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Gun control sparks Zero Suicide conference, prevention bill

In Washington state, nearly 80 percent of gun deaths are suicides.

Smartphone not always helpful in a health crisis

It can give you street directions or find the nearest deli, but how helpful is your smartphone’s virtual voice in a health crisis? A study says the answer is often “not very.”

The Zika virus and other infectious diseases

Infectious diseases kill more people worldwide than any other single cause. Infectious diseases are caused by germs. Germs are tiny living things that are found everywhere – in air, soil and water.

Nutritious reasons to drink chocolate milk

Chocolate milk is more than just a sweet treat. The drink you enjoyed as a kid actually has many nutritious benefits, in addition to its delicious, chocolatey taste.

Are flu vaccines worth the effort, year after year?

The flu (or common flu) is a viral infection that is spread from person to person in secretions of the nose and lungs, for example when sneezing. Medically, it is referred to as influenza, a respiratory infection that develops primarily ...

Clinical trials and new drug approval

People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly ...

New drug may safely boost vaccine development in novel way

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a new drug with the potential to aid in vaccine development.

DCHHS reports Zika virus in Dallas County

wo Zika virus cases in Dallas County have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Dallas County Health and Human Services. The first case was acquired through sexual transmission. The patient was infected with ...

Doctors urged to screen all adults for depression

All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday.

Researchers discover how HIV protein interacts, becomes deadly

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have deciphered how a small protein made by the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS manipulates human genes to further its deadly agenda.

Chickenpox and shingles: What you need to know

Almost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood.

Increase in glaucoma cases projected for Blacks, Hispanics by 2050

Today, nearly 3 million people ages 40 and older have glaucoma, according to the Prevent Blindness “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems” report.

New law aimed at reducing spread of HIV, hepatitis

Advocates are praising Congress’ recent softening of a longtime ban on federal dollars going to needle exchanges amid growing intravenous drug abuse that’s spreading hepatitis and HIV in many states.

Obama vetoes bill to repeal signature health care law

Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed Republican-inspired legislation to repeal his health care law, saying to do so “would reverse the significant progress we have made in improving health care in America.”

Generation X reaches major milestone

As 2015 comes to a close, AARP celebrates the first of America’s 62 million Generation Xers who hit a milestone and recently turned 50 by exploring what is important to them as they age.