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Americans having less sex, new study finds

UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017, 6:34 P.M.

Americans have been saying more often: Honey, not tonight. And that has been especially true for married couples and older adults, according to new study out of San Diego State University.

Risk & reward: Stopping a cancer drug to see if you’re cured


Rick and Nina Schmidt sit at the table of their home in Hartland, Wis. Nina Schlidt was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2009 and had to take drugs to control it for six years. After she went into remission, she qualified for a study led by the Medical College of Wisconsin, allowing her to go off treatment completely. Her husband had to delay retirement until age 70 so they would have insurance to pay for the drug. (Carrie Antlfinger / AP)
New treatment guidelines in the U.S. say certain leukemia patients can consider stopping Gleevec or similar drugs that were long thought to be needed for the rest of their lives. It’s just a pill or two a day but the drugs are expensive and have side effects.

Butter or olive oil? Eggs or no? New nutritional review cuts through the myths


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Liquid oils are better than hard fats, especially extra virgin olive oil which has been the subject of the most comprehensive research and the clearest evidence of being beneficial for the heart. (North American Olive Oil Association)
To separate fact from fiction, a panel of physicians and researchers did a deep dive into the nutritional science, and last week they published their findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In the review, they examined the attention-grabbing controversies related to heart health and drilled down to give the most current, evidence-based advice. Here’s what they recommend.

Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see

TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, eSight CEO and President Brian Mech holds up a pair electronic glasses at Union Square San Francisco. The glasses enable the legally blind to see. (Eric Risberg / AP)
The headsets from eSight transmit images from a forward-facing camera to small internal screens – one for each eye – in a way that beams the video into the wearer’s peripheral vision. That turns out to be all that some people with limited vision, even legal blindness, need to see things they never could before. That’s because many visual impairments degrade central vision while leaving peripheral vision largely intact.

This is why doctors hate to stop CPR even when they know it’s time

TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017

According to the American Heart Association, more than 550,000 people go into cardiac arrest each year, and fewer than 20 percent survive. The likelihood of surviving is nearly twice as high among people who “code” in the hospital, probably because most of them receive CPR. However, a 2009 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that only 22 percent of people suffering a cardiac arrest live long enough to be discharged from the hospital, and nearly 30 percent of those survivors have serious neurological disabilities, probably because of a lack of oxygen during the arrest.

Achoo! The distance germs can travel is nothing to sneeze at

MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 7 P.M.

Germs from a sneeze can travel 20 feet or more. (Dreamstime / TNS)
Sneezes are everywhere these days, during this, the height of cold and flu season. The chorus of achoos in offices, on buses and in homes often sends bystanders scrambling to get out of the line of germ-spreading fire. But how far is far enough away to avoid getting hit by a snot-and-fluid projectile? A lot farther than you might – or would like to – think. We’re talking 20 feet or more.

Infant who survived in 1920s sideshow incubator dies at 96

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 3:33 P.M.

Lucille Horn stands on the boardwalk outside her home in Long Beach, N.Y., on July 22, 2015, Horn who weighed less than two pounds at birth, and wasn’t expected to survive, lived nearly a century after her parents put their faith in a sideshow doctor at Coney Island who put babies on display in incubators to fund his research to keep them alive. She died in New York at age 96 on Feb. 11, 2017. (Frank Eltman / AP)
Lucille Conlin Horn weighed barely 2 pounds when she was born, a perilous size for any infant, especially in 1920. Doctors told her parents to hold off on a funeral for her twin sister who had died at birth, expecting she too would soon be gone.

Quality patient care should be provided by all doctors

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

Dear Doctor: I’ve read about a recent study that found that elderly patients with female doctors fared better than those who were treated by men. I wonder – what do Dr. Ko and Dr. Glazier think about these results? Dear Reader: You’re referring to the results of a study performed by Harvard researchers, published in December 2016 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. To say that it caused a bit of a stir is an understatement. Our colleague Dr. Ashley gave his take on these findings yesterday. Our reactions follow later.

New mosquito trap smart enough to keep just the bad bugs

MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 7 P.M.

In this photo provided by Microsoft, Microsoft researcher Ethan Jackson sets up a trap for mosquitoes in Harris County, Texas, in 2016. A new high-tech version trap is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape, and even record the exact weather conditions when different species emerge to bite. (AP)
A smart trap for mosquitoes? A new high-tech version is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape – and even record the exact weather conditions when different species emerge to bite. Whether it really could improve public health is still to be determined.

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