• Deaf baby hears mom for the first time

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A 9-week old infant looked surprised when he heard his mother's voice clearly for the first time, thanks to hearing aids, Good Morning America reports. Elijah Cook was born profoundly deaf in his left ear and able to hear only 75 decibels on the right side, according to a description by his mother on her YouTube page.

  • Teen e-cigarette use tripled in the past year

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The percentage of teens using e-cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USA TODAY reports about 13.4% of high school students, 2 million teens, used e-cigarettes in 2014, up from 4.5% in 2013 and 1.5% in 2011. Among middle schoolers, e-cigarette use rose from 1.1% in 2013 to 3.9% in 2014, representing about 450,000 students, the report says. About one in four teens uses tobacco in some form, from pipes to cigars to smokeless tobacco. About 9.4% of high school students use a hookah, a tobacco pipe with a long tube that draws smoke through water.

  • Illinois governor's planned cuts to mental health take 'so many steps backward,' critics say

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    CHICAGO -- In the years before he started receiving consistent treatment for bipolar disorder, Illinois Medicaid patient Rome Tucker says he often was homeless, riding buses through the night, the Chicago Tribune reports. Tucker, 36, would check into Chicago-area hospitals for care, making 16 hospital visits in 2012 at a cost of about $50,000, according to IlliniCare Health, the Medicaid managed care organization that insures him. Tucker, 36, now lives in a Blue Island apartment, sees a psychiatrist and takes medication regularly, and is working toward getting a GED.  However, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made proposed budget cuts that could limit or eliminate the services that Tucker and several other Illinois residents depend on for care. 

  • The most promising areas of autism research

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Researchers have been making tremendous progress in their efforts to understand the causes of autism , as well as which interventions may be most effective to help children with the disorder thrive, CBS News reports. This work is especially critical as the number of children in the U.S. with autism grows. Approximately 1 in 68 children in the U.S. currently has autism, an increase of nearly 30 percent in recent years -- at least partly due to greater awareness and improved diagnostics. Experts in the field say there are a number of areas of research that could potentially change the lives of millions of families. Here are a few that are showing significant progress -- and promise.

  • Why Survival Rate Is Not the Best Way to Judge Cancer Spending

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    In 2012, a study published in Health Affairs argued that the big money we spend on health care in the United States is worth it, at least when it comes to cancer. The researchers found that the survival gains seen in the United States equated to more than $550 billion in additional value, more than the difference in spending. This research depended on survival rates. A new study was recently published in the same journal, but using mortality rates. That study found that cancer care in the United States might provide significantly less value than that in Western Europe.

  • FDA: Kind bars not so kind to your health

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The Food and Drug Administration is tearing into several Kind fruit and nut bars, blasting the company's claims they are healthy, the Washington Examiner reports. Apparently there is a federal criterion for what is considered healthy, and Kind doesn't meet it, according to a recent FDA warning letter to the company. The agency singled out the labels for four Kind bars: almond and apricot, almond and coconut, peanut butter-dark chocolate and protein, and dark chocolate-cherry cashew and antioxidants.

  • Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Anne Koller was diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer in 2011 and has been fighting it since. But it's not just the cancer she's fighting. It's the bills. "Think of those old horror flicks," she says. "The swamp creature ... comes out and is kind of oozy, and it oozes over everything."

  • Will Big Tobacco become Big Marijuana?

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    While federal law makes their entire industry illegal, many marijuana store owners, growers and retailers fear something completely different: Big Tobacco, USA TODAY reports. Today, most legal recreational marijuana operations are small, limited to a single state and barred from ever getting large by regulators who want to keep a close eye on the fast-growing industry. But those small operators struggle to get bank loans for expansion, often produce an inconsistent product and sometimes have no idea how to balance supply and demand for their crops.

  • 'Angelina effect' spurs genetic cancer testing

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Medical researchers call it the “Angelina Effect,” the surge in demand for genetic testing attributable to movie star Angelina Jolie’s public crusade for more aggressive detection of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, Reuters reports. But there’s a catch: Major insurance companies including Aetna, Anthem and Cigna are declining to pay for the latest generation of tests, known as multi-gene panel tests, Reuters has learned. The insurers say that the tests are unproven and may lead patients to seek out medical care they don’t need.

  • Taylor Swift: My mom has cancer

    Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Pop star Taylor Swift, who has built an intense bond with her fans by sharing personal details of her life, revealed some sobering news Thursday: Her mother has cancer. The singer did not divulge the nature or severity of the cancer, saying "I'd like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private."

