US cancer death rate hits 25 years of decline, study says

The rate of people dying from cancer in the United States seems to have dropped steadily for 25 years, a new study says, but disparities remain between the rich and the poor. The overall nationwide cancer death rate fell continuously from 1991 to 2016 by a total of 27%, according to a study by the American Cancer Society, published Tuesday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. That translates to about 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths total than would have been expected if death rates stayed at their peak, which was seen…

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California governor takes step to provide health care coverage to undocumented young adults

Newly sworn-in California Gov. Gavin Newsom took a step on Monday to provide health care coverage to eligible undocumented young adults in the state. Amid a partial federal government shutdown, Newsom proposed a budget on his first day in office that would make California the only state in the nation to provide coverage to undocumented young adults through a state Medicaid program. Newsom also signed on Monday an executive order to create “the largest single purchaser for prescription drugs and allow private employers to join the state in negotiating drug…

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How mom battling breast cancer used exercise to ‘push through’ challenges

RICHMOND, Va. — The start of a new year is when a lot of people try to get fit. For those going through breast cancer, working-out can have its challenges and its benefits. A high-intensity workout is more than just a workout for American Family fitness instructor Chnoic Clarke. It’s her physical and her mental outlet. “Throughout it all, I just really kept a mindset of I want to stay healthy. I’ve been healthy. I’ve been active. I didn’t want that to be derailed in this process,” Clarke said. Her…

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11-year-old girl shaves head to celebrate raising $50K for kids with cancer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Kaitlyn Lee, 11,  runs to raise money for kids battling cancer. Her goal was to raise $50,000 for the Jesse Rees Foundation. She did that, and this weekend she celebrated – by having her head shaved. Kaitlyn has never been touched by cancer, but through her work helping cancer patients, she has learned a lot about how it affects kids and their families. She doesn’t split hairs when she talks about why helping kids with cancer is important and that’s why she chose to stand in solidarity with them…

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Why exercise won’t make you lose weight

There’s no shortage of things people swore to leave behind in 2018: bad jobs, bad relationships, bad habits. But chances are, you’re beginning 2019 with something you didn’t intend: a few extra pounds. Every January, one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. And if you’re looking to be successful, there’s something you should know: Diet is far more important than exercise — by a long shot. “It couldn’t be more true,” nutritionist and CNN contributor Lisa Drayer said. “Basically, what I always tell people is, what…

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As flu is on the rise, mom says: ‘I didn’t know I was going to lose my baby’ to the flu

If it seems like you know a lot of people who’ve come down with the flu lately, you’re on to something. Nineteen states now have high levels of flu activity, according to numbers released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than double the number of states from the previous week. The number of children who died also increased. Two children’s deaths related to the flu were reported in the week ending December 29, bringing the flu’s death toll for children to 13 for this…

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What parents need to know about their daughters and social media

NEW YORK — Though social media can be a helpful tool for teenagers to learn and connect with friends, experts have long warned that too much Snapchatting or Instagramming can come with downsides. There appears to be a connection between social media use and depressive symptoms in 14-year-olds, and that connection may be much stronger for girls than boys, according to a study published in the journal EClinicalMedicine on Thursday. “There’s an alarming difference,” said Yvonne Kelly, first author of the study and a professor of epidemiology and public health…

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Virginia among 17 states to appeal judge’s ruling striking down Affordable Care Act

The battle over Obamacare has advanced to the next round. A coalition of 17 Democratic state attorneys general is appealing a Texas district judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Virginia was among those states. Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring joined the coalition of 17 attorneys general to defend the Affordable Care Act. “I will not stop until I have done all I can to protect the millions of Virginians who have benefitted from the ACA, which is why…

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Smell of cooking fish suspected in death of food allergic 11-year-old boy

NEW YORK — An 11-year-old New York City boy died on New Year’s Day after a possible allergic reaction to fish, police said Wednesday. Camron Jean-Pierre was pronounced dead Tuesday at a hospital after police discovered him unconscious and unresponsive at his home on East 82nd Street in Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood, according to the NYPD. Police initially responded to reports made at 7:24 p.m. that day about an unconscious person at the home. People at the scene told investigators Jean-Pierre was allergic to fish, and someone in the home was cooking fish,…

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