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Dramatic differences for brain death policies in hospitals
Worried doctorWednesday December 30, 2015 4:22AM ET
The rules for judging when a patient is brain dead vary widely from hospital to hospital, despite the existence of national standards created to ensure accuracy, a new study has found.
Rates of childhood asthma steady, except among poor and older kids
Childhood asthmaWednesday December 30, 2015 3:05AM ET
Rates of childhood asthma appear to have plateaued, except among the poor and kids aged 10 to 17, U.S. health officials report.
U.S. births up, teen and preterm deliveries down
U.S. babiesTuesday December 29, 2015 3:30AM ET
The number of U.S. women having babies rose last year for the first time since 2007, while births by teens fell to a record low, federal health officials reported.
Sudden cardiac arrest may not be so sudden
Cardiac arrestWednesday December 23, 2015 4:20AM ET
Roughly half of cardiac arrest patients experience telltale warning signs that their heart is in danger of stopping in the month preceding their attack, new study findings suggest.
More evidence that time-to-treatment is crucial for stroke
StrokeWednesday December 23, 2015 4:05AM ET
Stroke patients have worse outcomes when delays occur in restoring blood flow to the brain, a new study shows.
'Fat but fit' is still risk for premature death
Fat but fitWednesday December 23, 2015 3:09AM ET
New research seems to contradict the idea that people might escape the health hazards associated with obesity if they are "fat but fit."
Over 47,000 deaths last year, mostly due to pain relievers and heroin
Drug overdoseTuesday December 22, 2015 4:20AM ET
From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses. Opioid overdose deaths, including both opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in 2014.
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