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Kentucky's Medicaid Work Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

The new requirements were scheduled to take effect Sunday

(Newser) - A federal judge has blocked Kentucky's work requirements for Medicaid and has ordered the Trump administration to reconsider the program, reports the AP . US District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled the Trump administration did not adequately consider whether the work requirements and other changes would help the state give... More »

Are You Doing This Often Enough? Probably Not

A CDC report found that just 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise

(Newser) - Here’s some bad news, but don’t take it sitting down. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report has found that only 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise. For adults 18 to 64, US guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week (half that... More »

Deadly Virus in India Could Cause Global Epidemic

The outbreak started with a fruit bat

(Newser) - The Nipah virus has now killed at least a dozen people in southern India and health workers fear it could become a global epidemic if it isn't tightly monitored. More than 40 other people have been infected with the virus, which has a mortality rate of around 75%, Fox... More »

Health-Conscious Fliers Might Want a Window Seat

Study suggests it's the safest pick to avoid catching germs from fellow travelers

(Newser) - Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don't leave it until the flight is over. That's what some experts have been saying for years, and it's perhaps the best advice coming out of a new attempt to determine... More »

If UK Has Its Way, No One Will Be Lonely Again

PM Theresa May announces a minister of loneliness to address this public health issue

(Newser) - There's a rampant health issue in Britain that may be worse for one's health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and PM Theresa May has just appointed a person to address it. "For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life," May... More »

Trump Strategy on Opioids May Give Ammo to Critics

Will be 'public health emergency,' instead of broader 'national emergency'

(Newser) - President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid crisis a "public health emergency" but stopped short of the designation of a "national emergency." (Read a recap of his speech here .) That distinction matters because it affects how much federal aid will be made available to states, and... More »

Plague Finds its Way to Fleas in One US State

Arizona county is warning residents to leash their dogs and de-flea all pets

(Newser) - The bacterium that wiped out millions in Europe in the Black Death pandemic of the 1300s lives on, and officials say it's resurfaced in fleas in Arizona. Navajo County public health officials warn on Facebook that Yersinia pestis, better known as the plague, can be transmitted to humans and... More »

Every Single School in the Ivy League Wants This Girl

Ifeoma White-Thorpe wants to study biology, but says her poetry got her in

(Newser) - Ifeoma White-Thorpe is going places. Two years ago, the New Jersey teen won the grand prize in the National Liberty Museum Selma Speech and Essay Contest (watch her recite it on YouTube ), she's aced all of her AP classes, she's president of her high school's student... More »

CDC's New Diabetes Stats Show 'Pretty Clear' Change

After 25 years, the number of new cases is finally declining

(Newser) - Some big news in America's public health arena: The number of new cases of diabetes is clearly falling for the first time in 25 years, reports the New York Times . Stats released Tuesday by the CDC show a nearly 20% drop from 2008 to 2014 in what the newspaper... More »

Michigan Gets First-Ever Case of Bubonic Plague

Patient probably got it on a trip to Colorado

(Newser) - Michigan doctors have an unwanted first on their hands: a patient with bubonic plague. It sounds a lot worse than it is, however. The unidentified patient is recovering and has a form of the plague that isn't contagious, reports MLive . And Michigan residents will be happy to learn that... More »

MRIs May Be Leaving Toxins in Our Brains

New research raises more questions about contrasting agents

(Newser) - Could some MRIs be doing more harm than good? It's too early to say definitively, but ProPublica points to new research in the journal Radiology showing that a potentially toxic metal is ending up in the brains of patients. The concern revolves contrasting agents, drugs used to make the... More »

Yogurt May Not Be Great for You After All

Study in Spain finds no health benefits

(Newser) - Those who eat lots of yogurt because they think it's a health food might have to reassess things: A study out of Spain suggests that yogurt provides virtually no health benefits, reports Medical News Today . Researchers followed more than 4,000 people for an average of three and a... More »

California: 'Measles Parties' Are Downright Dangerous

Health officials say intentionally exposing kids to disease is unwise

(Newser) - Are "measles parties"—where parents purposely expose unvaccinated kids to infected ones to build up immunity—a good idea? Some parents say yes, but California public health officials say absolutely not, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to a KQED blog post , Marin County mom Julie Schiffman received... More »

Should Parents of Infected Kids Sue Anti-Vaxxers?

That's what one researcher suggests

(Newser) - It's been suggested that the anti-vaccination movement can be slowed down or halted through tougher laws and/or peer pressure —but what would happen if parents of kids who get infected from someone who isn't immunized sued the disease-spreader? A paper published in the Cornell Journal of Law ... More »

UK Study: Half the Population Will Get Cancer

But more are surviving it, and many cases are preventable

(Newser) - A new British study offers a stark picture of the future of the country's health: About half the population, researchers find, will develop cancer during their lifetimes. "Cancer is primarily a disease of old age, with more than 60% of all cases diagnosed in people aged over 65,... More »

Red Cross Takes Flak Over Big-Tobacco Money

International parent group pressures US affiliate to stop taking the donations

(Newser) - When a parent tells you to do something, it's advisable to take heed. But a Reuters exclusive shows that despite private pressure from the International Red Cross, the American Red Cross continues to accept donations from Big Tobacco. The IRC says that by taking in tobacco dollars, the ARC... More »

Flu Season Shaping Up to Be Nasty

We've reached the epidemic stage earlier than usual

(Newser) - Brace yourself: All signs point to a particularly bad flu season, reports the Upshot blog at the New York Times . For one thing, the CDC says the nation has reached the epidemic stage, and while that designation usually arrives every year, it's earlier than normal. The Verge notes that... More »

Bridal Shop Visited by Ebola Patient Closes for Now

Owner shuts down temporarily amid media blitz

(Newser) - While she was in Ohio last weekend, Amber Vinson visited the Coming Attractions Wedding and Formal Shop with friends so they could try on bridesmaids' dresses for Vinson's upcoming wedding. When news broke that the nurse had become an Ebola patient , it didn't take long for the media... More »

Soda Giants: You Drink Too Many Calories—From Soda

Big 3 promise 20% cut by 2025

(Newser) - Even America's soda-makers agree that people are getting too many calories from their products, and the biggest three have now pledged to cut calorie consumption by a fifth by 2025. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group won't actually be reducing the number of calories their products contain,... More »

Artificial Sweeteners May Raise Your Blood Sugar

Study suggests that it's true for at least some people, thanks to gut bacteria

(Newser) - If you're drinking diet soda or consuming other products with artificial sweeteners to cut your risk of obesity and diabetes, a new study published in Nature has some bad news: You might be doing more harm than good. Researchers found that sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame can... More »

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