LDL cholesterol: How low can you (safely) go?

Elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol is a clearly established risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Lowering LDL with medications and/or lifestyle changes has been shown to lower CVD risk. Just how far to lower LDL,...

Health officials declare syphilis outbreak in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX -- Public Health officials in Nova Scotia have declared an outbreak of syphilis in the province, saying the number of reported cases has more than doubled in two years. The Nova Scotia Health Authority says 82 cases of syphilis...

‘I found a way to give back’: Referee skating 19 hours and 26 minutes for Alzheimer’s

EDMONTON -- An Ontario hockey referee is skating for 19 hours and 26 minutes at Edmonton’s City Hall rink to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's. Steve McNeil stepped onto the ice at 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, and will...

Dentist, filmed extracting tooth while on hoverboard, found guilty of ‘unlawful dental acts’

A dentist in Anchorage, Alaska, has been convicted on dozens of charges after he was filmed extracting a patient's tooth as he stood on a hoverboard, according to the Alaska Department of Law. Seth Lookhart was convicted on 46 felony...

The Big Number: U.S. birthrate drops to all-time low of 1.73

Women in the United States are having fewer babies than ever before, creating a fertility rate of 1.73 births per mother, according to data from the National Vital Statistics System that was analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

China virus: Surge in new cases raises concerns about human transmission ahead of holiday travel season

But this year, authorities are having to deal with a new and potentially deadly challenge: the spread of a mysterious, pneumonialike virus that is confounding diagnosis and treatment, and sparking concern across the country and beyond. A total of 218...

Chronic inflammation is long lasting, insidious, dangerous. And you may not even know you have it.

But chronic inflammation is less obvious and often more insidious. Chronic inflammation begins without an apparent cause — and doesn’t stop. The immune system becomes activated, but the inflammatory response isn’t intermittent, as it is during an acute injury or...

What We Know About China’s New Coronavirus

HONG KONG — A mysterious new respiratory virus that emerged in central China has killed at least three people and sickened around 200 others, raising concerns about a deadly outbreak in the midst of the country’s busiest travel period of...

Childhood Obesity Is a Major Problem. Research Isn’t Helping.

Childhood obesity is a major public health problem, and has been for some time. Almost 20 percent of American children are affected by obesity, as well as about 40 percent of adults. Over all, this costs the United States around...

When Life Throws You Curveballs, Embrace the ‘New Normal’

Just when I needed it most, I learned a valuable life lesson from Lynda Wolters, who has a cancer that is currently incurable, diagnosed just after her 49th birthday. As an Idaho farm girl used to hard work, Ms. Wolters...
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