Hawaii retirement home clarifies assisted suicide rules

Health 11/13/18, 21:56

A Hawaii retirement home said Tuesday residents in its independent living wing may take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish.But Kahala Nui told residents in a memorandum this week that those in its assisted living and nursing center may not do so.Kahala Nui CEO ...

Oregon hospital removes gender identification from bracelets

Health 11/13/18, 17:12

A hospital in central Oregon has made a small change that represented a huge difference for its transgender patients: It removed the gender designation from patient identification bracelets.The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports the St. Charles Health System adopted the change last month. The ID bracelet is designed to provide ...

Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

Health 11/13/18, 14:41

The nation's leading e-cigarette maker says it has halted store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids.The announcement Tuesday by Juul Labs Inc. comes ahead of an expected government crackdown on underage sales of e-cigs.Juul said it has stopped filling store orders for its mango, fruit, creme and ...

Spiritual first responders hit the streets amid drug crisis

Health 11/12/18, 22:44

Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn't make it.Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets.They ...

New $5.2M center for children with behavioral issues to open

Health 11/12/18, 15:37

A Rapid City residential facility for children struggling with chemical dependency or behavioral issues will move into a new $5.2 million treatment center this week.WellFully is transitioning into its new Premier Adolescent Care Center after outgrowing its former Rapid City treatment locations for at-risk children ages 10 to 17. The ...

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

Health 11/12/18, 09:05

Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health.The advice is the first update since the government's physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list of ...

Heart meeting features fish oil, vitamin D, cholesterol news

Health 11/11/18, 14:05

Fish oil, vitamin D, novel drugs, new cholesterol guidelines: News from an American Heart Association conference over the weekend reveals a lot about what works and what does not for preventing heart attacks and other problems.Dietary supplements missed the mark, but a prescription-strength fish oil showed promise. A drug not ...

Big studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D

Health 11/10/18, 16:12

Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients.Fish oil taken by healthy people, at a dose found in many supplements, showed no clear ability to lower heart or cancer risks. Same for vitamin D.But higher amounts ...

Vermont grapples with too many deer in some suburban areas

Health 11/10/18, 13:46

Vermont wildlife officials are trying to figure out how to reduce an overabundance of deer in some suburban and other areas of the state. They say the overcrowding is impacting deer health, damaging forests and causing property owners to complain about the animals chomping down their landscaping.Parts of the Champlain ...

The tobacco industry plays price games to make it even tougher to quit smoking

News 11/09/18, 03:21

It is thought about two in three smokers want to kick their deadly habit, and with good reason – the same proportion of them are believed to die prematurely because of smoking. Around the world, the habit kills more than 6m people a year. Yet quitting is notoriously difficult. Smoking tobacco is an addictive habit that the UK ...

Cooking and glazing a moist and cured ham? It’s in the bag

Nutrition 11/08/18, 05:48

Heating and glazing a cured ham seems effortless, but many recipes yield leathery meat in an overly sweet glaze. We wanted to guarantee moist meat in a nuanced glaze. Bone-in hams, labeled “with natural juices,” have the best flavor and spiral-sliced ones make carving a cinch, but too much time in ...

More US adults and kids are doing yoga, meditating

Treatment 11/08/18, 04:05

NEW YORK (AP) — If you can do a downward-facing dog, you’re among the increasing numbers of Americans doing yoga. A new report says more adults — and even kids — are practicing yoga and meditation. A government survey conducted last year found 14 percent of adults said they had recently done ...

Golden Triangle’s Drug Production Expands, Diversifies Amid Opioid Concerns

News 11/08/18, 03:47

JAKARTA — Organized crime groups are expanding and diversifying drug production in Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle amid fears the region could emerge as a hub for synthetic opioids like fentanyl, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Asia Pacific counter-narcotics police met in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday ...

Toxic smog cloaks Indian capital amid Diwali festivities

Health 11/08/18, 01:38

Toxic smog has shrouded the Indian capital as air quality plummeted to hazardous levels after tens of thousands of people set off a multitude of firecrackers to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Diwali.With schools closed for holidays, many young children stayed indoors to escape the pollution levels that shot ...

More US adults and kids are doing yoga, meditating

Health 11/08/18, 01:14

If you can do a downward-facing dog, you're among the increasing numbers of Americans doing yoga.A new report says more adults — and even kids — are practicing yoga and meditation.A government survey conducted last year found 14 percent of adults said they had recently done yoga, and the same ...

Election Impact: Health care stocks jump following midterms

Health 11/07/18, 14:58

The outcome of the midterm elections was good for the stock market in general, mostly because it didn't produce any big surprises, but it was especially good for the health care industry and several other companies.Health insurers rose sharply Wednesday as investors anticipated that any prospects of repealing the Affordable ...

Update: Idaho voters approve Medicaid expansion

Health 11/07/18, 02:50

The Latest on Election Day in Idaho (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Idaho voters have approved a ballot initiative that will expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 62,000 Idaho residents who can't afford health insurance on the state exchange. The vote means lawmakers must now enact laws to expand Medicaid coverage to adults who ...

Update: Mitt Romney wins US Senate seat in Utah

Health 11/06/18, 23:02

The Latest on Tuesday's midterm election in Utah (all times local): 8:00 p.m. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has handily won a U.S. Senate seat in his adopted home state of Utah after a campaign where he backed off his once-fierce criticism of Donald Trump. Romney clinched the win Tuesday as soon ...

Nebraska voters decide Medicaid expansion, race for governor

Health 11/06/18, 07:55

Nebraska voters will decide Tuesday whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law, a proposal that would extend coverage to thousands of low-income residents but create additional costs for lawmakers in next year's session. They'll also decide races for U.S. Senate and House, governor and makeup of the state ...

Muslim concern about vaccine fuels Thai measles outbreak

Health 11/06/18, 06:29

Health authorities in Thailand are racing to contain a measles outbreak in the country's southern provinces, where 14 deaths and more than 1,500 cases have been reported since September.Officials blame the comeback of the disease on low vaccination rates in the south caused by misconceptions among the Muslim population about ...