Study: Fracking may worsen asthma

CHICAGO — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an eight-year study in Pennsylvania.

Organ transplants come a long way,but hurdles remain

WASHINGTON — Brenda Hudson recalls weeks spent in a glass-enclosed isolation room after her first kidney transplant, her family allowed to visit only when suited up against germs.

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Pediatrics office going up at Rayzor Ranch

Cook Children’s Health Care System is building a pediatrics office on Scripture Street near Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton to accommodate its growing client base in the area.

FDA approves new dissolving stent

WASHINGTON — A medical implant that slowly dissolves into the body could be the answer to long-standing safety concerns with devices used to treat clogged arteries.

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FDA approves first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus.

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3rd Lewisville mosquito trap positive for West Nile

A third mosquito trap in Lewisville has tested positive for West Nile virus this year.Private company Vector Disease Control International, which is contracted by Lewisville, confirmed the city’s third positive West Nile virus sample on Thursday.

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Denton music therapist gives patients melodic outlet

Kristin Abbott is the jukebox of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. She rolls through the hallways with her cart filled with musical instruments — ukeleles, guitars, bongos, tambourines, flutes, etc. When she moves, it rattles.

Report: FDA taking too long on food recalls

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported Thursday.

Bob Moos: Plan offers prescription savings

If you’ve ever gone a day without your medications or cut your pills in half to make them last a little longer, there may be relief for you. People on a tight budget can get help paying for the premiums, deductible and co-payments in their Medicare drug plan.

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More than 4 in 10 U.S. women now obese

NEW YORK — The nation’s obesity epidemic continues to grow, led by an alarming increase among women. For the first time, more than 4 in 10 U.S. women are obese, according to new government health statistics.

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Try online for lower drug prices

WASHINGTON — Most people don’t shop for lower prescription drug prices. They should, especially now that there are easier ways to do so.

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Overdose antidote easier to buy

It is becoming easier for friends and family of heroin users or patients taking strong painkillers to buy an antidote that can reverse the effect of an overdose, as policymakers look for ways to fight a growing epidemic.

Panel report: Treating hearing loss shouldn't be an expensive task

Candy makers try to shape nutrition science

NEW YORK — It was a startling scientific finding: Children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t. Less startling was how it came about.

Matt Gohlke: Take steps to protect your eyes, skin and hair this summer

Most area schools let out for the summer this week. As a matter of fact, all three Denton high schools — Denton, Ryan and Guyer — are holding their graduation ceremonies today.

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‘Medigap’ insurance covers what Medicare doesn’t

If you’re about to turn 65, you may be shopping soon for a health plan that covers the costs that traditional Medicare doesn’t.As welcome as Medicare’s health care coverage is, it does have its gaps. The...

Bob Moos: Medicare helps pay for shingles vaccine

Anyone who has suffered from shingles knows the pain is excruciating.

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Artist sees color in his own way

Through trial and error and YouTube tutorials, Chase Gentry taught himself how to paint over the past five years to become an artist like his mother. His paintings are full of vibrant, saturated color — much of which he can’t see with his naked eye.

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Interactive colon

Hospital staff members and public viewers walk through a giant interactive inflatable colon Friday afternoon.

Hospital executive to leave post

For the first time in almost 13 years, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will have new leadership, starting Jan. 1. Stan Morton, who has served as the hospital’s president since spring 2003, has resigned from the post effective Dec. 31.

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Big premium hikes predicted for Medicare drug program

WASHINGTON — With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare’s popular prescription drug program. The reason: Rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums.

Bob Moos: It’s time to check your health care coverage

Now’s the time to check your health care coverage for 2016 or sign up for the first time. About 9 million Americans, including 1.2 million Texans, got coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during last year’s open enrollment period. This year’s marketplace open enrollment began Sunday.

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Texas cuts Planned Parenthood funds

AUSTIN — Texas announced Monday it was cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos that featured discussions about fetal tissue, potentially triggering a court fight like one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana.

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To the next level: Denton Regional ups trauma care

Last month, Denton Regional Medical Center CEO Caleb O’Rear was heading back to Denton after a meeting in Dallas.

