Health News

  • Does wearing a mask while traveling ward off illness? Here’s what experts say
    tulcarion/iStock(NEW YORK) -- What started off as a viral infection only in China in December is now spreading throughout Asia and has made its way to the United States. The novel coronavirus -- "2019-nCoV"-- in the same class as the SARS and MARS viruses, is now linked to the death ... read more
    HealthJanuary 24, 2020
  • Second coronavirus case confirmed in US
    jarun011/iStock(CHICAGO) -- A second U.S. case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in a patient in Chicago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The patient, a woman in her 60s and a Chicago resident, had traveled to Wuhan, China, in December. She was admitted to the hospital ... read more
    HealthJanuary 24, 2020
  • These insurance companies pledged $55M to lower generic drug prices amidst national crisis
    Darwin Brandis/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- A coalition of health insurers pledged $55 million to help manufacture generic prescription drugs at lower prices, as the skyrocketing cost of medication has triggered a national reckoning.The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and 18 independently operated Blue Cross Blue Shield companies announced Thursday they were partnering ... read more
    HealthJanuary 23, 2020
  • College student quarantined in Texas with suspected coronavirus case
    wellesenterprises/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Now: There are 616 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in China, and 17 people have died from it.The majority of the sickened patients are in China, with Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and the United States all confirming exported coronavirus cases.College student quarantined in TexasHealth authorities ... read more
    HealthJanuary 23, 2020
  • Insys founder John Kapoor sentenced for role in fraud, bribery scheme that contributed to opioid crisis
    Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- John Kapoor, the billionaire founder and former chairman of Insys Therapeutics Inc., was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine for his role in a fraud and bribery scheme that contributed to the nationwide opioid crisis ... read more
    HealthJanuary 23, 2020
  • Mom of 4 who died after giving birth donates 12 of her organs: ‘We’re all proud of her’
    Jesse Thorson(MEDFORD, Ore.) -- A mother of four who died suddenly, just days after giving birth, donated 12 organs that could help save a dozen lives.On Dec. 29, Kathleen and Jesse Thorson of Medford, Oregon, welcomed their fourth child, a boy named Teddy.On Jan. 3, Kathleen was rushed to the ... read more
    HealthJanuary 23, 2020
  • Photo of negative pregnancy test after ‘1,200 days of trying’ hits home for thousands
    nazdravie/iStock(DENVER) -- A woman who shared a photo of her negative pregnancy test is inspiring others to keep fighting as they try for the baby they've always wanted.Tara Engelberg, 33, a "mama in waiting" from Denver, Colo., has often shared her infertility journey with over 2,000 followers.But it was her ... read more
    HealthJanuary 23, 2020
  • Pregnancy, breastfeeding may lower risk of early menopause: Study
    Adene Sanchez/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Women who get pregnant and women who breastfeed may lower their risk of early menopause, according to a new study."This is interesting because it connects what happens in a woman’s early reproductive life to something that goes on later," ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer ... read more
    HealthJanuary 23, 2020
  • Wake-up call prompts mom of three to lose more than 100 pounds
    vadimguzhva/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Elizabeth Raney had a wake-up call while on maternity leave with her youngest child that kicked off a 100-pound weight loss. "I had the whole summer off with my kids and it just kind of hit me that I wasn’t able to run around and play with ... read more
    HealthJanuary 23, 2020
  • Utah becomes 19th state to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy
    nktwentythree/iStock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Utah officially banned the controversial practice of conversion therapy on minors this week, ending a long battle between local LGBTQ activists and religious groups. The ruling, which went into effect Tuesday, outlaws the discredited practice grounded in the belief that being LGBTQ is unnatural. Conversion practices ... read more
    HealthJanuary 23, 2020