U.S. disease detectives are launching a research project that health authorities hope will produce the most definitive evidence yet about whether the virus is really causing birth defects.
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There's a fine line between telling people about an emerging public health threat, such as Zika virus, and scaring them out of their wits. Once alarm spreads, it can be hard to make the facts known.
- Americans aren't getting enough sleep in general. But if you live in Minnesota or South Dakota you have a better chance of getting enough shuteye. And people in Hawaii are most sleep-deprived.Read More
The pope firmly ruled out abortion for pregnant women who fear effects of the Zika virus — but said that "in certain cases," contraception might be a lesser evil, without directly approving its use.
As concerns about marijuana and opioids rise, three Denver high schools now have substance abuse clinics for students.
In all, the health report card shows a mixed bag for Colorado. Where the state has dedicated resources there have been some improvements.
The number of homeless Californians under age 24 keeps rising, and many aren't getting the physical and mental health care they need, teen advocates say. Mobile clinics are trying to fill the gaps.
The #catmageddon ad pretty much blew the doors off the Grammys. Now the question is whether the fact that secondhand smoke can cause cancer in cats will persuade young adults to stop smoking.
Autism treatment specialists say that by focusing rigidly on scientific evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force could make it harder for children to get early intervention for autism.
"Rarely do we see a health metric that moves so quickly and is so widespread," said Tamara Keeney, a policy analyst at the Colorado Health Institute.
Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors. But the drugs can increase the risk of infections, bone fractures and kidney problems. And trying to stop the drugs can make symptoms much worse.
Earlier research found that people in a messy work area were less likely to choose healthy snacks. Now a study hints that a cluttered kitchen might make those who feel out of control eat more sweets.
"So many city employees touch the general population and could play a role in spotting issues," said Don Mares, executive director of Denver’s Department of Human Services.