Health News Headlines - Yahoo News
Get the latest health news headlines from Yahoo News. Find breaking health news, including analysis and opinion on
top health stories.
Influential Texas panel recommends halt to use of bite-mark evidence
11 Feb 2016 at 4:00pm
An influential Texas scientific panel recommended on Thursday that bite-mark analysis not be admissible as evidence in courts, a decision experts said could lead judicial systems in other states to exclude it too. The Texas Forensic Science Commission panel recommended a moratorium on bite-mark evidence until there is science to support its admissibility. Bite-mark evidence has been used in U.S. courts for decades, most often to identify suspects in murders, sexual assaults and child abuse through marks on the flesh of victims.
Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks
11 Feb 2016 at 3:26pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A blowout at a natural gas well that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.
Airports boost efforts to stop spread of Zika: UN agency
11 Feb 2016 at 2:42pm
Airports are stepping up efforts to reduce populations of mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in order to prevent its spread, the UN aviation agency said Thursday. "The management of the outbreak is currently focused on reducing the populations of the Aedes mosquito that transmit the virus at airports (vector control)," the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said in a statement. Vector control refers to the spraying of insecticides or other pest control measures.
Weight-loss surgery after age 35 linked to survival benefit
11 Feb 2016 at 2:16pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Obese people who undergo a certain kind of weight-loss operation after age 35 may live longer than obese people of the same age who don't have the surgery, a study suggests. The findings, reported in JAMA Surgery, show that the so-called gastric bypass operation is associated with a mortality benefit along with its better-known "metabolic" benefits, said lead author Lance Davidson, of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Past research has found weight loss surgeries are tied to reduced deaths from any cause, cancer and heart disease.
Brazil confirms third Zika-linked death
11 Feb 2016 at 2:02pm
Brasília (AFP) - Health authorities said Thursday they have identified a third death in Brazil linked to the Zika virus, but it is not clear if the disease was the sole cause. The latest case "was communicated to the World Health Organization [WHO] and we are studying it in more depth because we have just received the information," Health Minister Marcelo Castro said during a news conference. "It's not possible at this point to say that Zika was the sole cause of death," he said.
Textile workers at higher risk for rheumatoid arthritis
11 Feb 2016 at 1:30pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Breathing textile dust on the job is linked to an almost tripled risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and pain in the joints, a Malaysian study suggests. While smoking is a known risk factor for this disease, the findings add to evidence suggesting that environmental factors could trigger rheumatoid arthritis in some people, the researchers note in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. The investigators suspect that textile dust might cause changes in the lung tissues, and those changes might trigger the immune response that leads to rheumatoid arthritis in individuals with genetic risk factors for the disease, said senior study author Dr. Camilla Bengtsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Dems seek drug abuse funds as election-year issue sharpens
11 Feb 2016 at 1:03pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Congressional Democrats called Thursday for hundreds of millions in emergency spending to fight drug abuse but ran into Republican resistance as another health issue spiraled into an election-year showdown.
Convicted al Qaeda supporter loses U.S. medical malpractice trial
11 Feb 2016 at 12:04pm
The U.S. government owes nothing to a New York man, now in prison for aiding al Qaeda, who sought $7 million in damages for alleged medical malpractice that occurred after he was taken into custody, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods in Manhattan said Wesam El-Hanafi, 40, presented no evidence at his malpractice trial showing that the prison system failed to diagnose and treat a blood clot in his leg in a timely fashion. "The plaintiff did not meet his legal burden of establishing any breach of duty of care or that such a breach was the proximate cause to his injury," Woods said in court.
Several states seek to block 2nd trimester abortion method
11 Feb 2016 at 11:50am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ? Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus.
Mom Pens Heartbreaking Letter to 4-Year-Old Daughter Who Died of Cancer
11 Feb 2016 at 11:22am
Kate Rhoades, 4, died on Jan. 12 from leukemia.
Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk
11 Feb 2016 at 11:14am
NEW YORK (AP) ? A new study says a person's risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.
Evidence grows for Zika role in brain damage
11 Feb 2016 at 11:03am
Evidence piled up Thursday implicating the Zika virus in a surge of brain damaged babies in Latin America, with two reports of the disease found in the neural tissue of affected infants. Scientists in Slovenia reported in the New England Journal of Medicine they had found traces of Zika virus in the brain of an aborted foetus with severe microcephaly, a condition that causes unusually small skulls and brains, leading to death or disability. The infant's mother, from Europe, had likely been infected with Zika in Brazil, which has borne the brunt of the virus outbreak and simultaneous microcephaly surge in Latin America and the Caribbean, they wrote.
Former Pakistan military leader Musharraf hospitalized with chest pain
11 Feb 2016 at 10:34am
Pakistan's former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf was taken to a hospital in the port city of Karachi on Thursday after complaining of chest pain and having difficulty breathing, a spokesman for his political party said. "He is not well," said Aasia Ishaque. "He felt serious discomfort in his chest and in breathing." Another leader of the party, Mohammad Amjad, said Musharraf was feeling better and would be released from the PNS Shifa Hospital shortly but that doctors would be closely monitoring him at home.
How Unplugging Helped Me Reduce My Anxiety and Stress Levels
11 Feb 2016 at 10:27am
I thought I had a handle on it. I thought that everything was under control. But the fact was, social media and the need to be constantly connected was taking over my waking and sometimes sleeping life. At one point in my life I had a full-time job, a casual job, a small side business, two blogs, three Twitter accounts, one personal Facebook...
WWE Star Daniel Bryan's Retirement Draws Attention to Concussion Dangers
11 Feb 2016 at 10:25am
Bryan has been a pro-wrestler for 16 years.