How owning a dog could improve your health

Nearly everybody will smile when they’re petting a dog. If the dog happens to plant a big kiss right on your hands or face, you will probably laugh and giggle, even while pushing the dog away. Did you know that dogs can bring more than a smile to your face, though? Science shows that they…

Outlook good as formerly conjoined twins leave NY hospital

 Formerly conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic have left a New York hospital two months after surgery to separate them. Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho were released Friday from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, north of New York City. The girls were joined at the base of the spine when they were born Feb. 4,…

Protect yourself against Zika and Lyme disease this summer

As the weather warms up, you and your family will probably be spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. After all, the summer brings more opportunities for you to camp, hike, swim, and bike. Before going outside, though, be sure to protect yourself from both the Zika virus and Lyme disease this summer. The Zika…

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

WASHINGTON –  Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found. The economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, argue in a paper released Thursday that the loss of steady middle-income jobs…

Palliative care linked to fewer repeat hospitalizations

Comfort care for advanced cancer patients is associated with fewer repeat hospitalizations and more hospice referrals, according to a study highlighting how this approach may offer chronically sick or terminally ill people a better quality of life. Researchers focused on terminal cancer patients who often end up receiving a lot of care during their final…

Recovery from addiction

Recovery from addiction involves a process. The transition from active addiction to sobriety doesn’t happen overnight. The person in recovery shouldn’t expect that life will instantly change when he or she stops using or drinking. The reality is that most addicts go through stages of sobriety. Some of these stages bring insight and others bring…

Man accused of posing as dentist allegedly cooked meth in office

A California man is accused of practicing dentistry without a license in an unsanitary office where he allegedly cooked meth. Joseph Hirsch, of Redwood City, is being held in San Mateo County jail on $500,000 bail after authorities received a tip about his alleged crimes, Mercy News reported. Hirsch, 59, is accused of possessing and…

Caring for your gestational diabetes

During your pregnancy, you might dread the renowned “sugar test” that your doctor will probably order around 24–28 weeks. You have to drink a sugary liquid and wait around for its effects to spread throughout your system. If you screen through the one-hour and three-hour tests with both positive results, you’ll have to work with…

7 surprising ways you wreck your body when you don’t get off your butt

One of the worst things you can do to your body is doing nothing at all: Sitting parked on your butt can be just as dangerous as being obese, according to a study from the University of Cambridge. Globally, 1 in 4 adults aren’t moving enough, according to the World Health Organization. And even if you think you’re…

City says drugmaker knowingly let pills flood black market

 As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. Mayor Ray Stephanson stepped up patrols, hired social workers to ride with officers and pushed for more permanent housing for chronically homeless people. The…