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New FDA rules could affect menus at restaurants, other stores

Calorie counts could soon accompany items on restaurant menus, but grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters, planes and trains may be exempt.

Measles off to a fast start as cases trend up

Authorities say 129 cases in 13 states were reported by mid-April, the bulk of them in California and New York City. Most were triggered by travelers who caught the virus abroad and spread it in the United States among unvaccinated people.

FDA OKs first-ever DNA alternative to Pap smear

Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as a first-choice screening option for cervical cancer. It was a role previously reserved for the Pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of women's health.

FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

Most everyone agrees a ban on selling them to kids would be a step forward. But health and public policy experts can't say for certain whether the electronic devices are a good thing or a bad thing overall.

Study: Diabetic heart attack and stroke rates falling

The study also showed declines in diabetes-related kidney failure and amputations.

House OKs notification for ending fluoridation

The legislation would require notification at least 90 days before a vote to permanently cease fluoridation.

Study finds signs of brain changes in recreational marijuana users

A study to be published Wednesday suggests that marijuana use might result in anatomical changes to users' brains.

St. Louis-area hospital to offer midwife option

Mercy officials said it will give women the option of a birth without medical intervention that's overseen by a midwife, but with medical personnel nearby in case of complications.

Schools increasingly check students for obesity

Some school district do what is known as surveillance, in which students are measured to identify how many are at risk for weight-related health problems but they remain anonymous. Other districts do screenings to track the weight of individual students and notify parents whose children are classified at an unhealthy weight.

Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems

A New York University study found that married couples were at a lower risk than single and divorced people for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and obesity and were less likely to smoke.

U.S. autism estimate grows to 1 in 68 children

The latest calculation means autism is more than twice as common as officials said it was just seven years go.

Study: Sober smartphone app 'makes a big difference' in alcoholics' recovery

A panic button can be programmed to notify peers who are nearest the patient when the button is pushed. It also offers links to relaxation techniques to calm the patient while he or she waits for help.

Report: Labor in tub OK but water birth benefits unproven

Sitting in a tub of warm water can relieve pain during the early stages of labor, but actually giving birth under water has no proven benefit and may be risky, say recommendations for the nation's obstetricians.

More U.S. adults eligible for statins under new guidelines

Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes.

Study to test 'chocolate' pills for heart health

The idea of the study is to see whether there are health benefits from chocolate's ingredients minus the sugar and fat, said JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Snack, soda makers play controversial role in education of dietitians

Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for contributing to national obesity rates also provide educational courses for dietitians. The practice has raised ethical concerns from some who say it gives the food industry too much influence over dietitians.

Report indicates changing obesity rates among kids

The changing health-related landscape might have contributed to the drop in preschool obesity, such as the decline in consumption of sugary drinks and programs that give access to fresh and affordable produce.

MU Health Care to open three clinics in Columbia Hy-Vee stores

Hy-Vee walk-in clinics will be open seven days a week and treat members of the community for common illnesses and minor injuries.

TELL US: Have you signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act?

If you don't have health insurance that meets a minimum standard, you could face a fine. What has your experience been getting coverage?

Online reviews for cars, movies more popular than for doctors

A survey found most adults hadn't checked online physician reviews — and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients' health insurance was more important.

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