  • Teen diagnosed with rare water allergy

    Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    While few people have heard of aquagenic urticaria, also known as an allergy to water, it is a real condition. Alexandra Allen, a 17-year-old from Mapleton, Utah, is one of the people diagnosed with this incurable condition, Yahoo Health reports. The teen noticed her first severe reaction to water when she was 12 years old during a family vacation, ABC News reports. Allen recalls swimming in a pool and then waking up later that evening itching and covered in hives. What she thought initially was a chlorine allergy turned out to be something much different.

  • Robert Kennedy Jr. Compares Vaccine Debate To Holocaust As California Lawmakers Look At Banning Exemptions

    Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    As lawmakers at the State Capitol consider a bill that would no longer allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their children over personal beliefs, vaccination critic Robert Kennedy Jr. waded into the debate at a Sacramento appearance, reports CBS San Francisco. “They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” Kennedy reportedly told the crowd. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”

  • How To Reduce Your Cancer Risk Through The Foods You Eat

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and we’re all at risk. According to Dr. David Khayat, we can reduce that risk with the foods we eat. Dr. Khayat has spent his more than 30 years researching and treating cancer, and now he’s turned his focus to prevention. His book, “The Anti-Cancer Diet,” looks at how our eating habits can influence our cancer risk. Dr. Khayat is the head of medical oncology at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris and is the former head of the National Cancer Institute in France, where he drafted the country’s national cancer plan. He spoke with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about his recommendations and the science behind them.

  • Alaska Airlines kicks woman with cancer off plane

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Alaska Airlines has apologized to a cancer-stricken mom who it kicked off a recent flight traveling from Hawaii to California for insisting she obtain a doctor’s note to fly – after video footage of the incident went viral, Yahoo Parenting reports. Elizabeth Sedway, 51, of Granite Bay, California, has multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that originates in the plasma cells and accumulates in the bone marrow, according to the Mayo Clinic. As a result of her condition, Sedway wore a surgical mask for the Monday flight home to avoid breathing in germs that might harm her fragile immune system. The mask caught the attention of crew who informed Sedway that she couldn’t fly without getting cleared by her doctor. She and her family were removed from the plane.

  • Lauren Hill using final weeks to inspire cancer sufferers

    Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    CINCINNATI - Lauren Hill is using her limited energy and her final weeks to try to inspire others and to raise money for cancer research. The 19-year-old college basketball player sleeps a lot now and needs a wheelchair to get around Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, where she's getting care for her growing brain tumor. She acknowledges that it's a difficult time, but says she tries to think about what she can do to help others in the days she has left.

  • Tulsa doctor's license suspended after dangerous prescribing methods found

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A Tulsa doctor had her license suspended during an emergency hearing last week, after an investigation found she was prescribing large amounts of narcotics to patients without doing exams or keeping adequate records. Dr. Tamerlane Rozsa also was abusing substances while practicing medicine and prescribing controlled dangerous substances to herself, according to a complaint from the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. She apparently slept in her office at 2301 S. Sheridan Road, which investigators described as “filthy.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Novartis to pay Juno $12.3M in cancer immunotherapy patent settlement

    Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Seattle-based cancer research startup Juno Therapeutics today reached a settlement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. over a three-year patent dispute. The original lawsuit was brought forward in 2012, when St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania sued Novartis over a patent dispute related to cancer immunotherapy drugs. Juno entered the litigation in December 2013 after it signed a licensing agreement with St. Jude’s.

  • Delaware family sickened by pesticide at resort in U.S. Virgin Islands

    Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A Delaware family is back home and in the hospital after getting sick while on vacation, and they're blaming a chemical used in their hotel room in the U.S. Virgin Islands, WPVI reports. The Environmental Protection Agency suspects Steve Esmond, his wife Dr. Theresa Devine, and their two teenage boys were poisoned by the powerful pesticide methyl bromide. The two boys, Sean and Ryan, are currently in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Their parents are at another hospital in stable condition.

  • Teen with rare premature aging disease dies at 17

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Hayley Okines, an English teen with a rare genetic disease that caused premature aging, died Thursday at age 17, USA TODAY reports. "My baby girl has gone somewhere better. She took her last breath in my arms at 9.39pm," Hayley's mother, Kerry Okines, wrote on her Facebook page.

  • Three patients fight cancer with genetically tailored vaccines

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Researchers are making progress toward a new way to fight cancer, combining genetic sequencing with the power of vaccinations. Genetically tailored vaccines were used to provoke an immune response in three patients with advanced forms of skin cancer, according to a study published in Science today. The study is pretty significant; it’s the first record of a vaccine causing the production of cancer-fighting cells that target specific proteins on the surface of cancer cells in humans. The vaccine approach seeks to "remind" the patient’s immune system that mutated cancer proteins aren't a part of their own bodies, "in a way that will permit the body to fend off newly emerging cancer," explained Elaine Mardis, a co-author of the study and a molecular microbiologist at Washington University, during a press briefing today.