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Lower your risk of falling as you get older with these simple steps

Jun. 15, 2024 09:03 AM EDT

One in four older adults in the U.S. will fall each year, putting them at risk of injury, broken bones and even death. Falls are a growing public health concern as the country's population sees record numbers of people turn 65 — now and in the future. But common as falls may be,...

UCLA names new chancellor as campus is still reeling from protests over Israel-Hamas war

Jun. 12, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The president of the University of Miami was chosen Wednesday to become the next chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, where the retiring incumbent leaves a campus roiled by protests over Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza. Dr. Julio Frenk, a...

Past COVID infections may help protect against certain colds. Could it lead to better vaccines?

Jun. 12, 2024 15:46 PM EDT

If you’ve been sick with COVID-19, you may have some protection against certain versions of the common cold. A new study suggests previous COVID-19 infections lower the risk of getting colds caused by milder coronavirus cousins, which could provide a key to broader COVID-19...

New research explores how a short trip to space affects the human body

Jun. 11, 2024 18:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Space tourists experience some of the same body changes as astronauts who spend months in orbit, according to new studies published Tuesday. Those shifts mostly returned to normal once the amateurs returned to Earth, researchers reported. Research on...

Researchers find higher levels of dangerous chemical than expected in southeast Louisiana

Jun. 11, 2024 18:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Researchers using high-tech air monitoring equipment rolled through an industrialized stretch of southeast Louisiana in mobile labs and found levels of a carcinogen in concentrations as much as 20 times higher than previously estimated, according to a paper published Tuesday in...

Service dogs helped ease PTSD symptoms in US military veterans, researchers say

Jun. 04, 2024 20:22 PM EDT

Specially trained service dogs helped ease PTSD symptoms in U.S. military veterans in a small study that the researchers hope will help expand options for service members. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides talk therapy and medications to veterans with post-traumatic...

Halsey reveals illness, announces new album and shares new song 'The End'

Jun. 04, 2024 17:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Halsey has been privately battling illness, the singer revealed Tuesday. She shared the news on Instagram in a series of videos that appear to document the singer receiving infusions. “Long story short, I'm lucky to be alive,” she wrote in the...

Company that bred beagles for research pleads guilty to neglect, ordered to pay record $35M fine

Jun. 03, 2024 18:05 PM EDT

A company that bred beagles for medical research agreed Monday to pay a record $35 million as part of a criminal plea admitting it neglected thousands of dogs at its breeding facility in rural Virginia. Prosecutors said the penalties amount to the largest ever levied in an...

Fauci pushes back partisan attacks in fiery House hearing over COVID origins and controversies

Jun. 03, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert until leaving the government in 2022, was back before Congress on Monday, calling “simply preposterous” Republican allegations that he'd tried to cover up origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. A GOP-led...

Cancer patients often do better with less intensive treatment, new research finds

Jun. 02, 2024 08:02 AM EDT

Scaling back treatment for three kinds of cancer can make life easier for patients without compromising outcomes, doctors reported at the world’s largest cancer conference. It’s part of a long-term trend toward studying whether doing less — less surgery, less chemotherapy or...