You’ve probably seen the videos or at least heard the stories of women a month or two away from delivery and still pumping iron and running marathons. These pregnant phenoms elicit as much admiration as they do concern from onlookers.
Immunization of a mother both before and during pregnancy is important to protect the baby and the mother. Pregnancy renders the immune system less active by design, so that it does not recognize the baby as something that doesn’t belong in the body. Unfortunately, the pregnant woman is then more likely to contract an illness during pregnancy and more likely to be seriously affected by that illness.
Many people cringe when their doctor recommends they get a colonoscopy after their 50th birthday. But the simple procedure can literally be a life saver. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, affecting one in 18 people, but it’s largely preventable through screening and early treatment.
Childhood obesity is on the rise – about 17 percent of North American kids are beyond overweight. At the same time, children and teens are inundated with glorified images of super-skinny women, from runway models with thigh gap (extoled on Tumblr pages) to Miley Cyrus. No wonder experts estimate that 60 percent of high-school girls, 80 percent of 10-year olds and 40 percent of 9-year-olds have dieted.
A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.
It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel, a founding member of the Fugees, has done it — getting his dousing in the center of North Korea's capital on Sunday.
With dozens of films jostling for attention at the Venice Film Festival, it takes originality to make an impact. Two Israeli filmmakers have done it by refusing to accept that death is no laughing matter.
The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar.
On Memorial Day 2011, Stacy Mueller suddenly began slurring her speech and losing her balance. When she tried to text someone, she couldn't put the letters and words together. The 42-year-old divorced mom of two thought she was suffering from a stroke or an aneurysm.
Only a year into privatization, a bitter feud has erupted from a deal that transferred management of LSU's Shreveport and Monroe hospitals to a research foundation that had never run a patient care facility.
A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.