Active shooter study: Semi-automatic rifles more deadly

CHICAGO (AP) — New research shows active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons. But the analysis shows that reg...

Mom's use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids' learning

CHICAGO (AP) — Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother's drug use while pregnant, according to the first big ...

Worldwide gun deaths reach 250,000 yearly; US ranks high

CHICAGO (AP) — Gun deaths worldwide total about 250,000 yearly and the United States is among just six countries that make up half of those fatalities, a study found. The results fro...

Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question

CHICAGO (AP) — Marijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and ...

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

CHICAGO (AP) — New research offers fresh grounds for drinking coffee, showing that it may boost chances for a longer life. In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee ...

Science Says: How family separation may affect kids' brains

CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors have long known that separating families and other traumatic events can damage children's well-being. More recent research has shed some light on how that may happen: Severe ear...

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

CHICAGO (AP) — Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short ...

Celebrity suicides highlight troubling trend in midlife

CHICAGO (AP) — The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade highlight a troubling trend — rising suicides among middle-aged Americans. Mental health ...

Study finds rare advance for tough-to-beat pancreatic cancer

CHICAGO (AP) — Patients with pancreatic cancer that hadn't spread lived substantially longer on a four-drug combo than on a single standard cancer drug, It's a rare advance for a tou...

Blacks fare surprisingly well in prostate cancer research

CHICAGO (AP) — Black men with advanced prostate cancer fared surprisingly well in research that challenges current thinking about racial disparities in the disease. Blacks are more l...

Duped patients crowdfund for bogus medical care, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — They're the tech-age version of donor jars at the diner: crowdfunding websites that aim to link ailing people with strangers willing to help pay for medical treatment. But new research ...

Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug

CHICAGO (AP) — Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients. ...

Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients

CHICAGO (AP) — There's an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: New research says they tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorc...

Fake pot likely tainted with rat poison kills 3, sickens 100

CHICAGO (AP) — Fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in Illinois and sickened more than 100 others in the last month. The federal Centers for Dis...

Study: Stop-smoking drugs Chantix, Zyban pose no heart risks

CHICAGO (AP) — New research shows the stop-smoking drugs Chantix and Zyban are as safe for the heart as nicotine patches and dummy pills. The results are from industry-funded researc...