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  1. The Diet Soda Debate

    July 31, 2014 -- When you’re trying to lose weight or keep off extra pounds, can diet soda help? While it has fewer calories than regular soda, some studies show it fuels your sweet tooth.  Also, are artificially sweetened sodas good for your health? Several studies this year continue the debate. In

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  2. TN Insurer: Monopoly Delivers Bargain Premiums

    By Jordan Rau CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The dominion of Tennessee’s largest health insurer is reflected in its headquarters’ lofty perch above the city, atop a hill that during the Civil War was lined with Union cannons to repel Confederate troops. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has used its position

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  3. Thinking an Odor is Harmful Spurs Asthma Symptoms?

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with asthma, just believing an odor is potentially harmful is enough to trigger airway inflammation for at least 24 hours, a new study indicates. "It's not just what you smell, but also what you thi

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  4. Florida Warns of Warm Water Flesh-Eating Bacteria

    July 30, 2014 -- Florida health officials are cautioning visitors to the state's beaches about the threat of a flesh-eating bacteria lurking in warm seawater this summer. Vibrio vulnificus propagates in warm water and if swallowed can cause stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the U.S. C

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  5. Cleveland's Early Medicaid Expansion Paying Off

    By Sarah Jane Tribble, WCPN Carmen Smith remembers the day about a year ago she gained Medicaid coverage. "It was like Christmas Day, it was like getting a gift from Santa Claus!" she says. "People don't realize how important and how special it is to have insurance to be able to go see a doctor on a

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  6. Did Your Meal Win an Xtreme Eating Award?

    July 30, 2014 -- Talk about a belt buster. The Monster burger meal from Red Robin -- featuring a double-patty burger, steak fries, and a milkshake -- clocks in at 3,540 calories, 69 grams of saturated fat, and more than 4 days’ worth of sodium, making it the most Xtreme restaurant meal in America, a

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  7. Make Kids' Weight Loss a Family Affair: Study

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who want to help their preschooler shed excess pounds may want to team up with their child, new research suggests. Youngsters whose parents joined them in a supervised behavioral modification program gained less we

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  8. Light Shed on Link Between Depression, Dementia

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two. Specifically, they haven't been able to figure out th

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  9. Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn't warranted based on current evidence, a team of researchers says. On the contrary, allowing e-cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related dea

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  10. Leading Doctor in Ebola Outbreak Dies From Disease

    July 30, 2014 -- One of the leading physicians in the fight against an outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself died after battling the illness. According to the Associated Press, physician Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan died Tuesday after being hospitalized in quarantine. Ebola spreads eas

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