Statins lower the risk of one of the deadliest kinds of strokes, study finds

CNN — Doctors know that drugs called statins lower a person’s risk of a stroke due to a blood clot. But a new study shows that the inexpensive medications can also decrease the risk of a first stroke as a result of an intracerebral hemorrhage, the deadliest kind. An intracerebral hemorrhage is when blood from … Read more

Oldest DNA sheds light on a 2 million-year-old ecosystem that has no modern parallel

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — A core of ice age sediment from northern Greenland has yielded the world’s oldest sequences of DNA. The 2 million-year-old DNA samples revealed the now largely lifeless polar region was once home to … Read more

How to screen for colon cancer

CNN — Colon cancer has claimed another life. Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Kirstie Alley, best known for her roles in the television sitcoms “Cheers” and “Veronica’s Closet,” died Monday at age 71 after battling cancer that was “recently discovered,” according to a family statement. A representative for Alley confirmed to CNN via email … Read more

In the wake of the baby formula crisis, a critical report recommends major food safety changes at the FDA

CNN — To help prevent outbreaks of food-related illness and problems like the formula shortage that left many parents in the US without adequate access to food for their babies, the US Food and Drug Administration needs a clearer mission and a different kind of leadership, and it has to act with more urgency, according … Read more

Measles outbreak in central Ohio grows to more than 50 children, driven by ‘lack of vaccination’

CNN — A measles outbreak in central Ohio is growing, sickening more than 50 children, with many of them needing hospitalization, according to data updated Tuesday by Columbus Public Health. None of the children had been fully vaccinated against measles. Since the start of the outbreak in November, at least 58 measles cases have been … Read more

Why colds and flu viruses are more common in winter

Editor’s Note: Get inspired by a weekly roundup on living well, made simple. Sign up for CNN’s Life, But Better newsletter for information and tools designed to improve your well-being. CNN — A chill is in the air, and you all know what that means — it’s time for cold and flu season, when it … Read more

Flu vaccine appears to be a very good match to circulating strains, CDC says

CNN — This year’s flu shot appears to be “a very good match” to the circulating strains, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a news briefing Monday. However, she noted that flu vaccinations are lagging behind the pace of previous years. Through the end of October, CDC data … Read more

Hearing aids may lower your risk for cognitive decline and dementia, study finds

CNN — Hearing aids might be an important tool in the effort to prevent cognitive decline and dementia, according to a new study. Research has established that hearing loss in an important risk factor in developing dementia, but whether intervening with the hearing loss will also treat the progression of cognitive decline has been less … Read more

Ultraprocessed food may contribute to dementia, study says

Editor’s Note: Sign up for CNN’s Eat, But Better: Mediterranean Style. Our eight-part guide shows you a delicious expert-backed eating lifestyle that will boost your health for life. CNN — We all eat them — ultra-processed foods such as frozen pizza and ready-to-eat meals make our busy lives much easier. Besides, they are just darn … Read more

Antony Blinken says the Biden administration supports zero-Covid protesters in China

CNN — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that the Biden administration supports the zero-Covid protesters in Chinaexplaining that he will address the topic when he visits the country early next year. “Of course, we do,” Blinken told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” when asked about the US support for the … Read more