Report: Health care spending to accelerate

WASHINGTON — The nation’s respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over. Spending on health care will outpace the nation’s overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, underscoring a coming challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual Americans.

UNT HSC/TCU medical school approved

FORT WORTH — The University of North Texas Health Science Center will partner with Texas Christian University to create a medical school in Fort Worth, officials announced today.

Bob Moos: Hospital Compare website adds star ratings

Are you the kind of consumer who reads reviews or looks for ratings before you shop? Wouldn’t it be helpful to have the same sort of ratings when choosing a hospital?

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Denton man seeks plasma donation record, has given almost 900 liters

Terry George Price has a hole in his right arm the diameter of his pinky finger.

Anna Love: Challenge yourself to improve health

March is National Nutrition Month and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ slogan for this year is “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

U.S. Supreme Court to hear case against Obama’s health law

NEW YORK — The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama’s domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care.

Study: Babies exposed to nuts dodge allergy

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.

Few requirements on teacher, staff vaccinations

LOS ANGELES — While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation’s classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

Hackers target medical records

Everyone worries about stolen credit cards or hacked bank accounts, but just visiting the doctor may put you at greater risk for identity fraud.

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California declares e-cigarettes health threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity.

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Tests imply formaldehyde risk in some e-cig vapor

Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest.

Talks combat stigma

People are often hesitant to admit it, afraid of how society will view them when their mental health issues are finally diagnosed. Some are embarrassed of how they’ll be treated after diagnosis.

County helps keep chronic illnesses in check

Domitila Rodriguez has already lost a toe to diabetes, but assistance from the Denton County Health Department gives hope that a toe will be all she’ll lose to the disease.

Bob Moos: Changes in store for Medicare in 2015

The new year always brings a few changes to Medicare. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect in 2015.

Anna Love: Spin your New Year’s resolutions the right way

As you tie up the loose ends of 2014 and begin to think about what 2015 holds, you may include a long tradition of setting new year’s resolutions. If you are like most Americans, your resolutions may look...

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New MHMR home aims to calm crises

KRUM — Golden brown leaves touched by autumn’s kiss partially cover both sides of a two-lane blacktop road leading to the home that’s not a home.

State gets bump in health rankings

Texans are improving their health. The state has seen major improvements this year in smoking, child immunizations and mental health, according to data gathered by United Health Foundation.

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Health care foundation gives $224,000 in grants

The Flow Health Care Foundation awarded more than $224,000 in grants Wednesday to 13 Denton County organizations for projects that provide affordable health care.

There’s still time for flu vaccines

National Influenza Vaccination Week is underway, and the Denton County Health Department wants to remind residents that it’s not too late for flu vaccinations.

Presbyterian hospital slates free flu shots

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will offer free flu shots at its drive-through clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

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Calorie count to appear with many foods

WASHINGTON — Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even that buttery tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

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Tech support

Patrick and Emily McLarty can relate to families faced with mounting medical bills. “We’ve experienced what that’s like, and the uncertainty and the fear,” Emily McLarty said. She said she and her husband know all too well what it’s like to have the rug pulled from underneath.

Two Denton hospitals receive top ratings

The two major hospitals in Denton both earned “A” ratings for their hospital safety score from the Leapfrog Group, a leading hospital research organization.Both Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton...

Flu shots on the rise in Denton County

It’s time again for those familiar needle pricks that come from vaccinations to ward off any potential flu virus attack. As the flu season begins and clinics provide Denton County residents a chance to get themselves and their loved ones protection against this year’s viruses, health officials are hoping supply can keep up with what may be an increased demand.

Taking on Ebola fears with facts

Denton County health officials are working to fight Ebola fear with facts. Even as a trio of confirmed U.S. cases have occurred, and the public’s trust is in question, Denton County Health Department Director Matt Richardson is urging calm and providing information to deal with the virus threat.

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Hospitals urged to ‘think Ebola’

DALLAS — Federal health officials on Monday urged the nation’s hospitals to “think Ebola” and launched a review of procedures for treating patients, while medical records showed that an infected Texas nurse repeatedly visited the room of a Liberian man as he was dying from the disease.