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Corticosteroid injections into the spine's epidural space that are often used to treat radiating back pain carry rare but serious risks, the FDA has warned, and physicians should discuss those risks with patients who are considering  getting the shots.

FDA warns of risks to cortisone injections in the spine

The Food & Drug Administration is warning that injections of corticosteroids into the spine's epidural space -- an extremely common treatment for radiating back or neck pain -- in rare cases may result in loss of vision,...

SAN DIEGO -- The percentage of parents opting for the "personal belief exemption" to avoid vaccinations for their children in kindergarten has tripled in a decade, county...

Howard Askins grew up in New York, the son of blue-collar transit authority employees who expected him to go far, and he did. His first stop was Brown University, and then he was...

Finding ways to make every day Earth Day

Finding ways to make every day Earth Day

I wash 1-quart plastic bags to reuse them. And every time, I wonder if I'm doing the right thing. Am I saving plastic? Wasting water? Just being...

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Lower-income teens aren't getting enough sleep, researchers say

Lower-income teens aren't getting enough sleep, researchers say

African American high school students and boys in low- to middle-income families reported short, fragmented sleep, and that could play a...

Rail workers' health issues are a growing safety concern

Rail workers' health issues are a growing safety concern

Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific...

Free samples of prescription drugs are costly to patients, study says

Free samples of prescription drugs are costly to patients, study says

Free samples of prescription drugs may seem like a great deal for patients. But even when doctors think they’re doing patients a favor...

For vegetative patients, a brain scan may detect hope of recovery

For vegetative patients, a brain scan may detect hope of recovery

In the netherworld that lies between death and full consciousness, some grievously injured or ill patients will remain suspended...

E-cigarette firms targeting young people, lawmakers say

E-cigarette firms targeting young people, lawmakers say

WASHINGTON — E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock...

Deadly H5N1 bird flu needs just 5 mutations to spread easily in people

Deadly H5N1 bird flu needs just 5 mutations to spread easily in people

It’s a flu virus so deadly that scientists once halted research on the disease because governments feared it might be used by...

Haruko Obokata says she created STAP stem cells "more than 200 times"

Haruko Obokata says she created STAP stem cells "more than 200 times"

The Japanese stem cell scientist who was accused of misconduct by her own research institution apologized Wednesday for making careless...

Procrastinating on those taxes? Blame your genes

Procrastinating on those taxes? Blame your genes

New research suggests the Internal Revenue Service should expand the list of acceptable explanations for procrastinators' yearly extension...

Glucosamine promotes longevity in worms and mice, study says

Glucosamine promotes longevity in worms and mice, study says

Researchers in Europe say glucosamine helped to extend the life span of worms and aging mice by mimicking a low-carbohydrate diet.

For many teens, formal sex education comes too late, CDC report says

For many teens, formal sex education comes too late, CDC report says

Health experts have some simple advice for reducing the teen birthrate in the U.S. — make sure teens learn about abstinence and...

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