Liver disease is usually associated with alcoholism or hepatitis, but obesity and diabetes are becoming an even more dire threat for potentially fatal liver damage, a new study reveals. In fact, advanced fatty liver disease increases a person’s risk of death by nearly sevenfold, according to a new report. But it’s a silent killer —…  read on >  read on >

You’ve probably heard that getting better sleep can be good for your waistline. The same appears to be true for your baby. Newborns who get more sleep and wake up less during the night are less likely to become overweight in infancy, according to a just-published study. “While an association between insufficient sleep and weight…  read on >  read on >

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster restored close to full protection against COVID-19 in a late-stage trial involving 10,000 people, the company announced Thursday. They said the booster was 95.6% effective and that they plan to submit the latest data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and regulators in other nations. “These results provide further evidence…  read on >  read on >

Though most U.S. dentists say non-opioid painkillers effectively manage dental pain, nearly half still prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers, a new survey reveals. In all, 84% of the 269 respondents said NSAID-acetaminophen combos are as effective as opioids or even more so, but 43% also said they regularly prescribe opioid medications. The findings were published…  read on >  read on >

Onions from Mexico have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened 652 people in 37 states, federal health officials said Wednesday. So far, there have been 129 hospitalizations, but no deaths. Investigators have traced one source of the outbreak to whole red, white and yellow onions that were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed…  read on >  read on >