• Two Wisconsin women run as a way to help others

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Running. It’s about as solitary as it gets. But running with someone else in mind — someone who can’t run themselves, or running for a cause — and a greater purpose — can put new meaning into those miles. Two Wisconsin women have chosen to combine their personal running goals with an acknowledgment of someone else in an effort to make the experience more worthwhile, because it is shared. For Erika Joslin, that means she will think of a baby girl, battling cancer, while she runs the 26.2-mile Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee on Oct. 5. For Nikki Cahen, it means she will raise money for multiple sclerosis on Oct. 12 while she runs 60 miles. To best understand where they are going with their efforts, i

  • Breast cancer chemoprevention a hard sell, but should it be?

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    If oncologist Larry Wickerham ruled the world, every woman would know her chances of getting breast cancer, and those at high risk would be offered a drug to prevent the disease. This is not a pipe dream, says Wickerham, deputy chair of NRG Oncology, a cooperative research group. The drugs exist; they have been used to treat breast cancer for decades. But only a fraction of eligible women take them for prevention. Wickerham would like to see the National Cancer Institute run a sustained campaign to educate doctors and the public about so-called chemoprevention of breast cancer, as the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute did to promote reduction of cholesterol and blood pressure as a way to prevent heart disease.

  • Report on Latinos shows Obamacare is working

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday, Sept. 30: ——— Health insurance is like health: If things generally are working, we take it for granted. Maybe that’s why real-world critiques of the Affordable Care Act have come to be less about its general success than about the execution of its details. Despite ongoing concern about potentially higher premiums and narrower networks — and right-wing hyperbole about the program’s supposed “disasters” — health care reform, in general, has been working.

  • Rich get richer, poor get … diabetes

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday, Sept. 30: ——— In these days of growing income inequality, the rich get richer and the poor get … diabetes. And heart disease. And cancer. A recent study of the eating habits of 29,124 Americans by the Harvard School of Public Health verified a widening “food gap” between the poor and everyone else. While people at higher income levels are eating more healthy foods than they were 12 years ago, low-income Americans are lagging even farther behind. Poor eating habits, and the obesity that often results, are strongly tied to a host of chronic (and expensive to treat) diseases. So the poor get sicker and health-care costs rise for e

  • Flu season unpredictable, vaccine can help

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    The cooling weather and shorter days bring us indoors and closer together - the perfect mix for a flu invasion. The flu, a contagious respiratory illness, typically starts making its appearance around October and can last well into May, said Melissa Voutsalath, a family medicine doctor at Memorial Hospital. FREE COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS For adults and kids age 5 and older, those who are uninsured, underinsured and those without vaccine coverage. - 4-6 p.m. Oct. 6: Mercy's Gate at Rocky Mountain Calvary, ?4285 N. Academy Blvd. - 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 20: Westside CARES, 2808 W. Colorado Ave. - 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 21: Ecumenical Social Ministries, 201 N. Weber St. - 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 25: Mission Medical

  • Nevada inmate dies after 1 month in prison system


    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a 58-year-old inmate who suffered from chronic medical conditions died in a southern Nevada prison over the weekend. Nevada Department of Corrections officials say David Mireles died Sunday at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs. He had been serving a sentence of up to 10 years after being convicted in Clark County of burglary and sexual assault. Authorities say he was sent to prison one month before he died. Clark County coroner's officials say Mireles died of a heart attack and also suffered a number of other conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and hepatitis C.

  • What to Know in Montana for Oct. 1


    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. COAL COUNTRY LISTENS TO BULLOCK'S CLIMATE OPTIONS: Gov. Steve Bullock took his options to cut the state's greenhouse commissions to Colstrip, home of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West. State officials held a public hearing in the eastern Montana town, where 360 workers are employed by the power plant. Bullock says emissions can be reduced through combinations of more renewable energy, greater efficiencies in homes and power plants and technologies to capture and burn the carbon dioxide from burning coal. LAWMAKERS VOTE 'NO CONFIDENCE' IN MEDICAID CONTRACTOR: Members of a state legislative panel said last

  • State gets $605K grant to fight chronic diseases

    Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will receive a $605,000 federal grant this fiscal year to strengthen the state's program for fighting chronic diseases. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports (http://goo.gl/NimXf1 ) the money comes in part from the Affordable Care Act and is administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Christine Revere, head of the Wyoming Department of Health's chronic disease division, tells the newspaper the grant provides the state with at least $454,000 a year for five years. This is the second year Wyoming has received the grant. CDC Director Tom Frieden says the money is aimed at helping Wyoming's health departments, community groups and other partners prevent heart disease, can

  • World's oldest clown dies at 98 in Montana

    Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore, a former Montana rancher who held the record as the world's oldest performing clown, has died at age 98, his son said Tuesday. Creekmore died Saturday night in his Billings home of complications from heart disease, Dave Creekmore said. Creeky turned to rubber noses and orange wigs in the 1980s, after retiring from his previous life ranching and building homes. He joined the Shriners, which holds circus performances to raise money for its hospitals, and he put in thousands of hours of entertaining sick and well children, his son said. In 2012, Guinness World Records recognized the then-95-year-old Creeky as the world's oldest performing clown.

