California gun deaths declined between 2000 and 2015, study

By PAUL ELIAS | The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Gun deaths have fallen in California over a 16-year period ending in 2015, driven largely by a decline in gang violence and falling homicide rates among black and Hispanic male victims, a recent study of firearm violence has found. Researchers at the University of California, Davis published their findings in the May issue of the journal Annals of Epidemiology after reviewing 50,921 firearm deaths recorded in California between 2000 and 2015. The University provided the study results on Monday. The report found 24,922 firearm homicides during that period and 23,682 suicides by gun. Researchers say the number of firearm homicides… Read More

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After a death, how much can ‘broken heart’ hurt survivors?

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE | The Associated Press You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush’s hospitalization a day after his wife’s funeral, but it does the body no favors, and one partner’s health clearly affects the other’s. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. A sudden shock can trigger a heart attack or something like it called broken heart syndrome. Some studies also have found that people are more… Read More

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US warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

By MATTHEW PERRONE | The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a monthlong operation against illegal sales of Juul to children. Investigators targeted 7-Eleven locations, Shell gas stations and Cumberland Farms convenience stores as well as vaping shops. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our ew Morning Report weekday newsletter. FDA regulators also asked manufacturer Juul Labs… Read More

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White House stands behind embattled VA nominee Jackson

By Seung Min Kim and John Wagner | Washington Post WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is standing behind Ronny Jackson to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, but suggested his embattled nominee should drop out because of what Trump characterized as “ugly allegations” that have surfaced. “I don’t want to put a man through a process like this,” Trump said when asked about Jackson’s nomination during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. “It’s too ugly, and it’s too disgusting.” Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. Trump… Read More

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George H.W. Bush hospitalized with blood infection

Associated Press HOUSTON — A family spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife Barbara. Jim McGrath says on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is “responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.” He says he was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital Sunday morning after an infection spread to his blood. Barbara Bush was laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony attended by her husband and former presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and their spouses, along with current first lady Melania Trump. …read more Source:: The Mercury News – Health       

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Study: Mothers’ weight linked to daughters’ early puberty

We all remember going through puberty, though some of us might like to forget. Now imagine starting that formative transition — developing breasts or pubic hair — at 6 years old, just as you’re starting first grade. Now new research has found a likely cause: The heavier the mom-to-be, the more likely her daughter will bloom early, according to a Kaiser hospital study in Northern California. Early puberty is a becoming a reality for many American girls, and it puts them at higher risk for depression and diseases such as breast cancer. A generation ago, only 5 percent of girls started puberty before age 8. Today, 27 percent of girls… Read More

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