Increased security in Pakistan’s tribal area helping battle against polio

Health authorities and relief officials credit improved security in the tribal areas since an army offensive against the Pakistani Taliban, which opposes polio vaccinations because it alleges they are a cover for Western espionage.

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Don’t take a seat: Panel says you should stand for 2 hours

LONDON (AP) — Are you sitting down? In that case, you should probably stand up before reading this. In the first advice of its kind, British experts are recommending office workers stand for at least two hours a day, in a warning against the dangers of prolonged sitting. The guidelines were developed by a group...

Novel government cancer study will test precision medicine

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government is launching a very different kind of cancer study that will assign patients drugs based on what genes drive their tumors rather than the type. The National Cancer Institute's NCI-MATCH trial will be a massive precision medicine experiment at more than 2,400 sites around the country. Starting in July,...

Cancer treatments got gentler, yet kids’ survival improved

CHICAGO (AP) — The move to make cancer treatments gentler for children has paid a double dividend: More kids are surviving than ever before, and without the long-term complications that doomed many of their peers a generation ago, new research shows. Radiation and chemotherapy have saved countless children from leukemia and other types of cancer,...

In a nation of smokers, Beijing bans lighting up indoors

BEIJING (AP) — China's capital began imposing the country's toughest ban on smoking in public places Monday in hopes of stemming a looming health crisis in a society where smoking remains a nearly ubiquitous part of dining, social events and life in general. Smoking in Beijing is now prohibited in all indoor public places, including...

Can you really be addicted to food?

Brain scans have shown that in people with food addiction, eating addictive foods (most of them heavy in sugar, caffeine or fat) trigger brain responses that look very similar to responses to alcohol or hard drugs.

Controlling allergies in spring and early summer

For some, the regional allergy season can begin as early as mid-January and last well into August. What causes this violent reaction in your body, how long will it last and what can you do to find relief?