbia has come up with just such an option.

The Daily Mail is reporting that...

Veterans Using Music to Help Cope

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Many military veterans say having music to listen to helps them deal with the stress of deployment.

A new program hopes that music can play the same role in helping them re...

Mammograms: For 1 life saved, 3 women overtreated

LONDON (AP) — A British medical review says that cancer screening is detecting many cancers that don't need to be treated.

The expert panel says that for every life saved, roughly three other wom...

FDA urged to set standards for arsenic in rice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer groups are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to set federal guidance on allowable levels of arsenic in rice, prompting the agency to study the issue and consider...

McDonald's new menu item: Calorie counts

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it will start posting calorie counts on menus in restaurants across the country next week, ahead of a new regulation that will require the information.

The world's...

FDA probes safety issues with metal hip implants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Metal hip replacements implanted in a half-million Americans appear to be failing earlier than expected, but it could be years before U.S. health regulators have a clear picture of...

Getting a smoker's lung is better than none

LONDON (AP) — A new study says it's a case of better than nothing.

The study in the British journal, Lancet, concludes that patients who need new lungs are better off getting donated organs from ...

New Study on Breast Cancer and Hormone Therapy

CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests that long-term use of any type of hormones to ease menopause symptoms can raise a women's risk of breast cancer.

It is already known that taking pills that co...

Lawsuit Settled Over Vytorin

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — Merck & Co. has settled a lawsuit over claims the drugmaker delayed releasing disappointing results of a study management hoped would instead boost sales of a key dru...

Hepatitis C deaths up, baby boomers most at risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are considering whether anyone born between 1945 and 1965 should get a one-time blood test to check if their livers harbor the ticking time bomb of hepatit...

Tylenon Infant Medicine Recall

A Johnson & Johnson consumer health unit plagued by product recalls says it is pulling some versions of infant Tylenol off store shelves due to problems with a device that helps measure doses.

McNe...

WHO calls for final push against leprosy

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The World Health Organization has warned that the battle against the age-old scourge of leprosy is far from over. It says 5,000 new cases are reported yearly in the Wester...

Should Schools Keep Track of Your Student's BMI? One School Says They Will

The Kentucky state Board of Education recently approved a proposal that would require schools to calculate and record a child's body mass index, which relates to body fat.

At the same time, the...

Want to Cut Out Salt From Your Diet? 10 Foods to Eat Less of in 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — Trying to cut down on salt? Health officials have come up with a list of the top 10 sources of salt in the American diet — and bread is No. 1.

The Centers for Disease Control and...

Pfizer recalls 28 lots of birth control pills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer Inc. is recalling 28 lots of birth control pills after uncovering a packaging error that could leave women with an inadequate dose of the hormone-based drugs and raise the r...

US wants effective Alzheimer's treatment by 2025

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is setting what it calls an ambitious goal for developing effective ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease by 2025.

The Obama administration is developing ...

FDA revisits safety of newer birth control drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators will take a closer look this week at the safety of newer birth control pills that were heavily promoted as having fewer side effects and the ability to clear up ...

Indian drugmaker OK'd to launch generic Lipitor

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — India's biggest maker of generic drugs has gotten approval to launch a generic version of cholesterol blockbuster Lipitor, which lost U.S. patent protection Wednesday.

Anal...

Insurance institute names 31 boosters 'best bets'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says parents have more options than ever when buying quality booster seats for young children, naming a record 31 seats among its "best b...

Americans talk healthy, but eat otherwise

NEW YORK (AP) — Having a burger and fries with that workout?

Many Americans talk skinny but eat fat. Research shows that while 47 percent of Americans say they'd like restaurants to offer healthi...

Million Hearts Campaign Looks to Prevent Heart Attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are trying to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years.

The U.S. Health and Human Services department, the American Heart Association,...

10 companies recall fuel gel for firepots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten companies are recalling 2 million bottles and jugs of the gel fuel used in outdoor decorations known as firepots because of the risk of serious burns.

The Consumer Product S...

Tainted Turkey

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. has resumed production of ground turkey at an Arkansas plant linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Cargill spokesman Mike Martin says limited prod...

Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents

UNDATED (AP) — An unprecedented wave of expiring patents is expected to be a boon to millions of prescription drug users and change the economics of the pharmaceutical industry.

The next 14 month...

Heart Drug May Cause More Heart Problems

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators are warning doctors that a heart drug from Sanofi was associated with fatal heart problems in a recently halted company study.

The Food and Drug Admini...

More AIDS patients may get cheaper drugs

LONDON (AP) — Gilead Sciences says it will allow some of its AIDS drugs to be made by generic manufacturers, potentially increasing their availability in some poor countries.

In a statement issue...

New Colon Cancer Study - Rates Down in USA

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say colon cancer deaths continue to drop across America — except in the state of Mississippi.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report Tues...

Heart disease, No. 1 killer, can sneak up on women

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report says there's been too little progress in tackling how the symptoms of heart disease differ in men and women.

Some symptoms of heart disease in women don't show up i...

Recipe for safe food: Clean, cook, chill, separate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has a new recipe for raising awareness of safe food handling: Clean. Cook. Chill. Separate.

The campaign comes in the wake of a European E. coli outbreak that has...

New Rules On Sunscreen

WASHINGTON – Help is on the way to consumers confused by the jumble of sun protection numbers and other claims on sunscreens. Under new rules published Tuesday, sunscreens will have to prove they fi...

Is Surgery Necessary? New Study on Obesity.

CHICAGO (AP) — Very obese older men may be let down by a new long-term study that found weight-loss surgery didn't lead to longer life for people like them — at least during the first seven years....

New study says stroke risk is less when women stop taking estrogen

The first long-term follow-up of a landmark study of what happens when women quit taking estrogen after menopause shows beneficial effects.

The study says strokes and other health problems linked wit...

Is Bypass the Only Option? Doctors Suggest Other Proceedures

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New research casts doubt on the value of bypass surgery for many people with very weak hearts from clogged arteries and previous heart attacks.

Doctors say the operation di...

Price Cut for Pregnancy Drug

ATLANTA (AP) — The price of an expensive drug to prevent early births has been cut by more than half.

The move follows complaints by doctors' groups and patients that the recently approved dr...

UICA will move out and ArtPrize will move in

ArtPrize will soon operate out of a new facility. The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has been using the building at 41 Sheldon Blvd. but later this year they plan to relocate at Fulton and Div...

MEAP test scores improving

New figures were released Thursday that showed standardized tests scores for Michigan school children have risen in math and social studies while falling a bit in reading.

The Michigan Educational As...

Highway deaths continue to decrease

Highway deaths have fallen to their lowest levels in more than 60 years.

The Transportation Department estimates 32,788 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2010. That is a decrease of about 3% from ...

Opposition leader asking for cease-fire

A Libyan opposition leader says the rebels will accept a U.N.-demanded cease-fire if Moammar Gadhafi pulls his forces from all cities and allows for peaceful protests.

The Associated Press says Musta...

Tigers drop season-opener in New York

It was former Tiger Curtis Granderson that hit a go-ahead homer leading off the 7th inning and Mark Teixeira had a 3-run shot off Justin Verlander, lifting New York over the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Thursda...

Kansas City beats out Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids was being considered for an ultra high-speed broadband network by Google. Grand Rapids was one of the finalists but the decision was made to go with Kansas City, Kansas inste...

Low radiation levels found in Michigan air

Officials in Michigan say analysis of an air sample has detected very low levels of radiation that is believed to be from the damaged nuclear power complex in Japan.

The levels were taken during a ro...

Fewer abortions if tax code is used

The Associated Press reports that House Republicans are trying to use the tax code to curb abortions by limiting tax breaks for insurance policies that cover the procedure.

The House Ways and Means ...

The U.S. no longer leads military fight in Libya

The U.S. lead role in air operations over Libya has officially ended. NATO says it has taken over all air operations over Libya as of 2 a.m. Thursday. The operation is codenamed Unified Protector. ...

Pistons fall to the Pacers & the Blues win big over the Red Wings

The Indiana Pacers used a big second quarter run to help beat the Detroit Pistons 111-101 Wednesday night. The Pacers got 20 points from Darren Collision. Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points for the Pis...