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Jenner, Banderas, turn out for glitzy amfAR gala near Cannes

May. 23, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

ANTIBES, France (AP) — Kendall Jenner, Antonio Banderas and other stars attending the nearby Cannes Film Festival turned out Thursday for the 26th amfAR Gala to raise money for AIDS research.  Mariah Carey gave a special performance for the dinner guests along with Tom Jones and Dua Lipa during...

Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds

May. 22, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. The...

Cells from Purdue super fan being used for cancer research

May. 21, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Cells from Tyler Trent, the Purdue University super fan and cancer activist who died in January, are being used by cancer researchers to study the disease. The Purdue Center for Cancer Research says Tuesday it's honoring Trent's legacy through three new collaborative research...

Cholesterol improves in US kids despite high obesity rates

May. 21, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal. Overall, 7% of kids had high cholesterol in surveys from 2009 to 2016. That was down from 10% a decade earlier. In children, high levels mean...

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

May. 16, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have it resolve other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a study finds. The results suggest there's a benefit from not waiting to address obesity. Researchers say longer study...

Less fat, more fruit may cut risk of dying of breast cancer

May. 15, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

For the first time, a large experiment suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer. The results are notable because they come from a rigorous test involving 49,000 women over two decades rather than other studies that try to draw...

Correction: Islamic State Bride story

May. 14, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 13 about the health of the child of a U.S.-born woman who joined the Islamic State (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that a researcher said she was concerned about the risk from exposure to "vaccinated" children in the camps. It should have said...

Philly soda tax study sees sales dip, health impact unclear

May. 14, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains unclear. The research found that Philadelphia's 2017 tax led to a 38 percent decline in sugary soda and diet drink sales that year, even when taking into account an increase in sales in neighboring towns. The...

'Zombie cells' buildup in your body may play role in aging

May. 14, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are studying drugs that can kill zombie cells and possibly treat the problems...

New Jersey gets official state microbe: Streptomyces griseus

May. 10, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A microorganism that played a role in treating tuberculosis is now officially recognized as New Jersey's state microbe. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday giving the distinction to Streptomyces (strep-toh-MY'-seez) griseus (GREE'-say-us). The microbe was discovered in New Jersey...