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Diabetes link to sitting largely due to obesity and lack of exercise

(Reuters Health) – Too much time spent sitting is associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, but the effect is primarily seen among those who are also obese or…

Black patients may do better at hospitals with more racial diversity

(Reuters Health) – Black patients may do better when they’re treated at U.S. hospitals with more racially diverse populations, a recent study of outcomes for common gastrointestinal problems suggests. Overall,…

FDA backs expanded use of medical abortion pill

WASHINGTON The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday agreed to allow more access to Danco Laboratories’ abortion pill Mifeprex, likely making it easier and cheaper for women to have…

Couples’ caffeine intake before pregnancy may affect miscarriage risk

Couples’ caffeine intake before pregnancy may affect miscarriage risk

A new study suggests that couples who are trying for a baby should take note of their caffeine intake, after finding that both male and female partners who consume at…

After China vaccine scare, Hong Kong to limit inoculations for non-resident children

HONG KONG Hong Kong is to limit the number of non-resident children getting vaccinations at government clinics, after an illegal vaccine scandal in mainland China raised fears some families would…

Classroom program increases school breakfast participation, not obesity

Serving free breakfast in New York City’s classrooms has boosted the number of students eating what some consider the most important meal of the day at school, according to…

Food insecurity and hospital visits — is there a link?

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Indonesia pushes to unshackle victims of mental illness

SERANG, Indonesia Indonesian rice farmer Usman has kept his 19-year-old son chained in the family’s tiny wooden hut for more than a month, reluctant to release the mentally disturbed boy…

FDA panel backs Acadia drug for psychosis linked to Parkinson’s

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration backed an approval for Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc’s drug for psychosis related to Parkinson’s disease. Nuplazid’s benefits outweighed the risks, the…

Bloomberg, others give $125 million for immunotherapy cancer research

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg and other philanthropists are donating $125 million to Johns Hopkins University for a new institute devoted to immunotherapy cancer research, the Baltimore school said on Tuesday. Bloomberg,…