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Kids learn stroke signs in class through imitation

Kids learn stroke signs in class through imitation
In this Feb. 25, 2014 photo, third-graders, from left, Hunter Thomas, Matthew Velez, Sebastian Mendez, Jayden Gonzalez and Elijah Farias examine a plastic model of a brain at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)
Andrea Esteban tried to smile with half her face, crossing her eyes in the process, and her third-grade classmates giggled. Matthew Velez struggled to speak, "Luh, luh, uh, gronk," and the kids erupted in laughter.

Half of US adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins

Half of US adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins
FILE - This 2011 photo provided by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. shows bottles of Atorvastatin Calcium tablets, a generic form of Lipitor which is sold under a deal with Pfizer. (AP Photo/Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bill Gallery)
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.

IBM's Watson to help sequence cancer DNA

IBM's Watson to help sequence cancer DNA
(Wikimedia Commons photo by Christoph Bock)
IBM said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center mainly to help sequence DNA for the treatment of glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in U.S. adults.

Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees

Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees
Dr. Joshua Jacobs, orthopedics surgery chief at Rush University Medical Center and president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Chicago, holds a model of a tri-compartmental total knee replacement.
It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.

Couple finally a family of 3 after twists, turns and scientific miracle

Couple finally a family of 3 after twists, turns and scientific miracle »Play Video
Charlie, Matt & CJ DeVore

When Matt and Charlie DeVore got married, there was no question they would be parents.  But getting that baby seemed impossible, until they heard about embryo adoption.

WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar

WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar
The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories - half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.

Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug

Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug
Electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows an H9 T cell, blue, infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), yellow.
Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.

Can marijuana treat epilepsy? Doctors call for study

Can marijuana treat epilepsy? Doctors call for study
A medical group of epilepsy experts on Monday called on the federal government to reconsider classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug so its impact on seizures can be studied.

New food labels would highlight calories and sugar

New food labels would highlight calories and sugar
This handout image provide by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows, from left, a current food nutrition label, a proposed label and an alternate label. Revamped food nutrition labels would change serving sizes for popular items like ice cream and sodas, make calories listing more prominent, and, for the first time, list any sugars that were added by the manufacturer. The overhaul of the omnipresent 20 year-old label comes as science has shifted. (AP Photo/FDA)

Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.

Lessons on salt for dietitians ... by a snack maker?

Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for fueling the nation's obesity rates also play a role in educating the dietitians who advise Americans on healthy eating.

Rules to limit marketing unhealthy food in schools

Rules to limit marketing unhealthy food in schools
First lady Michelle Obama and Food Network chef Rachel Ray discuss lunches with students from the Eastside and Northside Elementary Schools in Clinton, Miss.
Even the scoreboards in high school gyms will have to advertise only healthy foods under new rules announced Tuesday by the Obama administration.

FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization

Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children.

FDA looks to reboot nonprescription drug system

FDA looks to reboot nonprescription drug system
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking to revamp its system for regulating hundreds of over-the-counter drugs, saying the decades-old process is not flexible enough to keep pace with modern medical developments.

Older Americans are early winners under health law

Older Americans are early winners under health law
Maureen Grey, a 58-year-old Chicagoan, finally saw a doctor this month after a fall in September left her in constant pain.
For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. These luckless people, most in their 50s and 60s, have emerged this month as early winners under the nation's new health insurance system.