  • Billionaire gives $15M a year to NC research hub

    Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — The 91-year-old billionaire owner of Dole Food Co. said Tuesday he is committing $15 million a year in perpetuity to sustain a North Carolina research institute named after him devoted to improving human health through scientifically honed nutrition. David Murdock's commitment to the institute is to keep it operating and advancing research long after he's gone. The money also will be used to attract top scientific talent to study the benefits of diets rich in fruits and vegetables, as well as the effects of good nutrition and lifestyle on longevity and health. "I am searching the world over, particularly though the United States, (for) a great leader to head this Institute," Murdock said in a stateme

  • Firefighters: Lighting up (a cigarette) isn't a firing offense

    Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- You probably wouldn't imagine that firefighters are big fans of smoke. Breathing in smoke, after all, is one of the occupational hazards of the job. But in Boca Raton, Florida, the firefighters' union is attempting to eliminate a long-standing policy that forbids city firefighters from smoking cigarettes, even when they are off-duty. The cigarette battle in Boca is the latest tug-of-war that pits individual privacy rights against an employer's right to set conditions on what behaviors its employees may engage in when they're not working, even if it means forbidding legal activities. If you think employees have no business controlling their workers' behaviors when they're not working, well,

  • Grain of salt with Big Tobacco’s e-cig warning

    Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    The following editorial appeared in Newsday on Tuesday, Sept. 30: ——— Big Tobacco might have been scared straight. Companies such as Reynolds American Inc. and Altria Group Inc. have voluntarily put some of the strongest health warnings in the industry on their entries in the fledgling e-cigarette market. That’s a startling about-face for an industry that for decades used smoke screens to deny the horribly addictive nature of nicotine and the ill effects of tobacco despite having evidence to the contrary. The fight ended in 1998 when the four largest domestic tobacco companies agreed to pay more than $200 billion over 25 years to settle suits by 46 attorneys general over Medicaid costs to treat smoking-rel

  • Earth Talk: Air quality

    Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the more dangerous threats to our air quality and what can be done to eliminate them so we can all breathe more easily? — Melanie Smith, Pomfret, CT The main threats to local air quality across the United States (as well as most everywhere else) remain smog and particulate pollution, which combined or acting alone trigger millions of hospital visits and health complications for citizens every year. The American Lung Association (ALA) reports that almost half of all Americans live in counties where air pollution routinely reaches unhealthy levels and can therefore make people sick or exacerbate pre-existing health conditions. The U.S.

  • 10 things you can do right now to live longer

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    If you want to have the longest, healthiest life possible, you should never have lit that first cigarette. Never tasted that first cheese fry. Never stepped foot inside a fast-food restaurant or driven somewhere you could have walked. Never turned up your nose at vegetables or let yourself get those nasty sunburns. If you did, take heart. There’s still plenty you can do to add years to your life. “Most things I would say are common-sense things, things you were taught in first grade,” says Dr. David Johnson, chair of the department of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “You don’t have to go to medical school to figure out things are bad for you like smoking, being a sloth.” So listen up.

  • AP-AK--Alaska News Coverage,ADVISORY, AK

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. Reruns are also available from the Service Desk at 877-836-9477. The news editor in Anchorage is Mark Thiessen, 907-272-7549. The West Regional Desk can be reached at 602-417-2400. A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some broadcast members may receive shorter versions of stories. Alaska at 4:30 p.m.

  • SLUCare offers its Fall Health Seminars

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The SLUCare Physician Group begins its fall seminar Tuesday; it runs through Nov. 3. SLUCare physicians will present free, one-hour seminars on several common health topics. All of the presentations will be in The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Road. Participants may attend one or all presentations. Reservations are required. Register online at http://goo.gl/DVtia8 . The seminars include: Breast Health • Advances in Breast Health Diagnosis and Treatment When • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. Presenters • Radiologist Dr. Debbie Bennett and breast surgeon Dr. Theresa Schwartz will explain the many benefits of a team approach to breast health. Rheumatoid Arthritis • Demystifying Rheumatoid

  • Daily dose of aspirin may cut prostate cancer risk, study shows

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. Men who take a daily dose of aspirin or similar anti-inflammatory medicine may also reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer, researchers said. The study, presented Monday at an American Association for Cancer Research meeting, found that men who regularly used anti- inflammatory pain pills had a 13 percent lower risk of prostate cancer and 17 percent fewer dangerous, high-grade tumors. A second study suggested the mechanism responsible for preventing the tumors could be the medicine's ability to block production of a hormone that spurs cancer growth.

  • Family Meals Matter: Serve fruits and veggies, promote better health

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Did you know only 10 percent of American adults and children eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day? This means many families are missing out on the health benefits that fruits and vegetables provide, such as a lowered risk for heart disease and some types of cancer. By serving family meals that showcase a variety of ingredients from all five food groups, you will help your family meet their daily recommended servings and encourage lifelong healthy eating patterns. Serve a balanced meal of Carrot Salad with California Dried Plums, Baked Chicken and Ziti and Pineapple Berry Smoothies.

  • Grants to focus on chronic health problems

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will receive $1.1 million for efforts aimed at preventing heart disease, diabetes and strokes. The initiative is among those being funded nationwide with nearly $212 million from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the grant funding is aimed at combating chronic health problems. Goals include reducing the rates of death and disability due to tobacco use, heart disease, stroke or diabetes, as well as reducing obesity. Other health organizations and communities in Alaska will receive about $540,000 in grants to focus on populations hit hardest by chronic diseases.

  • E-Cigarette Makers Confound

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    c.2014 New York Times News Service Tobacco companies, long considered public health enemy No. 1, have suddenly positioned themselves as protectors of consumer well-being in the digital age. They are putting out among the strongest health warnings in the fledgling e-cigarette industry, going further even than the familiar ones on actual cigarettes, a leading cause of death. It has left the industry’s critics scratching their heads and deeply skeptical. One warning, from Altria, maker of Marlboros, reads in part: “Nicotine is addictive and habit forming, and is very toxic by inhalation, in contact with the skin, or if swallowed.