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  1. Record $417 million awarded in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

    Nation

    LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

    A bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed. On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman confirmed that a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. [Associated Press]
  2. Give your body the fuel it needs for a good workout

    Health

    So, you have your exercise routine down pat. You're doing your cardio workouts four or five days a week and having a go at strength exercises several times a week. But are you giving your body the fuel it needs to do all that?

    Peter Michaelson, St. Petersburg, does a Reverse Lunge with a Single Arm Press
  3. With a tailored approach to cancer treatment, doctors at Moffitt see more cures, fewer side effects

    Health

    Treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center has been more precise since doctors and researchers there began using targeted drug therapies nearly a decade ago. And soon they plan to expand on that approach, known as personalized medicine, to include radiation therapy.

    PEPE SERRA    |   Special to the Times
  4. Here's the scoop on 'brain freeze' — and tips for avoiding it

    Health

    We all scream for ice cream, but sometimes snarfing down a cold treat in a hurry makes us scream — in agony.

  5. Get your protein and omega-3 fatty acids in Lentil and Salmon Salad

    Health

    Sometimes, it's just too hot to turn on the stove. The key is to stock up your kitchen with "healthy convenience food" that doesn't require any heat, such as fresh produce, canned beans, canned fish and small boxes of precooked legumes found in the prepared produce section.

    Lentil and Salmon Salad With Smoky Mustard Dressing comes together quickly, and it’s hearty enough for a summertime supper.
  6. Mayo Clinic Q&A: prostate cancer screening; pancreatic cysts

    Health

    PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING GUIDANCE

  7. U.S. teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

    Health

    NEW YORK — After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows.

    OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A report found drug overdose deaths among U.S. teens inched up in 2015 after years of decline. The report was released on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [AP (2013)]
  8. Eating veggies makes men smell more attractive to women, study says

    Health

    Aside from the obvious health benefits, there's another good reason to eat your fruits and veggies: it might make you smell better to the opposite sex.

    A study out of Australia suggests that eating more fruits and vegetables makes men smell better to women. [Associated Press]
  9. Fewer Americans are being zapped by lightning; here's why (w/video)

    Weather

    WASHINGTON — Lightning — once one of nature's biggest killers — is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we've learned to get out of the way.

    Lightning strikes at sunset near the Dunedin Causeway on July 5, 2017,  in Dunedin. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

  10. A FishHawk Ranch boxing class helps Parkinson's patients fight the disease

    Health

    TAMPA — Tattooed in black lettering on the top of Rick Karczewski's right forearm, made to look like it was inked by someone with shaking hands, is "Parky" — a nickname reflecting the Parkinson's disease he has been living with since he was diagnosed five years ago.

    Trainer Kathy Glazewski trains students who are battling Parkinson’s disease at her boxing class at FishHawk Martial Arts Academy last week. The boxing may help slow the disease’s effects.