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Eyes hurt? It could be your electronic devices

Eyes hurt?  It could be your electronic devices
The new MacBook is on display in the demo room after an Apple event on Monday, March 9, 2015, in San Francisco. The new computer weighs just two pounds and the company says it's the world's most energy-efficient laptop. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

If you spend a lot of time with computers, ipads or smartphones, you may have experienced some of the symptoms of digital eye strain

Study: Early clue to why some children may have reading woes

Study: Early clue to why some children may have reading woes
This undated handout photo provided by the Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University, shows scalp electrodes to pick up how children's brains react to sounds such as speech in a noisy background.(Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University via AP)
New research suggests it may be possible to predict which preschoolers will struggle to read - and it has to do with how the brain deciphers speech when it's noisy.

Pricey successor overtakes $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C drug

Pricey successor overtakes $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C drug
This photo taken Thursday, July 9, 2015, is the headquarters of Gilead Sciences in Foster City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
The $1,000 pill for a liver-wasting viral infection that made headlines last year is no longer the favorite of patients and doctors.

Doctors propose tool to help gauge the value of cancer drugs

Doctors propose tool to help gauge the value of cancer drugs
FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip at a hospital in Durham, N.C (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
The pushback against soaring cancer drug prices is gaining steam. A leading doctors group on Monday proposed a formula to help patients decide if a medicine is worth it — what it will cost them and how much good it is likely to do.

Need to lose a few pounds? Don't pick your own food!

Need to lose a few pounds? Don't pick your own food!
There are a million different options for holiday gifts and foods in Seattle, but the Ballard Farmers Market is one of the best resources available. From items for your holiday dinner, Christmas wreaths or those gifts that are a little more personal, the Ballard Farmers Market, open every Sunday from 10am-3pm, is a great holiday option. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

 A news study finds we are more successful in our efforts to lose weight if we have someone else provide the plan

High cholesterol? Forget the statin drugs!

High cholesterol? Forget the statin drugs!

The FDA is reviewing a new drug that promises to cut LDL or 'bad' cholesterol numbers by nearly two-thirds

FDA weighs target population for Amgen cholesterol drug

FDA weighs target population for Amgen cholesterol drug
FILE - This April 20, 2010 file photo, shows the exterior view of Amgen Inc. in Fremont, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
Federal health regulators said Monday a highly-anticipated, experimental drug from Amgen significantly lowers bad cholesterol. But officials have questions about who should take the drug and whether to approve it based on currently available data.

Female sex pill makes comeback with positive panel vote

Female sex pill makes comeback with positive panel vote »Play Video
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, file photo, a tablet of flibanserin sits on a brochure for Sprout Pharmaceuticals in the company's Raleigh, N.C., headquarters. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)
Women suffering from low libido got some hope this week when a panel of health experts said the government should approve an experimental pill intended to boost sexual desire. It is the first time a government panel has endorsed such a drug. The move surprised many experts, because the Food and Drug Administration has twice rejected the drug due to lackluster effectiveness and worrisome side effects.

FDA panel backs female libido pill, under safety conditions

FDA panel backs female libido pill, under safety conditions
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, file photo, a tablet of flibanserin sits on a brochure for Sprout Pharmaceuticals in the company's Raleigh, N.C., headquarters. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)
The drug industry's decade-spanning search for a female equivalent to Viagra took a major step forward Thursday, as government experts recommended approval for a pill to boost sexual desire in women.

Don't take a seat: Panel says you should stand for 2 hours

Don't take a seat: Panel says you should stand for 2 hours
In this Aug. 13, 2014 photo, workers sit at desks at Firstkontact Center, a call center in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico (AP Photo/Alex Cossio, File)
Are you sitting down? In that case, you should probably stand up before reading this.