Health

Seattle toddler speaks first words after nearly drowning

A 2-year-old Seattle girl whose fall into a neighborhood pond nearly killed her is now speaking her first words. Catalina Ackers went missing Saturday morning and was found face-down in a retention pond near her family’s home, according to the Seattle Police Department. Catalina is developmentally delayed and barely spoke at all before the accident. Officer Tyler Keating performed CPR to restore her breathing and an ambulance rushed her to

Can’t believe you ate the whole thing? Blame ‘false hunger’

Sergey Tryapitsyn False hunger isn’t about fueling your body, it’s all about using food to anesthetize, escape or soothe your pleasure-seeking mind. Ever hear of the French Paradox? It’s how French people seemingly eat all the fattening “forbidden foods,” yet somehow manage to remain thin. How do the French do this? Researchers who have studied this phenomenon say the secret is that they pay more attention to their inner physiological

Woman who underwent failed uterus transplant has no regrets

The couple who attempted to deliver the first baby in the United States using a donor uterus spoke about the heartbreak when it failed. Lindsey and Blake McFarland spoke to NBC News about their dashed hopes. “You lose more than just the uterus,” Blake said on “The Today Show” Monday. “You lose a lot of the hopes and dreams that you had for the future.” Lindsey was born without a

The couple who attempted to deliver the first baby in the United States using a donor uterus spoke about the heartbreak when it failed. Lindsey and Blake McFarland spoke to NBC News about their dashed hopes. “You lose more than just the uterus,” Blake said on “The Today Show” Monday. “You lose a lot of the hopes and dreams that you had for the future.” Lindsey was born without a

NYPD cop hopes to return after lifesaving brain surgery

Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News NYPD Detective Todd Szebenyi, who is recovering from surgery to correct a rare brain disorder, with wife his wife, Patricia. At first, he thought it was just a headache. NYPD Detective Todd Szebenyi was nearly paralyzed by the pain pulsing through his head while working out at a gym near his Staten Island home. It was Feb. 22 when the athletic 41-year-old was struck

Reduce your cancer risk by eliminating alcohol

Research shows alcohol consumption is linked to cancer of the breast, mouth, upper throat, bowel, liver, esophagus, and larynx, and also contributes to pancreatic cancer. Stop smoking cigarettes. Cut down on fried food. Eat leafy greens. Wear sunscreen. Exercise. Get regular physicals. These are all ways to reduce cancer risk. Yet there is a known carcinogen lurking in the diet of most Americans — something that you may actually believe

Treat smoking as addiction, not habit: NY Health Department

ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images Fewer New Yorkers than ever are lighting up, but cigarettes still pose a public health risk. New York health officials say doctors need to treat smoking as an addiction instead of just a bad habit. The state Department of Health on Friday said it’s launching a new campaign encouraging doctors and other health care providers to recommend medication and counseling to smokers looking to quit. New York

New York health exchange plans to cover 470G more in 2016

Jupiterimages/Getty Images Monthly premiums are $ 20 for New Yorkers earning up to 200% of the poverty level. The state’s health exchange expects to enroll over 470,000 New Yorkers in its new low-cost option for coverage this year. Testifying at an Assembly hearing this week, Donna Frescatore, an executive with the exchange, said New York chose to participate with the Essential Plan, an option under the federal Affordable Care Act

A guide to understanding the cost of health care

To be an informed health care consumer means you now have to do your homework before purchasing health services. Patients utilizing healthcare today are being asked to take on a new role with a whole new set of responsibilities: Informed Health Care Consumer. This poses a challenge to patients accustomed to a health care market where price information often isn’t known until after the service is rendered, and the patient